Things To Do In London: Wednesday 24 June 2015

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The Connaught Village Festival

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A new photography exhibition opens at the V&A Museum today, showcasing the work of 19th century British photographer Captain Linnaeus Tripe. See over 60 of his most striking views of Indian and Burmese landscape and architecture, taken between 1852-1860. Free, just turn up, 24 June-11 October

CONNAUGHT VILLAGE FESTIVAL: Connaught Village, between Bayswater and Marble Arch, has a festival with live music, fairground rides, street entertainment and a variety of artisan food and craft stalls plus art, and dog shows. Free, just turn up, 2pm-8pm

The Gipsy Hill Brewing Co take on Signature Brew Co at The Jackdaw And Star in Hackney. Sample three tastings from each brewery before deciding on your favourite. £10, 7pm
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Anti-corruption expert Sarah Chayes and FT journalist Tom Burgis are at The Frontline Club in Paddington to talk about the effect that corruption has on lives and governments, particularly in Africa and Afghanistan. £12.50, 7pm
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Director of Bedales Wine in Borough Market leads a wine tasting class to celebrate the start of summer. Age 18+. £27, 7pm
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Go to The Cricketer in Richmond to have a go at creating your own version of Van Gogh's Sunflowers to take home with you. All art supplies included in ticket price. £25, 7.30pm
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Start your evening with live music and refreshments, then climb 96 steps to the top of the tower of St John's Church in Leytonstone to experience stunning views as the sun goes down. £12.50, prebook by emailing, 7.30pm

Head to Kensal Green for a talk about meditation, mindfulness and presence, followed by a taster session led by expert Jody Shield. £15, 7.30pm
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Sands Film Studios in Rotherhithe is hosting an evening of new music, drawing deep on the traditions of Armenia, Finland, England, Gaelic Scotland, Galicia, Serbia and other parts of Europe. £14, prebook, 7.30pm

It’s a double bill of Edinburgh previews at The Camden Head in Camden (i.e., not the one in Angel; it’s very confusing) from Sofie Hagen and Nish Kumar. £5, just turn up, 8pm

Enchanting evenings at Kew Gardens

Rickshaws at Full of Spice Summer Festival

Today and next Wednesday, Kew Gardens is opening its gates for enchanting evenings filled with cocktails, live music and scintillating talks during its Full of Spice festival.

Enjoy a botanical cocktail in the setting summer sun from Kew’s spectacular tree top walkway, iconic tropical glasshouses or a relaxing rickshaw ride. Visit the Spice Exchange to learn from the experts about the origins of all things spice. Take part in your own spice mixing session or get up close and personal with a giant inflatable spice. Kew’s Spicy Lates events are a truly inspiring way to spend an evening like no other in London: in a great outdoors environment filled with beauty, music, creativity, science and more.

Book now for these last two events. Free for members. Some activities must be booked online in advance.

Today’s Things to do in London is sponsored by Kew Gardens.

Good cause of the day

Tonight, enjoy an intimate evening of cabaret with artists Kit and McConnel at Dulwich Picture Gallery, in aid of The Lullaby Trust. Find out more information and book.

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