Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 19 April 2018

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SPORTS SHOW: Discover nearly a dozen indie sports brands at this Old Truman Brewery activewear pop up. Not only have official sponsor MADE.com have decked out the venue to provide for ample photo ops for the 'gram, The London Sports Show is running a programme of quirky fitness classes for the rest of the week. Old Truman Brewery (Spitalfields), free, just turn up, 10am-7pm, until 22 April

BRINK: Trainee art teachers explore the idea of teaching as an artistic practice in a collaborative project between Freelands Foundation and the UCL Institute of Education. Looking into the future of art teaching, they address the current climate of arts education and the challenges it presents to their future careers. Freelands Foundation (Chalk Farm), free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm, until 26 May

TECH PARTY: Tech London Advocates is turning five in style, with London's biggest tech party. Hear from high profile industry figures, including entrepreneurs, politicians, business leaders and investors and get acquainted with the hottest new start ups on the scene. Then indulge in a champagne-soaked after party. Here East (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park), £15, book ahead, 4pm-7.30pm

VEGAN BAR LAUNCH: Enjoy cruelty free cocktails, craft beer and wine as Rehab Hackney launches its 100% vegan bar. With some of these boasting medicinal properties, you don't have to feel guilty about imbibing on a school night. Plus, Bassala Danza will be spinning some vinyl tropical and afrobeat bangers.  Rehab Hackney, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-12.30am

THE CANTERVILLE GHOST: Watch London Children's Ballet pirouette their way through an Oscar Wilde classic at their premiere performance of The Canterville Ghost. Centred on the antics of a misunderstood ghost and one girl's mission to set him free, this new adaptation promises fun for all the family. Age 5+. Peacock Theatre (Holborn), from £14, book ahead, 6.30pm, until 22 April

A UNIQUE CINEMA EXPERIENCE: Think all cinemas are the same? Think again: this one has got to be the coolest in the capital. Head down the 190-year-old, Grade II* listed Rotherhithe shaft — used by Brunel to aid construction of the Thames tunnel — for a film screening like no other. Brunel Museum (Rotherhithe), £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm (partner)  

Laughing Season is here to lift your spirits. Image © Andy Hollingworth.

SCULPTURE AND SAUVIGNON BLANC: Enjoy fine art with fine wine at The Royal Society of Sculptors, where artisan wine merchants The Vino Beano are pitching up to showcase their selection. You'll have exclusive after-hours access to the galleries, so take in the beautiful work of Bill Pye and First@108 Award winner Rupert Norfolk as you swill. The Royal Society of Sculptors (South Kensington), £25/£15 with mailing list sign up, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

SPRING BREAKERS: Party like it's 1999 with Shuttlecock Inc, who have primed Park Village Studios for a Neverland-meets-MTV spring break spectacular. Expect hipster Lost Boys, geezer pirates, a trustafarian Tiger Lily, a tattooed Tinkerbell, and an epic dance battle. Park Village Studios (Regent's Park), £35, book ahead, 7pm-11pm, until 21 April

LAUGHING SEASON: Get the giggles with the absolute cream of the UK stand-up crop at this comedy fundraiser. 8 Out of 10 Cats captain Aisling Bea and The Mash Report's Desiree Burch are among the evening's acts, and all the money raised goes to Farm Africa, an organisation that reduces poverty in eastern Africa by helping farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more. Union Chapel (Islington), 7.30pm-10.30pm

PUPPETRY DE PROFUNDIS: Dance puppetry performance At the Heart of Things dives into female sexuality, queer identity and homophobia in its depiction of a dystopian world. After a violent tragedy, our heroine begins rediscovering her sexuality and womanhood with the help of Oscar Wilde's book De Profundis. Blue Elephant Theatre (Camberwell), £12, book ahead, 8pm, until 22 April

AMY WINEHOUSE: Celebrate Amy Winehouse's work as vocal powerhouse and former Florence and The Machine support act Roo performs the best loved tunes from the musical legend's catalogue of hits, with help of a live backing band. 100 Wardour Street (Soho), £15, book ahead, 9pm-10.45pm

Good cause of the day

Join top London chefs from Breddos Tacos, Salon, Smokestak, Som Saa and Social Pantry for a one-night-only a fundraising feast. With the help of six young ex-offenders, they've created an exclusive menu for The Social Supper, which is donating all ticket sales to Key4Life—a social venture working to reduce youth offending and gang warfare.

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A Secret London Tour


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Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Hidden London Tour


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Forgotten Old London


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