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.
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