Things To Do In London: Wednesday 24 February 2016

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See views like this on a Bankside Walking Tour. Image: Raul Lopez

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Things to do today:

BANKSIDE TOUR: Take a walk south for this tour of all things Bankside. Starting at Southwark, wind your way through SE1's regeneration to Tate Modern, the Shard and the crooked streets of Borough, hosted by New London Architecture. £15/£12, prebook, 10.30am

DRAWING AT THE V&A: Explore your artistic side with this four-hour drawing workshop in the V&A. Art teacher Tamara will guide you through the techniques you need to capture the beauty of some of museum's best known pieces. All levels of experience welcome. £35, prebook, 10.30am

ICE SKATING: Move over Torvill and Dean, swing into your own version of Bolero at Canary Wharf Ice Rink. Swish round the ice doing triple toe loops or cling to the side — whatever your style, get your exercise in the coolest way possible. £8.50, prebook, 12.30pm-9.15pm

POP UP JAZZ: Old Street Station is alight with sultry sounds this week as Empirical brings you its pop-up jazz bar. Give your lunch a laid-back soundtrack at the open rehearsal or cruise past pre-commute for the live evening performance. Free, just turn up, 1pm/5pm

Tour Walpole's gothic castle after dark. Image: Hoosier Sands

LITHUANIAN FILM: In a Chechen city, after the war, a man disappears. Those who search for him are drawn suddenly into a strange world. This documentary screening features a Q&A with director Mantas Kvedaravicius, and is presented by Picturehouse Cinema as part of the Open City Documentary Festival. £8, prebook, 6.30pm

POETRY OPEN MIC: Grab the mic at the Poetry Cafe tonight and bring your stanzas to their Good And Evil evening. Whether you're a poet or just love a good verse or two, head to Betterton Street for couplets, stanzas, sonnets and the like. Donation, just turn up, 7pm

WHISKY A GO-GO: Machine No.3 throws open its doors for a whisky tasting tonight. Get stuck into a selection of worldwide whiskies, pallet-cleansing chocolate and tips on tipple appreciation, in their sparkling new Homerton bar. £15, prebook, 7.30pm

SONGS OF NINA SIMONE: Barb Jungr pays tribute to the 'high priestess of soul' tonight at Orange Tree Theatre. Hear the British songstress's 2008 album, Just Like A Woman (Hymn to Nina), as well as some brand new arrangements. £20, prebook, 7.30pm

STRAWBERRY HILL: Explore the gothic stateliness of Horace Walpole's castle after dark. From its theatrical hall to the spectacular gallery, see the inspiration behind The Castle of Otranto on this twilight tour. £20, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: See sketch and character comedy from Radio 4 favourites, The Jest plus Holly Burn, Luke Kempner, Giants and more at the Camden Comedy Club. Get your giggle as they workshop brand new characters and some old favourites. £5/£4, prebook, 8pm

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Good cause of the day

If you like your chuckle with a charitable edge, head to Hammersmith Apollo for Stand Up For Shelter 2016. Dara O Briain (Mock The Week, Three Men In A Boat), Milton Jones, Nish Kumar and Luisa Omielan will be joking around in aid of Shelter— the housing and homelessness charity, which helped over four million people in 2015. All proceeds from the event go to Shelter, so get funny with your money this Wednesday. £20-£75, 24 February 2016, 7.30pm