Things To Do In London: Tuesday 19 May 2015

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Canzionere Grecanico Salentino are at Rich Mix

SMITHFIELD MARKET:
Delve into the area around Smithfield Market, including seeing where Sherlock may have met his end and 'Bloody' Queen Mary had people burned at the stake. Also visit the Bells of Old Bailey and a Golden Boy. £3, 12.45pm

LUNCHTIME MUSIC:
Enjoy a free lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields: pianist Diana Brekalo plays a trio of pieces in this beautiful church. Free, just turn up, 1pm

BEER, BEEF AND FILM:
Watch The Usual Suspects with a beefy brioche (or pork, duck or halloumi) at Smiths of Smithfield. Get a drink on arrival and munch through the movie. Tickets £15 each, 6pm
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ABORIGINAL ART:
In aid of The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, enjoy an evening lecture and didgeridoo performance by renowned anthropologist Nicola Pagano, plus see pieces of contemporary art sourced from aboriginal Australia, and taste special wines from Wirra Wirra Winery. £35, 6pm
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ENTREPRENEURS:
Business minded? Head to the Grosvenor Piccadilly in Leicester Square to network with like-minded people and enjoy expert talks. £7.50, 6pm
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YOGA FITNESS:
Finish your day with a spot of yoga in a secluded garden in Chiswick. Soothe your mind and body, and leave feeling relaxed and serene. £10, 6.30pm
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SLOT CAR RACING:
Stories on Broadway hosts a nostalgic evening of Slot Car Racing, where beginners and experts in the Scalextric world are welcome to take part. Free to enter, £5 to play, 7pm-11pm

ART CONSERVATION:
Should we care about issues surrounding the conservation of contemporary art? That's the subject of a debate tonight at the Royal Institution, with experts including, Sandra Smith, Head of Conservation at the V&A and artist Gary Webb. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm

TRY SWING DANCING:
Let the experts at Swing Patrol get your feet moving with a beginners class at Candid Arts Centre in Angel. Tickets £10, starts 7pm.
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VAN GOGH:
Have a go(gh) at creating your own version of Van Gogh's masterpiece, Starry Night, at the Trafalgar Hotel in Charing Cross. It doesn't matter whether you're any good or not — it's a relaxed atmosphere and all supplies (and a glass of wine!) are included. £29, 7.30pm

CUT PRICE CINEMA:
See Avengers: Age of Ultron at a Vue Cinema for just £7.
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IMPROBABILITY PRINCIPLE:
Professor David J Hand, author of The Improbability Principle, is at Conway Hall to give a talk for London Fortean Society about why miracles and coincidences happen in everyday life. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

ITALIAN MUSIC:
Seven piece Italian music ensemble Canzionere Grecanico Salentino is at Rich Mix in Shoreditch performing songs from their new album Quaranta. £8, prebook, 8.30pm
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COMEDY:
Joseph Morpurgo’s last show, Odessa, was a terrifying work of genius that mixed character comedy with recorded footage. We caught a work in progress gig of his new stuff a couple of months ago and it looks like he’s hitting the jackpot again. See how far he’s got at Invisible Dot. £5, prebook, 9.15pm

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Share burger joy at Gourmet Burger Kitchen this week

Indulge in a tasty burger during your lunch break this week: GBK is offering you the chance to shout your burger loving friends a free lunch. Wait, what?

From Monday to Thursday this week, grab a burger and side from the GBK 15 Minute Lunch Menu (starting from £5.95) and treat your chosen friend with a second one for free. Choose from classic beef, cheese, chicken or veggie burger and accompany it with fries, GBK homeslaw or a salad.

From 9am today, click here to be in with a chance of grabbing a free burger for your friend. There are 250 available each day so make sure you're ready!

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Terms and Conditions: Buy any lunch menu and receive one free 4oz lunch menu to the value of £6.95. Offer does not include lunch menu upgrades to 6oz. Valid at GBK restaurants within the UK mainland only, until 21st May 5pm. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer, set menu or GBK app reward. Offer limited to 250 free lunches per day. Eat in only.

Today's Things to do in London is sponsored by Gourmet Burger Kitchen.


Good Cause of the Day

Get tickets now for Laugh 'Til It Hurts at Bloomsbury Theatre tomorrow. Comedians including Paul Foot, Tony Law and Sara Pascoe do their things to raise money for Cancer Research.

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