Things to do today is sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers.
What we're reading
- A man has slashed a Thomas Gainsborough painting at the National Gallery with a screwdriver.
- Newham Council names and shames people posting prostitution stickers.
- A man's been arrested over the death of a toddler in Finsbury Park.
- A modern look at Primrose Hill's lost station.
- Wonderful illustrated maps show the evolution of Shoreditch through the ages.
Things to do
GLOBAL ART: New exhibition Fragments is a visual exploration on the very idea of fragmentation, created by artists from Brazil, France and Spain. Espacio Gallery, free, just turn up, noon-7pm
THINK SPACE: The UK space sector is growing at a rapid pace. Find out about the instruments made in Britain that are changing space exploration. Royal Museum Greenwich, £6/£5, book ahead, 5.15pm-6.15pm
MAKING MONEY: Ever wondered how money is made? Bank of England Museum curator Jennifer Adam talks about the launch of the polymer £5 note last year, and the history of the production of banknotes. Guildhall Library, £5 (+ booking fee), book ahead, 6pm-8pm
SEXY SHORTS: Short film night Bar Shorts is back with a line-up that will explore sexuality, liberty, frustration, humour in all that is amorous. Watch the films, then chat to the filmmakers and directors. The Book Club, free, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
HIGH ALTITUDE MEDICINE: Climbing Everest could help medical research. This lecture explains how data taken from a 2007 medical expedition to the top of the mountain can be used to explain why some people can adapt to high altitude better than others. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
CONCEALED REVEALED: Old shoes up chimney breasts, mummified cats bricked up in walls and horse skulls buried under hearthstones are just some of the odd objects found hidden away in post-medieval houses. This talk aims to reveal who was concealing them, and why. Horse Hospital, free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm
DEEP LIFE: Travel deep into the earth's crust with geochemist Tullis Onstott, to take a look at the life forms living down there and whether their presence gives us clues towards the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Royal Institution, £14/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
CLASSICAL CONCERT: There's more to LSE than just economics. The LSE Choir and Orchestra hold their Spring Concert, performing works by Gabriel Faure, Beethoven, Mozart and more. LSE, £7, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm
LOLITICS: Self-proclaimed 'Lefty political comedy club' Lolitics makes its monthly appearance in Camden, with a line-up including feminist activist Chloe Green and stand-up comedian Charlie Partridge. Best of all? No heckling, and the comedians won't pick on you. The Black Heart, £5, just turn up, 7.30pm
FELT CACTUS: Create a plant that doesn't need any watering and brightens up any room at this felt cactus workshop — it's aimed at all abilities. Nanna's Cafe in Highbury, £35, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
Is this London's best infrastructure project?
Londoners have a chance to cast a vote at this year's Civil Engineering Awards — there's a special Londonist People's Choice category, with the winner chosen by you.
Fighting for the crown is the Bermondsey Dive-Under project, a mass detangling operation which will result in Southeastern trains 'diving under' the new Thameslink tracks, reducing delays for commuters. What's even more impressive is that most of the work was completed using demolition waste material, saving it from going to landfill. Vote here if you think the Dive-Under stands a chance.
Art review: ghostly ships
The Science Museum's collection of model ships in storage has been photographed through their semi-transparent protective covers. Photographic duo Anderson & Low have given these ships a ghostly resurrection, and the fuzzy images capture a sense of the history these models represent. The way the exhibition is laid out with low lighting and plenty of space only adds to the ethereal atmosphere in the works. Voyages at Science Museum Until 25 June, free ★★★★☆ (Open every day) Tabish Khan
Theatre review: triple dance delight
This Royal Ballet triple bill includes the world premiere of Crystal Pite's Flight Pattern, a poignant reflection on the plight of refugees. Placing them in limbo, neither in their old or new home, shadows fall on masses of huddled dancers whose movements are extremely innovative. Set to Henryk Górecki's moving Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, this powerful piece contrasts individual needs with mass plight. The bill also includes David Dawson's The Human Seasons, full of elegant physicality, and Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain, in which Zenaida Yanowsky (on the night we went) seemed ethereally fragile yet deeply human. The Human Seasons / After the Rain / Flight Pattern, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, WC2E, £3-50, 16-24 March 2017 ★★★★☆ Sam Smith
Good cause for the day
HOGWHATS QUIZ: Immerse yourself in the wizarding world at this regular Harry Potter quiz. The theme this month is Ravenclaw, so it'll be one for the brainbox Potter fans. All the profits go towards Child.org, which aims to give all children an equal opportunity. Concrete Space in Shoreditch, £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
Shaun Attwood arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, he became a stock-market millionaire, but he was leading a double life. Shaun became submerged in a criminal underworld, throwing parties for thousands of ravers and running an Ecstasy ring in competition with the Mafia mass murderer Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano. In this talk, Shaun will describe how he went from a recreational drug user to becoming an Ecstasy kingpin. Get tickets
Meet spirits as you drink spirits with a spooky pub tour through Hampstead and Highgate. Through storytelling and theatrical re-enactments, discover the vampire history of Highgate, hear of horse-mounted highway men and visit the last resting place of a drug addled-romantic poet. Get ready for Halloween by exploring leafy churchyards and encountering the haunting spirit of Chalybeate Well. Don't be scared - four pubs are included on the ghoulish tour. Get tickets
Every January you do the same thing. You make a New Year's resolution to lose weight, be thriftier, quit smoking or possibly even to start exercising. Yet how many of us find ourselves in the exact spot we started in once the month is up? This talk by Dr Gabija Toleikyte, explains why the brain resists changing habits of a lifetime. She'll also explain how to create long lasting change, by working with your brain rather than against it. Get tickets