Things To Do In London: Friday 17 April 2015

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For Your Commute

Tick tock! Counting down the hours until the weekend? Pass the time by taking a look at some of London’s most unusual clocks, including one powered by water, and another that’s controlled remotely from Derby.

Things To Do

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Kick your weekend off with champagne afternoon tea

Kick your weekend off with champagne afternoon tea

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STREET FOOD: Head to Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre for the Eat Me Drink Me Street Food Festival. Enjoy cuisine from all over the world, including Korea and Mexico. Gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian dishes available. 9am-6pm

WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes offers bird listening as an addition to bird watching. Spend 90 minutes learning how to identify birds through song, guided by an expert. £10, prebook, 10am

Clock off work early (it is Friday…) and treat yourself to a champagne cocktail afternoon tea at Criterion Restaurant on Piccadilly. Enjoy finger sandwiches, cakes, scones and nibbles, washed down with a glass of fizz. £19, 2.30pm/3.30pm/4.30pm
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The Drunk History Tour is a bar crawl with a historical and cultural twist, complete with re-enactments, quizzes and improv comedy… all fuelled by a drink or two. Visit some Shakespearean haunts and the spot where Francis Drake parked his ship. Ticket includes welcome shots and/or drink specials at each stop. Meet at St Paul’s Cathedral. £15, 3pm
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JADE JAGGER: The jewellery designer is in conversation about her career — including establishing her own jewellery brand — at the V&A Museum. £10/£7, prebook, 6.30pm

The Royal Institution is open late to let adults get their hands on the sort of activities usually reserved for children. Take part in touching experiments, dissect an eye, and find out whether we can ever understand something when it seems to be two things at once. The theme of the evening, by the way, is perception and questioning reality. £12/£8/£6, prebook, 6.30pm-10.30pm

Draw along with comic book artists Caspar Wijngaard, Seb Antoniou and Patrick Koduah as they teach comic book storytelling. Takes place at Orbital Comics near Leicester Square — bring your own art supplies. £10, prebook, 7pm

Award-winning folk music trio Moore Moss Rutter (fiddler Tom Moore, melodeon player Archie Churchill-Moss and multi-instrumentalist Jack Rutter) kick off their summer tour with a concert at the Foundling Museum near Russell Square. £10/£8, prebook, 7pm

1940s PARTY:
Genesis Cinema in Bethnal Green hosts a 1940s themed fancy dress party in memory of the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster of 1943. Expect wartime newsreels, Lindy Hopping and 1940s hairstyling. £10 (£5 donated directly to the Stairway To Heaven Memorial Trust), prebook, from 7pm 

Steve Truglia is one of only 300 people in the world to hold the Associate of the Inner Magic Circle distinction. Bear witness to his show of mind-bending, card-cheating, and scamming, at the Courthouse Hotel in Oxford Circus. £20, 7.30pm
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Watch London’s professional basketball team London Lions take on Durham Wildcats at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park. £15, 7.30pm
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Monograph Japanese Supper Club offers unique contemporary Japanese dishes in tasting portions, at a secret location somewhere in Islington. Menu includes red shiso in tsuyu marinade, snd saikyo-miso marinated salmon. £29, 7.30pm
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Watch the film adaptation of John Green’s novel, following the love story of two teens who both have different cancer conditions. Price includes a main meal. At Roxy on Borough High Street.  Age 18+. £12, 8pm
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The Phoenix on Cavendish Square is taken over by soulful classics and rock’n’roll gems from the 1960s tonight — expect everyone from Jackie Wilson to The Kinks. Beehives and mop tops encouraged. Age 18+. £4, 9pm-2am
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COMEDY: Like Britain? Too bad. The EU is invading and only one man can stop the onslaught of cafe culture, workers’ rights and emotionally intelligent films. Catch comedy play St George is Cross, by James Moran and Jonny Lennard, at Hen and Chickens until 19 April.  £7/£6.50, prebook, 9.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Tonight, Jack Whitehall headlines Stand Up For SIDS, a fundraising comedy night at Bloomsbury Theatre, raising money for The Lullaby Trust, a charity for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Other people on the line-up include Tim Key, Aisling Bea and Mike Wozniak. Book tickets here.

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