Things To Do In London Today: Monday 29 February 2016

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Things to do today:

FREE MUSIC: Forget the working week with relaxing lunchtime sounds at Queen Mary's University. Its music scholars will perform a variety of cross-genre pieces accompanied by talented members of St Paul's Trust Way School. Free, just turn up, 1pm

SUSHI TRAINING: Get ready to rock and (California) roll at this sushi and sashimi workshop with ex-NOBU chef, Fotis. He'll teach you the tricks from his training in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, including filleting the fish, preparing rice and rolling the perfect piece. It's not all raw fish — you'll learn to create colourful cuisine with vegetables too. £35, prebook, 5pm

CALENDAR CURIOSITIES: Why are there more Friday the 13th's than in the Middle Ages? And how can you work out the day of the week of any date at lightning speed? Mathematics professor Tony Mann reveals all about the quirks of our calendar at Gresham College. Free, just turn up, 6pm

Make Sushi with a NOBU professional (see above)

UKULELE HOOTENANY: If George Formby did parties, they'd probably be just like this. Grab your uke (or rent one there for free) to jam away to old classics, modern hits and plink away to your heart's content. Beginners and the uke-curious welcome at the Queen Of Hoxton. Free (£20 deposit to rent a ukulele), just turn up, 7pm

SPEED DATE: Spare a moment to meet someone new at The Book Club's Last Night A Speed Date Changed My Life. You know the score — girls, boys, moving round tables, possible love at first sight. You never know who you might meet. £13-£15, prebook, 7pm

LEAP DAY JAZZ: In a special collaboration at Milton Court Concert Hall, award-winning vocalist/pianist Liane Carroll joins Guildhall Jazz Band and Choir, playing songs from her critically acclaimed album, Seaside. £15/£5, prebook, 7.30pm

KILL YOUR TV: Video killed the radio star, but what about TV? This east London short film night aims to get away from the TV and talking movies. Watch a selection of shorts, network with film makers and meet your neighbours at Mascara Bar. There's even a disco. Free, prebook, 8pm

SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY: If you're still waiting for Hogwarts to give you a shout, get in training now at this immersive team game. Grab your fellow Muggles and learn how to brew potions and defy the dark forces to become a witch or wizard. Will you work together to graduate from the school? Or will Voldemort come knocking? £30, prebook, 9.30pm

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Good cause of the day

Have your pint poured by former Rugby Union player, Tom May, at this Player At The Pumps event in Battersea. He'll be heading to the Northcote pub in aid of Wooden Spoon, one of the UK's leading grant-making charities helping disabled people through rugby. Get stuck into lovely pub grub, a complimentary pint and ask Tom all about his 19-year rugby career in the Q&A. 2 March, 6pm. See website for details.