This Festival Dedicated To Dessert Has A Melting Chocolate Wall

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A Dessert Festival coming to London is dedicating an entire room to chocolate… including a melted chocolate wall.

Yep, you read that right, the chocolate zone at London Dessert Festival promises a wall covered in the molten good stuff — as well as chocolate infused ‘tasting orbs’, top chocolatiers, and a chocolate wrapping room covered top to bottom in foil. Holy Cacao.

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Among the other experiential dessert sections is a ‘frozen’ zone (where you can taste ice cream flavoured bubbles and get rained on by sprinkles) and a ‘patisserie’ zone, scented with cinnamon and cookie dough, and decorated in cherry blossoms.

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There’s also a vegan zone, for dairy-free desserts. Farewell summer body.

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Over 20 brands are taking part in the two-day even at Spitalfields at the Old Truman Brewery in east London, including Miki’s Paradise (freakshakes and crepes), Wheelcake Island (fluffy Taiwanese pancakes) Yogland (forzen treats), Nosteagia (bubble waffles and bubble tea) and Cafe Forty One (masters of the vegan dessert).

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The closest thing to a trip through Charlie’s Chocolate Factory you’ll ever get? Possibly.

Doughnut mousse-out!

London Dessert Festival at Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, on 17-18 August. Tickets £12.78-£60 Choc out the line-up up of participating brands.

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8 Derelict London Buildings That Time Forgot

Beyond London’s glimmering skyscrapers and grand institutions, there is a twilight zone of burnt-out factories and decaying mansions. Few people know this world as well as Paul Talling. The incorrigible urban explorer has released a revised edition of his book, Derelict London. Here’s a selection of abandoned buildings from this wistful tome.

1. A Cooke’s Pie & Mash, Shepherd’s Bush – A beloved eating emporium

Established in 1899, this family-owned pie shop traded from its Goldhawk Road site between 1934 and 2015. In its prime, the café was popular with Queens Park Rangers fans on their way to the nearby Loftus Road stadium, as well as with celebrity customers including Pete Townshend of The Who and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols. It also features in Phil Daniels’ and Ray Winstone’s scenes in the 1979 film Quadrophenia. Ultimately run by the great-grandson of founder Alfred Cooke, it was popular to the end and its closure caused a local outcry: it was subject to a compulsory purchase order due to the redevelopment of the surrounding area. The Cooke’s company lives on, with the family now offering an online frozen delivery service.

2. Wilson & Kyle Brentford, Brentford – A tank and aircraft factory

Originally based around the corner in Catherine Wheel Yard, Wilson & Kyle moved to these buildings on Brentford High Street in the 1950s. The company made prototype tank parts, anti-aircraft gun equipment and assembly jigs for aeroplanes, and during the second world war, specialised in fuel-injection equipment for ships’ diesel engines. Having once employed 160 people, the company closed in 1998, and the factory has remained derelict ever since. The site is one of a number of abandoned buildings in Brentford. The whole area between the High Street and the River Thames has become run-down, with Hounslow Council issuing compulsory purchase orders on the remaining businesses. Plans are in place for a waterfront development that has been described by the Evening Standard as ‘West London’s Next Big Thing’.

3. Stanwell Place, Stanwell – A house that hosted a king

These gate piers are concealed in the undergrowth mere metres from the southern edge of Heathrow Airport. They once marked the entrance to Stanwell Place, a country house that was first built in the 17th century. During the second world war, the house and estate played a crucial role in the Allies’ military strategy. Sir John Watson Gibson, who lived at Stanwell Place until his death in 1947, helped design the portable Mulberry Harbours that were used to drop cargo in France after the D-Day landings. And in 1944, the house hosted two crucial military meetings attended by senior US commanders including general Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The house was latterly owned by King Faisal II of Iraq; it was demolished after his assassination in 1958. Today, most of its grounds are overgrown or used as gravel pits.

4. VIP Garage, Limehouse – Where sails were made

This workshop was built in 1869 as a sail-maker’s and ship-chandler’s warehouse. It was occupied by one company, Caird & Rayner, from 1889 to 1972, and was never substantially altered, so the building retains its original cast-iron window frames and two double loading doors that open on to the Limehouse Cut. Caird & Rayner were engineers and coppersmiths who specialised in the design and manufacture of seawater-distilling plants, which were supplied to Royal Navy vessels and Cunard cruise liners. The building is the only original ship’s store surviving in Tower Hamlets.

