Things To Do In London: Wednesday 12 August 2015

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Practice your dance moves at Swing Patrol Beginners class

Don't get your bike nicked  

Cycling is generally a more enjoyable activity now the sun is shining, so more of us are taking to London's roads on two wheels. But you'll have to stop eventually and you'll want to make sure your bike is secure when you do. From knowing which bit of the bike to lock up to choosing your location carefully we've put together our top tips for keeping your bike safe. Happy cycling!

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Enjoy a performance of The Socerer's Apprentice at The Temple in the lovely surroundings of Wanstead Park. Family tickets are available. £14.95/£8.95/£3.95, prebook, 2pm

Twice named Foyle Young Poet of the Year, Amy Blakemore will be performing her poetry at Library Club Members' Club in Covent Garden. This intimate event is part of a monthly series celebrating poets from The Poetry Society’s Young Associates scheme. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

Spend the evening with Secret Adventures paddling through Hackney's canals from Limehouse to Crate Brewery — where you'll arrive just in time for sunset and a well-earned beer and pizza. Bring warm and waterproof clothing. £36, prebook, 6.30pm-10.30pm

Master the art of cocktail making with expert Steve at Goat in Chelsea. Your ticket includes a welcome cocktail and complimentary drinks throughout the night. £10, prebook, 7pm

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Join Urban Edibles at restaurant Ask For Janice near Smithfield Market for an evening of dishes and drinks made up of foraged vegetables, herbs and flowers. Learn how to hunt down ingredients and take recipe cards home with you to recreate your favourite dishes. £10, prebook, 7pm-9.30pm

See Zoe Lyons do a full show at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, plus she’ll be joined by a guest for additional laughs. £12, prebook, 7pm

Tame those two left feet with a beginners dance class from Swing Patrol at St Aloysius Hall in King's Cross. You'll be doing the Lindy Hop and Charleston in no time. £10, prebook, 7pm

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Box Room Films is running a quiz at The Hoop and Grapes in Farringdon to test film buffs on their movie trivia. The money from tickets goes towards supporting the making of two short films which you can find out more about from the Indiegogo campaign. £3, just turn up, 7.30pm

Charterhouse Bar in Barbican is hosting a Big Wednesday Comedy Club. Tonight's lineup is washed-up pop phenomenon Quint Fontana plus Jake Howie, Ryan Dalton, Dan Green and Julie Oliver. £4.85, 7.45pm

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Glasswerk presents a wide variety of music acts. Tonight listen to indie-rock band Darkbeat, Foo Fighter-inspired Tenyson, grunge rockers Dirty Falcon and rock 'n' rollers Hayden And The Nomads. £2, prebook, 8pm

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Experience Penny Woolcock's installation Utopia at The Roundhouse which tells the unknown stories of Londoners' lives. At this special event the space is taken over by performers including spoken-word artists, a choreographer and a photographer. £12.50, prebook, 8pm

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Everyone's favourite rom-com Love Actually is screened at Victoria Tower Gardens in Millbank this evening. OK so it's not Christmas but it is summer so make the most of the warm weather with this outdoor screening. £15, prebook, 8.45pm

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Good cause of the day

Charity North London Cares is celebrating its fourth birthday this week. Join them at Proud Camden where Slam champion Tom Gill will be performing alongside DJs and musicians. The charity tackles urban isolation and loneliness. Tickets are £10 on the door £8 adv, prebook, 8pm

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