Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 16 May 2013

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DALSTON DELIGHTS: The Dalston Department Store is located in an old Victoria Powerhouse and for four days at their Spring Collection opening you can drink, browse and buy from a variety of stalls, brands and online shops. Free, just turn up, until 19 May

MUSEUMS AT NIGHT: London's museums are once more opening their doors after dark. Kensington Palace, Museum of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Royal Institution are just some of the establishments taking part. Until 18 May.

CRIME TECH: Hear about the history of technology in the services of the police, in an event at the IET. Free, prebook, 6pm

HISTORY: Did you know Isaac Newton, as well as being among the greatest scientists of all time, was also in charge of the Royal Mint at the Tower? Tonight, a lecture at that Historic Royal Palace considers his battle against a master counterfeiter. £12 (includes wine reception), prebook, 6.30pm

SOCIAL MEDIA: This week’s Smart City talk at Deptford Lounge looks at how social media is changing the way people gather, explore and interact with cities. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

NT LIVE: Cinemas all over London are showing a live broadcast of the National Theatre's sell out play This House, about 1970s Westminster politics. We love it, and this is your final chance to see it. If you're still not convinced, see what playwright James Graham and actor Charles Edwards had to say when we interviewed them a few months ago. Prices vary, book ahead, 7pm

ITALIAN CLERKENWELL: Footprints of London takes a tour around Clerkenwell to look at its Italian history and the characters who formed the love stories, tragedies and braveries of the time. £10/£7.50, prebook, 7pm

COMING UP ROSES: The admired and iconic designer, Cath Kidson is at Waterstone's King's Road to tell her story and share what she has learnt along the way. £5/£3, prebook, 7pm

KARAUKE: Like cheese and toast, karaoke and ukeleles just fit together. Head to The Royal George on Charing Cross Road for KaraUke, where you can perform your favourite songs with the backing of a ukelele band. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

GIG: Folksters Eliza Carthy and Jim Moray team up for a gig at Union Chapel, as part of the Beyond Barbican season. £20, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Comedians ransack the past for inspiration during History’s Greatest Monster at The Water Poet. On the bill are Gerry Howell, Making Faces (whose sketches we called “cry-with-laughter great”, eventually, about 500 words into the review), Oli Bettesworth, Amy Howerska, Luke Connell and hosted by Mike Shepherd. £7/£6, prebook, 8pm

CABARET: Comedy, circus, burlesque, boylesque and even hula hooping grace the stage tonight at The Soho Cabaret. £12/£10, prebook for cheaper tickets, 8.30pm

WALKING ON EUROVISION SUNSHINE: Katrina and the Waves play a pre-Eurovision party at Bunga Bunga, the dress code is 'support your country'. £10, prebook, 9pm

Good Cause of the Day

Friends of Kampala Music School is a charity that seeks to advance the education of some of the poorest children and young adults in Uganda, by giving them the opportunity to learn music. Cellist, Guy Johnston will perform Elgar's Cello Concerto at Cadogan Hall on 31 May with the Orchestra Pro Musica Uganda. The concert is in aid of the Friends of Kampala Music School and forms part of an appeal to raise £190,000 towards the refurbishment of a new building for the school. Tickets are available to book now. £32.50/£20/£15, prebook, 31 May at 7.30pm

London Weather
Compared to yesterday, it'll be noticeably warmer, noticeably calmer and noticeably sunnier. It'll also be unnoticeably crookeder, thanks to the intrusion of X-class solar flares warping the fabric of spacetime. Only Time Lords and helioexpeditionists need worry about that one, though. In summary: we don't know what we're talking about.