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Sup a Cuban cocktail while Zack McLaughlin shows you how to make a wire Tody Bird at Queen of Hoxton's rooftop bar. £15, 27 June
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Sarah Chayes and Tom Burgis take on the topic of corruption, particularly Africa and Afghanistan, in this talk about the world’s most corrupt regimes. £12.50, 24 June
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The Frontline Club in Paddington regularly holds talks and film screenings around current affairs. This week, they test whether you've been paying attention at this quiz. £5, 25 June
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London Aquarium is open late for an adults only event. Explore the tanks after dark, enjoy a glass of prosecco on arrival and eat gourmet food and snacks. £29, 26 June
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Here at Londonist, we're fans of Four Femmes on the Thames, an all female comedy singing quartet. See them perform at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, Kennington. £12.50, 27 June
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Head to a secret Islington location for Monograph supper club, a chance to sample contemporary Japanese food in tasting portions. £29, 26 June
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See the best contemporary portraitists at the BP Portrait Award 2015

The annual showcase of the most talented artists in contemporary portrait painting is back at the National Portrait Gallery, and it's free!

Selected from a record-breaking 2,748 entries by artists from 92 countries, the BP Portrait Award 2015 features a huge variety and range of paintings. From figurative nudes to famous faces, and expressive sketches to piercing photo-realism, there's plenty to choose from.

Now in its 36th year at the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition is accompanied by a rich programme of events including talks, workshops and tours — most of them are free.

Portrait of Esta Sexton aged 12 by Paul P. Smith, 2014 © Paul P. Smith

BP Portrait Award 2015 is on until 20 September at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE. Entry to the exhibition is free. Tweet your favourite portrait at @npglondon using the hashtag #bpportrait.

This week's Best of Londonist is sponsored by National Portrait Gallery.

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