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https://bristolshoppingquarter.co.uk/bears/

In celebration of the new Bear Wood exhibit that will open at Bristol Zoo’s Wild Place Project this summer, we are teaming up with them for Bears Go To Town, a FREE family trail around Bristol Shopping Quarter, that’s Broadmead, The Arcade, The Galleries, and Cabot Circus, featuring more than 20 beautifully decorated 2D bears, each a metre tall.

The Bears Go To Town trail will run from Monday 22 July until Saturday 31 August – you can download a trail map HERE or collect one, from 22 July onwards, from the Tourist Information Centre (on the Harbourside), from the Information Desk in Cabot Circus, from the New Room, or from anywhere you find a bear!

When you’ve found all the bears, or as many as you can, fill out the competition entry form on the map and pop it into one of the post boxes, located at Jungle Mania in The Galleries and at the Information Desk in Cabot Circus, for the chance to win prizes including family tickets to Wild Place Project.

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Wildlife Craft Workshops and Bring a Bear Story Time at the New Room

Wildlife Craft Workshops

Aimed at: 5-11s (all children must be accompanied by an adult)

Dates: 25 July;  1, 8 & 15  August

Time: 11am and 1pm (each workshop lasts 1 hour)

Location: New Room Museum (on floor 2)

Price: £4 per child (adults free)

Book into a Wildlife Craft Workshop for an hour of creative wildlife-themed activities! (includes entry to the New Room museum). Booking details via the New Room website (newroombristol.org.uk/events) or through their Facebook page (New Room Bristol)

Bring a Bear Story Time

Aimed at: 0-5s (all children must be accompanied by an adult)

Dates: 30 July; 6 & 20 August

Time: 11am and 2pm (each session lasts approx. 30 minutes)

Location: The Horsefair Room at the New Room

Price: £3 per child (adults free)

Description: Take your teddy or another cherished soft toy along to the New Room’s story time sessions featuring bears and other animals. Booking details via the New Room website (newroombristol.org.uk/events) or through their Facebook page (New Room Bristol)

Bristol Zoo activity day at Cabot Circus

Join Bristol Zoo’s outreach team in Cabot Circus on Wednesday 14 August for a day of free fun including decorating a ‘bare bear’, a touch table, and learning activities. They will be there from 10:30AM until 4PM and it’s free – just drop in.

Bear Wood at Wild Place

Bear Wood is due to open at Wild Place late July 2019 – find out more HERE and watch the video below for your first glimpse of the exciting new exhibit.

Summer in Bristol Shopping Quarter

For details of our other summer activities, including events taking place in Cabot Circus and The Galleries, click HERE.

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http://www.bristolbites.co.uk/2019/07/15/hotel-du-vin-bistro-bristol-review/

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Exterior

 

Please note: our stay and all food and drink at Hotel du Vin & Bistro Bristol were received free of charge, but this in no way impacted on our opinion. We were not obliged to write a positive review, and the venue did not see this review before it was put up on the site.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol, on Narrow Lewins Mead, is a building steeped in history. There’s a plaque in the courtyard detailing the history of the building, and it’s well worth a read. The first sugar house on the site was built back in 1728, and closed as a refinery in 1831. After lying empty for 11 years, it was reconstructed by The Alternative Hotel Company (the company from which Hotel du Vin stemmed), and reopened as the Grade II listed Hotel du Vin Bristol in late 1999.

It’s a beautiful courtyard, too – set back from the main road, a little oasis of calm. After the small amount of parking out the front (bookable on a first-come, first-served basis), it’s the first introduction you get to the hotel premises, walking through to the far end to the reception desk.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Courtyard

 

While the glass door directly in front of the front desk isn’t accessible, there is a step-free entrance through the door to the bar and round (and a lift to the upper floors, too). The guy on the front desk when I arrived was smiling and friendly, interacting with the baby, and double-checking the timing of our reservation for dinner when he noticed it on the system.

He asked if I’d stayed before – and when I said no, he asked if I wanted help with the pushchair or our bags (Chris wouldn’t join us till later on), walked us to the lift and showed us directly to our room.

That room was Laroche – named after the Domaine Laroche in the Chablis region of France. Every single room is named after a wine producer, with a bottle of that vineyard’s wine in a lit, glass-fronted shelf just outside. It was lovely to see a framed letter on the wall inside the room from the vineyard owner too – a nice touch. It’s one of 40 rooms in the hotel, ranging from standard doubles to suites, and huge split-level rooms with open plan bathrooms on a mezzanine floor.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Room Door

 

That framed letter was just one of the many lovely touches we’d experience throughout our stay. The HdV staff member opened the door and talked me through where everything was, explaining that the bottled water (both still and sparkling), the fresh milk in the mini bar, the tea, coffee and biscuits and the pods for the Nespresso machine were all complimentary. And on a hot day, it was great to walk into a room where the air conditioning had already been turned on ready for us.

There were a few little extras that we could have paid for if we wanted: a basket of sweet and savoury snacks, the contents of the mini bar, a half bottle of wine – and the option of 24-hour room service.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Snacks

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Mini Bar

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Wine

 

It’s a truly beautiful, spacious room, with multiple wardrobes featuring an iron, hairdryer, trouser press and extra towels and slippers (as well as the aforementioned mini bar plus cups, kettle and glasses) by the door. The sofa with plump cushions and a sizeable coffee table gave us somewhere to sit and relax, a desk by the window housed the Nespresso machine, and the huge bed with its handsprung mattress and fine Egyptian cotton linen was definitely the focal point, backing onto a feature papered wall.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Laroche Room

 

We’d asked for a cot for the baby, and a travel cot with bedding was already there when we arrived – along with extra blankets if needed, plus a towel for him. We peeked through the window and the views was of neighbouring rooves – not the most impressive sight visually, but a glimpse of Bristol’s architectural history.

The layout of the room seemed a little odd…neither the sofa nor the bed was in the ideal position for watching the plasma TV, while the design of the bed – with its chunky wooden frame – seemed incongruous with the rest of the room. The baby loved it, though…

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Baby on Bed

 

The bathroom was incredible. Double doors opposite the bed opened out to a stunning rolltop clawfoot bath, while behind it was hidden a shower that can be accessed from both sides of the room, which could easily fit ten people. It was powerful, too – and along with the fluffy robes and L’Occitane toiletries, it’s clear that the bathrooms at Hotel du Vin Bristol are designed with relaxation and luxury in mind.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Bathroom

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Shower

 

Our first customer service challenge came when Chris arrived and discovered that the beds featured feather pillows (he’s allergic) – but a quick call to reception and equally comfortable and supportive synthetic replacements were brought up super-promptly.

We’d booked an early dinner in for 6.30 (the Hotel du Vin Bristol restaurant opens at 5.30pm during the week) to fit in with the small person – and while the bar was quiet, we weren’t the only ones in the relaxed yet formal-looking restaurant at that time. We asked for a highchair on arrival, and it was brought over and set up for us straight away.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Bar

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Restaurant

 

We dined from Hotel du Vin Bristol’s new prix fixe menu, attractively priced at £24.95 for 3 courses. I started with a tomato and watermelon gazpacho – mainly tomato but with added freshness from the watermelon, smooth in texture and unexpectedly spicy. The chunky croutons were sprinkled with Wyfe of Bath cheese, but in all honesty, the flavour was a little lost.

Chris’ beetroot and gin-cured salmon was more the latter than the former, its cure very delicate. Thickly sliced and quite floral, it was served with a well-balanced horseradish cream that gave a great kick.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Gazpacho

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Cured Salmon

 

I went veggie for my main: a firm-fleshed courgette stuffed with cherry tomatoes and finely chopped carrot and onion, with plenty of soft cheese bubbling away on top (including the rind, for added flavour). The accompanying herby couscous was very oily and pesto-like in flavour, with various diced veggies flecked throughout.

Chris’ char-grilled poussin was coated in a sticky, sweet Bristol Beer Factory BBQ glaze: he could taste the beer, but said it would be enjoyed by non-beer drinkers too. The skin was crisp, not overly oily and the meat fell off the bone…perfect! He wasn’t too impressed by the pommes pailles, though: while they looked pretty and were nicely seasoned, they were quite hard to eat and he’d have preferred French fries instead.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Stuffed Courgette

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Poussin

 

The desserts were amazing. My Bristol Mess, topped with half a huge fresh strawberry, included airy and lightly sweetened cream, incredible melt-in-the-mouth meringue pieces and strawberries macerated in a Bristol Syrup Company concoction of strawberries, cider and balsamic vinegars and a touch of black pepper giving a lovely tang.

