Things To Do Today In London: Friday 29 September 2017



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BASIC INSTINCTS: The Foundling Museum’s new exhibition Basic Instincts explores Georgian attitudes to love, desire and female respectability through the radical paintings of Joseph Highmore. Until 7 January 2018. The Foundling Museum, £11, just turn up, 10am-5pm

SCIENCE AND SUFFERING: Nazi Germany saw an unprecedented level of human experimentation both by immoral SS doctors and respected research institutions. Through portraits of the victims and perpetrators, this exhibition lays bare the legacy of this experimentation and the impact it had on our understanding of medicine. The Wiener Library (Bloomsbury), free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

CANOPY MARKET: Start the weekend early at Canopy Market with designers, food traders and original live music and entertainment, as well as the first ever Spanish Olive Festival in the UK. Until 1 October. West Handyside canopy (King’s Cross), free entry, 11am-8pm

UNLUCKY FOR SOME: Are you a believer in superstition, spells and prophecies? How does London connect with the ideas of the other worldly? This walk will take you on a journey of the city’s supernatural side. Meet at Holborn Station Kiosk, free, just turn up, 1pm

ST JAMES’ PELICANS: Slip on some comfy shoes for a walk around London’s oldest royal park, St James’s. Along with passing iconic and picturesque city sights, you’ll find out how St James’s Park helped court a King’s mistress and finish up watching the resident pelican’s daily feed. The Blue Bridge, £5, book ahead, 1.45pm-2.45pm

Canopy Market at King’s Cross

DANTE NYC: Fancy a taste of New York in London? Dante NYC will be popping up at Madison’s Rooftop Bar for a week long take over. There will be plenty of cocktails, live entertainment and great city views. Madison Rooftop Terrace (St Paul’s), free, book ahead, 4pm-9pm

MUSEUM LATES: The Natural History Museum go underwater this month, exploring biodiversity and marine science. Natural History Museum, free entry, 6pm-9.30pm

OOH LA LA: London is the new Paris, don’t you know? Brixton certainly thinks so, and is offering red wine and baguettes all night at Pop Brixton’s French market with DJs spinning tunes until midnight. Pop Brixton, free, just turn up, 6pm-midnight

MOVIE MAGIC: Hollywood has had a lifelong love affair with cocktails, and now those movie beverages are coming to life in a cocktail workshop with Will Francis, the author of Cocktails of the Movies. Your ticket includes learning how to make (and then drinking) four cocktails from films such as Casablanca and Zodiac. Waterstones TCR (Fitzrovia), £25, book ahead, 7pm

ROCKAOKE: Everyone has experienced that secret desire to be a rockstar at least once in their life, and Star of Kings are making that dream a reality for one night only by providing you with a stage, a mic, and a a back up band. Or just go along to listen for the fun of it. Star of Kings, free/£3, book ahead, 7pm-2am

Food review: this meal gets zetter and zetter
The steak. The mousse was too beautiful to photograph

Let’s start at the very end, a very good place to start. Though we don’t have the sweetest tooth, Club Zetter’s dark chocolate mousse — a dense cricket ball of a thing, flanked with pellets of boozy black cherries and vanilla ice cream — is one of the finest desserts we’ve had this year. Matched with a bone dry manzanilla, it’s the perfect conclusion to a meal that gets better as it goes on. While the sea bream tartare starter’s tasty enough, it lacks zing, and the borage flowers add little but colour. The veloute’s good too, but practically drowns the haddock (if it’s possible to drown haddock). Things really pick up with the hereford rib eye — simple as you like, but cooked to our tastes, and sided with an unctuous bayonnaise that makes us go ‘mmm’ every time we dunk in a chip and eat it. Our companion scoffs down his salt marsh lamb with glazed aubergine before anyone else has had a chance to taste it. Must be good — and his cheese platter (which we do get to taste) comes in surprisingly generous hunks. For us though, it’s all about that ballsy mousse. Club Zetter Wine Room & Kitchen, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5RJ ★★★★☆ Will Noble

Theatre review: hot jazz to warm up winter nights

Star of the show, Nomax is Nomax no mates, lost in whisky and regret after his woman has chucked him. That is until Five Guys Named Moe come to his rescue to bring back fun to this lost soul. The very simple story — it literally doesn’t get more complex than that — serves the purpose. That is to enjoy RnB pioneer Louis Jordan’s plethora of hits, from the richly soulful, I know what I got, but I don’t know what I’m getting, to the gloriously un PC I Like ’em Fat Like That. In the new speakeasy setting of the Marble Arch theatre, they’ve made every effort to take us back in time, from the cute bandstand that plays in the interval above a cocktail bar stacked with New Orleans concoctions, to the audience participation that sees us given song sheets to a song about a pie. Don’t expect depth from the story, but there is richness in these hits and five voices that seem to come from another era gone past. Five Guys Named Moe, New Marble Arch theatre, W1C 1CX, £10-£94.50. Until 17 February 2018 ★★★☆☆ Belinda Liversedge

Art review: sex, food & decay
Image courtesy of the gallery

Carolina Mizrahi takes the organic and makes it look artificial, a woman’s face in a deep red is more surreal than glamorous. The centrepiece is a table covered in sex toys and foodstuffs that look fake but are actually painted and will decay in the gallery as time passes. The artist has created a colourful approach to Vanitas and it makes quite the impact. The Artificial Now at Daniel Raphael Gallery, 26 Church Street, NW8 8EP, free. Until 4 October ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Good cause for the day: changing your look for charity

The seasons are changing and as autumn slowly creeps upon us (okay, it’s technically already here), you might be thinking of re-booting your look. In which case, House of Colour are here to help with masterclasses and live demonstrations for both clothes and hair. They will also be taking part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and all £10 tickets include a £2 donation to Macmillan. The EDT (East Dulwich), £10, book ahead, 14 October, 11.30am-4.30pm

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Lecture: Psychology of Love Making

Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. Get tickets

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Express

The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it’s seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank’s Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon’s screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground.

You’ll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event.

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Moonlight Goddess Gatherings

Explore the mystical world and reconnect with your inner goddess (or god) through practices like astrology, herbalism and tarot at Anoushka’s magikal Moonlight Goddess gathering. The practices will also teach you how to apply what you learn to the physical realm of your everyday life.

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