Things To Do Today In London: Easter Monday 17 April 2017

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BANK HOLIDAY: It's a bank holiday, so things are pretty quiet. Why not take a look at our guide to things to do in London over the bank holiday weekend for inspiration — but remember that some venues may operate unusual opening hours (or be closed altogether) today, so check before you travel.

BIG SING: Head to Southbank Centre to follow a trail of pop-up performances from youth choirs around the world, culminating in a Big Sing in the Clore Ballroom. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 10.30am-12pm

A WORLD OF STORIES: Wind down the Easter holidays with a storytelling session at Horniman Museum. Hear tales of faraway places, inspired by the museum's exhibitions. Age 5+. Free, just turn up, various timeslots

BEER FESTIVAL: End Easter weekend the right way at this fantastic beer festival at The Crown And Anchor in Brixton, to celebrate the pub's five year anniversary. Things will get lively. The Crown And Anchor, just turn up, noon-11pm

GREENWICH TOUR: Take a tour around one of London's most historical areas, Greenwich. See where Henry VIII and his feuding daughters were born, take a selfie underneath the world's largest painting and much more. Greenwich, free, book ahead, 2pm-4pm

Evil Dead at The Alibi

RICH MIX: Learn how to sow seeds at this hands-on workshop in Rich Mix's own back garden — just in time for summer. Age 9+. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 11am. Also at the venue today is a gospel choir masterclass — you'll be clapping, singing and dancing along in no time. Free, book ahead, 6pm

FUNDRAISING BBQ: Vauxhall City Farm is holding a fundraising BBQ. There's also a chance to win prizes such as a VIP tour of the farm itself. The Eagle (Vauxhall), donations/£5, just turn up, 6pm-midnight

RETRO GAMING: There's the chance to play over 150 classic computer games at The Chancery in Beckenham, ideal if you want to finish your weekend with a heavy dose of nostalgia. The Chancery, £5, just turn up, 7.30pm-10pm

COMEDY CLUB: Head to The Star of Kings for a selection of cheap and cheerful comedy. Comedians include: Phil Wang, Nish Kumar, Lolly Adefope, Massive Dad and more. The Star of Kings (King's Cross), £4, book ahead, 8pm-10pm

FILM CLUB: The Alibi's quality choices for Monday night film club continues with the 2013 remake of Evil Dead. The Alibi (Dalston), free, just turn up, 8pm-10pm


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Head to the Freud Museum for a lesson in Psychoanalysis

London's Freud Museum is situated in the very house where psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud used to live — you can visit his study, complete with the famous couch where he treated his patients.

Learn about Psychoanalysis, dream theories and the Oedipus Complex, as well as finding out about his daughter, pioneering child psychologist Anna Freud. While you're there, admire some of his 2000 antiques — for the art-lovers, there's contemporary art on display too. Find out more here.


Art review: Anish Kapoor goes big

© Anish Kapoor; Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Three big red misshapen sculptures dominate the gallery. Kapoor is usually onto a winner when working at scale but these blood clot-like pieces feel directionless. There are some classic Kapoor works including reflective mirrors and works on paper too. A solid effort, if not a memorable one. Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery, 67 Lisson Street, NW1 5DA, until 6 May, free ★★★☆☆ (Monday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Art review: disturbing sexualised videos

The models used in the films are on display too. © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg; Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Duo Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg return with more surreal stop motion videos, this time involving fairytale characters such as Red Riding Hood in sexually charged situations. This pair always deliver with their humorous and intense scenes Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg at Lisson Gallery, 27 Bell Street, NW1 5BY, until 6 May, free ★★★★☆ (Monday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Good cause for the day

MUSIC AND COMEDY: A who's who of music and comedy stars collide in Symfunny 2 at The Royal Albert Hall. It's an eclectic mix, from Agnes Brown to Pete Townshend, but all are certain to put on a great show. Proceeds go to Parkinson's UK, which fights the disease both medically and socially. Royal Albert Hall, £38-£22, book ahead, 19 April, 7.30pm

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Talk: Neuroscience of Relationship Success
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Talk: 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