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For Your Commute
Sitting on the tube as you read this, facing another overcrowded commute? It may seem depressing now, but the thousand of journeys made on the tube in one day were recently put into an animation, a dot representing each journey. It's worth a look.
Things To Do
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London based Irish artist Gavin Freeborn seeks to take you on a journey of his international adventures. Inspired by artists who barter, he has exchanged his photographic portraits for other skills, objects and hospitality in over 20 countries since November 2011. He has selected artists from the community of Chelsea College of Arts to show works that relate to travel or exchange. Free, just turn up, until 25 April
Take a walking tour of the London locations featured in the Harry Potter films. Start in Leicester Square, and take a trip to Platform 9 3/4 and the real location that Diagon Alley was based on. Valid Zone 1 Travelcard/Oyster card required, as the tour involves an Underground journey. £10, 12pm
GAME OF THRONES:
Comedian Helen Keen is at the Royal Institution with Centre for Life's Ian Simmons, to discuss the science behind Game of Thrones. The evening combines facts, jokes, quizzes and live demonstrations. Could fire-breathing dragons ever exist? What really happens when royalty inbreeds? Can you actually crush someone's skull with your bare hands? £12/£8/£6, prebook, 7pm
The Festival of Improvisation is bringing 20 comedy shows to the Tristan Bates Theatre in the space of a week. Tonight, see a comical-tragical play entitled Women Who Wank, followed by an Impromptu Shakespeare performance. £12 for both shows, from 7pm
Tuck into a four course meal by celebrated chef Bjorn van der Horst at Carousel in Marylebone. His speciality is family-style sharing plates, with sample menu items including braised veal shanks. £35, 7pm
The Romanian Cultural Institute hosts a party organised by the performance company There There, commemorating the last ten years of Eastern European presence in the UK. The evening aims to dispel the negative connotations around Eastern European immigration. Expect special guests, voting games, live ethnic music, nibbles and traditional drinks. Free, from 7pm
What has the news ever done for you? Join Grainne Maguire, David Mills, Kevin Day and Angela Barnes to discuss the hottest election topics at Etcetera Theatre in Camden. £5/£4, prebook, 7.30pm
Tonight sees the launch of Camden People's Theatre's season of politically-minded plays — The State We're In — with the first performance being a beatbox extravaganza about the working class and zero hours contracts No Milk For The Foxes. £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm
SHAKESPEARE DEBATE: As part of Tea House Theatre's Shakespeare Festival, there's a debate about the true identity of playwright William Shakespeare. For centuries scholars have been debating who really wrote the poems and plays; today, so now four experts discuss the issue. Free, 7.30pm
Head to the Science Museum for Three Tales, a video opera exploring three momentous scientific events from the twentieth century; the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, nuclear bomb tests on Bikini Atoll in 1946–1958, and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996. The show features a live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, and re-processed historical films clips. Repeated on Friday. £22/£12, prebook, 7.30pm
Treat yourself to a showcase of world-class Latin and UK circus talent with a lineup of burlesque acts, contortionists, ballerinas, fire-breathers and more at Guanabara in Covent Garden. Includes dinner and a cocktail. £15, 8.30pm
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Good Cause of the Day
London East branch of Beanstalk, a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading, is looking for volunteers. There's a recruitment drive on 23 April, and representatives of the charity will be situated at The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton and by Southwark Cathedral in Borough to recruit volunteers.
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