More recently, the building was used as a vehicle repair shop. Previous owners planned to demolish the premises to make way for a block of flats but planning permission was refused. The current proposal is to keep the oldest sections as offices, and build flats on the land to either side.

5. Lambeth Waterworks, Surbiton – Instrumental in sighting cholera

The Lambeth Waterworks Company, founded in 1785, originally occupied the current site of the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. It moved to Seething Wells, Surbiton, in 1852 amidst growing concern over the quality of the drinking water being taken from the Thames.

Clean water from Surbiton subsequently played a major role in proving that cholera was a waterborne disease. In 1854, Dr John Snow compared families drinking water piped from Seething Wells with those using water from the Thames. He concluded that people who drank Lambeth Waterworks water did not contract cholera. From 1855, the Metropolis Water Act made it illegal to extract Thames water for domestic use.

6. York Road station, Barnsbury – A Leslie Green gem

This Underground station, a short distance from King’s Cross, opened on what is now the Piccadilly line in 1906. Always awkwardly situated in a run-down industrial area, the station never received many visitors. From 1909 some trains didn’t stop at the station during the week, and by 1918 there was no Sunday service. It closed completely in 1932.

The station was designed by Leslie Green, the architect responsible for dozens of stops on the Bakerloo, Piccadilly and Northern lines. He was famous for using ox-blood red tiles and elegant Arts & Crafts lettering. The raised writing on York Road’s façade was chiselled off in the 1930s, so that the new owners had a flat surface on which to mount their signs; these were removed in 1989, and the distinctive white-tile signage has been visible ever since.

With the recent redevelopment of the King’s Cross neighbourhood there have been proposals to reopen the station.

7. The Spotted Dog, Forest Gate – Henry VIII’s hunting lodge

In part dating to the late 15th century, this building was once a hunting lodge used by King Henry VIII, who had kennelling for his dogs here. In the early 19th century it was converted into a pub. According to one correspondent on derelictlondon.com, there was once an underground passage that ran between the dog and the Boleyn Tavern a mile to the south. He says the entrance to the tunnel is still visible in the basement of the Boleyn, but the rest has been filled in with concrete.

The pub finally closed in the early 2000s. It remains derelict, despite efforts by a campaign group to have it reopened as a pub or community facility.

8. Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Whitechapel – cast the Liberty Bell

The UK’s oldest manufacturing company operated on this site from 1738 to 2017. The Whitechapel Bell Foundry, founded in 1570, cast some of the most famous bells in the world, including Pennsylvania’s Liberty Bell and Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster. After 9/11, the company made a tribute bell — the Bell of Hope — as a gift from the people of London to the city of New York.

The Hughes family, who owned the foundry from 1904, recently sold the premises, citing economic pressures and the poor condition of the building. The very last tower bell to be cast there was for the Museum of London, to which the foundry has donated many artefacts.

The site has been bought by a property company, although a conservation group is attempting to have the building listed to prevent it from being redeveloped.

The new edition of Derelict London is available to buy now from Random House Books, rrp £14.99. We also highly recommend joining Paul on one of his Derelict London tours.

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Top 10 London: Top Ten Things to See in the Tate Modern Art Museum

Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, the Tate Modern is a repository of art from 1900 to the present.  With thousands of items in their collection and over 5 million visitors per year, the Tate Modern is the second-largest art museum in the #UK.  As such, you can believe there are many interesting works to see from Warhol, #Matisse, #Picasso, #Pollack, and more.  Since art is subjective, many outlets out there have different ideas of what you should see at the museum, and we’re no different.  Here are ten of our favorite pieces in the Tate Modern we think you should see and you can let us know what your favorites are in the comments.

Weeping Woman – Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso has a number of pieces in the Tate Modern, but one of the top works is the Weeping Woman.  Picasso’s subject was Dora Maar, his lover and the painting itself is meant to represent of the many tragic victims of the Spanish Civil War, a conflict that cost the woman in the painting her child during the bombing of Guernica.  Interestingly enough, this is one example of the blurring between subject and meaning, as Maar herself unable to have children.

