Things To Do In London: Monday 20 July 2015

The future of London's nightlife

London boasts a pretty varied night life with bars and pubs constantly trying to outdo each other in the wacky stakes. We recently heard about a steam bar concept where you sit in a boozy cocktail cloud and absorb alcohol through your eyeballs. Perhaps the absurd isn't so far away — check out our top 10 list of London bars that don't exist... yet.

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Lino printing at Stories in Dalston

COMEDY:
Here in the UK we probably know Arj Barker best from Flight of the Conchords, which is a bit unfair. Rectify that by seeing his stand up at the Soho Theatre. £10-£20, prebook, until 28 July

MUSIC:
Cuban group Irakere are returning to Ronnie Scott's after making a name there in the 1980s. Expect to hear a fierce mix of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban style music. They'll be playing two shows per night so there's no excuse not to see them. £30/£60, prebook, until 25 July

TOUR:
Take a tour of The Courts of Law. This new tour launched today by the NCCL allows the public to get up close and personal with the British legal system without ever having to commit a crime, phew. Tours run throughout the day. £10, prebook

COMEDY:
Kate Lucas, a musical comedian, and Dane Baptiste will be performing their Edinburgh Fringe previews at the Phoenix Artist Club in Soho. Ticket includes complimentary beer or wine. £6, prebook, 6pm
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THEATRE:
If it's black comedy you're after then get down to Theatre 503 in Battersea for The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers. The protagonists are psychopaths who decide to break the rules. Expect dark humour and quick-fire dialogue. £8/£10, prebook, 7pm

LINO PRINTING:
London is full of quirky workshops offering you the chance to unleash your creativity. After this three hour session at Stories in Dalston you'll end up with a snazzy tote bag in your own design and it's a great way to socialise. £30, prebook, 7pm
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FILM SCREENING:
Head to Frontline Club in Paddington to see a documentary about photographer Dorothea Lange, as explored by her granddaughter. Stay to hear the director's Q&A. £10, prebook, 7pm
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FOOD AND WINE:
Head to Vivat Bacchus in London Bridge to get your fill of British cured meats complimented by a delicious selection of South African wines. £25, prebook, 7pm
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QUIZ:
Spend a nostalgic evening with mates at Drink, Shop and Do in King's Cross where you'll be quizzed on your noughties and 90s knowledge over cocktails. Free, just turn up, 7pm

COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS:
Merchant House is home to the largest combined collection of gin and rum in the world. Drink away the Monday blues with this masterclass. You'll receive a refreshing drink on entry plus four tasters, a cocktail and a glass of port to round the evening off. £20, prebook, 7.30pm
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CIRCUS, BURLESQUE AND ART:
We're intrigued by this show which blends live burlesque performance with life drawing. Experience the weird and the wonderful at Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School at the Spielgeltent on South Bank. £20, prebook, 7.30pm
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BOOK TALK:
Hear bestselling authors and masters of crime fiction Arnaldur Indridason and Hakan Nesser discuss the genre of Nordic Noir at Foyles in Charing Cross. £8, prebook, 8.30pm


Good cause of the day

Unseen Tours are award winning tours led by homeless guides, providing them with an income while challenging perceptions we might have about homeless people. Join Cris for a tour around Brick Lane which encompasses culture, art and the rich history of the area. £7/£10, prebook, 2pm-3.45pm


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