Things To Do This Week In London: 5-11 March 2018

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The Royal Shakespeare Company bring Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge to Hackney Empire as part of a national tour.

LONDON DESIGN WEEK: Looking for design inspo for your interior? Check out the talks, tours, showrooms and exhibitions popping up during London Design Week. Everything is free and there's usually a glass of bubbly involved. Read more here and check out the full programme here. Various venues, free, just turn up, 4-9 March

HAMLET: The hugely talented rising star Paapa Essiedu leads this contemporary update of Shakespeare’s well-loved journey of madness, murder and lost love. Hackney Empire, £50, book ahead, 6-31 March

NAPOLEON DISROBED: Imagine Napoleon trying to hang laundry in the middle of raging sea storm. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of this whimsical play based on a book about Napoleon's death. Arcola Theatre, £12-£22, book ahead, until 10 March

ANOTHER KIND OF LIFE: Soviet hippies, Hyena handling entertainers in South Africa and transgender sex workers in the violent city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico all feature in this new photography exhibition looking at life on the fringes of society. Barbican Art Gallery, £13.50, book ahead, until 27 May

Monday 5 March

RAISE HER VOICE YOGA: Bring your mat to this yoga session and not only will you get a good work out, your ticket supports a girl in school for two years. Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush, £23, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

CREATIVE WOMEN: Hear from women who have smashed the glass ceiling to reach the heady heights of a career in branding, advertising or marketing. Then explore this great museum after hours. Take your business card. Museum of Brands and Packaging, £21.11, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

MILES DAVIS: In the mood for jazz? Listen to a powerful rendition of Davis’ classic 1970 spiritual work Bitches Brew. The Jazz Cafe, £10-£15 with food, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

FEMALE PLAYWRIGHTS: Struggling with your other half? You might find a kindred spirit in one of seven plays, which explore difficult relationships, as part of a season nurturing female playwrights. Canal Cafe Theatre, Maida Vale, £13, book ahead, until 14 March

Tuesday 6 March

THE SELF AND THE SELFIE: Step away from the selfie stick and listen to this talk with a philosophy professor, Instagram influencer, Cosmopolitan editor and Guardian columnist, which aims to expose the fine line between self-obsession and entrepreneurial spirit, narcissism and creative genius. The Store, The Strand, £8, book ahead, 6.45pm

MUST DO BETTER: Only three of the World Architecture 100 companies surveyed are headed up by a woman. This unsurprising but exasperating stat from Dezeen has prompted this discussion on what can be done to get more women into the architecture industry. RIBA, £9, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Wednesday 7 March

Hosted at the Hurlingham Yacht Club in Putney, overlooking the River Thames, Pan's spring banquet celebrates wild food and cooking.

ANNA FREUD TOUR: Get to know the personality of Freud's youngest daughter and psychoanalyst Anna Freud on this tour commemorating Women's Day. Freud Museum, £8, book ahead, 2pm-2.30pm

PAN SPRING POP-UP: Make like Ray Mears and get back to nature at this Wild Food supper club, which prioritizes pickling, fermenting, open fires and seasonal British ingredients. Hurlingham Yacht Club, Putney, from £40, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.45pm

BRUK OUT: This film catapults you into the dynamic, fast-paced world of Jamaican dancehall culture, as seen through the eyes of sassy women with killer moves. Harris Academy South Norwood, London, £9, book ahead, 7.45pm-10pm

FOREIGN BODY: One in three women have survived sexual violence. This play takes that awful stat and spins it into a beautifully executed tale about hope, healing and forgiveness after sexual assault. The Vaults, £14.50, book ahead, until 11 March

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID: For a night of poetry which does not beat around the bush when it comes to politics, feminism or eternal truths, head to this special Royal Albert Hall incarnation of the regular women's spoken word night That's What She Said, featuring the ever brilliant playwright Sabrina Mahfouz and more. Royal Albert Hall, £11, book ahead, 9.30pm

Thursday 8 March

See a selection of extraordinary works depicting, describing and challenging the very essence of daughterhood in five top-notch shorts from all over the world.

