Things To Do In London This Week: 8-14 May 2017

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Dona Rita's cheese balls pop-up in Old Street

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BRAZILIAN POP-UP: Brazil's favourite snack food is Pão de Queijo, which translates as cheese bread. Brazilian chef Dona Rita is bringing these addictive cheese balls to hungry commuters at Old Street Station in a small pop-up store. Old Street station, just turn up, until 21 May

FREE FILM FESTIVAL: Herne Hill Free Film Festival has a great line up, including La La Land, Easy Rider, Moana and The Big Lebowski. Various locations, free, book ahead, until 29 May

ART POP-UP: Brain injury charity Headway East London has a pop-up shop, Submit to Love, in Hoxton for the week. The shop will sell artworks created by those who have survived brain injuries and has workshops for the public throughout the week, with all proceeds going back to the charity. 93 Kingsland Road, free, just turn up, 8-12 May

Learn the dance from Telephone at Drink, Shop & Do

Monday 8 May

SCIENTIFIC BREXIT: What impact will Brexit have on the scientific community — on both sides of the Channel? The Royal Institution hosts a summit with a panel including scientists, policymakers and key influencers to discuss what the outcome will be. The Royal Institution, free, book ahead, 1pm-6pm

PING PONG TOURNAMENT: Show off your wicked backspin slice and meet some friendly new folk at Table Tennis Fight Club. Bounce Farringdon, £8/£10, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

GROWN UP FAIRYTALES: 'A wild man in a cage is holding the exact thing you've been looking for, and you don't have the key...' That's the basis for Uncaged, a fairytale for grown ups from Michael Harvey. Soho Theatre, £10/£8, book ahead, 8pm

POP DANCE CLASS: Learn the official dance to Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's underrated pop banger Telephone. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £15, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm

Tuesday 9 May

The Joy of Sustainable Eating at Runway East Shoreditch

A PHOENIX REBORN: The Monument commemorates London's recovery from the Great Fire. Using this as a base, find out what London's recovery and rebirth really entailed. Guildhall Library, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

OPEN EVENING: The annual open evening of the Honourable Artillery Company on City Road takes place tonight, with military displays, helicopters and armoured vehicles, a parachute jump, and a police dog display. Finsbury Barracks, free entry, just turn up, from 5pm

SUSTAINABLE EATING: Nowadays people spend a lot more time considering the sustainability of what they eat. Hear a panel about the current state of sustainable food and partake in a "guided tasting meditation" (their words not ours). Runway East Shoreditch, £22.50, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

LIFE DRAWING: Create your own May Day maidens at this life drawing session inspired by the work of Alphonse Mucha. The Underdog, £15, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

Art review: fake news

© Fred Tomaselli. Photo © White Cube (Max Yawney)

Fred Tomaselli has taken newspaper headlines and modified the images in surreal ways. A policeman spraying a protester now attacks him with coloured swirls, and Putin's entourage are transformed into Pussy Riot. It's very current in today's world, though the works upstairs aren't as impressive. Fred Tomaselli at White Cube Mason's Yard, 25-26 Mason's Yard, SW1Y 6BU, until 13 May, free ★★★☆☆ [Monday-Saturday] Tabish Khan

Wednesday 10 May

LEICESTER SQUARE: Think you know Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square? Go a little deeper with this talk about the tourist hotspots and find out more about the area's past residents including Sir Joshua Reynolds, Baron Albert Grant and Sir Mortimer Wheeler. Guildhall Library, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

MUSEUM LATE: One of London's best small museums, the Hunterian, is closing for three years. To make sure everyone gets a chance to say farewell, it's staying open late on certain evenings in the run up to the closure. Hunterian Museum, free, just turn up, 5pm-8pm

ARCHAEOLOGICAL DRAMA: UCL's Petrie Museum is brimming with artefacts filled with stories. With help from University of East London's drama students these stories are brought to life. The Petrie Museum, free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

FREE COMEDY: Every Wednesday night, the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich hosts free comedy. The pub has seen William Gladstone and Charles Dickens eat side-by-side, so if the comedy sucks, entertain yourself by thinking about what they might have discussed. Trafalgar Tavern, free, just turn up, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Thursday 11 May

Tatterdemalion at Wilton's Music Hall

ART FAIR: It's the first day of The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, which is about as does-what-it-says-on-the-tin as you can get. Hampstead Heath, £10-£25, book ahead, 11-14 May

SEXUAL THEATRE: It's time for an honest chat about sex with researcher/artist/provocateur Louise Orwin. Camden People's Theatre, £12/£10, book ahead, 7.15pm-8.25pm

