Things To Do In London: Wednesday 30 September 2015

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Gresham College is at the Museum of London for a free lecture about the Great Plague, in which 70,000 people died and the capital's social and economic life was disrupted for months. It happened 350 years ago, but this lecture questions whether we understand it any better now than the people who lived through it did. Free, just turn up, 6pm


Matt Brown, Londonist editor-at-large and author of new book London: Night and Day is at Stanfords in Covent Garden to talk about the book. He's been exploring London for over a decade, and puts his experience into use in this hour by hour guide to the city. £3 (redeemable against a copy of the book), prebook, 6.3opm


Head to Barts Pathology Museum for an evening exploring the scented worlds of Gothic movies with perfume expert Odette Toilette and Egyptologist and Hammer Horror aficionado John J. Johnston. Experience scents such as Bela Lugosi's deadly cologne in The Bat People. Ticket includes cocktail and perfume samples to take home with you. £15, prebook, 6.30pm


Science Museum in South Kensington stays open late for a chance to explore the collection in the evening. The theme this month is cravings; explore what makes us crave, what our second gut is and how to make food more appealing. Age 18+. Free (charge for some events/exhibitions), from 6.45pm


Watch a screening of Kung Fu Elliot at the 52 Shortwave cinema in Bermondsey. The low budget documentary follows Elliot “White Lightning” Scott as he plans on becoming Canada’s first action hero with his low-budget karate epic film. £10, 7pm

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As Lambeth Heritage Festival comes to a close, artist and map-maker Robin Whitmore leads a workshop presenting a large-scale, hand-drawn map illustrating the social and economic history of the immediate area around Tate South Lambeth Library. Free (donations welcome), 7pm


Head to Russell Square for a Bollywood movie night, aimed at both newbies to the genre and those in the know. There's a special screening of coming of age film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Ticket includes popcorn and a drink. £11.50, 7pm

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John Finnemore, of Radio 4 comedies Cabin Pressure and his own Souvenir Programme sketch show, brings a live show to the Shaw Theatre for the next two weeks. Expect a mix of sketches, silliness, songs and Arthur Shappey. £25 + bf, prebook, 7.30pm


Drink and Draw life drawing class at The Exhibit in Balham. Aided by a drink or two and the eclectic musical playlist, have a go at life drawing. £7, 7.30pm

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The Korean National Gugak Centre is one of the great arts companies of Korea. Tonight, it performs traditional Korean music at Sadler's Wells. The performance focuses on Sanjo — a style of instrumental music accompanied by a drum and dancers. £6, 7.30pm

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Spend an evening with rugby legends Martin Johnson, Sean Fitzpatrick and David Campese at the Rugby World Cup Fanzone in Richmond. Sky Sports presenter Alex Payne chairs the conversation about their experiences on tour and playing rugby around the world. £12.50, 8pm

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The Raindance Film Festival ShortList Gala After Party takes place tonight at Cafe de Paris in Soho. The party follows the world premiere screening of Kicking Off, a British cult classic in the making. Expect live music from London band Lois & The Love. £10, 9pm

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Good cause of the day

Get ready to Roar With Laughter at Hammersmith Apollo next Friday. The comedy night is raising funds for the Zoological Society of London's lion conservation appeal. Comedians including Nick Helm, Marcus Brigstocke, Rich Hall, Robin Ince, Jeremy Lion, Miles Jupp, Dominic Holland, Tiff Stevenson and Greg Burns all take to the stage. Tickets available here.


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