RUM BY THE RIVER: Enjoy a tipple or 12 in an atmospheric venue, which you can explore after you've sampled a dozen rums from around the globe. Bring your sea legs. The Golden Hinde, London Bridge, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

IRREPRESSIBLE WOMEN: Shelter from the cold on a cosy barge and hear tales about women who have lived and worked on the water, as told by narrowboater and storyteller Kate Saffin. Barge Fiodra, Paddington Basin, £10.50, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

STAND-UP 4 WOMEN: An evening of lively stand up comedy with a fabulous all-female line up, which is raising funds for Solace Women’s Aid. The Bill Murray, £11.10, book ahead, 8pm-10.30pm

WOMEN IN REVOLT: See five powerful new shorts musing on the theme of daughterhood, followed by a panel discussion with the rebellious female filmmakers. Regent Street Cinema, £7, book ahead, 8.45pm-11pm

Friday 9 March

Celebrate Women's Day the uplifting way with this Girl Power Silent Disco at the Museum of Happiness.

THE DINNER PARTY: Take a seat at the table and become one of 25 ground-breaking 'sheroes' for the night in a recreation of Judy Chicago's canonical feminist artwork The Dinner Party. Ugly Duck, £20, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

GIRL POWER SILENT DISCO: Learn your feminism from Spice Girls songs? Then why not spice up your Friday night with silent disco, where all the bangers are iconic songs peddling girl power in celebration of International Women's Day. Museum of Happiness, Camden, £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

BECHDEL SOUND TEST: If the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush or Sister Sledge feature in your top dance jams then you'll enjoy this female-fronted club night. The Book and Record Bar, West Norwood, £5.83, book ahead, 8pm-1am

SEANN WALSH: He's "unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation" according to the Guardian, despite having the disheveled look down to a tee. Snap up tickets before they sell out. Leicester Square Theatre, £18/£16 concs, book ahead, 9-10 March

Saturday 10 March

Just think about how you're going to get that vintage furniture back to your flat from Peckham.

LAKE OF STARS: Walthamstow will be buzzing with live and electronic music, poetry, theatre, film, readings and exhibitions — at this one day festival, which champions talent from the UK and Africa. With so much on offer, there's bound to be something to pique your interest. Various venues, £15-£25, book ahead, 10am-2pm

MOTHER OF ALL FAIRS: Browse pretty items from local makers for your mum before treating yourself to a hot massage or reflexology session at this Crafty Cow Market. You deserve it. Salisbury House, free entry, just turn up, 10am-5pm, 10-11 March

PROTEST AND POWER: Enjoy a walk in the park with a feminist twist today, soak up women's stories and stand at Speakers' Corner, where the first large-scale meeting to be organised by the Women's Social and Political Union took place, all the way back in 1908. Hyde Park, £10, book ahead, 10.30am-noon

PECKHAM SALVAGE YARD: Dig for vintage gems or just pick up a bargain at this Peckham flea market. Copeland Gallery, Peckham, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 10-11 March

LONDON CITY ORCHESTRA: Into classical music? This concert marks the fifth anniversary of the City Orchestra, 100 years since the birth of Leonard Bernstein and 125 years since the death of Tchaikovsky, with a triple whammy of classical gems. Regent Hall, Oxford Street, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Sunday 11 March

#rawwwineweek is a week(ish) long series of exciting wine events across the UK, which culminates in a raw wine fair this weekend.

CYANOTYPE PRINTMAKING: Prefer analog to digital? Learn how to create stunning cyanotype blueprints from plants using one of the earliest photographic processes. Pfft, who needs smart phones? The Basement at The Calder Theatre Bookshop, Southwark, £39, book ahead, 1.45pm-4.15pm

RECIPES FOR WONDER: Science experiments are pretty fun to watch but they're even better when you can try them yourself at home. Alom Shaha will perform his favourite demos using household items and you can give them a go after. (7+) Royal Institution, £16, book ahead, 2pm-4.30pm

RAW WINE FAIR: Like your wine au naturel? Sample your way around this raw wine fair, featuring more than 150 growers of natural, organic and biodynamic wines. 180 The Strand, £45 for one day, £75 two days, book ahead, 11-12 March

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets

The British Museum Tour - Ideas That Made Our World


Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Express


The Underworld collides with the Underground in more ways that one -- from the angel that saved a tube worker from death to the ghosts of King's Cross, discover the ghoulish history of the Undergound on a tour around the city. £10 Get tickets