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Spend your Friday night trapped in a room with a zombie. In this team game, up to 12 people are locked in a space with a member of the undead, and have to solve clues and puzzles to escape. The zombie, meanwhile, is released a foot at a time.... arrgggh! £28, various times
VIDEO GAME DEMOCRACY:
Love video games? Get yourself to Boxpark in Shoreditch for an evening of democratic gaming. Every 10 minutes, players are given the option to vote for the next game via their controllers, from a library of 700+ games over 10 classic consoles. £5.95, 4pm
It's the last Friday of the month which means that the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington is open late for adults with live performances, cutting-edge fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm-10pm. Natural History Museum, just across the road, is also open late. Free (charge for some exhibitions), 6pm-10pm
BRING BACK THE NHS:
Sir Ian McKellen will be hosting an evening of 25 lightning talks celebrating the people, services, and ethos of the NHS. Line up of speakers includes Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Paul Nurse. Takes place at Central Hall in Westminster. £10/£7.50, prebook, 7pm
This walking follows in the footsteps of the creative luminaries who've been inspired while walking London's streets: from literary greats like W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf and Chiang Yee to engineer Joseph Bazalgette, painter J.M.W. Turner and an anonymous bus ticket collector. Starts near Embankment. £18/£15, prebook, 7pm
JAZZ AND CHEESE:
Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon offers a civilised start to the weekend in the form of jazz and cheese. Kick back and enjoy an evening of jazz music while tucking into a scattering of five cheeses and a glass of red or white wine. £30 (for two people), from 7.30pm
Kettner's in Soho transforms into wartime London for the night, reminiscent of a 1940s dance hall. Choose from a meal and party ticket, or simply attend the party. Entertainment includes a dance class from Swing Patrol, performances and cabaret shenanigans from Des O’Connor (nope, not that one) and forces sweetheart Lili La Scala, showgirls Betsy Rose, Ruby Deshabille and Giddy Heights plus live music from Oompah Brass quintet. £25/£49, prebook, 7.30pm
JAPANESE SUPPER CLUB:
At a secret location somewhere in Islington, tuck into a selection of unique contemporary Japanese dishes in tasting portions. Menu examples include saikyo-miso marinated salmon and udon with smoked mackerel. £29, 7.30pm
The Royal Institution's Friday Night Discourse focuses on lasers. They have everyday uses, for example in DVD players, but here, scientist Dr Kate Lancaster talks the audience through some of the more extreme uses of lasers: miniaturising particle accelerators, making astrophysical conditions in the lab, and creating fusion energy. £17/£11, prebook, 7.50pm
There’s a free comedy night at the Rose and Crown in Kentish Town, featuring new material from Felicity Ward, Amy Howeska, James Bennison and many more. Free, just turn up, 8pm
The Aeronaut in Acton hosts a circus evening more intimate than the traditional big top circuses. Performers include jugglers, hula hoopers, dancers, contortionists, magicians and comedians. £8.75, 9pm
See in the weekend with a bang at Drink, Shop & Do in King's Cross, where the first Glitterati Ball is taking place. Glitter balls, and sequins all over the shop, as you dance the night away. Free-£3, 10pm
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