Things To Do In London: Friday 5 June 2015

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Save 35% on tickets to ZSL London Zoo's Sunset Safari. See the animals outside of normal zoo opening hours, hear talks about some of the species and enjoy acoustic music performances as the sun sets. Plus, there will be plenty of food and drink stalls on site. £14.56-£20.80, from 6pm
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Surrey Cricket Club takes on Essex in the Natwest T20 Blast. See all the action from Club Level seats at the Kia Oval in Kennington. £40, 6.30pm
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Author Simon Guerrier and Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula are at the planetarium at the Royal Observatory Greenwich for this family event where they discuss their new book, The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who. They'll show how close the show has often come to predicting future scientific discoveries. £8/£6, prebook, 7pm

Party on board a triple decked Dutch barge on the Thames near Westminster, in aid of the Nepal earthquake appeal, with live music and DJ sets. Minimum donation £7, prebook, 7pm

Fraff, Scottee's night of poetry for drunks and dyslexics, has moved to a new home at The Glory in Haggerston. Expect a bunch of show offs giving poetry a go, resulting in one big drunken, rhyming mess of naff poetry, puns and funny stories. £7, prebook, 7.30pm

Mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with this Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Royal Albert Hall, presented by TV presenter and historian Sir Tony Robinson. The theme is military music, with Scotland The Brave and Schubert's March Militaire on the bill. £22-£35, 7.30pm
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The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe hosts an evening of poetry and music exploring the mystery of reality. Hear poetry by Roger McGough, Robert Graves, William Shakespeare, Jessie Pope, Robert Frost and others, intermingled with live music. £10/£12, prebook, 7.30pm

Master magician and stunt man, Steve Truglia is one of only 300 people in the world to hold the Associate of the Inner Magic Circle distinction. Tonight at the Courthouse Hotel, he'll be performing a show of magic and trickery, inspired by the secret archives of the Magic Circle. £20, 7.30pm
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Head to Cecil Sharp House in Camden for an evening of Scottish music and Ceilidh dancing. Dancing is optional, but good fun. £16.50, 8pm
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The Shop Revolution Marketplace and Sydenham Arts are collaborating for an evening of 20th century Spanish music and poetry, accompanied by a tapas menu and bar. £25, prebook, 8pm

Now that the Tattershall Castle paddlesteamer is back at its rightful placed, moored at Embankment, the Boat Show Comedy Club is back. Tonight, catch Daliso Chaponda, Jonny Awsum, Rory O'Hanlon, Kerry Godliman and MC David Whitney doing their thing, before joining the afterparty aboard HMS President. £11, 8pm
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Give Cariad Lloyd and Paul Foxcroft one word and they’ll make a whole show out of it, because they’re two of this nation’s best improvisers. Catch them today and Saturday at the Soho Theatre. £12.50, prebook, 9.15pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Love fashion? Tonight at the Four Seasons Park Lane there's an evening dedicated to fashion, raising money for the British Red Cross. Enjoy a drinks reception, catwalk show, auction and a chance to buy some of the pieces from the fashion show. More information and booking details.

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