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Things To Do
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Enjoy views over east London and beyond from the viewing gallery of the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park. This special offer gives you half-price entry when two people go together. £15-£25 (for two), from 10am
SHOW 'N' TELL:
Spend your lunch break at the Grant Museum of Zoology and hear Misha Ewen, co-curator of the Strange Creatures exhibition, talk in detail about one particular object from the museum. She'll also be detailing her work on the history of the first colonists to settle in Virginia and the animals they encountered. Free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm
Love pizza? Get yourself on this tour around the city (start location revealed on booking) to visit London’s most creative pizza venues and learn about the history of pizza. The tour ends with five tastings, including a Sicilian dessert pizza. £19, 2.15pm
POP UP BAR:
Seen in the long weekend at the Aperol Spritz Social in Canary Wharf — it's the last day today. Alongside the bar, there are ping pong and foosball tables and an Instaprint photo booth. 5pm-10pm
HARRY POTTER LATE:
The Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios in Watford stay open late. Stroll through sets like the Gryffindor common room and Dumbledore's office. Watch live demos in special effects and wand-making, and try your hand at some magic or broomstick-flying. Ticket includes glass of prosecco, butterbeer and a guidebook. £45, 6pm-midnight
Working Men's College Library in Camden is the venue for an evening of readings celebrating international writers, including Hassan Abdulrazzak, who will be reading from his one man show Love, Bombs and Apples, and Viola Di Grado, who reads from her latest novel, The Hollow Heart. Free, prebook, 7pm
The Spanish Theatre Company presents Nina (performed in English) at Canada Water Culture Space. Nina returns to the seaside town she grew up in, and spending the night with an old friend, realises that life doesn't always turn out the way we hoped. £8, prebook, 7.30pm
Ukrainian music meets Western Indie pop/rock at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, when The Ukrainians take to the stage. This gig follows the release of their new album, A History of Rock Music in Ukrainian, a collection of British and American classic rock and pop songs re-interpreted with an eastern European twist. £14, prebook, 7.30pm
Kick off the long weekend with some '70s Havana as The Cuban Brothers take to the stage at The Prince of Wales in Brixton. Expect a mashup of music, comedy and dance moves with tunes inspired by Cuban history and mythology. Age 18+. £12.5o, 9pm
LATE NIGHT MAGIC:
Night owls should head to the Jermyn Street Theatre near Piccadilly Circus for a performance by magician in residence Richard Leigh. Alongside the magic, expect comedy, illusion and cabaret. £10, 10.45pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Beyond Food, the organisation behind social enterprise restaurant Brigade on Tooley Street, has launched a cookbook amnesty. The organisation is encouraging people to give up their unused cookery books and give them to chef apprentices who have experienced homelessness and are unable to afford their own. More information here.
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