On the other side of the table, the lemon posset was velvety smooth and tangy, served with a lavender “shortbread” that was more of a thin, very crunchy caramelised biscuit, the two flavours pairing in perfect harmony.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Bristol Mess

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Lemon Posset

 

Service throughout was a bit hit and miss. The highchair was set up for us and the team interacted with the baby…but we weren’t asked if we wanted to see the drinks menu, we weren’t offered a second round of drinks, and my dessert dish was nearly whisked away while I was still eating.

We retreated back to the room to find it lovely and dark – they’ve clearly invested in decent curtains. And it was a great night’s sleep with no interruptions: the firm mattress surprisingly comfortable, the pillows offering a decent amount of neck support. After a coffee in our room from the Nespresso machine, we headed down to check out Hotel du Vin Bristol’s breakfast offering.

Guests have three options to choose from: cereal or toast, juice and hot drinks for £8.95, served to the table; the Country Table with toast and tea or coffee for £13.95, or the second offering plus one hot breakfast choice for £16.95. Of course, we went for the third choice, starting with being able to fill up on juices (including some in cute little glass bottles), natural or flavoured yoghurt and various toppings, mini boxes of cereal, fruit, cheeses, meats, toast, bircher pots and plenty of pastries.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Breakfast Buffet 1

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Breakfast Buffet 2

 

On the other side of the table, the choice was thickly sliced sweet and sticky brioche French toast, complemented by salty bacon which could have done with being a tad crispier. For me, the galette complète: a thin crêpe topped with a sprinkling of thick, juicy ham chunks and bubbling melted Gruyère, topped with a runny yolked-fried egg.

 

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Breakfast French Toast

Hotel du Vin Bristol - Breakfast Galette

 

We were impressed that check-out time at HdV Bristol isn’t until 11am – so while Chris headed off to work, the boy and I lingered a little longer, taking advantage of having some time to let our food settle before packing up to leave. And leave we did, with a smile and greetings for the day from the lovely people on the front desk, who had been nothing but helpful throughout.

Hotel du Vin Bristol is a beautiful historic building with stunningly designed rooms, accommodating and charming hotel staff and a restaurant and bar whose style match the place’s look and feel beautifully. Room prices start from £109 per night, and there are always special offers to be had. Well worth considering if you’re looking for a centrally located Bristol hotel that’s relaxing, steeped in history and suitable for anything from a family break to a special occasion.

 

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https://bristolmum.com/2019/07/12/this-weeks-job-opportunities-on-the-bristol-mum-jobs-page/

If you are looking for part-time work, here are some jobs which may be of interest to you, as featured on the Bristol Mum Jobs Page this week…


Part-time Business Support Manager at Bristol Nordic Walking
Bristol Nordic Walking are looking for two part-time Business Support Managers to join their team in Gloucester Road, Bristol.

  • Mon-Wed 9am-12
  • Wed-Fri 9am-12

Bristol Nordic Walking is one of the biggest NW clubs in the UK, runs over 30 classes each week and has 9 instructors.

Find more information and how to apply here:
https://bristolmum.com/jobs/job-vacancy-part-time-business-support-manager-at-bristol-nordic-walking/

 

Promotions Consultant at Clifton Photographic Company
Clifton Photographic are a busy Photographic Studio based in Bristol and Bath, looking to hire people to join their promotions and sales team.

They have exhibition stands all over the South West, promoting their fantastic shoot experiences. This job will involve you talking to potential customers and getting them excited about what Clifton Photographic does.

Sales experience not essential, just a friendly nature and desire to succeed. This position offers full-time or part-time work, flexible hours, short shifts (never exceeding 6 hours) and fantastic rates of pay (£10-£28 per hour).

Shifts and locations varied – special consideration will be given to mums/dads who need to do the school run!