Natalia Goncharova Exhibit

One of a handful of temporary exhibits currently at the Tate Modern, the museum is featuring the work of Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova.  She gained fame in her movement in 1913 at the young age of 32 and pushed the envelope of what was allowed in art before World War I and the Russian Revolution changed the country’s fate. Until September 8th.

Marilyn Diptych – Andy Warhol

Warhol’s pop culture style of art made him one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century by helping the public realize that celebrities and mundane objects could also be art.  By painting Marilyn Monroe over and over again until the star fades away, Warhol succeeds in reminding his audience that fame, as with life, is temporary.

Uncertainty of the Poet – Giorgio de Chirico

Certainly a strange painting on the surface, Giorgio was an avid fan of the Surrealists in his early days.  His Uncertainty of the Poet contrasts the ancient with the fleeting, juxtaposing a statue of Aphrodite and stone archways with browning bananas and a passing train.  The timeless and the temporary existing at once.

Seagram Murals – Mark Rothko

Perhaps the only work on this list to appear consistently in several similar pieces, the Seagram Murals were given birth after artist Mark Rothko left his job painting murals for New York restaurants.  He went a little bit darker in the aftermath and created the Seagram Murals to reflect what he felt was the claustrophobic atmosphere of Michaelangelo’s Laurentian Library in Florence.

The Great Day of His Wrath – John Martin

Martin does a wonderful job of featuring a rolling, raging storm and volcanic eruptions that makes for this third picture in his apocalypse series.  Based on the Revelation of St. John, it’s a terrifying depiction of God’s wrath in the final judgement, as cataclysms envelop the world.  Despite its having been painted in the 19th Century, the painting apparently moves between this museum and the Tate.

The Snail – Henri Matisse

The Snail 1953 Henri Matisse 1869-1954 Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00540

Matisse’s painting doesn’t really have as much to do with the little slimy critter except that Matisse attempted to put the colorful rectangles in a spiral shape that somewhat resembles a snail’s shell.  The artist had help from his assistants as he was ill at the time and still dealing with a bitter separation from his wife.  It’s a beautiful piece that reminds us that no negative circumstances can truly hold us down.

Number 14 – Jackson Pollock

If you want to have an idea of the joke Starlord made in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, you need to experience the abstract expressionist work of Jackson Pollock.  While the black and white oil on canvas work may look like Pollock just through black paint on a white canvass,

Jenny Holzer Exhibit

American artist Jenny Holzer presents some great examples of thought-provoking exhibits.  Her work can be found both on the streets of major cities and in museums including the Tate Modern, where she is currently featured in the Artists Rooms.  Her performance art is meant to be mysterious, not beating you over the head with its meaning, but more for you to figure out.

Metamorphosis of Narcissus – Salvador Dali

Dali’s work is certainly some of the trippier pieces you’ll find in the Tate Modern, and the Metamorphosis of Narcissus allows the artist to put his own unique spin on the classic Greek myth.  The painting depicts both Narcissus as he stares at his own reflection as well as his transformation into the narcissus flower.  Interestingly enough, Narcissus before his transformation also appears in the background, a reminder of the man he once was.

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Things To Do Today In London: Friday 12 July 2019

Drag Syndrome at Southbank Centre

Things to do

CRAFT MARKET: The ever-excellent Crafty Fox Market heads north of the river for once, bringing its usual eclectic line-up of traders. Browse ceramics, jewellery, homewares, clothing, prints and more from a curated selection of artists and makers. Canopy Market (King’s Cross), free entry, just turn up, 12-14 July

HYPER JAPAN: Japanese food, culture, art and fashion is all celebrated one under roof at Hyper Japan. Wander around stalls selling Japanese items, watch martial arts and cookery demos, enjoy live music and take part in cosplay, all inspired by the Asian country. Olympia London, from £17, book ahead12-14 July

SHUBBAK FESTIVAL: For a few weekends this summer, themed takeovers are happening at National Theatre’s open-air River Stage. This weekend, Shubbak Festival — a celebration of contemporary Arab culture — curates the programme, kicking things off tonight with music from the Attab Haddad Ensemble, DJ and radio presenter Noor Palette, and singer Amira Kheir. South Bank, free, just turn up, 12-14 July

