Things To Do In London: Wednesday 27 January 2016

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Get swirling with this vegan chocolate extravaganza (See below). Image: Tanya B

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Things to do today:

PACT COFFEE: A new pop-up from coffee masters Pact Coffee springs up in Old Street station for the next few weeks. Drop by to say "hi" on your way to work and pick up one of their lovely brews. 7.30am- 7pm, until 6 February

BACH TO BLUES: Catch the last of lunchtime concert series Blues To Bach at Dulwich Picture Gallery.. A selection of south London schools' best musicians fill the impressive Christ's Chapel with saintly sounds. Free, just turn up, 1.30pm

HAUNT-ED: Brand spanking new Stoke Newington gallery Haunt opens its doors for the first time with an exhibition from Scottish artist, William Dick. Hayley Carlyon provides a sultry soundtrack and there are food deals all evening so you can treat your eyes, ears and taste buds all in one. Free gallery entry, just turn up, 5pm

WHO OWNS LONDON: Camden People's Theatre hosts a panel discussion about the ownership of our capital city. As more of public London is becoming private, is this a genuine problem? Or a brave new world? Part of the Whose London Is It Anyway? festival. £5, prebook, 6pm

Kilt up for a Scotch ceilidh this Wednesday. Image: Cedric Chambaz

BURNS NIGHT CEILIDH: If yesterday's Burns Night inspired your Scotch side, get tartan-tastic once more at Streetwise Opera and The Passage's Burns Night Ceilidh.  Live music, a caller on hand and a Scotch supper, och aye. £17 (£27 with supper), prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: Sketch trio, Beasts, are back at Soho Theatre all this week, ‘filming’ their show for a DVD. Naturally things won’t go to plan… Be there to see the carnage for yourself. £12.50/£10, prebook, 7.15pm

STANZA BONANZA: For more poetry than you can shake your sonnet at, fill your boots at Stanza Bonanza. This Wednesday, Walthamstow Forrest Poets meet Greenwich MeanTime Poets at The Poetry Cafe for an evening of poems galore. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

CHOCOLATE EXTRAVAGANZA: Chocolate for vegans? Is this even possible? Ela, a Le Cordon Bleu chocolatier, shows you how, with truffles, pralines and bars — which you'll learn to make (and eat). She'll even share her dairy-free chocolate drink served in edible chocolate cups. You'll be Willy Wonka by the end of it. £35, prebook, 8pm

CLIMBING IRAN: Beautiful, majestic but volatile and remote — climbing Iran's mountains presents unique challenges. Join Shirin Sabestari as she discusses conquering Mount Damavand, Iran's highest peak and showing a film of the expedition. £5, prebook, 8pm

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Big London questions tackled by experts this week

How will we solve the housing crisis? And what responsibility should artists take for the negative effects of gentrification? These thorny issues and more are being argued over by experts at a series of debates at Camden People's Theatre from 19-31 January. Tickets £5, available from the website.

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Good cause of the day

The Earl's Courtiers present a night of thespian thrills — three one-act plays in aid of Earls Court Community Trust at Brompton Road's, The Troubadour. There'll be a special menu featuring Troubadour favourite, steak frites (usually only available on Mondays). With craft beers, wines and plays featuring comedy. tragedy and existentialism, what's not to love about this Sunday evening? 31 January, prebook, 7pm