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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Food Psychology and Cravings


Have you ever wondered why you can't control yourself around specific foods? Sugar, coffee, chocolate, crisps? Do you find yourself overeating when stressed and tired? It's time to understand your mind and body's needs and stop beating yourself up for it. Learn about your cravings, what triggers them and why you can't stop eating specific foods with health coach and plant-based chef Denisa Ratulea. You will learn why you crave specific foods, how your cells, as well as emotions, are strongly connected to the way you eat and vice-versa and what you can do about it.   Get tickets

Neuroscience of Powerful Habits


Every January you do the same thing. You make a New Year's resolution to lose weight, be thriftier, quit smoking or possibly even to start exercising. Yet how many of us find ourselves in the exact spot we started in once the month is up? This talk by Dr Gabija Toleikyte, explains why the brain resists changing habits of a lifetime. She'll also explain how to create long lasting change, by working with your brain rather than against it. Get tickets

Blitzed - Drugs in Nazi Germany


To mark the release of his new book 'Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany' - Norman Ohler hosts an exclusive talk to discuss the sensational account of the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the third reich - from Hitler and his entourage to ordinary troops and housewives. Get tickets