Peruse the works at Crafty Fox Market

IDLER FESTIVAL: Idler’s weekend of talks, debates, music, comedy and merriment kicks off today. The festival’s Friday line-up includes hip hopping female Morris dancers, folk musician Sam Lee, plus lessons in beekeeping, calligraphy and the ukulele. Eclectic indeed. Fenton House (Hampstead), £35-£105, book ahead12-14 July

SOLDIER’S VIEW: Ian Maine of the National Army Museum tells the story of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry in the Normandy Campaign of 1944, in this free lecture. Hear about the key battles which the regiment was involved in, and the casualties it suffered, with photos from the time to support the talk. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead11.30am

Leave work early and enjoy Waterloo Carnival

WATERLOO CARNIVAL: Dance in the streets (well, on the green) at Waterloo, for the local carnival. All afternoon, free entertainment including live music, dancing, a carnival procession and stalls takes over the local area — an excellent excuse to slack off work a bit early. Waterloo Millennium Green, free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

WRITER QUEEN: Queen Elizabeth I is renowned for many things, but her writing talents are often overlooked. See some of her poems, speeches and prayers, written both before and during her monarchy, many of which are kept at the National Archives. Dr Katy Muir discusses the cultural significance of the writings. National Archives (Kew), £6-£7.50, book ahead2pm-3.30pm

The third edition of Oval Night Market

NIGHT MARKET: Oval Night Market continues its summer residency in east London with an evening of food, drink and art, based on New York’s street parties. Refuel at street food stalls and a cocktail bar, and browse and buy products from local artist and makers, all with a soundtrack of live music and DJs. Oval Space (Cambridge Heath), free entry, just turn up, 5pm-11pm

DRAG SYNDROME: The world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome — a group known as Drag Syndrome — perform at a cabaret night which features live music, dancing, lip syncing and voguing. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 5.30pm

COCKNEY SING ALONG: Musician Tom Carradine brings his famous Cockney sing along sessionto north London. Join in with songs from the music hall era, both world wars, and West End musicals. Union Chapel (Islington), £5, book ahead, 7pm

Kiss My Genders Live at Southbank Centre

SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY: New documentary film Spirit Of Discovery tells the story of late oceanographer Walter Munk and his impressive and extensive scientific research. Watch the film, then see a panel discussion about the role science plays in preserving our seas. Science Museum (South Kensington), £5, book ahead7pm-9pm

KISS MY GENDERS LIVE: Hayward Gallery’s current Kiss My Genders exhibition comes to life on stage. Several of the artists involved present an evening of poetry, screenings, discussion and performance, celebrating diversity in relation to gender identity. Southbank Centre, £15, book ahead7pm

CIRCUS SHOW: Aircraft Circus is a circus training school for students of all ages. This summer scratch show is a chance for current students to show off what they’ve learned, with additional appearances by alumni, and professional performers, all on a ‘summer of love’ theme. Expect acrobatics, aerial tricks and other circus skills. Aircraft Circus Academy (Woolwich), £15, book ahead, 7.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

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

I can’t sign off this week of pub-related musings without mention of the Metropolitan Bar at Baker Street station. This grand branch of JD Wetherspoon is housed in the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Railway (now the Metropolitan line). The rooms are filled with Underground memorabilia, a joy for any tube fan. Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Sign up now to take part in Tesco Dance Beats on 18-20 July. Dance marathons and other events take place at stores around the UK, raising money for Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK. Find out more here.

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London Could Be As Hot As Barcelona By 2050

Sunny Barcelona. Photo: Shutterstock

The biggest issue facing the world today is climate change.

The most frequent association with climate change is rising sea levels due to melting polar ice caps. This has lead to talks about how coastal areas could suffer in coming years. But it’s not just those by the sea who need to fear global warming.

A new scientific study by Crowther Lab has revealed that London’s average annual temperature will increase 2.1 degrees celsius by 2050. The warmest month of the year will increase by 5.9 degrees. To put that into perspective, London’s annual climate will resemble Barcelona’s today.

Now, this might sound like some balmy dream. Deeper tans. Rooftop bars and outdoor swimming all year round, rather than three solitary months. But a new climate will bring considerable challenges to London.