Find more information and how to apply here:
https://bristolmum.com/jobs/job-vacancy-for-promotions-consultant-flexible-hours-great-pay/

 

Franchise Opportunity of new Families Magazine in Bristol and Bath
Could YOU be the Editor of a New Families® Magazine for Parents in Bristol and Bath?

There are currently 40 local Families® Magazines in the UK and Families is aiming to launch number 41 in Bristol and Bath. Families® Magazine is a successful, highly-regarded magazine franchise which has been publishing since 1990. A new  franchisee is needed to launch and run Families® Bristol and Bath and become the Editor.

This is a flexible, home-based opportunity which would suit you (or someone you know) if you are interested in starting and growing your own business with the backing and support of a well-established brand.

Find more information and how to apply here:
https://bristolmum.com/jobs/franchise-opportunity-of-new-families-magazine-for-parents-in-bristol-and-bath/

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https://kwmc.org.uk/bristoldigitalfutures/

We’re delighted to be supporting a new Bristol-based initiative that has just received funding to explore the impact of digital technologies on society.

The Bristol Digital Futures Institute (BDFI) will be based at the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, offering space and facilities to research and test how technology could be utilised in the future.

As the Bristol Living Lab, KWMC already supports people to imagine new ways of using technology to tackle society’s challenges, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with the BDFI and communities across the city to explore how future technologies could impact people’s daily lives: from our communities and workplaces to our health and environment.

Our Director Carolyn Hassan explains: “we want to make sure that everyone – particularly those who are least engaged with digital technologies – have a say in shaping our city and its digital future.”

About BDFI

To set up BDFI, University of Bristol has received a £29m grant from the Research England UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (RPIF), which has received £71m of match funding (£16m of philanthropy and £55m from 27 partner organisations).

BDFI will be housed in a new 6,000sqm space on the university’s Temple Quarter campus. Facilities will include an interactive auditorium and the world’s first ‘reality emulator’ to enable the study of future digital systems, such as how we could protect ourselves against cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure.

BDFI aims to generate 30 new collaborative projects per year.

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Bristol, said: “This funding announcement is fantastic news for the University, the city of Bristol and the wider region. It provides an opportunity to think about our futures differently – to build on expertise from right across the university in collaboration with industry, government and people in the City; to think about the world we are creating with digital innovation and ensure that this ethical, socially responsible and inclusive – helping to support the creation of future ‘tech with a conscience’.”

Find out more

The organisations that have pledged their support and financial support for BDFI include: Aardman, Ashley Community Housing, Airbus, ARM Ltd, Babassa, BBC,  Bristol Media Group, Black South West Network (BSWN), BT, Business West, Digital Catapult, Dyson, Evolyst Ltd, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Gregg Latchams Solicitors, Hargreaves Landsdown, Knowle West Media Centre, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Quin, System C Healthcare Ltd, Thales UK Ltd, Three, TM Forum, Toshiba, Ultrahaptics Ltd, Watershed, West of England Combined Authority (WECA).

BDFI is being funded through Round 6 of Research England’s flagship capital investment scheme the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF).

For more details visit the University of Bristol Bristol Digital Futures Institute website.

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https://bristolshoppingquarter.co.uk/five-home-essentials-for-mindful-spaces/

With most of us leading busy lives, it’s hardly surprising that mindfulness is a popular trend. It’s a mental state that centres on being fully present in the physical world (not the digital one) and focusing on the moment, a little bit like some forms of meditation.

Although it’s a state of mind, our surroundings also play a significant role in our mental health. When we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, much of which is in our own homes, the space we are in subtly influences how we feel. For example, recent research by Carpetright showed that 75% of people agree that the layout of a room affects how they feel, and 65% are stressed out by a messy room.

It’s really important that our homes are peaceful havens, at least occasionally. So we’ve pulled together some top tips for making your home more mindful – plus our favourite products, found in Bristol Shopping Quarter stores, to support each one.

Variable lighting

Bright lights can be harsh and overwhelming. One great way to help your home support your mental health is to have lighting that you can adapt – brighter when you want to stay awake, and dimmer when you’re winding down.

This doesn’t have to mean fancy dimmer switches – simply adding a lamp to a room gives you an immediate alternative to a main overhead light.

