Things To Do In London: Monday 23 February 2015

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London Trivia

There's been a lot of talk about London airports recently, and while the dubiously named Boris Island seems to be off the cards for now, we delved into history to find out how London's airports got their names. Which is built on an old goat farm, and which gets its name from a stoney place?

Things To Do

EARLY RISER: Up early? Make the most of it; there's plenty to do in London before the sun has risen and the coffee has been poured.

WEST AFRICAN DRESS: Lorene Rhoomes, designer behind Akhu Designs, discusses textiles and dress in West Africa, followed by a head wrap workshop at Design Museum. £12, prebook, 7pm

WOMEN IN DARK TIMES: Author Jacqueline Rose is at Kings Place to discuss her book Women in Dark Times with Helena Kennedy. Rose's latest work explores women such as revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg, German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon and movie icon Marilyn Monroe. £12.50, prebook, 7pm

CINEMA JAM: Up-and-coming filmmakers screen their short films, followed by a Q&A at The Best of Cinema Jam. Plus a guest appearance and talk by blogger, screenwriter and producer Stephen Follows. It's normally members only, but is open to the public just for this event. £5/£6, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: Watch the property market implode in the company of David Mills, Lazy Susan and In Cahoots, at The Comedy Pub off Piccadilly Circus. £4, just turn up, 7.30pm

LGBT SALON: Polari, the LGBT literature salon, is back at Southbank Centre. Award-winning author Christopher Fowler headlines, along with Diriye Osman (winner of The Polari First Book Prize 2014), Jill Gardiner, Clare Lydon and Mansel Stimpson. 18+. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

TOTALLY SHERLOCK: Tying in with Museum of London's current Sherlock Holmes exhibition, there's a chance to meet the curators, who will be discussing their favourite objects in the exhibition, and the things they learned while putting it together. Find out about other forthcoming Sherlock events. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

SUPPER CLUB: There's an evening of Italian seasonal cuisine hosted by chef Andrea Zagatti in Maida Vale. £30, prebook, 7.30pm

DANCE CLASS: Head to Drink, Shop & Do for a dance class focusing on the moves from the video of Beyonce's Single Ladies. £10, prebook, 8pm

UNLIKELY SPIES: Broadcaster Peter Day and authors Henry Hemming and Mike Rossiter are at Kings Place to discuss the lives of two real-life spies, Klop Ustinov and Geoffrey Pyke. £10.50, prebook, 8.30pm

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: Also at Kings Place, John Lahr, ex-drama critic of The New Yorker, talks about his Tennessee Williams biography with Times columnist David Aaronovitch. £12.50, prebook, 8.30pm

TONIGHT'S DINNER: It's Monday, so if you don't feel like cooking tonight, we don't blame you. Why not try out one of London's best Thai restaurants, for your fill of curries, soups, stir-fries and salads?

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Good Cause of the Day

Tonight, the Palace Theatre hosts Laughing Point, a comedy fundraiser for Centrepoint. The line up is Josh Widdicombe, Miles Jupp, Sara Pascoe, Joe Lycett, Lou Sanders, Pippa Evans and Pappy's. Elis James takes up the role of compere. Buy tickets here.


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