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FREE FILMS: New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival is underway, with 57 free films to choose from.

MASQUERADE BALL: The Young Professionals' Spring Masquerade Ball, continuing the tradition of the Venetian carnival and Royal Court, takes place at the Roof Gardens in Kensington. Live performers include dancers, musicians, acrobats and magicians. Age 21+. £27, 2 May, 7pm
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POETRY FOR DRUNKS: Think poetry or spoken word nights are high-brow or boring? Here’s an event that will change your mind.

WINE TASTING: Wine expert Simon Hadden is at Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon to talk about wine, particularly wines from the Rioja region. £20, 27 April, 7pm
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POLITICAL ART: Nothing escapes the clutches of the election, not even art. These four political exhibitions are designed to coincide with the run-up to the election.

UNDERSTANDING CHEESE: Running alongside the wine tasting at Vivat Bacchus (above) is a night focusing on the most mysterious cheese of all — blue cheese. Hear what makes it taste so good, learn about traditional and new production methods, and find out how those blue veins appear. £20, 27 April, 7pm
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BLUFF THE ELECTION: Political comedian Joe Wells hosts the guide to bluffing the general election at the Bourne & Hollingsworth Building in Finsbury. £10-£25, 28 April, 6.30pm/7.30pm
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BURLESQUE SHOW: Knightsbridge restaurant Privée dims the lights for a night of seductive, sultry burlesque, accompanied by a mezze selection and champagne cocktails. £10-£25, 30 April, 8.30pm
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Pay an after-hours visit to the animals of ZSL London Zoo!

The brand new Sunset Safari series will give visitors a rare chance to see the zoo’s inhabitants as only the keepers do — at night. Whether you want to see a tiger prowling at twilight or a monkey family having a pre-bedtime natter, Sunset Safari gives city-dwellers the chance to understand the 750 species from around the world from a new perspective. Join a twilight animal tour, view the last feedings of the day, quiz expert conservationists, chill out to live music and satiate your own appetite with over 25 stalls at the World Food Market.


ZSL London Zoo’s Sunset Safari series takes places every Friday 6-10pm from 5 June-17 July 2015. Book online via the ZSL London Zoo website.

This week’s Best of Londonist is sponsored by ZSL London Zoo.

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