Bear attacks in London
It's not often we hear about animal attacks in London unless it's an angry seagull mauling a terrier or a tortoise, however London has a long history of bear attacks which date back to ancient times.
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GERALDINE PILGRIM'S WELL:
Geraldine Pilgrim's Well is a large-scale performance piece in a former pharmaceutical company in Dagenham which celebrates the life of the factory and its former inhabitants. Each hour long performance will be curated for an audience of 12 so it promises to be an intimate, unforgettable experience. Concessions available for Barking and Dagenham residents. £3.50-£9, prebook, until 6 September
VAUXHALL FORESHORE WALK:
Discover 10,000 years of history beneath your feet on this Vauxhall Foreshore walk with archaeologists Dr Fiona Haughey and Mike Webber as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival. £8, prebook, 10.45am
HARRY POTTER TOUR:
Walk around the London of the magical Harry Potter series. See platform 9 and 3/4 and wander down Diagon Alley. Meet At TKTS Booth in Leicester Square. £10, prebook, noon
SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP:
The Boxpark pop-up mall in Shoreditch is putting on a screen printing workshop and you'll get to take home your own artistic masterpiece. Materials provided with sessions lasting one hour. £15, prebook, 6pm
Join Sarah Lea, curator of Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust currently showing at The Royal Academy of Arts, and Phillip Hall-Patch, project leader and architect for the London Garden Bridge, at The Devereux in Temple for an evening discussion about the making of places. £9/£10, prebook, 6.45pm
POETRY AND SONG:
Hear Jo Bell perform lyrical and joyous new poems written during her time as the UK’s Canal Laureate at Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice. Plus live music from folk/improv band Dead Rat Orchestra who produce music that’s acutely haunting, occasionally brutal and raucously joyful. £6/£8, prebook, 7pm-9pm
Hear a talk at the Frontline Club in Paddington all about the Iran Deal and what it means for the west. Speakers include Middle Eastern Correspondents, authors and journalists. £12.50, prebook, 7pm
Drink six different craft beers at The Jackdaw and Straw in Hackney which is hosting a brew-off, plus Sugar Shack food tasters. £10, prebook, 7pm
Last time Mark Thomas’s Bravo Figaro did the rounds we described this tale of a contradictory father-son relationship as a combination of the hilarious with the emotionally stirring. Catch it again at Kilburn’s Tricycle Theatre until Saturday. £15-£22, prebook, 7.30pm
Spend a relaxed evening listening to the husky voice of folk singer Sean Taylor as he performs work from his new album at The Half Moon in Putney alongside Hana Piranha and James Taylor. £8/£10, prebook, 8pm
STAND UP COMEDY:
It's Wednesday which means Covent Garden's Top Secret Comedy Club is back. Just £1 will get you an evening of entertainment from top comedians you might have seen on telly. £1, prebook, 8pm
Spend the evening at Camden market's Backyard Cinema and watch documentary All this Mayhem which follows the lives of two skateboarding brothers in Los Angeles. Get cosy with beanbags or pull up a deckchair and enjoy the film. £14, prebook, 8pm
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The Bootleg Club: Underground Prohibition Party
Allow The Bootleg Club to transport you back to the roaring twenties where glitz and glamour reigned supreme and lavish lifestyles were led in secrecy away from the prying eyes of the prohibition police.
Guests are invited to a night of illicit drinking by candlelight. Dance the night away to authentic jazz and swing bands who’ll be blasting vintage tunes, or sit back and enjoy the fabulous floorshow entertainment while you sip on the popular cocktails of the day. Choose from The Bramble, French 75 and Mint Julep. Ladies it’s the perfect excuse to whip out that sequin number — think flapper dresses and feather headbands. Gents go gangster with fedoras and pin-striped suits. So what are you waiting for? An unforgettable night of decadence and debauchery awaits.
Underground Prohibition Party is on 19 September from 6pm-12.30pm in Wapping. Tickets from £25.
Things To Do in London Today is sponsored by The Bootleg Club: Underground Prohibition Party.
Good cause of the day
Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London’s Cultural Salon events are all on an East Meets West theme, and allow ticket holders to learn fascinating insights from world experts on design, art, literature, fashion and music. Tonight listen to renowned shoe-designer, Beatrix Ong MBE, in conversation with Director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic. Enjoy champagne and canapés prior to the talk alongside spectacular views across the capital. The ticket price goes in its entirety the hotel’s local partner charity, The Blackfriar’s Settlement, who support the young and elderly in SE1. £20, prebook, 6.30pm-8.30pm
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