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Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 7 March 2017

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Beyond Borders at London College of Communication

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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

A Way Of Life at Genesis Cinema

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


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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

George Price Boyce (1826-1897), View on the River Teme, Ludlow, Shropshire. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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

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LDN Talks @ Night | The Science of Psychedelics
Scientific research is resuming on how psychedelics affect the weirder aspects of human consciousness. This talk from Dr David Luke engages in current study into pyschedelics and their historical use in shamanic rituals. Be prepared, you might leave with more questions than answers. Get tickets

Talk: Neuroscience of Powerful Habits
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

LDN Talks@Night |Insights of a War Crime Investigator
What would you say face-to-face to Saddam Hussein? How would you feel digging up the mass graves of Kosovo? Jonathan Tait-Harris will share experiences from his jobs as a policeman, soldier, war-crimes investigator and adviser to UK and Iraqi governments. £10 Get tickets