Things To Do Today In London: Friday 7 June 2019

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Comedy theatre show Gobby comes to Kentish Town

Things to do

LIT FEST: Chocolate, a pub quiz, Elmer the Elephant, Lauren Laverne and Joel Golby are all on the eclectic programme of Stoke Newington Literary Festival, which has dozens of events over three days covering a range of topics — including plenty of children's events. Various locations and prices, book ahead, 7-9 June

CHISWICK PROMS: Comedy, show tunes and classical music are all showcased in Chiswick Proms, a three-day event in Chiswick House Gardens. Jason Manford and Shappi Khorsandi star in the first night open-air comedy show, preceded and followed by live music. Chiswick House, various prices, book ahead, 7-9 June

VIN AND TONIC: Free cocktail sound good? What it we told you it was fish and chip flavoured? Poppie's Fish & Chips and Sarson's vinegar team up to celebrate National Fish and Chip Day by giving away 100 of the vinegar-based cocktails for free — get there early if you want one. Poppie's Soho and Spitalfields, free, just turn up, open from 11am

Comedy and music at Chiswick Proms

D-DAY: French, German and Allied soldiers and survivors of D-Day have their stories told in a talk by writer Giles Milton, who bases his work on the raw experiences of those who witnessed it first hand. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

SOUNDS WALKS: Ahead of Sound Walk Sunday in September, Andrew Stuck, Founder of the Museum of Walking, explains what sound walks are. Learn about the types of works and digital technologies that can be used to create sound walks, through presentations and videos — and if you're inspired, you can create your own work to be part of Sound Walk Sunday. British Library, free, book ahead, 1.30pm-5pm

NATIONAL GALLERY: Take an evening tour of the National Gallery, ideal for anyone who's never been before, and doesn't quite know where to being. The tour whittles down the 2,300+ items on display to a few enigmatic and breathtaking must-sees, leaving you free to enjoy the rest of your Friday night having dabbled in a spot of culture. The National Gallery (Trafalgar Square), £25-£20, book ahead, 6pm-6.50pm (sponsor)

Get a free fish and chip cocktail

JILLY COOPER: Expect wild stallions and uncontrollable fillies, set in an idyllic world of show-jumping and huge country houses at Unbridled, a completely improvised Jilly Cooper show. It's all tongue in cheek, and things do tend to get a bit silly... and perhaps a bit sexy too. It is Jilly Cooper, after all. Upper Norwood Library Hub, £12.50/£10, book ahead, 7pm

SUMMER BALL: Stay late at Gunnersbury Park Museum and party like it's 1799. Princess Amelia's Summer Ball focuses on the building's Georgian heritage, with dancing, mask making and a Georgian fancy dress station. The Chocolate Museum runs a workshop (and tasting) on 18th century chocolate, and your ticket includes a welcome drink. Gunnersbury Park Museum, £10, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

AGITATED PIANO CABARET: Glamorous bearded drag lady Timberlina teams up with local jazz piano rebel Dr Aspalls for Agitated Piano Cabaret. The environmental-centric show tackles issues such as over-consumption, ultra-low emission zones and eco-anxiety, through a series of original songs, spanning several music genres. The Golden Hinde (Borough), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Bearded drag lady Timberlina comes to the Golden Hinde

GOBBY: Gobby is a heartfelt yet funny one-woman show about what it means to be loud, with stories of awkward encounters told via five different parties. Lion and Unicorn Theatre (Kentish Town), £12/£10, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.45pm (repeated tomorrow)

EID SCREENING: Waterloo Festival hosts an Eid celebration film screening of Until The End Of Time. The film is about a gravedigger who meets 60-year-old Johar in a cemetery, visiting her sister's grave for the first time since losing her husband, and is preceded by an introduction and traditional sweets to mark Eid. St John's Church (Waterloo), £6/£4, book ahead, 8pm

SILENT DISCO: Pick your channel — '80s or '90s — and dance the night away at this free silent disco. Wireless headphones are provided, but it's up to you to bring the moves. Upper Norwood Library Hub, free, book ahead, 10.30pm (repeated tomorrow)

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

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

Friday quiz: This, folks, is quite possibly the only tube station with a weatherboarded front. Where is it? The first person to tweet @HeckTube with the correct answer wins a dangerous splinter of wood.

Good cause of the day

Book ahead for Singin' in the Rain, hosted by Julian Clary. Taking place in October, the show features 100 professional actors putting together a musical in just 48 hours, raising money for The Lewy Body Society. Find out more and book tickets.

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