Things To Do In London: Thursday 16 April 2015

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A night of vintage dresses at the Fashion & Textile Museum

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ART EXHIBITION:
The historical Tower Bridge Engine Rooms host an exhibition featuring local London artists. On display, eight works by artists aged 55 years and above. They’ve explored the themes of tides and change through a variety of media. The exhibition is included in the ticket for the Tower Bridge exhibition. £8/£5.65, prebook, until early 2016

REGISTER TO VOTE:
The deadline to register to vote in the election is 20 April — that’s next Monday. Make sure you’re registered to vote today.

FREE TALK:
Learn about the arts and democracy and why the CIA funded Jackson Pollock in a talk from Arts Emergency co-founder Neil Griffiths at the CASS on Whitechapel High Street. Free, just turn up, 5.30pm

FASHION SHOW:
Enjoy an evening of shopping and fashion at L.K.Bennett's flagship store in Mayfair in aid of The Haven breast cancer support. See a private fashion show of the new Spring Summer collection, shop with a 10% discount, and take a goody bag home. £5, 6pm
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VINTAGE DRESSES:
The Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey is open late for a talk by William Banks-Blaney AKA William Vintage in on his new book, 25 Dresses. He'll be dissecting and detailing key vintage couture, covering twentieth century designers from Fortuny to Dior to Mugler. £15/£12, prebook, 6pm-8pm

SPIES OF MAYFAIR:
Join this guided walk, starting in Marble Arch, looking at the spies of Mayfair. Explore James Bond author Ian Fleming's Mayfair: where he was born, where he gambled and drank and how he got the inspiration for Bond. Non-fiction spies are covered too: One of Britain's greatest traitors fled the country from here, a Russian spy was murdered and real spies still scheme and plot. £10/£7.50, prebook, 6pm

BURDEN OF PEACE:
Head to Frontline Club in Paddington for a screening of Burden of Peace, a film which follows Claudia Paz y Paz, the first woman to lead the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala. Followed by a Q&A with director Joey Boink. £10, 7pm
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CHARITY NIGHT:
Enjoy a three course meal, DJ set and bingo at Number 90 in Hackney Wick (featured as our Good Cause of the Day yesterday). Alongside the food, indulge in a spot of gin tasting or tea tasting. £10 of the ticket price goes to charity. £30, 7pm
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SWIMMING IN THE THAMES:
Author Caitlin Davies opens the Footprints of London River Walks Festival with a talk about her new book Downstream: a history and celebration of swimming the River Thames. Takes place at the Prospect of Whitby. £12, prebook, 7pm

WINE TASTING:
Here's your chance to sample some of the finest Italian wines, and learn how factors such as geography and climate affect the taste. Discover how wine is made, and learn the fundamentals of wine tasting — look, smell and taste. £25, 7pm
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ART DECO:
Pop-up Painting, provider of painting parties throughout London, celebrates its second birthday with a series of immersive talks featuring the art, culture and history of artistic movements. Tonight, head to Brasserie Blanc on Southbank for an evening discussing the art deco movement, helped along with food and wine.  £19, 7.15pm
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CLUB TROPICANA:
Get your samba on at Guanabara's Rio-inspired club night. Enjoy a three course meal or a cocktail at the Covent Garden venue while enjoying a lineup of burlesque acts, contortionists, percussion, samba and capoeira. £5-£19.95, from 7.30pm
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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA:
Celebrated French pianist Elizabeth Sombart joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Chopin’s First Concerto at Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square. Also on the bill are Rossini’s The Barber Of Seville and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4. £19.50, 7.30pm
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COMEDY:
Puns! And lots of them. Pun Run is a popular night hosted by comedian Bec Hill at The Phoenix, tonight featuring wordplay from Charlie Partridge, Jessica Fostekew, Steve McNeil & Richard Soames and more. £10, prebook, 8pm

MORE COMEDY:
Catriona Knox Thinks She's Hard Enough to do three nights at Soho Theatre, starting today. The crazy character comedian is reprising her 2014 Edinburgh sell-out show. £12.50 (concessions £10), prebook, 9pm

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Golem transfers to West End for strictly limited run

The creative minds at theatre company 1927 have done it again — Golem is a unique, atmospheric and thoroughly rousing look at the impact of technology on society. It has transferred to the West End following a superb season at the Young Vic (where we gave it 5 stars), and has brought with it its clever combination of music, animation, film and theatre.

It's only on for the next two months, so as we said in our review: "So say Yes to Progress! Don’t delay! Keep up with the times or you will be left behind! And be sure to see Golem today!"

Golem is at Trafalgar Studios until 22 May 2015. Book online here.

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Today's Things To Do In London is sponsored by Golem.


Good Cause of the Day

Book ahead for Comedy for Depression, a comedy show taking place in aid of Depression Alliance at Union Chapel in Islington on 23 April.

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Edwina's Episodes

The Pun Run and Vintage dress show sounds wonderful. Nnot sure about swimmiing in the Thames though!