Things To Do In London: Tuesday 14 July 2015

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Jazz for the kids at Ali McGregor’s Jazzamatazz

Ali McGregor's jazz night delivers fun for all the family. Grab a drink at The Spielgeltent, Southbank, and watch the kids have a blast on the dance floor. Recommended age group 0-7 years. £5, prebook, 2pm
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The House of Illustration in King's Cross invites you to take a nostalgic trip around your childhood exploring over 120 original illustrations from Ladybird Books dating from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. The exhibition celebrates a century since the Ladybird logo was first registered in 1915. £4/£7, until 27 September

We all love a good cuppa so learn how to brew your own, loose leaf style, at this Tea Brewing Masterclass at Trinity Buoy Wharf near the Docklands. £16.50, prebook, 7pm
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Indulge in your love for comics with this 'drink and draw' session at Drink, Shop, Do in King's Cross. End the night by collaborating with your fellow scribblers on a group comic, with rude and hilarious results. £7.50, prebook, 7pm
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If you need a break from the city and the screens we seem to be perpetually glued to, make your way to Spitalfields City Farm for a relaxed session of sketching. Your sitters will be goats and their adorable kids. The class is open to all and materials are provided. Money raised by Wildlife Drawing classes continues the conservation and protection of the animals. £20, prebook, 7pm-9pm

Wondering where to get super good veggie food now Food for Thought has closed? Join Amy's Kitchen in London Fields for vegetarian nosh followed by a masterclass in the art of cocktail making with Lottie Muir, the Cocktail Gardener who infuses cocktails with all natural ingredients. £10, prebook, 7pm-10.30pm

Double act Best Boy host six acts previewing material ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe at The Miller in SE1, including John-Luke Roberts and sketch from The Jest. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

The Happy Hour Collective are tweaking the tunes you love so you'll love them even more. Head to Cecil Sharp House in Camden Town to party to a selection of talented bands and musicians. £10, prebook, 7.30pm
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You never know when improv might come in handy. Learn the tricks of the trade at this introductory course at COG ARTSpace, De Beauvoir Arms. £15, prebook, 7.30pm
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Get to the Yard Theatre for Jerwood's First Drafts, your chance to see new theatre in the making. Tonight's play Telescope is Simon Bowes's first and explores tales of the city at night. £3, prebook, 7.30pm

Arbonauts are known for creating site specific, multi-genre performances which blend dance with visual theatre and installation. Descend into the secretive, subterranean space of the Brunel Tunnel Shaft in Southwark to immerse yourself in a haunting, ethereal performance exploring desire and distortion. £15, prebook, 8pm

Celebrate Bastille Day at St James Theatre near Victoria station with Les Hamiltons — a brother and sister bilingual, musical sensation who'll be belting out Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsboug and Yves Montand. Fancy dress will get you a free cocktail and best dressed wins a prize. £20, prebook, 8pm
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Good cause of the day

Spires is a charity based in South London who support homeless and disadvantaged people in London. They are hosting a pub quiz at The White Lion pub to raise funds to help vulnerable people in Streatham. £3 suggested donation, just turn up, 8pm

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