Things To Do In London: Monday 2 November 2015

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Rum masterclass with the London bar consultants

London is Wild: Wildlife and Landscape in the City

Don't miss your chance to join Londonist at Conway Hall for our discussion on — and celebration of — the city's animal, bird and plant life. Londonist will be joined by experts in the field: David Lindo (recently voted the seventh most influential person in wildlife by BBC Wildlife Magazine), environment writer Helen Babbs, the London Wildlife Trust’s Matthew Frith, and urban bat detective Kate Jones. Our previous event in the series, London is Changing, sold out, so make sure you book your tickets in advance. 2 November, tickets £8/£5 concessions (plus booking fee), 7.30pm

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Discover the faces of London's old street hawkers in a series of portraits known as the ‘Cries of London'. This exhibition will highlight some of the most significant examples of these prints. Bishopsgate Institute, free, runs until 29 January, 9am-6pm

Artist William Newton will show you how to master painting with watercolours in this three hour class in a relaxed environment, so look out your paintbrushes and give it a go. £22.50, Crafty Arts, Romford, 10am

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Learn how to belly dance, have fun and get fit at the same time. The Body Studios, Northwood Hills, £6, 10am

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Set in the heart of Kensington, the Swarovski ice rink is now open, decked out in Christmas decorations to get you in the festive mood. The cafe bar will be selling mulled wine and food for you to enjoy after your first ice skating session of the year. £8.80, 5pm

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La Brasserie is a well-established Parisian restaurant in Chelsea, famed for its good eats and classic decor. Head on down for some half-price Chateaubriand steak that's big enough for two. There'll also be plenty of béarnaise sauce on the side and, because you can't have steak without chips, some frites too. La Brasserie, Chelsea, £29.40, 6pm

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Learn the increasingly popular ancient art of cross stitching with other crafters, from beginners to the advanced, while enjoying some cocktails and cake. Drink, Shop & Do, King's Cross, £6.50, 7pm

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Until you’ve been put through your paces by The London Bar Consultants, rum is but a distant stranger. You start off with a refreshing Dark and Stormy cocktail and you are then guided through the history of rum, with four contrasting tasters of rum to compliment the story. Merchant House, Bank, £20, 7.30pmGet Tickets

This evening is dedicated to that strange place — the hotel — with readings from authors Will Wiles and Sunny Singh, who will hold a Q&A afterwards. Pages of Hackney, free, BYOB, 7.30pm

Comedian Simon Munnery turns host and director to introduce the finest, funniest and most daring comedians to a camera, projector and screen. See what Kevin Eldon, James Acaster and David Elms come up with. £12/£9 concession + £1.50 booking fee, prebook, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, 8pm

If you missed Kieran Hodgson’s masterful monologue about life, cycling and Lance Armstrong at the Soho Theatre, there’s another run starting tonight at Invisible Dot in King’s Cross. £8/£7, prebook, 9.15pm

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Six Of The Best In Aid Of ADCAF

Stand up in aid of ADCAF (abandoned and destitute children's appeal fund). Expect satirical humour and dry, intelligent wit from stand-up and broadcaster Marcus Brigstocke, plus Justin Moorhouse, Jeff Innocent, Charlie Baker, Mark Nelson, MC John Moloney and Jack Whitehall. The Comedy Store, £17.50, prebook, 8pm

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