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The city that never sleeps
With a 24 hour tube service on its way, London is one step closer to becoming like New York — the city that never sleeps. Though, understandably, the train drivers aren't overly enthusiastic about this prospect the rest of us can look forward to extended party hours and an end to horrendous 3am night bus journeys. But London has always been home to extravagant party goers: check out this lot of revellers from London's party past.
Things to do
Spend the evening with great historical figures from our past at Garrick Theatre in the West End. £12.50, prebook, noon
PLONK CRAZY GOLF:
Enjoy a round of crazy golf and a pint at Efes Snooker Club in Dalston. £7.50, prebook, 2pm
Tonight there's a screening of Back to the Future under the railway arches at Whirled Cinema in Loughborough Junction, with an American style menu and alcohol-free drinks. £30 including food, prebook, 6pm
GRAPHIC GIN-OFF ROUND THREE:
Head to Graphic Bar near Piccadilly Circus to receive a polling card and a welcome gin & tonic before getting down to the nitty gritty of gin judging. Graphic’s in-house DJ provides a soundtrack to the competition. Tonight sees gin brands Hayman's and Opihr Oriental Spiced go head to head. Free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm
OneArt hosts a night of art and inspiration at Rich Mix to fundraise for charity Spotlight. Two spoken word artists and six visual artists will take to the stage to share their take on issues of intolerance and discrimination. Add your penny's worth to the participatory piece which encourages attendees to express their reactions to the subject ‘Diversity is…’ £3, prebook, 6pm
MEET HANIF KUREISHI:
Hanif Kureishi, author of Buddha of Suburbia, will be reading from his new collection of stories and essays Love + Hate, at Watkins Books alongside Petina Gappah, who will be reading from her debut novel The Book of Memory. Refreshments included. £6, prebook, 7pm
Extreme cheese tasting for people with an extreme fondness of cheese, and who can resist when these cheeses are paired up with delicious wines. Head to Vivat Bacchus at London Bridge to begin the cheese feast. £20, prebook, 7pm
WINE AND CHOCOLATE TASTING:
If cheese and wine doesn't float your boat how about chocolate and red wine? Indulge in gourmet chocolate tasting at Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon. We do spoil you. £35, prebook, 7pm
MIND SPORTS OLYMPIAD:
If you've got a competitive streak in you head to Hampstead for Mind Sports Olympiad, an international, multidisciplinary competition featuring over 70 boardgames. Today take part in 7 Wonders, a card game. You get to play three rounds and could even end up winning a medal. £9, prebook, 7pm
Spend the evening listening to Chopin as performed by Georgijs Osokins at Pushkin House in Holborn. Dress code is smart casual. £8, prebook, 7pm
Listen to the podcast We’re Not Racist and We Love Gays? Then see Ben Adams and Lenny Sherman at the Canal Cafe Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe. £8/£6. prebook, 7.30pm
TERRACE FILM NIGHT:
Tonight see 80s cult classic The Fly in the lovely outdoor surroundings of Oval Space. Arrive early to take advantage of cocktail happy hour. £12, prebook, 8pm
*PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 21 SEPTEMBER DUE TO THE UNFORTUNATE WEATHER CONDITIONS
LONDON LANDMARKS LIT UP:
The City Three Peaks challenge aims to raise around £4m for charities The Outward Bound Trust and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Ahead of the challenge there will be a laser show tonight which sees The Gherkin, Cheesegrater and Walkie-Talkie lit up with projections from 8pm into the early hours. Free, just turn up, 8pm
Article 10 is a new play from Closing the Gap Theatre which addresses freedom of expression, asking "Is 2015 the year that Freedom of Expression is no longer a human right?". Head to Aces & Eights Saloon Bar in Tufnell Park to find out the answer from a theatrical perspective. £10, prebook, 9pm
Good cause of the day
Join Stephen Benton of Footprints of London for a guided walk in aid of Amnesty International. The walk Chelsea: From Angry Young Men to Utopia begins at Sloane Square and explores the literary, cultural and political side of Chelsea. £10, prebook, 7pm-9pm
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