Things To Do In London: Monday 4 January 2016

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Photo from the National Theatre's production of Waste. © Johan Persson

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Things to do today:

FREE LUNCHTIME MUSIC: Head to St-Martin-in-the-Fields in the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square to hear talented pianist Christian Sandrin. He has been playing since he was six years old and has won numerous international competitions so you won't be disappointed. Free, suggested donation £3.50, just turn up, 1pm

THEATRE TALK: If you've seen Waste (and if our review is anything to go by you definitely should) then head to Lyttelton Theatre to hear Roger Michell discuss his production. £3/£4, prebook, 6pm

HOXTON UKELELE HOOTENANNY: Whether you're a pro at the ukulele or have never picked one up in your life, all are welcome at Ukelele Hootenanny at Queen of Hoxton. Take along your own instrument or hire one out. Free, (£20 deposit for ukelele), prebook, 7pm

FILM SCREENING: Head to The Book Club for a screening of Boddah49, created by Alex Rafael Rose, an up and coming filmmaker who will be giving a Q&A afterwards. Enter a dreamlike world where eyes are always shut — opening only to blink. Free, reserve tickets, 7pm

DOGUMENTARY: Not for the faint hearted, Eating Happiness screened at the Cinema Museum explores the brutality of the dog meat trade in Asia. (30 million dogs are killed annually of which 70% are stolen pets!) £6.50/£8.50+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

STITCH WORKSHOP: New Year's Resolution to pick up a new hobby? Get crafty at Mr Stitch X Hangout at Drink, Shop & Do. Have a natter with friends, cake and cocktails while perfecting your embroidery skills. If sewing isn't your thing there's also a cake and prosecco binge tonight at the same venue. £5 cash, prebook, 7.30pm-9.30pm

COMEDY: Romesh Ranganathan headlines the Good Ship in Kilburn, with other sets from Dave Green, Dylan Gott and Tania Edwards. £4, prebook, 8pm

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Good cause of the day

All proceeds from the fifth Sex Appeal comedy night on 16 January at Conway Hall go to sexual health charity Brook. The line-up includes Ava Vidal, Sara Pascoe, Bec Hill, David Baddiel, Richard Herring, Shazia Mirza and Nish Kumar. Sexy. Tickets cost £20.

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