Things To Do In London This Week: 22-28 May 2017

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Chelsea In Bloom

MUSEUM REOPENING: After an 18 month refurbishment, the Garden Museum is back with a bang. Possibly a slightly serene bang, but a bang nonetheless. The Garden Museum, just turn up, 10.30am-5pm, closes at 4pm on Saturdays

ALCHEMY: Southbank Centre's Alchemy festival continues, bringing a dab of South Asian culture to central London. Learn some bhangra dance moves, tuck into Asian street food, or kick back and listen to music by a Sufi vocalist. Southbank Centre, various prices, book ahead, until 29 May

CHELSEA IN BLOOM: The streets of SW3 become extra colourful with the Chelsea in Bloom festival. The floral art show sees restaurants, retailers and more adorn themselves to compete for coveted awards. Free, just turn up, 22 May-27 May

Monday 22 May

Scream 4 at The Alibi

FILM & KARAOKE: Every Monday night Dalston's The Alibi shows a free film followed by karaoke. Tonight it's Scream 4 (or Scre4m if you want to be pedantic), followed by Nirvana themed karaoke, so make sure you bring your best guttural slur along. The Alibi, free, just turn up, 7pm-2am

THEATRE TALK: What's it like being artistic director for one of the world's biggest theatres? Well hear all about it from Nicholas Hytner who sat at the helm of the National Theatre for 12 years. National Theatre, £5/£4, book ahead, 6pm-6.45pm

Art review: extreme femininity

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One room's walls are covered with uteruses, while the room opposite centres on menstruation. Artist Annette Messager's art is confrontational, but open about what it means to be a woman. This is echoed in the opening room as giant versions of items of domesticity, such as scissors and a comb, hand from the ceiling. Uncomfortable and effective. Annette Messager: Avec et sans Raisons at Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John Street, W1F 9DY, until 27 May, free ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Tuesday 23 May

BOOK CLUB: Discuss books that see the first world war from fresh perspectives. This week it's Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell. The Petrie Museum, free, just turn up, 1.15pm-1.45pm

LIFE DRAWING: Create your own tarot cards from life models evoking classic cards such as the lovers , death and the devil. The Underdog, £15, just turn up, 7pm-9.30pm

K-POP: The sounds of Korea land in London's Borderline for one night only, with live performances from The Barberettes and Sultan Of The Disco. The Borderline, £15, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Wednesday 24 May

CultHosts at Protein Studios

TODDLER TIME: Take your little sailors aboard the Cutty Sark, for songs, stories and playtimes. Cutty Sark, £5 for adults, free for under 5s, just turn up, 10am-11.30am

AI VS EMOTIONS: How is AI impacting the ways in which humans relate to technology and one another? Are robots taking over? Get answers from experts in the tech industry. Protein Studios (Shoreditch), £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

CROWDFUNDING: Thousands of films from around the world have only been made possible through Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns. Tonight watch a selection of a few shorts brought to life this way. 93 Feet East, £3/£4, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Thursday 25 May

Sherlock Jr at 1901 Arts Club

UN-SILENT FILM: Watch one of Buster Keaton's earliest feature films, Sherlock Jr. There's live accompaniment from pianist Meg Morley, to distract everyone from your ridiculous guffawing. 1901 Arts Club, £12.50/£8, book ahead, 7.30pm

IMPROV COMEDY: "Infectious weirdness". So said one review about improv comedy group The Committee. See them along with some special guests. 2 Northdown, £5, book ahead, 8pm-10.30pm

Friday 26 May

Brixton Beach is back.

BRIXTON BEACH: Cross your fingers for good weather as Brixton Beach opens again for the summer. The Cuban-themed rooftop bar, with street food, cocktails and live entertainment will host events including live music, club nights and beach parties. Brixton Rooftop, entry is usually free but prices vary depending on event, book ahead, all summer

LAST WORD: The Last Word Festival begins at Roundhouse today, with over 30 shows being performed over two weeks. Pick from poetry slams, spoken word, storytelling, live music and more. Roundhouse (Camden), various prices, book ahead, until 10 June

DEAR DIARY: This new King's College exhibition explores the role of diaries in our lives, dating back as far as 1400BC, and considers whether modern equivalents such as blogging can be considered as descendants of the original diary. Somerset House, free entry, just turn up, until 7 July

PADDINGTON COVERS: Adele, The Beatles, Lionel Richie and The Beatles cover bands are performing for free at this mini-festival in Paddington this afternoon. As well as the live music, there are food and drink stalls nearby to replenish you. Other events take place later in the summer. Norfolk Square Gardens (Paddington), free, book ahead, noon-7pm

FILM CLUB: 2013 romantic drama film Enough Said is being screened at this month's Chapel Films Club in Chislehurst. It's the story of a divorced masseuse who begins a relationship, only to discover that he is the ex-husband of her client and friend. Hot drinks and cake included in ticket, BYOB. The Old Chapel (Chislehurst), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm

Food review: all day Americana

Focus is very much on all-day dining at the recently spruced up Diner in Camden. Whether you're just getting started, or looking for a recovery from the night before, The Diner Breakfast Burger will sort you right out. The Freakshow Chicken with hot sauce will blow away a few cobwebs — and leave you craving more. As for the roof terrace; it's an ideal sun trap on those balmy summer days, whether you're on the milkshakes, or something a little harder (Bacon Mary, anyone?). The Diner Camden, 2 Jamestown Road, NW1 7BY ★★★★☆ [Open everyday] Laura Reynolds

Saturday 27 May

BANK HOLIDAY: Looking for things to do over the bank holiday weekend? Check out our guide to spending a bank holiday weekend in London, whatever the weather and whatever your budget.

FOODIES FESTIVAL: Foodies will want to head west this weekend for Foodies Festival. Food and drink stalls, cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, live music, yoga classes and a drinks theatre are just some of the activities on offer. We quite like the sound of the cakes & desserts theatre. Syon Park, various prices, book ahead, 27-29 May

CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL: From puppet making to free pasta and film screenings, various Dalston locations are being taken over by the Dalston Children's Festival this weekend. Check out the full list of events here — and if you can't make it, the festival's on again next Saturday (3 June). Free entry, book ahead for specific activities, from 10am

Get stuck in at Foodies Festival

Sunday 28 May

CERAMICS MARKET: Looking for some new decorative items? Head to this ceramics market where over 60 ceramicists will be exhibiting their wares including lamps, jars, pots, jewellery and more. Copeland Gallery (Peckham), free entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm

COMEDY PREVIEWS: Sara Pascoe and Andy Barr are previewing their Edinburgh shows at Laugh Out London comedy night. 2 Northdown Street (previously the Invisible Dot) in King's Cross, £3-£7, book ahead, 7pm

DEPTFORD NIGHT WALK: Storyteller Vanessa Woolf leads a night walk around Deptford's alleyways, streets, and riverside warehouses, telling spooky stories of poltergeists, clowns and politics. Old Deptford, £10, book ahead, 9pm-10.30pm

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Take a Fascinating Tour Beneath the Pubs and Pavements of London


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. Get tickets

Go Off the Beaten Track With This Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets