Things To Do In London: Wednesday 4 November 2015

Today's Things To Do In London is sponsored by The Czech Centre — scroll down to find out about its Made in Prague film festival.

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TOSHIBA GALLERY OF JAPANESE ART:
This permanent show of Japanese art includes swords, prints, textiles and ceramics from as early as the 6th century, right up until today. The exhibition reopens today after being closed since April for refurbishment. V&A, free, 10am-5.45pm

SECRET HISTORY TOUR OF THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL:
A behind the scenes tour of London's most treasured performance venues will give you an insight into the history of the building and the many famous faces who have appeared here. The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, £10, 1pm

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#SEGASKYBAR:
The Sky Bar at Tompkins hosts DJs, and has Sega games consoles and karaoke for you to enjoy — all with 360° views of the city. Tompkins, Canary Wharf £5, 5pm

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BEER TASTING AND BREWERY TOUR:
Crate Brewery want to show you where the magic happens. Your guides will tell you how the brewery came about, how it brews, and what Hackney Wick's craft beer scene is all about. Importantly, you'll get to taste the beer too. Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick, £15, 6pm

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LONDON HISTORIANS MONTHLY PUB MEET:
Love London, love history, love pubs? Come along to London Historians' monthly social, upstairs at the Hoop and Grapes on Farringdon Street. All welcome, and you're bound to bump into some Londonist contributors too. The Hoop and Grapes, Farringdon, free, 6.30pm

FENCING TASTER SESSION:
An introduction to the sport of fencing for beginners in this two-hour session. Equipment provided. Central London Fencing Club, Victoria, £14, 7pm

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COMEDY:

David Mills and Jonathan Hearn host a new material night at the Proud Archivist, with Grainne Maguire, Sarah Franken and Chris Timoney. £8.50, prebook, 7.30pm

BOOK SLAM:
The launch party for Three's A Crowd: Book Slam Volume III; contributors of the book will be in attendance and the evening includes live music from Mahalia and a poetry set from Loyle Carner. The Clapham Grand, tickets £5 in advance, free for NUS card holders, doors 6.30pm start 7.30pm

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Made in Prague film festival

Celebrate the 90th birthday and lifetime achievements of groundbreaking Czech filmmaker Vojtěch Jasný at the Made in Prague Film Festival on 7 November.

The spiritual father of the Czech New Wave gets a fitting tribute at Regent Street Cinema with a triple bill of his Cannes Film Festival winning 'Moravian trilogy': Desire (1958), When the Cat Comes (1963) and All My Good Countrymen (1968).

Take this special opportunity to catch these poetic Czech classics on the big screen and see for yourself the genius of the director who challenged Communist rule through film.

Book the Hommage to Vojtěch Jasný now for 7 November, 4pm onwards, and see the website for more Made in Prague events until 29 November.

Cassandra (Emília Vášáryová) and the cat that turned her small town Czech life upside down in When The Cat Comes (1963)

Today's Things To Do in London is sponsored by The Czech Centre, whose Made in Prague film festival takes place until 29 November, multiple locations.


Good cause of the day

Laugh Till It Hurts

An evening of live comedy to raise money for Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people. MC John Robins presents Jon Culshaw, Kevin Eldon, Christian O'Connell, Tony Law and Bob Mills. KOKO, Camden Town, £15, £10 standing, prebook, 7pm


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