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Feel as though you have stepped into the back streets of Japan's capital at a pop-up party inspired by some of the city's best restaurants and bars. Taste authentic food and, if you dare, a sake cocktail. 288-299 Old Street, £3-5, from 6pm till late
CABARET DES DESTRACTIONS:
Party like it's 19th century Paris, at this night of cabaret, musical theatre and circus, followed by a club night where you can shake your thing in the surrounds of this 1920s cafe. Cafe de Paris, Soho, £15, 6pm
GUNPOWDER, TREASON AND PLOT:
Watch explosive experiments: creating a flame tornado, blowing up gun cotton and changing the colour of flames. Find out about the science of fireworks and gunpowder with workshops, demonstrations and talks. The Royal Institution, prebook, £12/£8, 6.30-10.30pm
Treat yourself to a multi-course Japanese dinner at a secret location in Dalston where you'll taste new foods and make new friends at the shared table set up, plus it's BYOB. £29, 7pm
LATE AT THE TATE:
The Late at The Tate evenings are exploring representations of status, and this week's theme is the body. This will be tackled through performances of new monologues inspired by Tracy Emin's My Bed, song and dance from all-female drag collective Pecs, plus you'll have the chance to learn about motion graphics and animation at the Taylor Digital Studio. There will be live music from singer songwriter Ady Suleiman who has released a new song with Joey Bada$$, followed by Reprezent Radio, the underground sound of young London. Free, 6pm-10pm
TV presenter Alex Zane is joined by fellow comedian and Capital FM DJ Tom Deacon, plus more special guests for a night of some of the best of British comedy. Sanctum Soho Hotel, £7.50, 8pm
BEASTIE BOYS SPECIAL:
Have a dance and sing along to all your favourite Beastie Boys hits at this party that pays tribute to the New York City rappers. The Old Queen's Head, Islington, £5, 8pm
Fans of John Hughes should pootle off to The Camden Head for a comedic tribute to films like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club — from comedians Matthew Highton, Joz Norris, Marny Godden, Matt Telford and Ali Brice. £4, prebook, 8.30pm
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Good cause of the day
East London homeless and addictions charity’s 50th birthday week
Homeless and addictions charity Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT) celebrates its 50th birthday this Friday. From 6pm-7pm, seven choirs will sing a cappella at Spitalfields. At 7pm, the choirs lead a procession towards Christ Church Spitalfields to help open the SCT Sponsored Sleep-In.
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