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

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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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London's Grime & Punishment Tour


Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.    Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour


Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour


Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour


Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets