Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 23 August 2017

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MAKING FACES: Last chance to catch this exhibition, which features a series of works and installations by artist who have survived brain injuries. The tower-block installations that form the centrepiece of Making Faces confront viewers with playful questions about the nature of the body, and about the disjuncture between what it feels like to be a person. Royal Festival Hall, free, just turn up, 10am-11pm

HISTORY WALK: Discover Greenwich and its naval and Tudor history with a lecture about the district including the Prime Meridian and the Royal Observatory. Society of Genealogists, Islington, £8, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

INTO THE WOODS: The Sondheim classic that takes your favourite fairy tale characters and sends them on a dark and twisted adventure — it makes people question the very nature of fairy tales. Stockwell Playhouse, £14, book ahead, 7.30pm Wednesday-Saturday, until 26 August

SECRETS OF SOUTHWARK: Southwark Cathedral's long and distinguished 1400 year history comes to light in this guided tour. Discover why Southwark Cathedral is strongly associated with Winchester, why a former Bishop is buried there, and the name of the famous London hospital that was founded by the church. Southwark Cathedral, £8, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

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HIDDEN RIVERS: Londonist contributor Tom Bolton — also author of London’s Lost Rivers — reveals the route of the River Westbourne buried under the streets of Knightsbridge and Chelsea. Start at Knightsbridge tube (Exit 2 Harvey Nichols), £15, book ahead, 6.15pm-8.15pm

FRINGE COMEDY: Were you wondering where Paul F Taylor had gone? No us neither... Anyway, he's back with another hour of stand up material which was recently nominated for best who at the Leicester Comedy Festival. The Bill Murray, £5, book ahead, 8pm

CHICKEN SOUP CRUSADER: Comedian Daphna Baram dubs herself  the Middle Eastern Mary Poppins. Find out if she can live up to that brazen title in her stand-up set tackling the issues of today. If the jokes suck, at least it's BYOB. The CentrE17 (Walthamstow), £10, book ahead, 8pm-9pm

SOHO SOUL: Enjoy some classic Motown and soul with vocals from Alex Charles, Matthew Allen, Mark Asare and more. The singers cover classics like Reach Out I'll Be There, Papa Was A Rolling Stone and so many more. 100 Wardour Street, free, 9pm-11.30pm

FILM PREMIERE: It's closing night of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, and they're going out with a bang with the UK Premiere of Patti Cake$. Follow aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski's journey to find glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey. Somerset House, £17, book ahead, DJs from 6.30pm, film starts 9pm


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Art review: 31 degrees of art

31 emerging artists are showing one work each in this eclectic group show. There’s a bright and mesmerising lightbox, a house on fire and punch card-esque patterns etched on to copper. Whether you like your art realistic, conceptual or abstract there is something for everyone in this exhibition. 31 Celsius at ASC gallery, The Chaplin Centre, Taplow House, Thurlow Street, SE17 2DG, until 23 August, free ★★★☆☆ (Monday-Friday) Tabish Khan

Food review: Indian tapas in winter

We enter into a cosy restaurant with fine finishes, and a bar that made us feel like we’ve slipped into Alice’s Wonderland. The fantasy continues when the recommended Like A Bird cocktail arrives: a bird shaped glass swinging prettily in its cage containing a sweet, slow burning Bombay sapphire and fruity drink. The Indian tapas are little plates of bliss, with standout favourites including the spicy and rich lamb chops, and the stunning Yorkshire pudding lamb keema with mash and gravy. The latter is a seriously mouth-watering and flavoursome twist on a British classic. Other dishes such as the biriyani and coconut curry fall a little flatter following such wonder, but are great alternatives for those who’d like to steer clear of the heat. Lokhandwala, 93 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PY ★★★★☆ Eleana Overett

Theatre review: dark humour at its finest

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Probably the best band most people have never heard of, quite why Bourgeois & Maurice aren’t widely recognised as national treasures is something of a mystery. As this retrospective show proves, these arch-satirists’ have consistently been pushing the boundaries of comedy and cabaret every which way with songs as sparky and bizarre as their designer outfits; how many other bands darkly opine about taxation, chemsex parties, the EU and ADHD to equally hilarious effect? Beneath the pop melodies and glittery garbs lies a sophisticated intelligence at work, which borders on genius and puts this pair on a pedestal with Fascinating Aida and Tom Lehrer. Bourgeouis & Maurice: Style Over Substance - A Ten Year Retro-Speculative, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE. £12-£14, until Saturday 26 August ★★★★★ Franco Milazzo

Good cause for the day

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On Thursday 12th October, Coreco will be holding a charity gig in aid of Shelter at the famous Borderline venue in Soho. The dress code is either grunge or outrageous, so take that as you will and have an amazing night for a great cause. Register for tickets here. The Borderline, free, book ahead, 7pm-10pm, 12 October

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Love Actually


Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue.  Get tickets

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies


Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet.   Get tickets

Take a Walk Through London's Most Historic Spots


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets

Talk: Is Monogamy Dead?


Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets