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Painted ladies, life drawing, make-up secrets, psychedelic pop, inspiring talks and... marshmallows! Join us for The Wallace Collection Late this Friday, inspired by current exhibition Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint. Your ticket includes a complimentary glass of Pimm’s to enjoy in the al fresco bar at magnificent Hertford House. Book now!
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DEAL OF THE DAY:
Save 69% on tickets to a gin and rum masterclass at Merchant House in Bank. Merchant House is home to the largest combined collection of gin and rum in the world — the perfect place to learn about the history of these spirits. Each masterclass includes four cocktails and a glass of port. Age 18+. £20, 7.30pm
SPITALFIELDS MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Spitafields Music Summer Festival is back. Unique venues such as Shoreditch’s Village Underground and Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula will host Renaissance music, jazz and opera. The programme includes gigs, talks, workshops and special children shows. 2-16 June
Play! is Royal Holloway's annual festival of culture showcasing music, theatre, poetry, creative writing, art and more. More than 20 free performances, events and exhibitions take place over the three days. Free, prebook, 2-4 June
As part of Keats Festival 2015, Keats House in Hampstead holds a free afternoon of romantic poetry. Performed by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors, this reading will include works by Keats, Shelley, Byron, and other Romantic poets. Free, just turn up, 2pm-3pm
Christie's auction house in South Kensington is open late for an evening themed around 20th century design. Includes specialist talks, guest speakers, and a themed exhibition. See also: Museum lates you've never heard of. Free, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm
LARGE HADRON COLLIDER:
Should we still be paying for the Large Hadron Collider? Victoria Martin, leader of the Higgs boson research team at the University of Edinburgh, is at the Royal Institution to discuss the Large Hadron Collider, the Higgs boson and what the point is of continuing to run the world's largest and most expensive experiment for the next decade. £12/£8/£6, prebook, 7pm
RETURN OF A KING:
William Dalrymple is at Frontline Club in Paddington to talk about his new book Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42, which provides an insight into the first Anglo-Afghan war. The historian will be drawing parallels between that war and events in Afghanistan and the UK today. £12.50, 7pm
Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman is at Lutyens & Rubinstein book shop in Notting Hill to talk about her new book, Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies. It's her personalised guide to American movies from the 1980s — why they are brilliant, what they meant to her, and how they influenced movie-making forever. £10, prebook, 7pm
Watch a screening of the remake of The Gambler, in which an English professor and high-stakes gambler borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Screening takes place at Roxy Bar & Screen in Borough, and ticket includes a main meal. £12, 7.30pm
Crack Comedy Southbank performs Some News Live at Slug & Lettuce in County Hall. Line up includes political comedian Erich McElroy, Steve N Allen and musician Christian Reilly. £7.50, 8pm
The Reverend JW Simpson’s sermons aren’t like your average one, mainly because they usually focus on booze. In Fitzrovia, spend an evening learning about (and tasting) plantation rums. £12.50, 8.30pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Tonight, watch Lords and MPs battle it out whilst enjoying the champagne garden party at Macmillan Cancer Support's House of Lords vs House of Commons Tug of War. More information and tickets here.
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