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Things To Do
TONIGHT’S DINNER: Ooh la la! Let’s face it, nobody wants to cook on a Friday night, so why not treat yourself to dinner at one of London’s best French restaurants? Wash it down with a glass of fizz, and toast the start of the weekend.
FILM FESTIVAL: Focus Film Festival at Barbican is aimed at young people with a special programme of films from around the world, plus workshops and shorts by younger filmmakers. Prebook, until 15 March
TEENY TINY PEOPLE: Slinkachu’s photography exhibition opens at Andipa gallery in South Kensington today, with photos of tiny model people in imaginative positions across London. Free, just turn up, until 11 April
MAGNA CARTA: British Library’s Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy exhibition opens today to celebrate 800 years of the groundbreaking text. On display are two of the four original 1215 Magna Carta documents, Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights. £12, prebook, until 1 September
MILITARY FLY PAST: Eyes to the skies at lunchtime, as eight military aircraft fly south to north over London, marking six months since the closing of Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. There’s also a military parade between St Paul’s Cathedral and Guildhall. Free, 12.20pm
GUINNESS LATE: St Patrick’s Day is well on the way (check out your Irish pub options here), so the Museum of Brands in Notting Hill has an evening event dedicated to Guinness. Expect themed drinks and cocktails, live entertainment, a Guinness treasure hunt around the museum and a ceilidh duo. 18+ £10, prebook, from 6.30pm
BACKYARD CINEMA: Watch a screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel on floor 19 of Millbank Tower in Pimlico at part of Backyard Cinema’s Awards Season screenings. Food is available to buy and the film is preceded by an introduction, a series of shorts and retro trailers. £15-£29, prebook, 7.30pm
TELL TALES: The festival of short performances across all art forms, from stand-up to storytelling, theatre to spoken word, live music to performance art, returns to Rich Mix, with many artists trying out new material for the first time. £10/£8, prebook, 8pm (until 15 March)
PIANO KARAOKE: Head to the Landor pub in Clapham for a piano karaoke night dedicated entirely to tunes from 1990-2009. Free, just turn up, from 8.30pm
UNLUCKY: Steel your nerves and join Vanessa Woolf and Nigel of Bermondsey for a candlelit night of horrific urban legends and site specific ghost stories in a dark, cold secret location in Peckham. Dress very warmly and bring a candle in a jar. Adults only. £3,prebook, 9pm
Good Cause of the Day
The Global March For Lions takes place in cities across the world today, raising awareness of the practice of canned hunting in South Africa, in which lions are hunted in a confined area, often having been bred specifically for this purpose and taken from their mothers at a young age. The London event takes place in Trafalgar Square, 11am-1pm today.
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