Things to do in London Today is sponsored by The London Cabaret Club.
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Things to do today:
BFG DREAM JARS: The BFG Dream Trail is now open around London, tying in with the release of the new The BFG film in a few weeks. Look out for the 6ft dream jars dotted around London (we've provided a map and more information here). Free, take part at any time until 31 August
EXHIBITION+TALK: Explore the life of scholar and magician John Dee, one of the most enigmatic individuals of Tudor England, at The Royal College of Physicians. £5, book in advance, 5pm (talk starts at 6.30pm)
UKULELE HOOTENANNY: Head to the Queen of Hoxton to get strumming and take part in the Ukulele Hootenanny Summer Party. Open to beginners and experienced ukulele players, you'll be strumming away to old classics and modern pop songs in no time. Free (£20 returnable deposit for ukulele hire), 7pm-12am
SCRABBLE DATING: If you're fed up of swiping left on Tinder, why not go to The Ten Bells in Shoreditch for a night of good old game of Scrabble, mixed up with a spot of speed dating? Rude words allowed (and encouraged). £10, book in advance, 7pm
WATERSTONES FILM CLUB: Watch Possession, the film adaptation of A. S. Byatt's period drama novel, which won the Booker Prize when it was published in 1990. Takes place at Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road. Anna Fielding, Editor of Emerald Street, introduces the film. £5 (+booking fee), book in advance, 7pm
CANINE FILM SCREENING: To mark the release of new film Heart Of A Dog, dogs are invited to a screening at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (with human companions). They'll even be giving a pack of doggy popcorn to make a mess with munch on while they watch. One of those rare occasions when watching the audience could be more entertaining than watching the film. £5 human/£2.50 with dog, book in advance, 7.30pm
WHAT IF EVERYONE WAS ON BENEFITS?: Listen to panellists including Dr Kitty Stewart from London School of Economics and Rev Dr Malcom Torry discuss the future of the UK's social security system, in a talk hosted by Conway Hall Ethical Society. £10/£5, book in advance, 7.30pm
ROOFTOP ASTRONOMY: Navigate the solar system with warm punch and canapés in hand on the roof of The Culpepper in Shoredicth. Using powerful telescopes, astronomy expert Seb Jay will guide you around Saturn and Mars. £35, book in advance, 8pm
Things To Do In London Today is sponsored by The London Cabaret Club.
Celebrate The Best of British Pop with the London Cabaret Club
From the freedom days of the 60s and 70s to London’s punk movement in the 80s and Britpop’s glory days of the 90s, immerse yourself in the greatest anthems from the last 40 years, at the London Cabaret Club.
This hit-tastic show has mesmerising dancers, themed costumes and impressive staging, making for a spectacular night at the club's luxurious new permanent home, the Bloomsbury Ballroom.
The experience at the London Cabaret Club isn’t just limited to the stage. You'll be served top quality British tapas, bespoke drinks, and be greeted by glamorous hosts and hostesses — it's a fully immersive experience.
For more information about The Best of British Pop and to book tickets, visit www.thelondoncabaretclub.com
Good cause of the day
FUNDRAISING MUSIC GIG: Listen to folk musician Joanne Rowe, renowned busker Longy perform at Music for Refugee Rights at this gig on Green Lanes. All proceeds go to Refugee Rights Data Project, a volunteer-run organisation that protects the rights of refugees and displaced people. £7+, book in advance, 6.30pm
Our daily pick of Funzing events
PASTA MAKING CLASS: Learn the dying art of making pasta by hand with a professional artisan pasta maker. Chestnut flavoured cavatelli with an onion, bacon and walnut is on the menu for July. We're drooling at the thought of it. £35, 12/16/19 July
AFRICAN DRUMMING: Bang your heart out and learn some traditional African rhythms with the London African Drumming open djembe circle for beginners. Takes place at a location in Stepney Green. £15, 12/19 July