Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 11 April 2017

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EASTER HOLIDAYS: If you're running out of ideas for how to keep the little ones entertained, look no further than our list of things to do during the Easter Holidays.

RESTAURANT OPENING: Selfridges is bringing a welcome addition to its iconic store with a Californian-themed roof deck restaurant and bar — just in time for summer. Selfridges, book ahead, 11am-11pm

PODCAST RECORDING: Author and podcast extraordinaire Emma Gannon has the BBC's Gemma Cairney as a guest on her latest episode. The recording takes place in front of a live audience, and could cover anything from first love to mental health. Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, free, just turn up, 6.30pm

ARCHITECTURE PANEL: Is Architecture Art? That's the central question this panel consider. One panellist is Londonist's own superstar art critic Tabish Khan who — fair warning — has a penchant for leaving controversy in his wake. The Exhibitionist Hotel, free, RSVP required, 6.30pm for 7.15pm start

EASTER RECITAL: Hear a special Easter recital of Hadyn's Seven Last Words of Christ, by musicians from acclaimed Venetian chamber orchestra L'Offerta Musicale. Church of Saint Anselm & Saint Cecilia (Holborn), £8/free, book ahead, 6.45pm-7.30pm

Great Dixter talk at the V&A

HISTORIC HOUSE TALK: Great Dixter in Northiam dates all the way back to 1450s and remains a centre for horticultural creativity to this day. Join Aaron Bertelsen on the publication of his book covering the house, as he takes you through its intricacies. V&A Museum, £15 (refreshments included), book ahead, 7pm-8.45pm

BLACK MUSIC CAPITAL: Former sound system owner and pirate radio broadcaster Lloyd Bradley talks about how London is the black music capital of the world. Rye Wax (Peckham), free, just turn up, 7.30pm-9pm

IDIOT DINNER: Drop your favourite topic into a hat, no matter how obscure. Then everyone picks a topic out of said hat and starts a conversation on that topic, even if they know nothing about it. Conversation will be challenging but at least there's food too. The Book Club, £15, book ahead, 8pm


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Art review: play on a curved pool table

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This small, free exhibition looks at the history of how certain games came into origin, but more importantly lets you get hands on with several variants of chess, play pool on a curved table and navigate a ball through a maze. History meets a lot of fun, and it's game on. Game Changers: Another way to play at Somerset House, until 7 May, free ★★★★☆ Tabish Khan

Theatre review: access all jazz areas

There are 11 people on a stage for which 'postage stamp' would be a compliment, and two of them are hammering it into submission with the loudest synchronised rhythmic tap since those mice in the windmill. This Joint Is Jumpin' tells you no lies because every musician and songster is a virtuoso as they explore the back catalogue of Thomas 'Fats' Waller, from Mathis Picard's artfully crafted piano to Michael Mwenso's cool confident lead vocals.
Broadway veteran Lillias White is just a big ole succulent cherry on the top — the way she seduces you girlishly into every melody is sublime. Ignore the 'story' because there really isn't one, but as an accessible jazz concert even for non-jazz aficionados, it's one elegant evening.
This Joint is Jumpin', The Other Palace (Studio), 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA, £15-25, until 15 April ★★★☆☆ [Tuesday-Saturday] Johnny Fox

Good cause for the day

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION: Bit of a niche one, this, but if you're interested in conservation issues, get yourself to the ZSL offices for a talk about threats to the mountain chicken species of frog, and what can be done to avert said threats. ZSL London Zoo, free, just turn up, 6pm-7.45pm

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LDN Talks @Night|Neuroscience of Relationship Success
Relationships are not easy. Each of us has completely different brains, which affects our thinking, communication and different reactions to the same events. Problems occur when we try to understand other people's behaviour using only our brain. Often, even if we understand that we are different from another person, we still feel lost and misunderstood, affecting our own wellbeing and health in the relationship. In order to change that we need to look at the place where it all starts and ends, our brains, to understand what the recipe is for successful relationships. Get tickets

Talk: Is MDMA The Future of Therapy?
Ben Sessa is a child psychiatrist, who takes a developmental perspecitve on adult mental disorders and addictions. He's started looking at the benefits of MDMA therapy, which he believes is psychiatry's best opportunity for a therapeutic breakthrough. His talk focuses on using MDMA to tackle alcohol abuse and PTSD. Get tickets

Lecture: The Science of Psychedelics
Scientific research is no longer afraid of psychedelics, now studying how they affect the weirder aspects of human consciousness. LDN Talks @ Night present Dr David Luke, and engages in current study into pyschedelics and their historical use in shamanic rituals. Be prepared, you might leave with more questions than answers. Get tickets