What we're reading
- London's concrete ladders.
- Lost murals of mid-twentieth century London, rediscovered.
- From derelict Hackney warehouse, to bougie home.
- £6 billion spent on speeding up the Woolwich and Greenwich Thameslink line, have managed to make it slower.
Things to do:
ON THE EDGE: Love cartoons? Get yourself to this new exhibition of over 200 cartoons by British cartoonist Ed McLachlan, whose work introduces dangerous and violent elements into everyday scenes. Oh — and bring your wallet, as all the works are for sale. Chris Beetles Gallery (St James's), free entry, just turn up, until 31 March
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Get a free injection of culture at this lunchtime concert, where opera students perform a selection of arias. Beats spending yet another lunchtime scrolling through Facebook. Morley College (Lambeth North), free, just turn up, 1.05pm-1.55pm
SHAKESPEARE'S POLITICS: Shakespeare wrote enough plays about various kings to confirm his interest in the monarchy and the sovereign. Less well known is the Bard's interest in Roman political models, including Cicero who makes an appearance in Julius Caesar. Learn all about it at this Gresham College lecture. Museum of London (Barbican), free, just turn up, 6pm
LORD OF THE RINGS: Think you know Lord of the Rings back to front? You've probably got nothing on the Over-Analysers' Book Club, which sees six performers from the worlds of publishing, academia and comedy completely overanalyse the book, with hilarious results. Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, £7, book ahead, 6.30pm
BUTCHERY MASTERCLASS: Learn more about where your meat comes from at this butchery masterclass, specialising in beef this month. Learn about the different breeds, and what to look out for when buying your meat. Tickets are a little steep, but include a three course meal paired with beer and wine after the masterclass. Boxcar (Marylebone), £95, book ahead by email, 7pm-10pm
SHORT FILMS: Kino London serves up another instalment of short films, introduced by the people who made them. You may or may not discover the next Spielberg — either way, free popcorn is provided. Candid Arts (Angel), £4/£5, book ahead, doors 7pm, screening 7.30pm
BRIDGES THAT BUILT LONDON: Worship, murder and magic on the Thames — just some of the topics writer and London tour guide Chris Roberts will talk about tonight. You'll also learn how London has been shaped by its Thames bridges, and how bridges affect ecology and the tidal flow. River-ting stuff. The Pier House (Chiswick) £3 (free to members), just turn up, 7.30pm
NEW THEATRE: The world premiere run of the English adaptation of novella Returning To Haifa begins tonight. Ghassan Kanafani's story of a Palestinian couple who fled their home in 1948 and return 20 years later has been adapted for the stage. Finborough Theatre (West Brompton) £14-£18, book ahead, 7.30pm (until 24 March)
GENETIC LIES: Everything you know about genetics is (probably) wrong. Sorry about that. But instead of blaming your high school biology teacher (hi Mrs Mac), get yourself along to this talk to find out why there's more to genetics than peas — and how much we still don't know. Conway Hall (Holborn), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm
TAILOR LIVE: Not Taylor Swift you'll be disappointed/relieved to know. Instead, singer-songwriter Tailor, who's been likened to Kate Bush and Patti Smith, takes to the stage for your listening pleasure. The Half Moon (Putney), £10/£12, book ahead, 8pm
BRIDGET CHRISTIE: Award-winning comedian Bridget Christie takes on our obsession with rolling news in her upcoming show What Now?, covering everything from Brexit and Trump to nuclear apocalypse. Here's a chance to see the show for a bargainous price while it's still a work in progress. The Bill Murray (Islington), £10, book ahead, 9.30pm-10.30pm
Good cause of the day:
There's still time to bag yourself tickets to Stand Up For Shelter, a comedy night raising money for homelessness charity Shelter. Confirmed on the line-up so far are Russell Kane, Seann Walsh, Joe Wilkinson and Lolly Adefope. Shepherd's Bush Empire, £35-£52, book ahead, 7 March
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... Get tickets
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
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