Things To Do This Week In London: 4-10 September 2017

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Anime film architecture art is on display

ANIME FILM ART: Are you fascinated by the world of anime? An exhibition of handmade background illustrations for classic sci-fi anime films comes to London for the first time, featuring drawings and paintings from some of the most influential productions in the genre's 1990s heyday, including Ghost in the Shell. House of Illustration (King's Cross), £4/£5/£7.50, book ahead, 5-10 September

MODERN MYTHS: What if Greek mythology was true, but happened in the 21st century? What if Icarus was a man who wanted to fall? And Medusa was a social outcast with a rage against injustice? This festival is bringing classic stories bang up to date with immersive theatre performances. Crypt Gallery (Euston), £8/£10, book ahead, 5- 9 September

MARRIED TO MISCHIEF: Vanbrugh's 1697 comedy The Provoked Wife is reimagined as a modern music festival, and mischief awaits Sir John Brute who is already sick of his two year marriage. Then temptation arrives for similarly disillusioned Lady Brute in the form of a new love interest. The Hope Theatre (Islington), £15, book ahead,  5-23 September (closed Mondays)

Monday 4 September

Cricket in the City

CRICKET'S THE TICKET: The beautiful grounds of The Honourable Artillery Company host a cricket tournament where six teams will battle it out with a flurry of wickets to be the best, with proceeds going to charity. The Honourable Artillery Company (Moorgate), £20, book ahead, 11.30am-6.30pm

BIG SMALLS: Celebrate groundbreaking and cutting-edge short films at The Smalls Film Festival where independent creatives engage in screenings, masterclasses, industry sessions, panel discussions and a succession of lively parties. Calvert 22 (Shoreditch), £8, book ahead, 6pm-9.45pm (until 5 September)

Tuesday 5 September

Chai and coffee masterclasses

DIGI SKILLS: Participate in this free workshop and learn the tools you need to run a business in the digital age. If you're curious about what digital marketing can do for your business then this course might be for you. Aldwych House, free, book ahead, 5.45pm-8pm

TERRIFIC TEA: We know that making the perfect cup of tea is an art form — and that goes for all types of tea. So now you can learn the art of making the perfect chai as well as the perfect coffee with Pamban Chai's masterclasses, which are being held the first Tuesday of every month until December. Pamban Chai & Coffee House, £25, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

MODERN AMERICA: Political journalist Jon Sopel divulges his first-hand experience of modern American life through British eyes at a time when the 'special relationship' with Britain has never felt so uncertain. Political extremism, radical division and increasingly perverse beliefs, all will be tackled in conversation with Times columnist and author, David Aaronovitch. The Tabernacle, £18, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Wednesday 6 September

Burlesque at Underbelly Festival

HISTORY LECTURE: Think you know all you need to know about Piccadilly and St James? Well, which club voted Margaret Thatcher an honorary man? Where aren't you allowed to run, whistle, sing, or open an umbrella? Which royal lodged two mistresses in the same house? Pete Smith has the answers. Society of Genealogists (Islington), £8, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

WALKING LONDON: It's your last chance to catch a historic walk around London's Grand Hotels in Mayfair, where you can find out what Lord Byron's butler did that was so revolutionary, how two embezzlers founded one of the world's grandest hotels, and which hotel turned into a refuge for deposed European monarchs. Meet at Green Park tube, £10, book ahead, 6pm-7.45pm

TUDOR BREXIT: Ahead of his new programme Reformation being aired on BBC2, Dr David Starkey tackles the English Reformation and the far-reaching effects of this 'Tudor Brexit' in a one-off talk. The Queen's House (Greenwich), £25/£20, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

BIRDWATCHING: Are you a budding ornithologist? Nicolas Royle and Adam Phillips delve into how Royle's latest novel An English Guide to Birdwatching explores the realm of fact and fiction it its focus on birds, climate change, the banking crisis and more. Freud Museum, £12/£8, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

HOW ROMANTIC: Enjoy Valentine's Day all over again with a performance of The Lovers' Bridge of Magpies which celebrates Qixi Jie, or Chinese Valentine's Day. This musical concert tells one of China's most famous folk tales — the story of star-crossed lovers Zhi Nü and Niu Lang and the flock of magpies that came to their aid. China Exchange, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.45pm

BURLESQUE: We've enjoyed their shimmying all summer but it's time to say goodbye to Underbelly's burlesque troupe who have been celebrating everything you love or loathe about the USA. From whiskey-drinking cowgirls to tap dancing Trumps, they've done it all. Underbelly Festival (Southbank), £15.50, book ahead, 9.30pm-10.30pm


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Thursday 7 September

Bird watching masterclass at the Monument

DISPLACED PEOPLE: The experiences of Jewish immigrants to the UK are brought to life in Sephardi Voices. Objects, photographs, and video interviews explain how thriving Jewish communities in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and beyond whittled down to almost nothing following mass displacement from the middle of the 20th century. Jewish Museum London, included in museum entry, just turn up, until 17 September

SYRIAN CRISIS: Documentary fans may be interested in Work.Life's screening of 8 Borders, 8 Days which tells the harrowing story of the plight of Syrian refugees. A panel discussion will follow in support of the International Rescue Committee UK's Together for Refugees campaign. The Institute of Light (Hackney), £12, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

TWITCHERS: Get up high at The Monument with a pair of binoculars and do your best impression of Bill Bailey for a masterclass in Urban Bird Watching to discover the wealth of avian wildlife available to view here in London. The Monument, £20, book ahead, 7pm-8.15pm

