Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 2 May 2018

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Old time high stepping music act Sheesham, Lotus and 'Son bring fearless grooves and outrageous showmanship.

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DISAPPEAR HERE: Get lost in a maze of murals and cunning architectural structures while tracing the lineage of perspective across the centuries. This interactive exhibition explores proportion, distortion, geometry, distance, and power from the Renaissance to the present day. RIBA (Marylebone), free, just turn up, 8am-5.30pm

RAILWAYS ON FILM: Here's one for the trainspotters — The National Archives are screening an evocative collection of films that highlights the expansion and transformation of Britain's railways across the 20th century. Perfect for if the Crossrail hype has turned you into a bit of a infrastructure nerd. The National Archive (Kew), from £4, book ahead, 2pm-3.45pm

DIABETES AND DEMENTIA: Discover candid personal perspectives on living with diabetes and dementia through the work of artist and diabetic Tony Pickering. In the evening, experts will present the latest research into these two conditions in layman's terms and present a number of pathological specimens for you to examine. Pathology Museum, St Bartholomew's Hospital Campus (West Smithfield) free/£6.50 for evening discussion, book ahead, 2pm-4pm/6pm-7pm

CRYPTIC CREATIONS: Explore the transitory nature of earthly existence in the presence of long-buried bodies. Don't worry, there won't be any actual corpses on display. Instead, Kristina Horne's fragile glass forms and metal structures are pitching up inside St Pancras Church's 19th century crypt, which is now an art gallery. The Crypt Gallery (Euston), free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

CULTURES COLLIDE: Renowned leaders take a deep dive look at a time they faced the challenge of cultural collision in this interactive lecture series. Tonight's key note speaker is head 'babu' at Dishoom, Shamil Thakrar, who will take you on a journey from Bombay’s old Irani cafés to today’s restaurant powerhouse. Muslim Welfare House (Finsbury Park), free, book ahead, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Hear ancient tales by candlelight at Southwark Cathedral.

CHINATOWN FILM CLUB: Set in one of the most crucial and controversial periods in modern Chinese history, Feng Xiaogang's latest blockbuster Youth follows an idealistic military art troupe in The People's Liberation Army during the 1970s. China Exchange (Gerrard Street), £5, book ahead, 6.45pm-9pm

SOUTHWARK STORYTELLING: How did St Mary Overie Dock get its name? Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf tells the eerie tale of a faked death that goes terribly wrong by candlelight at Southwark Cathedral, while George Hoyle provides a live soundtrack. Southwark Cathedral, £10, book ahead, 7pm

PUBSCI: Join author and zoologist Jack Ashby for a chat about the unnatural nature of natural history museums over a pint or two. He'll be dissecting how bias operates in these hallowed institutions at PubSci's latest outing. Old King' Head (Borough), free, just turn up, 7pm

RICK & MORTY QUIZ: Prepare for Gazorpian riddle and squanchy diversions at a pub quiz that puts your Rick & Morty knowledge to the test. Better make sure you know your Glip Glops from your eye holes. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm

SHEESHAM, LOTUS & 'SON: What do you get if you cross the Mississippi Sheiks with Doctor Seuss, with a bit of HG Wells thrown in for good measure? Sheesham, Lotus and 'Son, apparently. This throwback folk outfit have created a completely unique audio-visual presentation of old-time high stepping music, with fiddles, banjo and a sousaphone (Google it) at its heart. Kings Place (King's Cross), £14.50, book ahead, 8pm

Good cause of the day

Discover the lost royals of Burma at an exclusive screening of the documentary We Were Kings, which follows the living descendants of the deposed 19th century monarch King Thibaw. The funds raised will go to the Angus McDonald Trust, which works with people living with TB and HIV in the slums of Yangon.

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets

Lost London Walking Tour


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

A Secret London Tour


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

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets