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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Love Actually


Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue.  Get tickets

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies


Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet.   Get tickets

Take a Walk Through London's Most Historic Spots


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets

Talk: Is Monogamy Dead?


Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets