Things To Do In London: Tuesday 16 June

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If you're looking to splash the cash a bit (OK, a lot), treat yourself to VIP tickets to opening day of Royal Ascot 2015. The package includes admission, a complimentary bar, a four course lunch, Mad Hatter's tea party, celebrity guest speaker and more. From £358
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London Film Academy in Fulham has an open house afternoon. Book a time slot for a guided tour of the building and facilities, chat with course supervisors, current students and graduates and watch a showreel of their student films. Free, prebook, 2pm-5pm

Join Giles de la Mare, grandson of Walter de la Mare, a long-standing director of Faber and Faber, for tea in an 18th century silkweaver's house in Spitalfields. £12.50 (tea and cake included), prebook, 3-4pm

Dickens showed considerable knowledge about scientific developments of the 1850s and 1860s, which he wove into his stories and descriptions of London’s life and environment. Hear more about it at this Gresham Lecture at Museum of London. Free, just turn up, 6pm

Stretch away your stresses in this yoga fitness session in a secret garden in Ravenscourt Park, Chiswick. Yoga mats are provided. £10, 6.30pm
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As part of Fitzrovia Festival, Nick Bailey, long time resident and author of a book about Fitzrovia, gives a talk about important sites of community activism, the struggle for housing and open space in the area. Free, 6.30pm

Learn the skills to carve and print lino blocks at this three-hour workshop at BoxPark in Shoreditch. It covers everything you need to know and all materials are provided. £35, 6.30pm
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Shorts On Tap presents an evening of short films inspired by Hitchcock's masterpiece, Psycho. Not one for the faint hearted. Takes place at 93 Feet East in Shoreditch. £5, 7pm
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Pop-up Opera returns to the atmospheric Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel Shaft in Rotherhithe for a performance of L’Italiana in Algeri, about a Las Vegas hotel employee who find himself in debt to the hotel's corrupt owner. Performed in Italian with English subtitles. £20-£26, prebook, 7.30pm

Head to The Dog + Fox in Wimbledon to enjoy an evening of painting (fuelled by booze, of course) and meeting new people. Culture, without having to leave the pub. £29, 7.30pm
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See dextrous collective The Seven Fingers jump through hoops, ascend poles and perform daring feats of acrobatics as they recount an enthralling tale at The Peacock Theatre in Holborn. £23.99-£49, 7.30pm
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Get a dose of friendly politics at Camden’s Black Heart with Lolitics, hosted by Chris Coltrane with Bridget Christie, Jonny and the Baptists and Eleanor Morton. £3, just turn up, 8.30pm

Good cause of the day

Enter now to take part in this Sunday's London Walk in aid Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Walk either 5km or 10km starting and finishing in Victoria Embankment Gardens. Find out more and sign up here.

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