Things To Do In London: Tuesday 30 June 2015

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You've probably seen the red London's Air Ambulance whizzing through the skies at some point, but thought little more of it. Last year, we spent a day with the crew at the charity’s headquarters at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Things to do

Discuss Yves Saint Laurent at Institut Francais

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City of Westminster Guides lead a lunchtime walking tour, exploring Victoria as a transport hub, and how it developed into what we see today. Look at some 100 year old maps of the Brighton line which many people walk past without a glance and find out why all Green Line buses have route numbers in the 700s. £7, prebook, 1.10pm-2.10pm

Institut Français hosts a panel discussion about the life and legacy of fashion revolutionary Yves Saint Laurent, chaired by the Editor of Christie’s Magazine and author Meredith Etherington-Smith. Choose to just attend the talk, or stay and watch a screening of Yves Saint Laurent by Jalil Lespert. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm

Does anyone actually cook properly, or do we just watch food programmes and talk about cooking? This is the subject of a debate at Borough Market, with a panel including food writers and chefs. Ticket includes a glass of wine and food from Borough Market traders. £15, 7pm
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Award-winning singers, soprano Soraya Mafi and bass-bartitone Bozidar Smiljanic, join Southbank Sinfonia for an evening of orchestral song at St-Martin-In-The-Fields. Featuring songs by Mozart, Berlioz, Strauss, Mussorgsky and many others. £14-£22, prebook, 7.30pm

Get down to the Star of Kings in King’s Cross for sketch, character and stand-up comedy from Twins, Stuart Laws, Matthew Highton, Lou Sanders and Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

The British Documentary Film Festival will be screening at Whirled Cinema in Brixton. Tonight's four films include The Penguin Counters by Peter Getzels and Father by Tresa Ponnor. £10, 7.30pm
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SPRING HEELED JACK: London Fortean Society is at Conway Hall in Holborn for a talk about Spring Heeled Jack, a mythological creature from Victorian London. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

Head to Cafe 1001 on Brick Lane for an evening with Shorts on Tap. Seven short documentaries from the city’s emerging filmmakers will be screened, and there’s a chance to chat with them. £5, 8pm
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Jazz singer Kevin Fitzsimmons is at St James Theatre to cover contemporary jazz classics from the likes of Bennett and Buble. £12.50, 8pm
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Olivier Award-nominated actress Dillie Keane performs some old favourites and new songs at Bishopsgate Institute, as part of City of London Festival. £16.50, 9.30pm
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Good cause of the day

Canal & River Trust, the charity caring for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, has an upcoming youth arts project ‘Stratford 2 Stratford’, which takes 30 inner city 16-18 year olds on a six day journey from Stratford East London to Stratford-upon-Avon by narrowboat, to learn about the canals and  Shakespeare. To tie in with project, there's a competition where you could win a £500 voucher for a boating holiday on the historic canals. Anyone can enter by writing a 200 word blog post conveying your idea of a perfect day on or by the canal in the style of Shakespeare. Find out more and enter here.

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