Things To Do Today: Tuesday 12 April 2016

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Discover more about biodiversity at London Zoo today. Image: Neil Page

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FREE FITNESS: Take a free fitness class at Sweaty Betty's Islington store. Join the one hour Run Club with a certified instructor and enjoy your morning workout without paying a penny. Free, prebook, 7am

FREE MASSAGE: Take a break this Tuesday with a free massage courtesy of Workfront. Head to Spitalfields Market to forget about work and put your lunchtime to good use. You can also have a good scribble on their giant colouring boards and visit the zen garden for total chill out bliss. Free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

BIO-DIVERSITY TALK: Explore biodiversity with this London Zoo event. A panel of experts will present their views on biodiversity within the natural capital concept. You can also attend dinner with speakers after. Talk: free, dinner: £35, prebook, 6pm

RAGGED AND REFORMERS: Uncover the underbelly of 19th century London on this Marylebone walk, London's Ragged and Reformers. Discover the stories of the heroic reformers as you pass between period housing, green spaces and Georgian mews. £12/£9, prebook, 6pm

Look back to the days-gone-by on the tube today (see below) Image: mattrock

DEAD LIFE DRAWING: With models of some of the animal kingdom's finest former reidents, this Grant Museum Dead Life Drawing Class has models that are sure to stay still while you sketch. Both the experienced and complete beginners are welcome. £6, prebook, 6.30pm

RAILWAY ROMANCE: Author Andrew Martin tells tales of growing up as a railwayman's son in Yorkshire and his life-long passion for the tube. Join his reminiscences about such features as compartments, dining cars and trains with names at London Transport Museum. £10/£8, prebook, 7pm

ROMANIAN LITERATURE: Celebrate the best of recent Romanian literature at Waterstones Piccadily this evening with a selection of respected authors working in the city. £5, prebook, 7pm

BEER AND CHEESE: Not your usual combination, but this event shows how beer and cheese make a tasty combination at Bedales Spitalfields. Let CRATE Brewery introduce you to a host of new brews, plus there'll be special pint-based offers running all evening. £25, prebook, 7pm

OPEN MIC: Plugged In, Switch On is a welcoming open mic in Shoreditch. All genres, bands and soloists are encouraged to grab the mic and share their talents at Cafe 1001. Emeli Sandé once did a surprise performance there, so you're in good company. Free, prebook, 7pm

Good cause of the day

If you fancy A Bit Of Variety in your week, this event at the Queen Of Hoxton collides comedy, entertainment and music — in one huge night out. In aid of children's charity Variety, a host of celebrities on some of the freshest new talents take to the stage. Chuckle away to Sarah Keyworth, George Rigden, Ben Thornton and more, including magicians, actors, improvisers — plus one secret guest star. £25, prebook, 7pm, 12 April