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Fictional tube stations
It's unlikely you'll ever make a journey to these destinations but for the curious minded we've mapped a fictional London through underground tube stations which appear in everything from EastEnders to James Bond.
Things to do
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Spend an hour with 20 cats and kittens (including rare breeds) at the Cat Village on Rivington Street in Shoreditch. Food and drink are available to purchase while you pet the cats. £9 (for two), various times
Enjoy an evening of authentic Japanese blues and folk music, from the only professional player of the shamisen (Japanese guitar) in the UK, as you tuck into a three course meal and a complimentary signature cocktail at Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge. £30, 5pm
SOUTHBANK CENTRE TOUR:
What does Royal Festival Hall have in common with an eggbox? When was Eurovision hosted here? Find out on this behind the scenes tour of Southbank Centre. Follow in the footsteps of world-famous orchestras and artists and visit parts of the building which are normally off-limits to the public. See how you can go behind the scenes at other London venues. £8.50, prebook, 6pm
Simon Watt, who you may know from the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, explains why frogs are better than most people he knows. Get yourself to the Camden Head to learn and laugh. £5, prebook, 6.30pm
Head to Drink Shop Do in King's Cross to master the art of silk screen printing. Learn the different techniques involved and put your new skills to practice on a tote bag and tea towel. £17, 7pm
Potatoes and apples go head to head at this cocktail making class at Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon. Compare two vodkas and two gins against each other and then taste a variety of drinks and cocktails, prepared using the spirits as a base. £20, 7pm
CAMDEN FRINGE THEATRE:
The Lost Matriarch, on at The Hen and Chickens Theatre, is a surreal, feminist, comedy sketch show exploring gender in the media and entertainment industries. It messes with gender stereotypes to reveal modern gender inequalities. £7.50, prebook, 7.30pm
Watch a screening of 1963 film Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) at Regent Street Cinema. Set in 1860-62, the film tells the story of an aristocratic Sicilian family threatened by political upheaval. £11, 7.30pm
MAI TAI AND MOVIES:
Set in the private Tiki room of Trader Vics, you'll be transported to a Polynesian paradise as you sip a complimentary cocktail and dine on something tasty from the movie menu. Arrive at 6pm if you're eating and food is £6.50 extra. £13, prebook, 7.30pm
Join three bat experts on a walk around Walthamstow Wetlands which is home to a number of species of bat. Dress for the weather and meet at the Thames Water Rangers office on the south side of Ferry Lane (opposite the Ferry Boat Inn). Free, prebook, 8.15pm
Good cause of the day
Menier Gallery in Southwark is holding an exhibition to coincide with World Elephant Day on the 12 August. The event will raise awareness of animal conservation projects. International outrage was sparked over animal trophy killings and the brutal hunting of Cecil the lion — well, here's a chance to help in a positive way. The exhibition features adorable portraits of the orphan elephants cared for by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Free, just turn up, until 15 August
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