MEDIEVAL POETRY: Music, performances and discussions are all part of this exhibition opening, inspired by 14th century epic poem Piers Plowman. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 7.30pm

ONE MAN SHOW: 'A bravura display of masterful physical comedy'. So said one reviewer on Henry Maynard's one man show Tatterdemalion, which is in town for the next few days. Wilton's Music Hall, £10.50-£17.50, book ahead, 7.30pm, 11-13 May

Theatre review: love in the extreme

Photo: Richard Lakos

The Yard's latest production conflates the past with the present, youth with old age, and innocence with violence to present a stunning portrayal of first love nested in the barbarity of history. Jay Miller has succeeded in making Rita Kalnejais's beautiful story more contemporary than ever — with second world war bomb blasts offset by karaoke and the miracle of new life. Hannah Millward and Bradley Hall in the leading roles as soldier and demoiselle feel timeless in their outstanding portrayal of excited, awkward, bashful teenage lovers. This Beautiful Future is a gorgeous example of the possibility and the power of theatre today, one that leaves you feeling like you're walking on air. This Beautiful Future, The Yard Theatre, 2a Queen's Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN, £15-£17 until 20 May 2017 ★★★★★ [Monday- Saturday] Savannah Whaley

Friday 12 May

BEER MANSION: Brooklyn Brewery is putting on its own extravaganza, made up of beats, food, tech, art, games and shockingly beer. MC Motors (Dalston), £35, book ahead, 12-13 May

ARMY NURSING: To mark International Nursing Day, find out about the history of army nursing, from the Crimean War through to the first world war, beginning with Florence Nightingale's famous efforts. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

EMO NIGHT: Time for an injection of 2004 into your 2017 at Emo Calypso. Listen to the bands that soundtracked many a millennial's awkward teen years and reminisce about those ridiculously tight skinny jeans you thought completed your look. Bunker Club, £8, book ahead, 10pm-3am

Saturday 13 May

Eurovision Party at Luxe Club

LEGO MOVIE: Wear the littl'uns out with an hour-long skate session, then park them in front of a screening of The Lego Movie. Choose between watching the film yourself, or tucking into brunch at the cafe. House of Vans (Waterloo), free, just turn up, 10.30am/12.30pm

POETRY MAGAZINE FAIR: Browse a hall full of UK poetry magazines at the first Poetry Magazine Fair. There will also be pop-up readings throughout the day. Holy Redeemer (Clerkenwell), free, just turn up, 11am-4.30pm

EUROVISION PARTY: It's that time of year again, everyone's favourite song contest is back. It's not always easy to take seriously so why not have a good time with it at this party, where you can also indulge in a touch of karaoke. Luxe Club, £10, 6pm-3am

Sunday 14 May

Streatham Common Kite Day. Photo: Simon Chambers001

DULWICH FESTIVAL: Food and drink stalls, bars, craft stalls, face painting, a bouncy castle, live music and donkey rides are just some of the things on offer at Dulwich Festival Fair. Goose Green, free entry, just turn up, 11am-4pm

PUPPET FESTIVAL: The annual (and excellent) May Fayre and Puppet Festival celebrates the roots of Punch & Judy puppet shows, believed to have originated in Covent Garden. St Paul's Church, free, just turn up, 11am-5.30pm

KITE DAY: Eyes up, as a host of kites take to the skies in Streatham. Watch displays of power kites and pairs kites, and visit the stalls at Streatham Common Kite Day. Streatham Common, free entry, just turn up, 11am-5pm

GUIDED TOUR: Caledonian Road is affectionately known as Cally by locals. This guided tour is a walk Up the Cally taking in the sights and explaining the area's history. Meet outside McDonalds on Pentonville Road, £9, book ahead, 1.30pm-3.30pm

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Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

Learn How to Shoot Like Robin Hood


Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Hit bullseye and get your tickets: http://bit.ly/2kyov7a (sponsor) Get tickets

East London Food Tour


Feast on the tastes of the East End... Chomp on pie and mash from a restaurant that's been open since 1900, and visit Russell Brand's not-for-profit café. There are seven stops in the food and drink tour across Shoreditch and Hoxton, so you better come hungry! Get tickets

The London Christmas Lights Bike Tour


Wrap up warm and explore Christmassy London with a cycling tour through the city. From the bustling Christmas markets to spectacular light displays and Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, get into the festive spirit pedalling around town. With great guides and clear roads (and hopefully skies), explore London in a different light. Get tickets

Drugs in Nazi Germany


To mark the release of his new book 'Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany' - Norman Ohler hosts an exclusive talk to discuss the sensational account of the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the third reich - from Hitler and his entourage to ordinary troops and housewives. Get tickets