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The independent Wild Loaf micro-bakery's specialist sourdough is 36-hours in the making. They also do good sandwiches, homemade Blackberry compote and mascarpone doughnuts and coffee, Wednesday to Saturday. Take out or eat in the lovely sunny garden (24 Hardman Street, L1 9AX. 07757 416077).

It's one event guaranteed to leave you in good spirits: a festival showcasing 100 of the world's finest hard liquors. From Macallan single malt whisky, beloved of collectors, to Del Maguey single village mescal, all are available for sampling (Spirits Festival, March 10-11, entry £22, Constellations, 35-39 Greenland Street, L1 OBS).

The DreamWorks Lights Lantern Experience has its first UK showing in stunning St George's Hall, with memorable scenes and over 100 spectacular figures based on three of the film company's biggest box office hits, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. Until 15 January.

A talk by top British novelist Will Self is in November's diary at the the award-winning Foundation for Art and Technology, the UK's leading media arts centre, with three galleries and four cinema screens (FACT, 88 Wood Street, L1 4DQ, fact.co.uk).

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