Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 15 May 2019

Tuck into Italian food at this supper club

Things to do

CLIMATE MAJORITY: Aimed at parents and carers with babies, today’s Babble Talks focuses on the climate emergency. Policy expert Leo Barasi talks about whether climate change really matters, what can be done about it, and how we can get governments to start taking it seriously. The Bedford (Balham), £10, book ahead, 11.30am-12.30pm

CHRISTIAN DIOR: Today’s V&A lunchtime lecture is by fashion theorist Dr Alison Bancroft, who discusses the links between avant-garde thinking in art, and the fashion from Christian Dior. She covers the work of Dior himself, as well as the more recent collections from Dior’s current Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. V&A Museum (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm

Take part in a tea dance at Southbank Centre

TEA DANCE: No dancing experience — or partner — is necessary for Southbank Centre’s social tea dance. Everyone’s welcome to join in with mastering the classics, including rhumba, tango and the waltz. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 1.30pm

EMPRESS OF RUSSIA: Alexandra Feodorovna was the last Empress of Russia, wife of Nicholas II, the last ruler of the Russian Empire, before his forced abdication in 1917-18. Feodorovna was also a grandaughter of Queen Victoria, and there’s a chance to learn more about her life and the influences that contributed to her role leading to the destruction of Imperial Russia at today’s illustrated talk. Guildhall Library, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

GHOST OF BRIDGET JONES: Annual festival CityRead London chose Ayisha Malik’s novel Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged — described as the ‘Muslim Bridget Jones’ — for this year’s book. Meanwhile, Candice Carty-Williams’ book Queenie is described as the ‘black Bridget Jones’. Hear both authors discuss multicultural identity and the female experience, in conversation with Helen Lederer. The London Library (St James’s), £18/£12, book ahead, 6.30pm

Head to the London Library for an evening about Cityread London 2019 book, Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged

CONEY ISLAND: Attend the UK premiere screening of Last Stop Coney Island, a documentary about the life and photography of Harold Feinstein, who captured images of Coney Island in the 1940s and 1950s. He later went on to capture iconic images of other parts of his native New York City, and many believe he deserves more recognition for his work. Screening followed by a Q&A with director Andy Dunn. Bertha DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £12.50/£10, book ahead, 6.30pm

DRAG BINGO: We’re promised, balls, wigs and satanic innovation at Drag Bingo, which is just like regular bingo — except the numbers are called by drag queens. Maybe not one to take your nan to. Queen of Hoxton, £1, book ahead, 7pm

SUPPER CLUB: Santi Italian restaurant in the former Athletes’ Village in Stratford hosts a supper club of four authentic Italian dishes. Philosopher Nigel Warburton offers his musings on the theme of happiness in between courses. East Village (Stratford), £20, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Dead Ringers Live comes to the stage at Barbican. Photo: Andy Cotterill

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DEATH: Watch a screening of BBC2 Horizon film, We Need To Talk About Death. The documentary follows Dr Kevin Fong who talks to patients and medical professionals about how we die, and whether modern healthcare goes too far in attempting to save lives. Much of the filming took place in south London’s St Christopher’s Hospice. Harris Academy South Norwood, free, book ahead, 7.45pm-9.30pm

THE TIME I ALMOST: Storyteller and comedian Alexis Strum shares some of her own anecdotes in The Time I Almost…, before inviting the audience up onto the stage to tell their own Sliding Doors moments. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £4/£3, book ahead, 8pm-10pm

DEAD RINGERS: Radio show Dead Ringers specialises in impressions, and now it comes to the stage for four days of live performances. Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Jan Ravens and Duncan Wisbey offer up their expertise in sharp political humour — the likes of Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump feature.  Barbican, £25-£49.50, book ahead, 8.45pm (until 18 May)

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Quiz time: We’ve prepared a short photo quiz about the Northern line. Can you get 10/10?

Follow Barry Heck on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Book ahead for next week’s Cinema for Syria screening of Last Men In Aleppo, a documentary about the volunteer group the White Helmets, who offer aid to the wounded during the Syrian civil war. Money raised goes to the Hands Up Foundation, which supports those affected by the conflict in Syria. Find out more and book tickets.

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