Our pick: Check out Oliver Bonas (Philadelphia Street) for gorgeous, elegant floor and table lamps, especially this glass orb.

mindful spaces

A plant or two

mindful spaces

“Plants are nature’s air cleaners” says Mark McCance from Hortology.co.uk . They brighten up a room, absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, while bringing a little of the natural outdoors in.

Our pick: Dragon trees are fairly easy to care for and will survive in low natural light.

Natural materials

Wood and stone aren’t just stylish: they also bring different textures into a room, and are another way to add a touch of nature.

Our pick: Marble is both elegant and natural – and while it can be expensive, you don’t need much to make an impression. Oliver Bonas has a set of coasters for £30 which are reassuringly weighty.

mindful spaces

Sensory stimulants

mindful spaces

Mindfulness is in part about being physically present. When we spend a lot of time with screens, stimulating different senses is a great way to bring yourself into the moment. Different textures, scents and sounds can also soothe.

Our pick: Yankee Candles (Cabot Circus) offer dozens of scents, from richly heavy to light and fresh. Pick a small holder and use different fragrances to stop your nose getting too used to one (which means it won’t notice it as much).

mindful spaces

Superb storage

Most of us find mess stressful – it makes us feel like we’re not in control, and can make it hard to find the things we need. Even if items have a designated area, having a storage box instead of a visible pile can make things look much neater.

Storage solutions come in all sorts of colours, textures and styles to suit your home; why not let the kids choose?

Our pick: Tiger (George White Street) offers lots of storage items at affordable prices, in family-friendly bright colours. They even have stackable crates, which fold down when empty!

How will you make your home more mindful? Explore a few ways, take a moment to yourself, and see if you notice a difference.

 

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http://www.wherethewall.com/shredded-graffiti-art/

BRISTOL ARTIST CREATES ‘SHREDDED GRAFFITI ART’

Long standing and highly respected Bristol graffiti artist, Soker, known for his flamboyant and detailed ‘Wild Style’ lettering has created a concept artwork in the heart of Stokes Croft.

Shredded!

For the first time ever, as far as we know, he has created a piece of graffiti art that has been shredded!
Soker who was once in the same graffiti crew as Banksy in the early 1990’s, decided to embark upon this concept because of how close his artwork would be to Banksy’s Mild Mild West, and was influenced by Banksy’s stunt at the London auction house in late 2018, when the Girl with the Heart Shaped balloon was shredded shortly after being sold for more than £1 million. By all accounts this doubled the value of this piece of Banksy art.

Concept, design and paining by @_sokem_ (Instagram)
Produced by Where The Wall

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https://kwmc.org.uk/bristoldigitalfutures/

We’re delighted to be supporting a new Bristol-based initiative that has just received funding to explore the impact of digital technologies on society.

The Bristol Digital Futures Institute (BDFI) will be based at the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, offering space and facilities to research and test how technology could be utilised in the future.

As the Bristol Living Lab, KWMC already supports people to imagine new ways of using technology to tackle society’s challenges, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with the BDFI and communities across the city to explore how future technologies could impact people’s daily lives: from our communities and workplaces to our health and environment.

Our Director Carolyn Hassan explains: “we want to make sure that everyone – particularly those who are least engaged with digital technologies – have a say in shaping our city and its digital future.”

About BDFI

To set up BDFI, University of Bristol has received a £29m grant from the Research England UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (RPIF), which has received £71m of match funding (£16m of philanthropy and £55m from 27 partner organisations).

BDFI will be housed in a new 6,000sqm space on the university’s Temple Quarter campus. Facilities will include an interactive auditorium and the world’s first ‘reality emulator’ to enable the study of future digital systems, such as how we could protect ourselves against cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure.

BDFI aims to generate 30 new collaborative projects per year.

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Bristol, said: “This funding announcement is fantastic news for the University, the city of Bristol and the wider region. It provides an opportunity to think about our futures differently – to build on expertise from right across the university in collaboration with industry, government and people in the City; to think about the world we are creating with digital innovation and ensure that this ethical, socially responsible and inclusive – helping to support the creation of future ‘tech with a conscience’.”

Find out more

The organisations that have pledged their support and financial support for BDFI include: Aardman, Ashley Community Housing, Airbus, ARM Ltd, Babassa, BBC,  Bristol Media Group, Black South West Network (BSWN), BT, Business West, Digital Catapult, Dyson, Evolyst Ltd, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Gregg Latchams Solicitors, Hargreaves Landsdown, Knowle West Media Centre, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Quin, System C Healthcare Ltd, Thales UK Ltd, Three, TM Forum, Toshiba, Ultrahaptics Ltd, Watershed, West of England Combined Authority (WECA).

BDFI is being funded through Round 6 of Research England’s flagship capital investment scheme the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF).

For more details visit the University of Bristol Bristol Digital Futures Institute website.

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https://www.avonvalleyrailway.org/events/festive-afternoon-tea/

Monday 2 December 14.45

Join us for a festive version of our popular Afternoon High Tea.

Finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and a selection of Christmas cakes and pastries. Plus a glass of warming mulled wine or soft drink with tea and coffee to follow.

Tickets cost just £20 for adults and £15 for children.

Book Festive Afternoon Tea 2019

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https://londonist.com/london/things-to-do/things-to-do-today-in-london-monday-15-july-2019

Learn about cultural aspects of the night sky

Things to do

LONDON MEZCAL WEEK: Celebrate the agave spirit at London Mezcal Week, a series of Mexican themed events. Take part in boozy seminars, workshops, supper clubs and tastings, designed to show off the complexity and history of the drink. TT Liquor (Shoreditch), various prices, book ahead, 15-21 July

TOUR DE FRANCE: As the action in the Tour de France heats up, keep up to date with the world-famous cycling race with free coverage on a large outdoor screen. It’s being shown every day from now until the end, among films and other entertainment. International Quarter (Stratford), free, just turn up, 15-28 July

POST OFFICE PENSIONS: Find out about the pensions provisions made for the first postal workers, the letter-carriers, clerks and telegraphists in the Victorian Postal System. Dr Kathleen McIlvenna from the University of Derby discusses the impact their pensions had on their lives, and those of their families. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

London Mezcal Week begins today

THEATRE TALK: Hear from theatre writer Ben Weatherill, director Tim Hoare and actor Sarah Gordy about the National Theatre’s latest production, Jellyfish. They talk about the challenges of putting on the play, about a young woman with Down’s syndrome whose mother struggles to come to terms with her growing up and getting into a relationship. National Theatre, £7/£5, book ahead, 4.30pm

THE NIGHT SKY: Richard Hechter of the University of Manitoba explains his research into how astronomy can connect people across different cultures, religions and ethnic groups, in an effort to help create a better world. Institute of Physics (Caledonian Road), free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

LONDON UNPLUGGED: Designed as an anthology about modern Londoners, London Unplugged is a series of 10 short films from diverse, mainly female, film makers. Themes of isolation, asylum, unmanageable rents and identity are covered — and look out for plenty of familiar locations. Genesis Cinema (Mile End), free, book ahead, 6.30pm

MICHAEL ROSEN: Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen makes an appearance to publicise his new memoir book, So They Call You Pisher! It focuses on the first 23 years of his life, in a north London suburb with communist parents. Daunt Books (Hampstead), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm

WHY DIETS DON’T WORK: Nutritionist and food blogger Pixie Turner talks about why so many diets fail, and why there is so much problematic and untrue information about food and nutrition out there. Expect some mythbusting, diet rants, and lots of evidence-based science. Conway Hall (Holborn), £8/£4, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

ICE CREAM MAKING: ‘Tis the season for ice cream (or it would be, if the sun deigned to shine). Learn how to make your own ice cream — seven varieties of the stuff — at this cookery class. Making toppings and sauces is also covered, and all ingredients are provided — as is a recipe book to take home. Avenue Cookery School (Wandsworth), £70, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm (sponsor)

SPARK STORYTELLING: Quitting is the theme of this month’s Spark Storytelling. Get up on stage and tell a true story about a time when you quit — or didn’t quit — to a live audience. Don’t fancy getting up on stage? Quit while you’re ahead, and get comfy to listen to other people’s tales. Ritzy (Brixton), £5, book ahead, 8pm

AHIR SHAH: Comedian Ahir Shah brings his intelligent, philosophical brand of humour to south London in the form of his current show Duffer. See it before he takes it back to Edinburgh — where it began last year. Battersea Arts Centre, £10/£8, book ahead, 8.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

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

My Roundel of the Week is this handsome devil at Rayner’s Lane. Roundels on both platforms are beautified by well-tended gardens — a joy in spring and summer. Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Sign up now to take part in Urban Rush, a 15 mile run across London, raising money for homelessness charity Shelter. It takes place in October, so plenty of time to train. Find out more and sign up.

