Things To Do Today In London: Monday 5 March 2018

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Photography and the urban landscape is the theme at Hayward Gallery

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GRASPING SHADOWS: Shadows feature prominently in literature and art, but what do they mean? This Gresham College lecture discusses this, starting with literary examples from Dickens' time. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

STORM IN A D-CUP: June Kenton, former owner of Rigby & Peller, wrote a book about her work with the Royal family's unmentionables which led to the company losing its Royal warrant. Today she's in conversation with broadcaster Vanessa Feltz about the memoir that caused all the trouble. The event is part of Jewish Book Week. JW3 (North Finchley), £6-£8, book ahead, 2.30pm

MOTHER'S DAY: Now, we know you absolutely, definitely haven't forgotten that it's Mother's Day on Sunday, which is why you're already planning to go along to this card-making session and whip her up a homemade delight. Take that, Clinton's. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), free when you buy a drink, just turn up, 6pm

GOSPEL CHOIR: Fancy yourself as a gospel singer? Test yourself at this sing along session with House Gospel Choir, who run a monthly open rehearsal. No experience necessary, just a love of singing. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £12, book ahead, 7pm

HISTORICAL ROMPS: We've heard quite a fuss about new novel The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock, which is tipped to be one of the best of 2018. The author, Imogen Hermes Gowar, will chat to critic Alex Peake-Tompkinson about the book, which is set in 1780s London. Waterstones Gower Street, £8/£6 (or £15 with a copy of the book), book ahead, 7pm

Today's good cause takes place at JW3

MILES DAVIS: In the mood for jazz? Listen to a powerful rendition of Davis’ classic 1970 spiritual work Bitches Brew. The Jazz Cafe, £10-£15, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

IMAGINING IRELAND: Contemporary musicians from all over Ireland are coming together for a concert of contemporary Irish music, including Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, plus Saint Sister and Seamus Fogarty. Barbican, £15-£35, book ahead, 7.30pm

LITERARY SALON: Artificial intelligence is the topic of tonight's 4th Estate Literary Salon, which sees Senior Editor of Wired UK Victoria Turk lead a discussion with Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of CognitionX and science journalist Angela Saini, who will discuss everything from targeted advertising to Alexa. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £7.92, book ahead, 7.40pm

URBAN LANDSCAPE: To tie in with the Andreas Gursky exhibition, which reopened the Hayward Gallery, there's a panel discussion about photography and urban environment, featuring photography curator Thomas Weski, writer Owen Hatherley, and Barbican Art Gallery curator Alona Pardo. Hayward Gallery, £10, book ahead, 8pm

FEMALE PLAYWRIGHTS: Struggling with your other half? You might find a kindred spirit in one of seven plays, which explore difficult relationships, as part of a season nurturing female playwrights. Canal Cafe Theatre (Maida Vale), £13, book ahead, until 14 March

Good cause of the day:

Tonight, comedian Lee Nelson hosts An Evening of Entertainment featuring magician Katherine Mills and rap musician Abandonman, all raising money for child bereavement company Grief Encounter. JW3 (North Finchley), £50/£40, book ahead, 8pm

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

LOVE Dim Sum? Learn to Make Delicious Dim Sum!

Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets

Interviews With British Serial Killers

Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer.  Get tickets

Become Robin Hood for the Day in an Archery Class

Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets

Sex, Death and Shopping: The Soho Tour

We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again.  Get tickets