Things To Do Today In London: Friday 7 April 2017

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Draw in 3D at the Hackney Museum

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EASTER HOLIDAYS: The school holidays are here, and there's plenty going on in London including family exhibitions, nature trails, egg hunts and museum workshops. Take a look at what's on near you, whatever their age, and whatever your budget.

EXPERIMENTAL GAMES: There's a three day experimental gaming festival at Somerset House. Highlights include a ping pong table that creates a work of art as you play, and a physical team challenge to stop an outbreak of the bubonic plague. Somerset House, £8/£6.50 for one day or £23/£15 for weekend, book ahead, 7-9 April

NEW EXHIBITION: A new photo exhibition, opening today, portrays the first world war battlefields 100 years on, juxtaposing the death and horror of war with the peace and tranquility of the fields today. Guildhall Yard, free, just turn up, 7-23 April

GIANT PINBALL: There's a giant pinball machine at Waterloo Station modelled after London with some food based twists. Some great prizes are up for grabs, if you can prove yourself as a pinball wizard. Waterloo Station, free, just turn up, 7am-7pm

BLACK SOUNDS: When the Southern Syncopated Orchestra arrived in London in 1919, so too did what we know today as black British music. This exhibition at The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton tracks 100 years of black sounds, featuring the likes of Lord Kitchener, Janet Kay and Eddie Grant. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm. Until 4 November

GARDEN OPENING: For the first time in 2017, Lambeth Palace Gardens opens to the public. The oldest continuously cultivated garden in London only opens a handful of times each year. Lambeth Palace Gardens, £5, just turn up, noon-3pm

Christopher Bliss' Literary Salon at Camden Comedy Club

DRAW IN 3D: This workshop teaches kids how to doodle in creative 3D using colourful plastic printing pens. Hackney Museum, £20, book ahead, 2pm-4pm

TAP JAM: Kick off your weekend with some impressive tap dancing performances, part of Southbank Centre's Urban festival. Not always the reserved art form it is now, tap dancers used to gather in city streets in the 1930s to challenge each other. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 5.30pm

LATE AT TATE BRITAIN: Britain: Stand Firm is the theme for this late night gallery opening. It's based around the long-standing contributions that African and Caribbean immigrants have made to UK society, and includes live music, discussions, performances, film screenings and more. Tate Britain, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

MACHO? A bromance themed drag king cabaret, expert talks and a pop-up choir are just some of the events on offer at Wellcome Collection's Macho! themed late night opening. Wellcome Collection, free, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

COMEDY SALON: Serious literary salon meets ridiculous character comedy, when Christopher Bliss gives real life published novelists feedback on their work. Camden Comedy Club, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm for 8pm


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Take a money-can't-buy tour of the Palace of Whitehall

Cityread London is hosting a whole month of Elizabethan themed events and activities all revolving around one book, Prophecy by S.J. Parris. The novel is a spy thriller set in 1538 London so expect intrigue, espionage and mystery.

On 26 April, there's an exclusive secret book club at the Palace of Whitehall, where you'll get to hear about Prophecy from the author herself. You'll also take part in a money-can't-buy tour of the Tudor parts of Whitehall — now part of the Cabinet Office — which aren't open to the public.

Here's the catch — you can only attend this secret book club evening by winning a ticket. Share your favourite place to read in London with the hashtag #LondonReadingDen by 17 April to be in with a chance. Full terms and conditions available at cityread.london.


Art review: queer British art

Sappho and Erinna share an intimate moment in a Garden at Mytilene, by Simeon Solomon. Image courtesy Tate.

It's great to see an exhibition about the contribution of queer people to art; 50 years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality is the right time for this important show offering some fascinating insights into who shaped what, and how.

The show, alas, often takes too broad a brush to define what constitutes 'queer'. Yes all angels looked androgynous, but it's quite a leap to assume this is an attempt to demonstrate gender fluidity. There are some great paintings and sculptures, but much of the work fails to make an impact. Queer British Art: 1861-1967 at Tate Britain, until 1 October, £15 ★★★☆☆ Tabish Khan

Theatre review: super rich kids

Photo: Darren Bell

Unsettling and upsetting, Laura Wade's damning critique of social hierarchy in Britain packs an even harder punch with an all-female cast. Cressida Carré's production is dynamic and original; the cast play the super-rich with a chilling authenticity. This play makes for a highly pertinent — and entertaining — riot of an evening. Posh, The Pleasance, Carpenters Mews, N7 9EF, £20 - £25, 29 March-22 April ★★★★☆ Savannah Whaley

Good cause for the day

DIRTY DANCING: Prepare for a dazzling evening as Blackheath's Mycenae House is transformed into the Kellerman's Holiday Resort for the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing. You'll watch the film then dance all that passion out afterwards. All proceeds go towards Debbie's Fight for Life, raising money for a lifesaving operation for a mum-of-three, that's currently unavailable in the UK. Mycenae House, £9, book ahead, 7 April, 7pm-11pm

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Talk: Is MDMA The Future of Therapy?
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Lecture: The Science of Psychedelics
Scientific research is no longer afraid of psychedelics, now studying how they affect the weirder aspects of human consciousness. LDN Talks @ Night present Dr David Luke, and engages in current study into pyschedelics and their historical use in shamanic rituals. Be prepared, you might leave with more questions than answers. Get tickets