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

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House Gospel Choir at Rich Mix

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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

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

The Harry Potter Christmas Tour

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets

Therapeutic Potential of Magic Mushrooms

Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London.  Get tickets

The Original London Loo Tour

We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets