Things To Do In London: Monday 27 July 2015

Unleash your creative side at this screen printing workshop at Drink, Shop and Do

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V&A EXHIBITION:
Facing History is a new exhibition opening today at the V&A which sees prominent artists responding to the way portraiture has evolved over the last 20 years. Eighty prints and and photographs will be on display. Free, just turn up, until 24 April 2016

PONGATHON:
Rich Mix's regular Ping Pong night looks like bundles of fun. Take part in the Pingbot Challenge, Mini-Table competitions or Buddy-Up Doubles tournaments. Plus there's a bar, prizes and music so you can bat to the beat. Prebook a session on the Rich Mix website. Free, prebook, 5pm

OUTDOOR THEATRE:
Enjoy an evening of outdoor theatre in the lovely surroundings of Jubilee Park in Canary Wharf. Tonight you can see Iolanthe by Iiyria, Gilbert and Sullivan’s most magical comic opera set half in Fairyland, half in Westminster and Iolanthe. Enjoy Gilbert’s words and Sullivan’s splendid harmonies as dusk falls leaving you with a song in your heart. Free, just turn up, 6.45pm

CHEESE TASTING:
We can't think of a better way to spend a Monday evening than gobbling French cheese paired with wine all served up by foodies who know what they're talking about. No need to catch the Eurostar, just head to Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon. £20, prebook, 7pm

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SCREEN PRINTING:
Head to Drink, Shop and Do in King's Cross to unleash your creativity on an unsuspecting tea towel. Tonight you'll be learning the art of screen printing and you get to take your masterpieces home with you. £17, prebook, 7pm

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FABER SOCIAL AND ENGLISH PEN:
Join Faber and English Pen for an evening of words which delve into the world of secrets, featuring a stellar line up of talented writers including Sadie Jones, Ben Markovits, Max Porter, Polly Samson, Jack Underwood and Emma Jane Unsworth. £8, prebook, 7pm

CLASSICAL MUSIC:
The London Russian Music School is putting on a special night of classical music maestros who'll be performing in the intimate venue of St Marks near Maida Vale. Tonight violinist Nicola Benedetti is performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Glazunov's Violin Concerto. £12, prebook, 7.30pm

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MAGIC:
Prepare to be dumbfounded by Impossible at Noel Coward Theatre featuring a lineup of eight professional magicians who have been directed by Anthony Owen, the guy working his magic behind Channel Four's Derren Brown. Expect escapology, illusion and trickery which will have you gasping 'Impossible'. £13, prebook, 7.30pm

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QUIZ NIGHT:
Head to The Red Lion in Leytonstone for their regular quiz night which offers a £50 cash prize. Expect creative challenges, general knowledge, plus mystery rounds and the super hard bonus round. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

SHUFFLE FILM FESTIVAL:
Shuffle Festival takes place in Tower Hamlets Cemetery and there's a variety of events ranging from art, performance and film. Tonight there'a a chance to see 127 Hours, a film telling the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco) who got trapped under a boulder. Director Danny Boyle will be on hand after for a Q&A session. £16.50, prebook, 8pm

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COMEDY: Angela Barnes, Chris Martin (not that one) and Storybeast are at the Good Ship in Kilburn, finessing their latest material before heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe. £4, prebook, 8pm

JENNY SAY QUA:
Jenny Collier will be performing her new show at Museum of Comedy in Bloomsbury. Since performing at Edinburgh last year she's won a couple of awards and performed across the globe. With a quality title like Jenny Say Qua the rest is bound to be good. £5, prebook, 9.30pm

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Good Cause

Footprints of London is running fundraising walks for Amnesty International. This tour, led by David Brown, explores the life of reformers who lived in Hampstead and the radical approaches they took to solving the world's problems. Footprints tours offer great insight into London's history of human rights through entertaining and informative tours. Meet outside the Flask Inn. £10, prebook, 7pm


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