Things to do today is sponsored by London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival.
What we're reading
- A history of the soon-to-close Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
- The difference between what voters in Hull and north London want for Brexit.
- Thousands marched in central London for gender equality at the weekend.
Things to do today
BEYOND BORDERS: This new exhibition showcases work from those whose lives have been caught up in the battle for control over borders and people. London College of Communication, free, just turn up, until 17 March
FOOD & DRINK WALK: Take a tour around St James's, to find out the area's lengthy food and drink history. Hear about the Jamie Oliver of the 19th century and find the hotel bar that inspired Ian Fleming's choice of drink for his most famous creation. Green Park tube station, £12/£9, book ahead, 11am-12.45pm
ROMAN BRITAIN: Travel along with Katharine Hoare, who transports you back over a thousand years, showing you what it was like to go out and about in Roman Britain. British Museum, free, just turn up, 1.15pm-2pm
FREE CONCERT: Hear the Meritus Collective — musicians of all instruments who have a passion for chamber music — for free in a lunchtime concert. Lauderdale House, free, just turn up, 1.15pm-2pm
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION: 100 years ago was the start of the (confusingly named) February Revolution that saw the downfall of the Russian monarchy. Hear a talk that covers where it all went wrong for Nicholas II. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
HAUNTED DOCKS: Muster up some courage and head to the Museum of London Docklands after dark. Travel through a 200-year-old-warehouse and discover its chilling secrets. Museum of London Docklands, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm
FILM Q&A: Watch A Way of Life, in which a 17 year old tries to take care of her six month old baby with only the help of three teenage squatters. Followed by a Q&A from director Amma Asante. Genesis Cinema, £8/£7/£4.50, book ahead, 7pm
TYPESETTING FEMINISM: In 1973, Virago Press was set up. It aimed to give women a voice and reclaim female literature. Hear a panel discuss the radical imprint's journey with extracts from a documentary on Virago also screened. British Library, £8/£5, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
OPEN MIC: Apollo is the Greek god of poetry and he's kindly lent his name to the poetry collective UnApollogetic, who host a spoken word and open mic night. Hackney Attic, free, book ahead, 7.30pm
ZIGGY STARDUST: Watch the classic documentary of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars' last show at the Hammersmith Odeon. Rich Mix, £10.50-£5, book ahead, 8.30pm
Drink beers from 52 London breweries, under one roof
Quaff 150 cask and keg beers from 52 London breweries — the largest ever selection under one roof.
At London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival (8-10 March, King's Cross) you can enjoy classic brews from established names like Fuller's, while getting up to speed with brand new craft breweries, including Beerblefish and Enfield.
There's also craft cider, rare bottled beer from the USA, and a selection of English wines.
Soak up the booze with homemade food on site, and join in with activities each day, including a free pub quiz (Wednesday) and the inaugural Champion Beer of London competition.
Group bookings and season tickets are available. Free/£4, session times vary.
Art review: beautiful landscapes
This large collection of watercolours begins with the rolling green countryside of England, with paintings by the likes of Nash, Turner and Constable. Then it shows the change after the first world war as the images become more gritty with ruins and desert scenes. The paintings are spectacular throughout. Places of the Mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850-1950 at The British Museum, Room 90. Until 27 August, free. ★★★★☆ (Open every day)
Theatre review: voyage into the heart of darkness
Scandal and Gallows' simple but effective one-man staging of Joseph Conrad's famous novella Heart of Darkness (which inspired the movie Apocalypse Now) is well worth a visit if you're anywhere near SW4. Adapted by George Johnston and directed by Madeleine Skipsey, the show takes us on a steamboat along the Congo River deep into the interior of 19th-century Africa and the dark, greedy heart of European colonialism, where civilization descends into savagery. Guy Clark gives a compelling, eyeball-to-eyeball performance as the disillusioned narrator/protagonist Marlow, as well as voicing and embodying other characters including the rogue ivory trader Kurtz who has first-hand experience of "The horror! The horror!" Heart of Darkness, Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW, £12, Until 8 March ★★★☆☆ Neil Dowden
Good cause of the day
VERTICAL RUSH: Race up all 932 steps of London's Tower 42 at Vertical Rush, in aid of homeless charity Shelter. Book ahead for the chance to take on the London landmark, with the reward of some beautiful views at the top. Tower 42, £30/£25, book ahead, 9 March, 8am-5pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
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
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
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