Things To Do Today In London: Monday 3 April 2017

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EASTER HOLIDAYS: The school holidays are here, and there's plenty going on in London including family exhibitions, nature trails, egg hunts and museum workshops. Take a look at what's on near you, whatever their age, and whatever your budget.

POP-UP BOOK BAR: Waterstones Tottenham Court Road's basement bar is transforming into a literary haven, with the added comfort of some Baileys. It's for the Baileys Book Prize, and there will be readings from the shortlisted novels throughout the week. Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, various prices, tickets available here, 3-7 April

DOGGY ART: See a selection of Victorian art depicting dogs. What's even better is that you can bring your dog along; breakfast treats for both pets and their owners are provided. 25 Blythe Road (Kensington), free, book ahead, 8.30am-10am

LONDON'S LAYERS: Museum of London hosts an archaeology-themed workshop for under fives and their parents — an ideal chance to get them interested in London's history and what's going on under their feet at an early age. Free, just turn up, 10.30am/1pm

SOUND SALON: Join the Museum of Walking for an informal discussion on field recordings, audio walks and much more. You can even experience a listening salon in a 3D sound suite. Anderson Acoustics (Borough), free, book ahead, 6.15pm-7.45pm

My Tutu Went AWOL! at Hippodrome Casino

MISSING TUTU: My Tutu Went AWOL! is the story of what happened when drag ballet accidentally ended up in Iraq. This book launch has performers from across the variety putting on a wild show. Hippodrome Casino, £7, book ahead, 7pm

JAZZ PIANO: Brasserie Zedel kicks off its jazz week with a performance by jazz pianist Joe Webb, with some tributes to classic tunea. Brasserie Zedel, £15, book ahead, 7pm

VIKING TALES: Head to Shoreditch's Skye Halla themed rooftop for an evening of Viking tales courtesy of storyteller Giles Abbott. Queen of Hoxton, free, just turn up, 7pm-8pm

OPEN MIC: Everyone is welcome at the Star of Bethnal Green's open mic night. Just turn up on the night and take to the stage — or relax and watch others. There's also a performance from The London Alternate Choir. Star of Bethnal Green, free, just turn up, 8pm

CLASSICAL PUB MUSIC: The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment makes classical music accessible for the masses. In this case the masses means the crowd at your local pub; listen out for Mozart's horn quintet. The Old Queen's Head, £10/£5, book ahead, 8.30pm


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Acrobatics, dance and danger: Head to the Roundhouse for a circus spectacular

Expect dancing, flying and fighting mixed in with a touch of danger and an impressive four-high human tower at the Roundhouse next month.

French acrobatic troupe Compagnie XY, one of the world's leading contemporary circus companies, is coming to London for the first time in seven years to perform a spectacular new show. Acrobatic performance It's Not Yet Midnight... will have its UK premiere at the Roundhouse.

22 acrobats will be effortlessly catapulted through the air and pull off breathtaking stunts to a catchy soundtrack. Head to the Roundhouse's brick big top for this stunning fusion of circus and dance.

It's Not Yet Midnight... is on at the Roundhouse from 10-23 April.


Art review: a magical floral display

Courtesy Now Gallery

Rebecca Louise Law has suspended 10,000 irises from the ceiling of the gallery. It's great to sit down and immerse yourself in this magical environment. We love her work, we've covered her hanging gardens in the City of London and she's planning a new installation for the Mayfair restaurant Sake No Hana. The Iris: Rebecca Louise Law at Now Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula, until 7 May, free ★★★★☆ (Open every day) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: Don Juan in Soho

From Patrick Marber, the man behind the brutal sexual carnage that was 2004's Closer, comes this update on Moliere's Don Juan. David Tennant plays DJ, a modern incarnation with all his ancestor's wanton lust and hedonistic tendencies. Marber's script is pitted with limp and obvious references to Donald Trump ("I don't grab pussy") and can't hide the shallowness of the eponymous character, a walking tautology self-described as "the Gandhi of the gang bang, the Bishop Desmond Tutu of titillation, the Dalai Lama of desire, the Martin Luther King of copulation".

The set design is playful and creative — especially the aerial rickshaw — but also has clichéd modern elements including a distracting video screen. As his long-suffering valet Stan, Adrian Scarborough is the perfect comedic complement to the highly charismatic and intense Tennant — their partnership is this play's saving grace. Don Juan In Soho, Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0DA, £10-£150, until 10 June ★★★☆☆ Franco Milazzo

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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 fabulous show. Proceeds go to Parkinson's UK, which fights the debilitating 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