Things To Do Today In London: Monday 24 April 2017

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A Plastic Ocean at Regent Street Cinema

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SELFIES: Are selfies art now? Saatchi Gallery thinks so — it's got a whole exhibition dedicated to selfies, from painted self portraits to celebrity snaps. Saatchi Gallery (Chelsea), free, just turn up, until 31 May

POP-UP: There's a week long pop-up dedicated to sustainable luxury called The Pineapple Room, with fashion, food and books all available. Old Truman Brewery, free, just turn up, until 30 April

WORLD BOOK NIGHT: Technically World Book Night is Sunday, but Hackney's celebrating it a day late. Hear retellings of cultural myths, live performances, get involved with the book exchange and much more. Hackney Community College, free, just turn up, 4pm

ROMAN LONDON: Deaf and hard of hearing visitors can take a subtitled tour of Museum of London's Roman London exhibition. Museum of London, free, book ahead, 6pm

DANDYISM: The dandy was a fashionable male of the 19th century, prevalent in both British and Russian society. Dr Olga Vainshtein speaks on the specific rules of dandyism. Pushkin House, £7/£5, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

Strike A Pose at Prince Charles Cinema

DOCUMENTARY: This documentary offers an insight into the havoc and devastations that plastic waste causes in the ocean. After the film there's a Q&A from producer Jo Ruxton. Regent Street Cinema, £7-£12, book ahead, 7.30pm

SHAKESPEARE IMPROV: Shakespeare never really dealt with improv comedy much, but the Comedy Store Players interpret what would have happened had he done. Globe Theatre, £5-£45, book ahead, 8pm-10.15pm

JAZZ PIANO: Talented jazz and soul pianist James Junior provides the music at 100 Wardour Street. Let him soothe and groove you, while you dig into the venue's set menu. 100 Wardour Street, free entry, book ahead, 8pm-10pm

VOGUE: Follow seven young male dancers on Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition tour in the documentary Strike A Pose. Prince Charles Cinema, £10/£7.50, book ahead, 8.45pm-11pm

Art Review: arms & legs aplenty

Photograph courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Rachel Kneebone has created sculptures consisting of detached body parts, ranging from the small to a colossal tower. They sit among the V&A's collection of classical statues and make a great contrast — the chaos of a Kneebone sculpture next to the beauty of a Rodin piece. Rachel Kneebone: 399 Days at V&A, Galleries 21 & 50a, until 14 January 2018, free ★★★★☆ Tabish Khan

Art Review: warriors on horseback

Courtesy M&L fine art

Lucio Fontana is best known for his works where he slashes a plain canvas with a razor blade. But this show is all about sculpture, and the ceramic plate depicting riding warriors on horseback with spears in hand seems to spring from the plate. It's a truly stunning piece and the highlight of this small show. Lucio Fontana: Sculptor from the Earth to the Cosmos at M&L Fine Art, 15 Old Bond Street (first floor), W1S 4AX, until 12 May, free ★★★★☆ (Monday-Friday) Tabish Khan

Good cause for the day

COLOURING THE STREETS: Back in 2014, Londonist teamed up with mural specialists Global Street Art asking Londoners to nominate their neighbourhood for a street art festival. Brockley won with 873 votes. Since then, the festival has livened up some underwhelming walls and unsightly shutters with incredible art including the iconic Bob Marley, endangered tigers, flying toast and even whole houses.

Now in their 3rd year, they want to do more than create their annual showcase of stunning murals, with plans afoot to host free guided street art tours, workshops, talks and live painting events. The whole thing is still run completely by volunteers, and relies on the generosity of local businesses and the community to make things happen. If you're not local and still want to get involved, you can donate to the cause and you'll be rewarded with anything from limited edition artist prints to beers from Brockley Brewery.

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Take a Fascinating Tour Beneath the Pubs and Pavements of London


The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets

Go Off the Beaten Track With This Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


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