Things To Do Today In London: Monday 4 September 2017

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AMATEUR NIGHT: In a photography exhibition for the everyday photographer, see works by those with mixed ability and age that made use of Park Avenue Resource Centre's user friendly classes to improve amateur knowledge of cameras and photographic skills. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), free, just turn up, 9am-5pm (until 20 September)

COLOURFUL MAZE: Artist Camille Walala has used her signature colourful, patterned designs to create a psychedelic maze that sounds part puzzle, part fun house, part Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole.  NOW Gallery (Greenwich Peninsula), free, book ahead, 10am-7pm (until 24 September)

CRICKET'S THE TICKET: The beautiful grounds of The Honourable Artillery Company host a cricket tournament where six teams will battle it out with a flurry of wickets to be the best — all raising money for charity. The Honourable Artillery Company (Moorgate), £20, book ahead, 11.30am-6.30pm

FREE MINIGOLF: Get swinging at Columbus Courtyard in Canary Wharf at this free-to-use 9-hole mini golf course. All equipment is provided, and it's open to everyone, regardless of age or golfing ability — a win-win situation really. Columbus Courtyard, free, just turn up, noon-7pm

TAKE ON SHAKESPEARE: This two-day workshop will help anyone wannabe Shakespearean actors get down to the nitty gritty of the Bard's verses and learn some helpful principles so that the rules don't get in the way of interesting and creative decisions. Old Vic Theatre, £40, book ahead, 2pm-5pm, 4-5 September

BIG SMALLS: Celebrate groundbreaking and cutting-edge short films at The Smalls Film Festival where independent creatives engage in screenings, masterclasses, industry sessions, panel discussions and a succession of lively parties. Calvert 22 (Shoreditch), £8, 6pm-9.45pm (until 5 September)

IT'S A GENERATION THING: Baby boomers unite at The Space Between Us where the original protest generation can get together with the younger generation and tell them tales of how they survived the sixties, while celebrating their differences and also their similarities. Every Monday until 9 October. Chickenshed Theatre, £45 (for six workshops), 7pm-9pm

ALPINE TIME TRAVELLERS: Learn about David Bramwell's experiences with the Damanhur community in the Italian Alps. David thinks he has finally figured the Damanhur out and he's going to tell you all about it at this seminar. Conway Hall, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

Food review: Dolce Vita meets grand brasserie

In a part of Covent Garden more rapid-turnover tourist trap than destination dining, Margot's a flood of Old World splendour — grand-brasserie banquettes and brass, and waiters dressed more formally than plenty of people would for their own weddings. Service is friendly, and formal without being stiff, waiters earnestly passionate about our order. And prices are roughly in line with the amount of marble and the warmth of the welcome. On the food front not everything's as entirely assured as the vibe. Oddly, it's our pasta dishes that feel less footsure — tagliolini slightly claggy, and blander than the deep flavours in the starters and desserts. One side dish we order doesn’t arrive, though portions are far more generous than expected so that's probably a mercy. However, they're getting some of it pitch-perfect: breads are flawless, fluffy and chewy, a gianduja chocolate mousse dessert's delicate and rich. A simple trio of sorbets are so intensely fruity they almost eclipse the chocolate mousse, which we didn't know fruit could do. Finally a starter of 'nduja, octopus and lentils, thick tentacles curling out of the dish like a sci-fi beast, might be the best dish we have there — it's hands-down the most menacing. Margot might not be perfect across the board — and maybe at these prices you'd want it to be — but enough of it's downright lovely to keep it deservedly busy. Margot, 45 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA.★★★★☆ Lydia Manch

Food review: the Regent Canal's your oyster

The Regent's Canal is dappled in a rare bank holiday sun, as we scud past the weeping willows and chocolate box narrow boats of Little Venice. But we wouldn't mind if it was pouring with rain, given that London Shell Co is serving up sunshine on a plate. From the opener of ostra regal oysters, through to the salted honey ice cream with strawberries and toasted almonds, here is a menu sparkling with seaside sass. That the food is never the same twice, makes it that extra bit special. The crew does a fine job of scattering courses across the three hour round-trip to Camden, giving you space to take regular excursions to the bow - and slurp away at the accomplished wine menu (the semi-sweet riesling is a winner). There's none of that "if you look to your left now..." stuff either — it's cruise dining as it should be. Our favourite section of canalway? The dark, dank 250m stretch of the Maida Hill Tunnel. Told you the weather doesn't matter. London Shell Co, The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6DS. From £45 a head. ★★★★★ Will Noble

Good cause for the day: Get Loud Sessions

'If music be the food of love, play on' and so you shall with Get Loud Sessions in aid of Nordoff Robins Music Therapy. They have an eclectic and exciting line-up of big-name artists for their music sessions including Anne-Marie, Jake Bugg, and Level 42, for just £15, or get involved with their Get Loud Coffee Shop Sessions taking place at Caffè Nero stores which is giving a platform to hundreds of talented, unsigned musicians. Wednesday 13 September, various locations, £15, book ahead, noon or 7pm-10pm

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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