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Here is TNT's guide to the events that you must see in London this week.

Urban foraging

We are somewhat dislocated from our food these days, accustomed to picking it off the shelf wrapped in plastic. This one-off event aims to rebuild those connections, though, taking participants out into the urban wilds to forage for ingredients such as wild garlic, chickweed and elderflower, before returning to the Camberwell pub where, along with the assistance of hunter-gatherer-author Nick Wesaton (above), they’re made in to
a gourmet three-course meal. A great big eco-friendly ‘yum’.

Thurs, 10am
| £55
The Crooked Well, 16 Grove Lane, SE5 8SY | £55
Tube | Oval 
thecrookedwell.com

Cocktail Masterclass

Learn how to impress your friends – and the ladies – at this World Class Cocktails Masterclass. You’ll not only find out how to blend spirits but you’ll also get to throw bottles around a la Tom Cruise. This year’s event is hosted by 2011’s champ Jamie MacDonald using Diageo Reserve’s spirits.

Fri, 7pm-9pm | Free
Mezzanine Floor, E14 5EW
Tube | Canary Wharf
canarywharf.com

Poker for Women

Are you tired of men-only poker nights? Want to sharpen your skills so you can make those cliched ‘women can’t play poker’ assumptions line your pocket? Then this new monthly night will help you. With skills sessions and practice matches, a wide range of cocktails to get you in the mood, of course, and a casino-trained croupier teaching you a host of deadly tricks to make sure you clean up at the table. Get practising your poker face! Must book in advance.

Tues May 23, 7pm ‘til late \ Free
The Lucky Pig,
5 Clipstone Street, W1W 6BB 
Tube | Regent’s
Parktheluckypig.co.uk


Leather Forever Hermes

Leather is, and always has been, a signifier of class and cool, This exhibition, celebrating 175 years of the French designer brand, has a host of exquisite handbags on show, looking at their design, creation and status. So coo over the bags you can’t afford, but dream one day might be able to.

Until Sunday, 10am-6pm | Free
6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ES 
Tube |Green Park
hermes.com

London Comic Con

All things comic book, fantasy and sci-fi convene for this weekend that revels in its geek chic. Anthony Daniels (the fella inside Star Wars’s campest robot C3PO) tops the list of guests, with sneak peaks at upcoming films and video games, and a cosplay event to close the event.

Fri, 2pm-7pm | Sat, 9am-6pm |Sun, 10am-5pm | £10+
Excel Centre, E16 1XL
Tube | Custom House 
londonexpo.com

Epidemic

This incredibly ambitious project, a ‘community musical’, looks at our perceptions of obesity and mental health, with a cast of 120, from novices to pros aged 16-60, and draws on interviews with some 250 Londoners. It’s insightful, powerful, one-of-a-kind work that will challenge the way you think.

Daily 7pm, Sat & Sun, 2.30pm. Until May 27 | Free
Old Vic Tunnels, SE1 8NB
Tube | Waterloo 
ovnvepidemic.com

 

 


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