One such challenge is droughts. In 2008, Barcelona suffered a drought so serious, it had to spend $22 million on importing drinking water.

Crowther Lab’s study is one of many attempts from scientists to make policymakers face the reality of global warming. Our current mayor seems serious about tackling the issue, although we’re now up against the clock. Time will tell if we’ve done enough.

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British Museum: Top Ten Artifacts to See in the British Museum When You Visit

 

Since 1753, the British Museum has been a repository of world culture in the United Kingdom.  The earliest exhibits came from the personal collection of physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane, but was the British Empire rose to prominence; it began to receive many unique items from locations all over the globe.  It grew so much over its 250-plus years that it necessitated the creation of branch institutions such as the Natural History Museum and the British Library.  Today, the British Museum is still full of many artifacts that explore the world’s shared history and here are ten that you absolutely have to see when you visit.

Rosetta Stone

Part of the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery, explorers discovered it in Memphis Egypt in 1799, and it was massively instrumental in helping the Western world understand hieroglyphics and learn more about Ancient Egypt.  The stone itself depicts a decree that was written in hieroglyphs, Greek, and Demotic languages.

Mummies

Another import from the archaeological digs that took place in Egypt during the Victorian and Edwardian periods are some 140 mummies that are in the museum’s collection.  Only a fraction of them are actually on display and include not only royalty but mummified cats.  The exhibit not only displays the beautiful collection of death masks, coffins, and artifacts but also explains the mummification process to visitors.

Granite Statue of Amenhotep III

The last thing you need to see in the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery is the granite statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.  Amenhotep ruled from 1390 to 1325 BC and was discovered around 1817 and then purchased by the museum from Henry Salt who had found it a Cairo warehouse.  The head is about 9 ½ feet tall and weighs 4 tons.

Easter Island Statue (Hoa Hakananai’a)

 

Commodore Richard Ashmore Powell acquired the statue from a ceremonial center in Orongo, Rapa Nui during an expedition in 1869 and from there it passed to the Lords of the Admiralty who presented it as a gift to Queen Victoria, who subsequently gave it to the museum.  Hoa Hakananai’a, or “Stolen or Hidden Friend”, is an excellent example of the ancestor statues found all over Easter Island, and is made of basalt.

Aztec Double-Headed Serpent

An absolutely fascinating piece of Aztec culture, the double-headed serpent was carved out of wood and is also a mosaic-covered in pieces of turquoise.  It’s unknown how the serpent left Mexico, though it’s thought to have been a gift to Herman Cortes and eventually found its way to collector Henry Christy, who bequeathed it to the museum along with a number of artifacts in his collection.

Sutton Hoo Mask and Ship Burial Collection

Americans might remember seeing images of the Sutton Hoo Mask on the covers of history or English Literature textbooks, and this artifact is only part of a larger Anglo-Saxon collection that was discovered at Sutton Hoo in 1939.  Over 20 burial mounds were uncovered here that yielded hundreds of items that give us insight into this period of British history.

Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs

These reliefs that date from around 650 BC show an Assyrian king displaying his power and authority by engaging in the ancient pastime of lion hunting.  The alabaster panels were discovered by Homuzd Rassam in 1853 on an archaeological expedition and tell the entire story of the hunt from the releasing of the lions to the dogs and guards that were there to keep the king safe as he proved his bravery.

Lewis Chessmen

Chess is a game that dates back centuries, as proven by this set of walrus ivory and whale teeth that was carved sometime between 1150 to 1200 AD.  Scholars believe the set was made in Norway and once belonged to a merchant who traveled between that country and Ireland, leaving the set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland.  Eighty-two of the pieces are at the British Museum, and the remaining eleven can be found at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Portland Vase

The Portland Vase is an excellent example of early-AD Roman art, a cameo glass vessel that depicts images of love, marriage, and sex.  The images depicted suggest to scholars that it may have been a wedding gift.  It was previously in the possession of the Dowager Duchess of Portland, hence its name, and it’s actually been destroyed and restored several times since it came into the museum’s possession.

Parthenon Marbles

Also known as the Elgin Marbles, Lord Elgin acquired these statues and reliefs from the Ottoman Empire when it was in control of Athens and much of Greece.  The marbles are the source of great controversy between the British and Greek Governments, as the British Museum feels it is preserving a piece of world heritage while the Greek government takes the possession that the marbles are the country’s rightful property.  At any rate, for the moment, the British Museum is the place to see these wonderful pieces of ancient art.

