Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 15 March 2017

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We've got discount tickets for a fantastic new play, Seventeen. Scroll down for details.

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ART FAIR: 90 specialist dealers descend on Chelsea today for the start of BADA Fine Art Fair, selling traditional, modern and contemporary art and antiques. Duke of York Square, £20, book ahead, until 21 March

HAIRCUT ON THE HOUSE: Ted's Grooming Room in Lancaster Place turns one today, but instead of you giving them a gift, they're offering you one. You can get the 'Cut A Long Story Short' haircut, for free. Ted's Grooming Room, free, just turn up, 9am-6.30pm (first come, first served)

ORGAN SESSION: Union Chapel welcomes legendary organist Donald MacKenzie, best known for playing the mighty five-manual organ at Leicester Square Odeon. Union Chapel, free, just turn up, 10am-1pm

TRACE YOUR FAMILY: If your ancestors are from London, there's a good chance their trade is recorded somewhere in Guildhall Library. With the help of the librarians, discover your family's past. Guildhall Library, £5.90, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

VR ART: The House of Peroni lands in Soho, allowing you to step inside a piece of art. There's also a bar area serving (you guessed it) Peroni. House of Peroni, £20 (includes beer or cocktail), just turn up, 5pm-10.30pm

Nilüfer Yanya at the Sebright Arms

BELIEF VS DUTY: Most open-heart surgery in children requires the use of donor blood. This goes against the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses, which causes tensions between clinical teams and devout families. Professor Martin Elliot lectures on this tension and discusses options for surgery without donor blood. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

A CAPPELLA: Yale University's a cappella group Something Extra covers every genre from pop to jazz to folk to indie rock in this rare appearance across the pond. The Underdog, London Bridge, £5, just turn up 7.30pm-8.45pm

FREE COMEDY: Every Wednesday night, the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich hosts free comedy. The pub has seen William Gladstone and Charles Dickens eat side-by-side, so if the comedy sucks, entertain yourself by thinking about what they might have discussed. Trafalgar Tavern, free, just turn up, 7.30pm-9.30pm

SEBRIGHT ARMS: Legendary Hackney music venue, The Sebright Arms, pushes on with a series of gigs celebrating its reopening. Tonight, it's meditative singer songwriter Nilüfer Yanya. Sebright Arms, £6, book ahead, 8pm


Don't miss your chance to grab tickets at a £10 discount for Seventeen — the critically-acclaimed play at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Seventeen is set after the end of the last day of school, when everyone's meant to move on. It's about the cusp of adulthood, the cusp of complete change.

But Seventeen is a coming-of-age story with a difference — one with some surprises up its sleeve...

If you want to come and watch it with fellow Londonist readers, we have a batch of tickets to the performance on 20 March. Even better, you'll get £10 off your tickets, with the best seats in the house for just £25.

For more details and to book your tickets, click here.


Art review: war and landscapes

Credit: Linda Kitson

We like how the House of Illustration introduces us to artists we've never heard of. Case in point Linda Kitson who worked for the BBC. We see images of war from the Falklands, plus her latest works covering landscapes. Not all the images were to our liking in this small one room exhibition, but we loved the ghoulish plague pit. Linda Kitson: Drawings and Projects at House of Illustration, £7.50, Until 30 April ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Sunday) Tabish Kahn

Theatre review: kosher cougars

It's a dark night in Dalston. It isn't stormy but you know you're in for bad weather. Council estate local Gina brings in a young devout Jewish man from outside her flat. Some of the lads on the estate have injured him after he was visiting the local slapper. He can't go home as it's the sabbath. And he doesn't want to face his fiancee. Gina is an ex-nurse and full-time carer. But just what care does young Gideon need? Michelle Collins and Joe Coen are engaging in their banter. Steward Permutt's script is full of laugh out loud moments. But the piece feels like it has several endings. Perhaps choosing one would give it more of an edge. A Dark Night in Dalston, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4 3JP, £14.50-£18, Until 1 April ★★★★☆ (Tuesday to Saturday) Paul Ewing

Good cause for the day

WORLD OF RHINOS: Here's an evening of illuminating discussions on the Wild World of Rhinos. Hear first hand from the people trying to save them in Africa. All funds go towards making sure more of these wonderful animals survive. The Royal Institution, £95/£30/£25, book ahead, 23 March, 6pm-10pm

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets

The British Museum Tour - Ideas That Made Our World


Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets

A Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets