Things To Do Today In London: Friday 21 June 2019

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The Oval Night Market is back

Things to do

FILM FESTIVAL: Cross your fingers for good weather as the Summer Love Open Air Film Festival begins. Screenings take place on the steps by the water in Granary Square, and the summer's programme includes classic, new, and family films, and Wimbledon screenings. Canalside steps (King's Cross), free, bookable tickets are sold out but get there early on the day for walk-ins, 21 June-14 July

WATERLOO SOLDIERS: Author Sir Barney White-Spunner talks about the experiences of the British soldiers who fought at the Battle of Waterloo. He offers insight into who the men involved were, where they came from, and what happened to them after the battle, based on research from his 2015 book, Of Living Valour: The Story of the Soldiers of Waterloo. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

The Everyman Summer Love Film Festival begins at King's Cross

NIGHT MARKET: Bethnal Green's nocturnal event Oval Night Market is back for a second outing. Browse stalls from local makers, tuck into street food, cocktails and beer, and dance in the nearby streets — they're closed to traffic for the night. The Oval (Bethnal Green), free entry, just turn up, 5pm-11pm

FEMALE STRUGGLE: Podcast The Female Struggle is Real hosts a one-off live recording event, The Female Struggle with Sex LIVE. Capital FM presenter Emma Real-Davies chats to sex and relationships blogger and host of the Laid Bare podcast, Oloni, professional sex doctor Dr Karen Gurney and Reed and Florence from sex podcast F*cks Given. South Place Hotel (Liverpool Street), £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Attend a live event with The Female Struggle

SUMMER CEILIDH: Kickstart your weekend with Waterloo Festival's lively summer ceilidh, which raises funds to refurbish the church it's held in. Don't worry if you're a complete beginner — there's a chance to be guided through the dances. Plus there's a buffet and bar. St John's Church (Waterloo), £20/£15/£10, book ahead, 7pm

QUEER WALLS: Eltham Palace's queer stories and history are revealed at this Pride month late opening. Actors play the roles of John Seely and Paul Paget, the palace's designers, who were partners in life and in business, and who give an insight into what it was like to be queer in the first half of the 20th century. Also enjoy cabaret, swing dance lessons and choir performances. Eltham Palace, £15/£10, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX: Live jazz and performance poetry combine in Jazz Verse Jukebox, which brings a series of performers on stage, followed by an open mic session for the audience to have a go. Tonight's line-up includes poet, rapper and visual artist HKB FiNN, British-Nigerian poet Gboyega Odubanjo and slam poetry champion and storyteller Rachel Nwokoro. Hoxton Hall, from £8, book ahead, 7.30pm

Learn about the LGBTQ history of Eltham Palace

JUDI DENCH: Watch the premiere screening of Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure, a documentary which follows her travels across the rainforests and coastline of Malaysian Borneo, finding out about local conservation projects along the route. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the Dame herself. Royal Geographical Society, £50, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

THE IRON LADY: TV presenter and author Dominic Sandbrook discusses Margaret Thatcher's Iron Lady persona. Find out how her career against the backdrop of the Cold War and Iron Curtain shaped her public image. National Archives (Kew), £13-£15, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

Learn how to swing dance in south London

EDINBURGH PREVIEW: Comedian/magician Pete Firman offers a preview of his Edinburgh show. He's joined by a special guest (to be announced) with no magical experience, and between them they put on a show of conjuring and trickery. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £5, book ahead, 7.45pm

SWING DANCING: Put your dancing shoes on and join Swing Patrol for a night of busting a move. The evening starts with a beginner swing dance class, followed by social dancing. No experience or partner are required, and tunes date from the 1920s-60s. Upper Norwood Library Hub, £6.41, book ahead, 8.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

The Piccadilly line continues to throw up some unusual station information. I snapped this a few days back, suggesting a destination of T2throw, stopping at terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5. All a bit worrying, considering terminal 1 closed four years ago. If you've spotted other weird destinations on the Piccadilly, feel free to share by tweeting them to @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Book ahead for Saturday's comedy cabaret show in aid of Beat, an eating disorders charity. It takes place at The Old Nun's Head in Nunhead, with authors, poets and stand-up comedians on the line-up. Find out more and book tickets.

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