British Museum: Top Ten Artifacts to See in the British Museum When You Visit – Londontopia – The Website for People Who Love London

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Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 11 July 2019

The Batty Mama at Southbank Centre

Things to do

WORLD ILLUSTRATION AWARDS: The Association of Illustrators opens a new exhibition showcasing all 200 shortlisted entries from its annual awards. Peruse work from 68 countries, including book covers, newspapers, murals and packaging, across a diverse range of styles. Somerset House, free, just turn up, 11-28 July

SUMMER SERIES: Somerset House Summer Series launches tonight, the first of 11 open-air gigs in the courtyard. Neo-soul quintet The Internet get things going, with support from hiphop artist Saw Wise. Somerset House, various prices, book ahead, 11-21 July

ENTERTAINING LONDON: This illustrated talk uses historic photos to cover the history of London County Council Parks Department. It employed hundreds of gardeners and park keepers, and built dozens of sport facilities and playgrounds around London. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead2pm-3pm

The Internet open Somerset House Summer Series

BIG BEN: Mark Big Ben’s 160th birthday with an evening of informal talks about Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower — even if the tower itself is currently under scaffolding. The strikes of the big bell were first heard on 11 July 1859, and the event offers a chance to hear from the people who care for it today. Houses of Parliament, £15, book ahead, 6pm

THE BATTY MAMA: QTIPOC (queer, trans and intersex people of colour) south London collective The Batty Mama begins a DJ residency at Southbank Centre tonight. Over three Thursday evenings, party to a sexy and carefree vibe, and hear classics from the 1990s onwards across R&B, hip-hop, garage, Afrobeats, bashment and funky house. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 6pm

ON CRICKET: Retired cricketer Mike Brearley launches his new book, On Cricket, a collection of essays covering topics including the influence of his Yorkshire father, and the impact of his cricketing heroes. It draws both on his cricketing days, and his later career as a psychoanalyst. Daunt Books (Hampstead), £5, book ahead6.30pm

Drink & Draw in Leighton House Museum

DRINK AND DRAW: Take part in an informal drawing session in the garden at Leighton House Museum. Begin with a drinks reception before making your way to the garden for the London Fine Arts Studios session, accompanied by live music from the Salomé Quartet. Leighton House Museum (Holland Park), £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

TESSELATION: See hexagons as you’ve never seen them before, as writer-in-residence Rachel Pimm presents a performance lecture about the shape. They occur surprisingly frequently in the natural world, as shown in images from Natural History Museum archives, and geological sites such as Giant’s Causeway. Whitechapel Gallery, £5/£3.50, book ahead, 7pm

Acrobatics at Southbank Centre

ACROBATICS: Hailing from Morocco, 14 young acrobats and musicians of Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger recreate the sights and sounds of life in the Maghreb, in a one-off London show. They combine acrobatic feats, visual humour and stirring music to blend traditional and modern performance. Southbank Centre, £20, book ahead,7.30pm

COMEDY PREVIEWS: Helen Bauer and Rosie Jones are the latest comedians to offer previews of their new shows, before they perform them in Edinburgh next month. Jones sold out her debut hour at Edinburgh last year, while Bauer is a hotly-tipped new comedian. The Taproom (Islington), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

VICTORIAN HYPNOTISM: South East London Folklore Society hosts bestselling author Wendy Moore for this month’s event. She discusses Victorian doctor John Elliotson, who introduced the capital to the idea of hypnotism. The Old King’s Head (Borough), £5/£3, book ahead8pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

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

We seem to have hit a theme this week of pubs with connections to the tube. The Railway Tavern in Liverpool Street is another contender. It sports this mock tube map in its entrance (even though, in reality, the pub is too small to need such a map). From hazy memory, I seem to recall that you can see the Circle line tracks by peering out of the gents’ toilet window. Sadly, I don’t have a photo. Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Human rights charity Amnesty International opens a new Amnesty bookshop in Kentish Town today. It’s the organisation’s 10th bookshop, and sells second-hand tomes to raise money for the charity’s work. Find out more.

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