What we’re reading

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https://londonist.com/london/things-to-do/things-to-do-today-in-london-monday-15-july-2019

Learn about cultural aspects of the night sky

Things to do

LONDON MEZCAL WEEK: Celebrate the agave spirit at London Mezcal Week, a series of Mexican themed events. Take part in boozy seminars, workshops, supper clubs and tastings, designed to show off the complexity and history of the drink. TT Liquor (Shoreditch), various prices, book ahead, 15-21 July

TOUR DE FRANCE: As the action in the Tour de France heats up, keep up to date with the world-famous cycling race with free coverage on a large outdoor screen. It’s being shown every day from now until the end, among films and other entertainment. International Quarter (Stratford), free, just turn up, 15-28 July

POST OFFICE PENSIONS: Find out about the pensions provisions made for the first postal workers, the letter-carriers, clerks and telegraphists in the Victorian Postal System. Dr Kathleen McIlvenna from the University of Derby discusses the impact their pensions had on their lives, and those of their families. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

London Mezcal Week begins today

THEATRE TALK: Hear from theatre writer Ben Weatherill, director Tim Hoare and actor Sarah Gordy about the National Theatre’s latest production, Jellyfish. They talk about the challenges of putting on the play, about a young woman with Down’s syndrome whose mother struggles to come to terms with her growing up and getting into a relationship. National Theatre, £7/£5, book ahead, 4.30pm

THE NIGHT SKY: Richard Hechter of the University of Manitoba explains his research into how astronomy can connect people across different cultures, religions and ethnic groups, in an effort to help create a better world. Institute of Physics (Caledonian Road), free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

LONDON UNPLUGGED: Designed as an anthology about modern Londoners, London Unplugged is a series of 10 short films from diverse, mainly female, film makers. Themes of isolation, asylum, unmanageable rents and identity are covered — and look out for plenty of familiar locations. Genesis Cinema (Mile End), free, book ahead, 6.30pm

MICHAEL ROSEN: Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen makes an appearance to publicise his new memoir book, So They Call You Pisher! It focuses on the first 23 years of his life, in a north London suburb with communist parents. Daunt Books (Hampstead), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm

WHY DIETS DON’T WORK: Nutritionist and food blogger Pixie Turner talks about why so many diets fail, and why there is so much problematic and untrue information about food and nutrition out there. Expect some mythbusting, diet rants, and lots of evidence-based science. Conway Hall (Holborn), £8/£4, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

ICE CREAM MAKING: ‘Tis the season for ice cream (or it would be, if the sun deigned to shine). Learn how to make your own ice cream — seven varieties of the stuff — at this cookery class. Making toppings and sauces is also covered, and all ingredients are provided — as is a recipe book to take home. Avenue Cookery School (Wandsworth), £70, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm (sponsor)

SPARK STORYTELLING: Quitting is the theme of this month’s Spark Storytelling. Get up on stage and tell a true story about a time when you quit — or didn’t quit — to a live audience. Don’t fancy getting up on stage? Quit while you’re ahead, and get comfy to listen to other people’s tales. Ritzy (Brixton), £5, book ahead, 8pm

AHIR SHAH: Comedian Ahir Shah brings his intelligent, philosophical brand of humour to south London in the form of his current show Duffer. See it before he takes it back to Edinburgh — where it began last year. Battersea Arts Centre, £10/£8, book ahead, 8.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

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

My Roundel of the Week is this handsome devil at Rayner’s Lane. Roundels on both platforms are beautified by well-tended gardens — a joy in spring and summer. Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Sign up now to take part in Urban Rush, a 15 mile run across London, raising money for homelessness charity Shelter. It takes place in October, so plenty of time to train. Find out more and sign up.

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