Things To Do In London: Thursday 14 May 2015

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Taste of Mexico

In recognition of the new Frida Kahlo exhibition (see below), we've dug out our list of London's best Mexican restaurants. So that's your dinner plans sorted.

Things To Do

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Horniman Museum is open late

Dutch Centre and Cinema Bioscoop are organising Dutch Cinema, the first edition of the film festival for the Dutch and Flemish cinema in London. Various prices, prebook, 14-17 May

Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea opens a new exhibition about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It shows Ishiuchi Miyako's photographic record of her wardrobe and belongings — photos of over 300 artefacts feature. Until 12 July

Head along to the British Academy tonight for an evening themed around fairy tales and folk tales. Londonist will be there with fantastical fairy tales by London Dreamtime, and we'll also be inventing tales about the monsters of the tube map, so get your imagination in gear. Free, 6pm-9pm

Professor Nicholas Davies gives a Royal Society lecture about cuckoos, and their evolutionary ability to living off other species. The "host" species have also evolved over time to try to combat the cuckoos' trickery. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

Author Polly Samson is at Bloomsbury Publishing in Fitzrovia to talk to Bloomsbury editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle about her new book, The Kindness. £8, 6.30pm
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Sculpture historian Dr Tom Flynn is in Holborn to discuss aspects of public sculpture and its susceptibility to theft and other forms of abuse. The evening is run by London Art Salon, and tickets include wine and canapes. £40, prebook, 6.30pm

Lost Lectures is a series of talks taking place in secret locations, away from traditional corporate and academic environments. Tonight experts on sex parties, grime and the Russian underworld give talks at a secret location revealed on booking. £45, 6.30pm
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Horniman Museum is open late for a nature-themed, adults-only event, featuring taxidermy, 1920s nature films with an electronic live score, street artists painting wildlife, tours, cocktails, food and more. You can also see the current Plantastic exhibition. £5, 6.30pm
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Get an insight into European wines at The Mitre in Greenwich. Throughout the course of the evening, try six wines from three regions, and all the nibbles you can handle. £25, 7pm
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Proud Cabaret in the City hosts a 1920s style Speakeasy evening, complete with a range of burlesque acts for your entertainment. £2-£25, 7pm/8pm
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There's an opportunity to watch Jane Shore — a 100 year old BFI silent film made at Ealing Studios — with a new live musical score at the Cinema Museum in Kennington. Also included in the ticket price is a chance to explore the Cinema Museum for an hour before the film. £8.5o, prebook, 7.30pm

Head to Royal Festival Hall on Southbank Centre for piano concertos by Schumann and Mendelssohn from the Philharmonia Orchestra. £15, 7.30pm
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Arthur Smith performs what will probably be a one-off show about his mother’s decline into dementia, using recently-found diaries she wrote while she was becoming ill. We’re assured it’s funny as well as heartbreaking. At the Udderbelly. £15-£21, prebook, 9pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Tonight at the Menier Gallery in Southwark, there's a book launch, charity auction and exhibition — a collaborative project of creatives from all around the world who each submit a completely unique 3D sculpture for the exhibition/auction. Proceeds go to Mary's Meals, which aims to find a solution to world hunger.

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