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Hope for a clear night and get up bright and early to see the total lunar eclipse, with best visibility at 3.47am. Wake up at 4.24am and you'll have missed it. Free, just look up, 3.11am
MUSIC AND MINDFULNESS:
The world's first 'mindfulness opera' provides food for thought at this Guildhall School ResearchWorks symposium on Mindfulness in Music and Art, featuring a roundtable of artists, researchers and mindful types. £20/£15, prebook, 10.30am
MEET A HERBARIUM TECHNICIAN:
A Natural History Museum scientist talks about its unusual botanical collection in the Cocoon's Specimen Preparation Area. Free, just turn up, 1pm
SOCIAL PING PONG:
Rich Mix hosts Pongathon — perfectly fragrant and full of table tennis fun. Play the 'Pongbot', challenge a pro, take part in tournaments and win prizes. £20/1 hour, prebook, 6pm
Let Secret Adventures lead you to a secret spot in Rickmansworth for a chilly but invigorating dip under the full moon. Bring a picnic, swimsuit, towel and extra warm clothes to prevent hypothermia afterwards. £5, prebook, 6.30pm
Hear senior film programmer Geoff Andrews share his stories and memories in A Passion for Cinema. While you're there, catch Steamboat Bill Jr, In Cold Blood and time-travelling London dystopian flick Jubilee. £6.50, prebook, 6.30pm
Keep the weekend going at Camden staple Barfly with industrial-metal-rockers Cypher16 and support from New Device, Black Sixteen and RSJ. £7, prebook, 7pm
CHEESE, CHEESE, CHEESE:
You'll never guess what's on the menu at Vivat Bacchus in London Bridge. Gorge on cheese from caves to mountains while learning more about the delectable dairies. Brie-lliant. £20, prebook, 7pm
COMEDY OPEN MIC:
Hear from aspiring stand-ups before their names are in big flashing lights at the Soho Comedy Store's monthly showcase hosted by John Fothergill. If you think you've got what it takes, book a slot ahead. £9/£6, prebook, 8pm
You know the rule, now go watch the 1999 film again for the gazillionth time while munching loudly on a complimentary bag of Propercorn. Try not to let your eyes stray too much to the skyline visible from the Broadway House rooftop. £15, prebook, 8.30pm
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Good cause of the day
Learn while you walk with Cry Freedom — From the Law Courts to Westminster. You'll find out how liberty was won through the years from Temple to Westminster, and all funds go to Amnesty International to fight for other people's freedom. £10, prebook, 7pm
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