Things To Do In London: Wednesday 19 August

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Things to do

If you've ever tried to go to Cat Emporium in Bethnal Green you'll know it has to be booked way in advance - not so with Cat Village in Shoreditch. Grab lunch or a coffee and make some new feline friends. £5, prebook, 10am-8pm

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Join expert photographer Simon and local history guide Yannick for a London Unravelled tour around Knightsbridge and Belgravia. The perfect way to learn more about the area while you hone your photography skills. The tour lasts around three and a half hours so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. £30, prebook, 10.30am-2pm

We really enjoyed this Ghostsigns tour around Stoke Newington which explores faded advertising signs we would usually walk past without a second glance yet they actually have an interesting story to tell. The ticket price includes a pack of ghostsign postcards — the perfect memento of the tour. £15, prebook, 10.50am-1pm

In need of a caffeine hit? Head to Ozone Coffee in Old Street to learn about the art of roasting coffee beans. £30, prebook, 6pm

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No need to hop on the Eurostar to satisfy your craving for French cuisine followed by a round of Petanque, head to Baranis in Temple instead. Receive a complimentary cocktail before 7.30pm. £4, prebook, 6.30pm

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Head to Cecil Sharp House, the heart of English Folk for an evening of acoustic music provided by The Stray Birds. £14, prebook, 7pm

Regeneration City Blues is an exhibition of work by Jane Palm-Gold in Covent Garden which explores the impact of urban regeneration and corporate development on city spaces. There are a series of talks remembering culturally and creatively important places which have been lost in the last 30 years. Tonight listen to a talk with Fiona Cartledge about Kensington Market. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Head to St Aloysius Hall in King's Cross for a beginners swing dance class. A fun way to exercise which won't feel like a chore at the end of the day. You'll be doing the lindy hop in no time and make some new friends in the process. £10, prebook, 7pm

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Tonight see a screening of There Will Be Blood at Royal Festival Hall which is accompanied by a live orchestral performance of Jonny Greenwood's score. £25-£40, prebook, 7.30pm

Liven up your Wednesday by heading to Charterhouse Bar in Barbican. Tonight's headliner is
Nathaniel Metcalfe plus Lucas Jolson, Gatis Kandis, Laura McClenaghan and Xave Fernandez. £4.85, prebook, 7.45pm

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Oval Space in Hackney is screening Searching for Sugar Man in a fantastic rooftop setting. Enjoy cocktails as the sun sets. The bar is open from 5pm, get there early to take advantage of the 20% off cocktails offer. £12, prebook, 8pm *THIS SCREENING HAS NOW BEEN MOVED TO 14 SEPTEMBER*

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Sketch comedy featuring singing nuns, xylophones and beards. Lots of beards. Head to Hen and Chickens to see Chaos Theory in action. £7/£6, prebook, 9pm

Good cause of the day

GoodGym is a charity who combine their love of running with their desire to do good in the community. Run in a group to take part in community projects or run to help people who are isolated and vulnerable. The days of running to nowhere on a treadmill are over. To get fit for a good cause check out the website.


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