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Things To Do
BEFORE BREAKFAST: Up with the lark? Make the most of the early mornings — especially now they're getting lighter — with these things to do in London before breakfast.
LAST CHANCE: This will be the last week of the Paula Rego/Honóre Daumier exhibition at House of Illustration: make sure you visit it before it's too late. Although more than a century separates these two artists, they have much in common. £7/£5, prebook, until 22 March
SUMMER WINE BEERS: The Dean Swift in Bermondsey hosts the Summer Wine Brewery for an evening of beer sampling and beer chat. £10, prebook, 6pm
PUBSCI: Head to the Old Kings Head Pub near London Bridge where Paolo Viscardi, curator of natural history at the Horniman Museum, will be giving a talk titled Bringing the Dead to Life, focusing on the weird and wonderful specimens that can be found in museum stores. Donations encouraged, just turn up, 7pm
LITERARY DEATH MATCH: Head to The Phoenix on Cavendish Square for Literary Death Match, where four writers read their work for seven minutes or less, to be judged by three judges (including Lionel Shriver, author of We Need To Talk About Kevin). £8, prebook, 7pm
GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNEYS: Seven speakers are given just ten minutes each to present a microlecture on a geographical topic at the Royal Geographical Society. Topics include climbing Iran’s highest peak, conservation work with sea turtles in Antigua and kayaking down Sri Lanka’s longest river. £12/£9, prebook, 7pm
AFGHANISTAN WAR: Author and former ambassador to Moscow Rodric Braithwaite is in conversation with the BBC’s Caroline Wyatt to discuss the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989. Takes place at Imperial War Museum. Free, prebook, 7pm
TV HISTORY: Islington History Society hosts TV producer and director David Wilson, who will be talking and showing film clips about making history programmes for TV. Free for members/£1 for non-members, just turn up, 7.30pm
ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: The Lord Palmerston hosts an evening celebrating the glories and otherwise of the animal kingdom through a mixture of riotous anecdotes, readings from Coleridge to Gertrude Stein and live music. £10, prebook, 8pm
COMEDY: Don’t say we never send you to anything intellectual. Simon Munnery is attempting to make the 19th century existentialist Soren Kierkegaard funny, at the Soho Theatre until Sunday. £10-£17.50, prebook, 9.15pm
Good Cause of the Day
Remember the Year of the Bus sculptures that went on display around London last year? You can get hold of one in an auction, which raises money for Kids Company, Transaid, and the London Transport Museum.
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