Best Of Londonist: Oysters, Alpacas And A Chocolate Museum

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Best Of Londonist: Oysters, Alpacas And A Chocolate Museum

Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up, sponsored by National Portrait Gallery and its soon-to-close exhibition, the BP Portrait Award 2015.

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Don't miss it! BP Portrait Award 2015 ends soon

Hurry, you've only got a couple of weeks left to see National Portrait Gallery's ever-popular annual showcase. Displaying the best talents in contemporary portrait painting from around the world, this year's BP Portrait Award 2015 received a record-breaking 2,748 entries by artists from 92 different countries.

Free to visit, the exhibition features a huge variety and range of paintings. From figurative nudes to famous faces, expressive sketches to piercing photo-realism, there's something for every taste.

Sink or Swim by Ian Cumberland, 2014 © Ian Cumberland

BP Portrait Award 2015 is on until 20 September at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE. Entry to the exhibition is free. Tweet your favourite portrait at @npglondon using the hashtag #bpportrait.

This week’s Best of Londonist is sponsored by National Portrait Gallery.


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RUM MASTERCLASS: Learn through your tastebuds with this masterclass on one of the Caribbean's finest exports. London Bar Consultants bring you up to speed on the spirited story of rum's history, with samples to match, plus a Dark and Stormy cocktail to get the evening going. 7 September, 7.30pm at Merchant House, Bank. Tickets £20.

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SUNSET CRUISE: Get down to Westminster Pier for a classy evening along the river. After the Amor Sunset Cruise, continue the party with free entry to Lightbox, where a free drink should loosen your moves. 12 September, board by 7.45pm. Tickets £15.

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MEDIEVAL BANQUET: Dine like it's the 14th century at a four-course feast with free-flowing ale at Medieval Banquet, St Katherine's Dock. Entertainment is 1350s-style: troubadours, contortionists and magicians, jugglers, minstrels and sword-fighting. Hire fancy dress on the night and you'll fit right in. Until 16 October. Tickets £79.

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FAULTY TOWERS SUPPER: Who hasn't watched Fawlty Towers and wished they could be hosted by Basil, Sybil and Manuel? Interactive comedy theatre meets three-course meal at the site-specific Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience at the Torquay Suite Theatre, Charing Cross. Friday-Sunday until 1 November. Tickets £52.

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BLACK CAT CABARET: The Spiegeltent brings a micro-world of decadent 1920s Berlin to the South Bank, so naturally its cabaret offerings are second-to-none. Join singer Lili La Scala and 'aerial daredevil' Bret Pfister for a sizzling night with the Black Cat Cabaret. 11 September, 9.30pm, tickets £19.50.

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GRAFFITI WORKSHOP: Street art is a serious business these days, with counterculture icons becoming household names. Join their ranks at this two-hour class, learning aerosols, markers and stencil technique from the experienced tutors at Graffik Gallery, Ladbroke Grove. Weekends throughout September. Tickets £24, saving over £50 on the usual price.

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Last Updated 05 September 2015