Things To Do In London: Thursday 19 February 2015

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Sip gin in the greenhouse at Kew Gardens

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CHINESE NEW YEAR: Welcome the Year of the Sheep with fun, feasting and firecrackers. Try London's best Chinese restaurants, as recommended by those in the know, or sup on cocktails made from a traditional fermented grain spirit from China.

FAMILY FUN: Keep the kids happy in half term with our list of family-friendly activities going on across London.

ART EXHIBITIONS: We're now more than halfway through February. How many of our top 10 February London art exhibitions have you managed to see so far?

RIVER WATCH: Get involved in Thames21’s River Watch Big Count. Today, volunteers are needed at Erith and Richmond to collect and count litter from the Thames Foreshore.

INDONESIAN FILM: DocHouse screens Shape of the Moon at Birkbeck Cinema in Gordon Square. The documentary portrays modern-day Indonesia told from the perspective of three generations of a Christian family living among the largest Muslim community in the world. The screening is followed by a Q&A with director Leonard Retel Helmrich. £5, prebook, 3pm

TEXTILES THROUGH TIME: World textile expert Mary Schoeser is at the Fashion and Textile Museum to talk about the enduring appeal of textiles across time and cultures. £16, prebook, 6pm-8pm

CROSS DRESSING: The National Archives at Kew explores the story of two men who shocked Victorian England with their cross dressing. Neil McKenna, who has recently written a book about it, leads the event. Part of LGBT History Month. Free, prebook, 6pm

GARDEN LATES: Kew Gardens holds its first late night opening, for adults only, in the Princess of Wales Conservatory as part of the Alluring Orchids Festival. Enjoy a botanical themed gin cocktail while browsing the tropical flowers. £12, prebook, from 6.30pm

COMEDY: Mark Watson brings his darkest and most personal stand up show yet to the Union Chapel in Islington. £17/£15+booking fee, prebook, 7pm

POETRY: The Poetry Book Society is at Keats House in Hampstead presenting the work of Daljit Nagra, Jane Yeh, Pascale Petit, and Alex MacDonald as part of Next Generation Poets. £6, prebook, 7pm

FOLK RISING: Head to Cecil Sharp House in Camden for performances by a new generation of folk music artists. Tonight's artists are Crewdson & Cevanne, Laura Moody, Òkina and Sam Mumford. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

GUERILLA COMEDY: Break the system and the fourth wall in the company of Brian Gittins, Red Bastard, Holly Burn, Ali Brice and Beth Vyse with Guerilla Busfare in Hoxton. £10, prebook, 7.30pm


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Good Cause of the Day

Tonight at Conway Hall in Holborn, London Chamber Music Society and Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present the Lincé Memorial Concert, a memorial concert in memory of Mary and Martin Lincé, who were well known on the London concert scene, in aid of Help Musicians UK — a charity which supports musicians of all genres.

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