What we're reading
- A farewell to artist Howard Hodgkin, whose work is to be featured at the National Portrait Gallery later this month.
- Some stats to remind you just how much renting in London sucks.
- 'It sounded like fabric was upstairs' — a rave breaks out in an Islington Airbnb flat.
- This woman has taken photos of over 200 London bollards.
- Spotted: seven sisters at Seven Sisters.
Things to do today
CONTEMPLATING ART: In her first solo show in the UK, French artist Elvire Bonduelle focuses on a critique of how we interact with art in typical gallery spaces, and the experience of contemplation. Ronchini Gallery, free, just turn up, until 18 March
BOOK AND SCREEN WEEK: A week long celebration of books and the films, television shows and video games they've inspired begins today. Events include theatre tours, book launches, screenings, masterclasses and more. Find out more here. 13-19 March
MEMORY HISTORY: How events are remembered changes over time. Historian David Kynaston examines the history of memory in post-war Britain. British Library, £10/£7, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
TRANSLATING NOVELS: Bakhtiyar Ali is the first modern Kurdish author to have his work translated into English. Here he discusses his novel with his translator Kareem Abdulrahman. Free Word Centre, £5/£3, book ahead, 6.45pm-9pm
CRINGEWORTHY STORIES: The last thing you want to do after an embarrassing moment is relive it. Well even if you don't want to, here's a chance to share your cringeworthy story at Spark London storytelling evening. Hackney Attic, £4, book ahead, 7pm
NEUROSCIENCE IN SOCIETY: Our brains constantly change over the course of a lifetime. An expert panel discusses how neuroscience investigates the brain from cradle to grave. Royal Institution, £14/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
BOOK SLAM: The Wellcome Book Prize teams up with Book Slam to bring you a one-off 'literary club night'. Poetry and musical performances sit alongside appearances by various longlisted authors. Wellcome Collection, £12.50, book ahead, 7pm
UKULELE HOOTENANNY: Whether you're a beginner or an expert ukulele player, you're welcome at this ukulele hootenanny. Borrow an instrument or bring your own and take part in renditions of old classics and modern pop songs on the ukulele. Queen of Hoxton. Free (£20 refundable deposit), just turn up, 7pm-12am
MASSIVE CHOIR: London's largest professionally rehearsed choir, Barts Choir, presents four nautically themed British masterpieces alongside a full chorus and orchestra. Royal Festival Hall, £17-£27, book ahead, 7.30pm
Art review: colour overload
Artists are often exploring the nature of colour and that's the focus of this Mayfair group show. The heavy hitters are rolled out including Donald Judd, Josef Albers, Anthony Caro and many more. The works can be hit and miss, but it's an enlightening show. Colour is at Waddington Custot, 11 Cork Street, W1S 3LT, until 22 April, free ★★★☆☆ (Monday-Saturday)
Theatre review: A Night to remember
Boasting not one but three names from the cult Channel 4 comedy Green Wing, this new production of Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity and court intrigue amps up the Bard's gender-bending theme. It sees Tamsin Greig headline as the upright and uptight housekeeper Malvolia alongside Oliver Chris (Orsino) and Doon Mackichan (Feste); the latter is an especially superb interpretation of the Fool, somewhere between hipster reveller and hippy chanteuse. Tim McMullan's Sir Toby Belch turns up the debauchery to eleven, Imogen Doel as Fabia is a masterful clown and Phoebe Fox should walk away with awards for her hilarious Olivia. Simon Goodwin's direction is a happy, snappy affair, aided and abetted by Soutra Gilmour's sublime design. The RSC has its own version coming later this year but it should know: Goodwin has set the bar very high with this brilliant take on the classic. Twelfth Night, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX, £29-£60, until 13 May ★★★★★ Franco Milazzo
Good cause for the day
TEENAGE CANCER TRUST: Teenage Cancer Trust is taking over the Royal Albert Hall at the end of the month, putting on some wonderful music and comedy. Ed Sheeran, The Who, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Romesh Ranganathan and so more are appearing at the fundraising events. A great time to be had, in aid of an important cause. Royal Albert Hall, various prices, book ahead, 27 March-2 April
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
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. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets