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Open House Weekend
Open House Weekend offers the chance to explore buildings and spaces that are usually closed off to the public. Take a look at this gallery from a few years ago then check out what this year's Open House Weekend has in store for you.
Things to do
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GOLDSMITHS DESIGN SHOWS:
As part of London Design Week, the students at Goldsmiths are putting on a variety of arty events. Today sees design and film work from MA and PhD students as well as theatre, live music and pop-up exhibitions. Free, just turn up, until 9 September
Discover the future of fashion and technology at Interlaced 2015, a day of catwalk shows and talks held at the Boiler House in Brick Lane. Watch the latest wearable tech as models strut the catwalk. £35, prebook, 9am-11pm
Enjoy la dolce vita at this two-day event which brings the best of Italian culture to Old Spitalfields Market. Milano EXPOsed combines design, music, food and drink so enjoy aperitivo-time then eat your way around the regional fare, speciality snacks and grandma style culinary delights. There'll be DJs, art and competitions too. Free, just turn up, 11am-10pm
Meet at 18th century Burgh House in Hampstead before walking around the local conservation area accompanied by knowledgeable guide Philip Davies, author of Lost London. Then enjoy a glass of wine and a talk. £12/£15, prebook, 5.30pm-7.30pm
LAMBETH'S RIVER FRONTAGE:
Explore Lambeth's Thames frontage with Doug Black who will be discussing issues of heritage conservation and the character of new developments before finishing at Temple tube station. Meet at Tate Britain. Free, prebook, 6pm
LIVE ART EVENT:
See a mixture of live art and breakdancing at Cargo Club in Shoreditch. Free, just turn up, 7pm
At Drink, Shop and Do you can learn how to smarten up dishes with tips from the School of Extreme Garnishing. Subjects include Pimp Yo Fruit, Molecular Cocktailing and Napkin Aerobics. £20, prebook, 7pm
Tim Key helms Book Slam, one of London’s best and oldest spoken word parties at Clapham Grand. He’s bringing along his mates Bridget Christie, Tom Basden and Freddie Stevenson. £6, prebook, 7.30pm
See a dazzling adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby at Middle Temple Gardens tonight. The ticket includes a burger, two salads and two cocktails (with veggie burger available). £16, prebook, 8pm
BACKYARD COMEDY CLUB:
Spend the evening in fits of giggles at Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green. They may not be top names yet, but they could be on their way soon. Remember you heard them here first. £5, prebook, 8pm
THE SINGERS LOUNGE:
The people that launched the Pizza Express Jazz Bar are launching a Singers Lounge in Covent Garden. Join them for the opening night featuring Mobo-winning artist Natalie Williams. £10, prebook, 8pm
If Burlesque is more your idea of fun head to the Spiegeltent on the South Bank to be entertained by a head-turning show featuring teasing and talented dancers. £10, prebook, 9.30pm
Good cause of the day
Head to Ryan's Bar in Stoke Newington for an evening of comedy, which is raising money for charity NSPCC as part of the Gherkin Challenge. £3, just turn up, 7.30pm
Listen to Londonist out Loud
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