What we're reading
- Top architect claims London is looking more like Dubai.
- Photographing the city's youth culture.
- The purrrplexing story of the British Museum cats.
- The bank holiday may be over, but how about a video of police chasing a pig to cheer you up?
Things to do today
POP-UP MUSEUM: The National Maritime Museum has popped up in Lewisham shopping centre; explore the museum's collections and come up with your own sailor's ditty box. Lewisham Shopping Centre, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm
LUNCH MARKET: If you're in the Canary Wharf vicinity when the lunchtime stomach rumbles set in, get yourself to this lunch market where you can tuck into anything from spicy patties to noodle salads to ceviche — and there's plenty on offer for dessert too. Montgomery Square, free entry (lunch is on you though), just turn up, 11am-3pm
ART TOUR: Take a lunchtime tour with Sarah MacDougall, the curator of Ben Uri Gallery's latest exhibition, Refugees: The Lives of Others. Ben Uri Gallery, £10/£6/£5, book ahead, 1pm-2pm
MUSEUM LATE: One of London's best small museums, the Hunterian, is closing for three years. To make sure everyone gets a chance to say farewell, it's staying open late on certain evenings in the run up to the closure. Hunterian Museum, free, just turn up, 5pm-8pm
SWINGING LONDON: Keep your hair on, we're talking about the 60s. Take this walking tour around the Oxford Circus area to find out how swinging the 60s really were, with particular focus on 1966. While England's football team was victorious, homelessness and poverty were raging. Oxford Circus station, £10/£7, book ahead, 6pm
FILM SCREENING: Watch a special preview screening of Heal The Living, followed by a panel discussion on the intersection between science, literature and film. Curzon Bloomsbury, £17.50, book ahead, 6.30pm
MIND THE GAP: What makes British people so British? Author Titia Ketelaar is discussing why Brits are so distant, not only from their European counterparts, but from other parts of British society. Dutch Centre (City of London), £10/£5, book ahead, 7pm
LOLITICS PODCAST: Comedian and friend of Londonist Chris Coltrane runs monthly lefty political comedy club and podcast recording Lolitics. Guests this month include Liz Miele, Joe Wells and Stuart Laws. Upstairs at The Black Heart (Camden), £5, just turn up, 7.30pm
LATIN DANCE: Watch a stripped-back accordion-led show from talented Mexican musician Julieta Venegas, to kick off Latin Dance festival. The Barbican, £15-£35, book ahead, 7.30pm
GREENWICH ILLUMINATED: To mark World Heritage Day, famous Greenwich landmarks including the Cutty Sark, the Queen's House and the National Maritime Museum will be illuminated in colour for one night only. The buildings themselves will be closed, but it's a chance to admire them from the outside. Maritime Greenwich, free, just turn up, 8.30pm-10pm
Art review: all female artists
An exciting show of diverse artworks, all made by female artists. Lucy Sparrow has sewn supermarket items, Zoe Grace creates uplifting messages in neon and Elizabeth Waggett places black and white butterflies and moths on gold backgrounds. All very different and all eye-catching works. Underneath at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, 42 New Compton Street, WC2H 8DA, until 6 May, free ★★★★☆ (Monday-Saturday)
Theatre review: not such a great business model
We had high hopes for this first-full-London-staging-in-50-years production of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The 2011 Broadway revival was a surprise hit for Daniel Radcliffe as the window-washer who climbs the greasy corporate pole, but — apart from the quirky charisma of Marc Pickering in the same role — this production was dashed by a cardboard production, clunky choreography, clumsy set, uneven direction and muffled band. And some frankly shonky wigs. Wilton's Music Hall is a great space if you exploit it properly, but not this time. How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Wilton's Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB, £15-29.50, until 22 April ★★☆☆☆ [Monday-Saturday] Johnny Fox
Good cause for the day
CHARITY COMEDY: Russell Kane hosts this charity comedy night in aid of Haven House Children's Hospice, which is headlined by Adam Hills (The Last Leg). Also on the bill are Elliot Steel and Kelly Convey. Union Chapel (Islington), £20, book ahead, 6.30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
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
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
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
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