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Things To Do
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Half term is well and truly here. If you're struggling to find things to do with kids and teenagers, take a look at these family-friendly events and activities. There are even suggestions for family-friendly theatres and art galleries to visit all year round.
Tough day back at work after the bank holiday weekend? Treat yourself to a night at the flicks — get a ticket to a 2D Vue cinema screening for £7. Best of all, you can use the ticket anytime until 7 July
THAMES BEACHES WALK:
Seaside Walk Week encourages families to spend quality time together, and the lack of a seaside in London isn't stopping the city from joining in the fun. Choose from a 2.5 or 3.5 mile guided walk along the Thames, hearing some of the history of the area as you go. £15/£5, prebook, 1pm-2pm
City of Westminster Guides lead a lunchtime walk, starting on the piazza in front of Westminster Cathedral on Victoria Street and exploring part of the local area. £7/£5, prebook, 1.10pm-1.50pm
Battersea Arts Centre hosts the first in a series of free talks about the incredible history of the old Town Hall building and local area. Historian Prof. Penelope Corfield and writer David Rosenberg highlight the work of local author Charlotte Despard. Free, prebook, 6pm
Learn how to shake it like a pro at this cocktail masterclass at Cartizze in Mayfair. Ticket includes Bellini and nibbles on arrival, two cocktail demonstrations by mixologists and one cocktail you'll make yourself. £30, 6.30pm
ARE YOU SEEING CLEARLY?:
Join Dan Credgington in this Café Scientifique at the Royal Society to discuss the future of light on earth — while we can now make our own artificial light, the methods to do so are often wasteful. Free, prebook, 6.30pm
There's an entire evening dedicated to goat's cheese at Vivat Bacchus in London Bridge. Get your teeth into some varieties of goat's cheeses, washed down by a wine or two. £20, 7pm
Or if cheese isn't your thing, wine is the main event at this gathering at the Farringdon branch of Vivat Bacchus. Specifically, rose wine is the centre of attention, with several varieties to try. £15, 7pm
Norwegian foreign correspondent Åsne Seierstad’s new book, One of Us, offers an account of the 2011 Norwegian tragedy in which Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people. She's at Frontline Club in Paddington tonight to share her research. £12.50, 7pm
Kevin Eldon headlines at this free comedy night at Star of Kings (though donations at the end to help the Free Fringe, please), plus Ben Target, Daphne, Minor Delays, Joseph Morpurgo and more. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm
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Good Cause of the Day
National volunteering charity TimeBank is recruiting volunteers to give informal language lessons to people living in London who speak little or no English. Many are women from Bangladeshi, Somali and Pakistani communities; without language skills, they can feel isolated and cut off from society. TimeBank has launched new language programmes in Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Greenwich, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lewisham, Southwark and Wandsworth. Interested? More information here.
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