Friday 8 September

Have a ceilidh good time

URBAN FOOD: See food differently as Urban Food Fortnight. Sit around for botanical campfire cocktails, find London-sourced supper clubs, or go urban foraging on fun walks. Various locations prices, and times. Book ahead. Until 24 September

CITY LIT: Why not try a range of taster courses and workshops that are available at City Lit? They're hosting two open days so you can try before you buy. City Lit (Covent Garden), £10, book ahead, 10.30am-9.30pm, until 9 September

A CEILIDH GOOD TIME: It's time for some fast paced footwork to raise funds for the children's mental health charity Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. They're putting on an evening of Ceilidh dancing which should have you out of breath from exertion and laughter. Promise. Cecil Sharp House (Camden), £17, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Saturday 9 September

Head down to the Hidden River Festival

CLASSIC CAR BOOT: Love vintage vehicles? Get yourself down to King's Cross where an amazing array of choppers, scooters, custom cars and unique bicycles will be parking up for #classiccarbootsaleKX, with vintage clothing and homewares being sold from them. You can also race a mini Jaguar Formula E car, or ride a Penny Farthing or a 3D bike. King's Cross, £4/£5 entry, booking recommended, 9-10 September, 10am-6pm (sponsor)

LITERARY CROYDON: Can you wield a pen with the best of them? Croydon Literary Festival is putting on a series of quirky sessions to explore aspects of life in Croydon, as well as author discussions and a session on writing. Clocktower Arts Centre, £7, book ahead, 10am-5pm

MURDER MYSTERY: Secret London Runs sends you back to the 17th century on a 10km run around the streets of London to solve a murder mystery. Samuel Pepys will set you off right, but the interrogation and footwork is down to you. North Greenwich/Deptford Bridge, £19, book ahead, 11.30am-1pm

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH: Saturdays in London are for bottomless brunches — fact. So book a table at Sanctum Soho for prosecco on tap and some seriously tasty breakfast pots to start the day the right way. Sanctum Soho, £35, book ahead, 11.30am-2.30pm

BEER ON THE COMMON (30% OFF TICKETS): Make that summer feeling last a little longer with Beer On The Common, a day of music, food and beer. Hosted by Sambrook’s Brewery and boasting over 100 different brews, the family-friendly event on Tooting Bec Common will also have plenty of street food, market traders, tunes from up-and-coming bands, and entertainment for the kids. Get 30% off tickets with code LONDONIST30. From £7, book ahead, 12pm-10pm (sponsor)

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY: If you haven't tried cajun food yet then you haven't lived. Luckily folks over at The Walled Outdoor Garden have you covered as they've brought chef Ward Scott all the way from Beaumont, Texas to help Crawfish Bob bring you plenty of authentic cajun spice and all you can eat crawfish. The Walled Outdoor Garden, £25/£20, book ahead, noon-6pm

HIDDEN RIVER FESTIVAL: The urban oasis of Woodberry Down brings you live music, homemade crafts, food and drink stalls, and a wetland treasure hunt against the backdrop of the New River. Fancy a spot of canoeing? They've got that too. Redmond Community Centre, free, just turn up, noon-6.30pm

EAST LONDON WALK: Trace the industrial heritage of lower Lea Valley from its fine porcelain of the 18th century to its gasworks, gin, cosmetics and explosives industry with this Art & History walk roughly following the line of the Greenwich Meridian. Meet at Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station, £10/£8, book ahead, 1pm-3.30pm

EATS & BEATS: How do you fancy a table at a trendy supper club in London's hipster heartland? The Pill Box Kitchen is putting on a night of food, drink and live music with bottomless Mimosas because hey, it's the weekend. The Pill Box Kitchen (Bethnal Green), £30, book ahead, 6.30pm-11pm

Sunday 10 September

East Village Market

PAINTED CEILINGS: See the exquisite baroque paintings that line the walls and ceilings of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College in a unique way. Ascend a 60ft high observation deck and get up-close to the artwork, exploring the mysteries and intricacies of these masterpieces. Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich), £10, book ahead, 10am-5pm

MARKET MADNESS: East Village Market is entertaining revellers for one more summer Sunday in leafy Victory Park with an extensive mix of traders, delicious foods, beautiful handmade goods, and unique clothes with live music to set the right tone. Victory Park (East Village), just turn up, 11am-4pm

ROAD TO HISTORY: Caledonian Road has a lot to offer London obsessives, and this walk points out highlights which you may never have noticed before, from murals, to clock towers and a famous prison. Learn about the political meetings, fashionable markets, bombs, arms caches, and espionage that made it the place it is today. Meet outside MccDonalds next to King's Cross station, £9, book ahead, 1.30pm-3.30pm

PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME: Looking for some fun for all the family as the summer holidays come to a close? Well good news matey's, y'arr in for a treat with a pirate themed rave with DJs, craft activities for children, toddler play area with tents and tunnels, and more. The Bedford (Balham), £9, book ahead, 2pm-4.30pm

CRAFTING TIME: Does interior design excite you? Are you looking to add a personal touch to your home? Oversized lampshades are apparently all the rage, but instead of buying one that's not quite right how about learning to make one yourself with any fabric you choose? Todd Sloane Gift Shop (Epping), £59, book ahead, 2pm-5pm

INDIAN FEAST: Never mind cake, now you can cook your curry and eat it too with the Underground Cookery School, which will help you prepare your very own Indian feast with tutorials from some top notch chefs. The Underground Cookery School (Old Street), £45, book ahead, 5.30pm-8.30pm

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Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

Love Actually


Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue.  Get tickets

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies


Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet.   Get tickets

Take a Walk Through London's Most Historic Spots


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

Talk: Is Monogamy Dead?


Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets