Things To Do Today In London: Friday 28 July 2017

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HALAL STREET FOOD: Struggling to find halal street food? Head to Old Spitalfields Market where Halal Gems hosts all manner of stalls. Tuck into ice cream, halloumi fries, Dutch pancakes and an alcohol-free bar. There will also be live music and entertainment. Old Spitalfields Market, free entry (£2 donation recommended), book ahead, 28-29 July

DOODLEMANIA: The enigmatic Mr Doodle began work on the Doodle corridor at The Exhibitionist Hotel as part of the Art Corridors programme, where four public corridors are under constant transformation. It's the last day you can check out completed work by popping along to the hotel. The Exhibitionist Hotel (South Kensington), free, just turn up, all day

BATTERSEA FEST: Have you made it down to Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village festival yet? Fancy free pizza, beer and wine? How about some comedy performances, hip-hop and hula hoop classes, boxing, busking and more? Battersea Power Station, free, just turn up, 10am-10.30pm (festival runs until September)

ANIMAL HOSPITAL: After its first four months, this animal hospital throws open its doors for an afternoon of celebrations. Tour the bespoke clinics and help create an animal themed chalk mural. Plus, there's face-painting and animal balloons for the kids. The London Animal Hospital (Camberwell), free, just turn up, 2pm-7pm

London Animal Hospital has an open day.

LIFE IN LONDON: Join the opening party for Roland “Charlie” Phillips's new print exhibition London is the Place For Me. Born in Jamaica in 1944, Charlie moved to the UK in 1956 and began documenting life in London with his first ever camera. Lomography Gallery Store (Soho), free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm

COMEDY FESTIVAL: Your comedy favourites are on stage for the last day of the Ealing Comedy Festival. See Russell Kane, Phil Wang, Joanne McNally and more for some top quality laughs. Walpole Park (Ealing), £20, 6.30pm-10.30pm

GOGH FOR IT: Diners can enjoy a night of art-inspired theatre and food with Vincent Van Gogh lookalike actor Walter DeForest. DeForest's show Van Gogh Find Yourself will follow dinner, and be topped off with sticky toffee pudding, apple strudel or summer fruit. Cafe Van Gogh (Brixton), £35, book ahead, 7.45pm-10pm

ROCKAOKE:Live your childhood rockstar dream at this rock band karaoke evening. Have a few drinks and take to the stage — you're great at singing all your favourite hits, you really are... Star of Kings (King's Cross), £3, book ahead, 9pm-2am

NIGHTLIFE: It's Friday and time to let you hair down, so escape into a world where ancient South American tradition meets futuristic electronic sounds and let loose at Love Carnival. Bussey Building (Peckham), £10, book ahead, 10pm-5am


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Art review: rococo glamour

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Alexia Sinclair poses fantastic scenes that look more akin to fashion shoots. The backgrounds are filled with historical and art references and they look stunning. Alongside these photographs are the graphite landscapes of Sue Williams A’Court, which pull you into the detailed scenes. Echoes of Rococo at James Freeman Gallery, 354 Upper Street, N1 0PD, free.Until 29 July ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday)  Tabish Khan

Art review: colourful constructions

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Step inside a world of colourful blocks, walls and sculpture. It's all clean lines and crisp colours in this gorgeous show that makes you feel more awake just being inside this immersive environment. Nathalie du Pasquier: From time to time at Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET, free. Until 4 August ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Food review: office escapology

New to Clerkenwell, The Localist is delivering usual-suspects pub stuff — fish and chips, pasta, calamari — the majority of it done well. There’s nothing small about the burrata small plate, in size or richness: the best of our choices, the cream-stuffed cheese comes on a heap of citrus-drizzled broad beans, singing with freshness. The rest of our dishes are uncontroversially nice — no big flourishes and no big disappointments. Clerkenwell isn't great at middle-ground work lunches — plenty of takeaway, al desko options, and a scattering of restaurants too formal or pricey to be an obvious spontaneous, escape-from-the-office choice. The Localist fills the gap nicely, and it may not be serving up many surprises, but this is a solid, gastropub-style addition to an area that could do with a few more options like it. The Localist, 38 St John Street, EC1M 4DL. ★★★☆☆ Lydia Manch

Good cause of the day: dodgeballdayer

Sign up to Dodgeballdayer in aid of Mencap. Grab your team, put on your kit, and dodge your way to victory in fancy dress. Alongside the competition are live DJs, a raffle and an auction. There is no fundraising expectation - but if you want to raise some dosh your efforts won't go unappreciated. Sign up here. Wimbledon Rugby Football Club, free, register your team, or just turn up to watch, 5 August, 1pm-1am

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