Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 11 April 2018

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A daybreak rave well worth getting up early for.

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Things to do:

MORNING GLORYVILLE: How does all the fun of a rave, minus the raging hangover sound? Wake up with a bang at Morning Gloryville's Big Green Spring Clean party for early risers. They've got DJs, a biodegradable glitter station, yoga, yummy breakfast treats and much more. Ministry of Sound (Elephant & Castle), £20, book ahead, 6.30am-10.30am

MAKING THE WELFARE STATE: LSE is offering a glimpse at how the UK's welfare state was born and developed over the decades, beginning with the release of the revolutionary 1942 Beveridge report. Catch the exhibition before it disappears this Friday. LSE Library (Portugal Street), free, just turn up, 9am-6pm

EASTER TALES: The Tales from the Shed team have an egg-stra special interactive performance in store for the under sevens. Expect lots of noise, colourful puppets and the Easter Bunny. Chickenshed (Southgate), £6, book ahead, 9.30am-10.20am/11.15am-12.05pm, until 14 April

PAUSE AND PLUG IN: Spend your lunch hour doing something good for both your body and mind. Drop into 42 ACRES for 45 minutes of gentle yoga, stretch and meditation with Robyn Silverton. The best bit? It won't cost you much more than a meal deal. 42 ACRES (Shoreditch), £5, book ahead, 12.30pm-1.15pm

PUB POETRY: Hear poetry readings over a pint at the famed Betsey Trotwood pub. Red Hen Press has an impressive ensemble of poets lined up, including the literary organisation's co-founder Kate Gale. Betsey Trotwood (Clerkenwell), free, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm

Become a master of customisation at a screen-printing workshop.

GRIME TIME: An insightful mix of artist-led production demos, roundtable talks and candid Q&As await at this exploration of the UK's grime and rap scene from Native Sessions. Featured artists include P Money and Nicki Minaj fave Ms Banks. Barbican Conservatory, free, book ahead, 6pm-11pm

SCREEN-PRINTING WORKSHOP: Learn to upcycle like a pro at Two Temple Place's screen-printing workshop. You'll design and create your own stencils before being let loose on whatever items you fancy revamping, be it a tote bag, t-shirt or notebook. Two Temple Place (Covent Garden), £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

OVER-ANALYSERS' BOOK CLUB: If you've ever been accused of reading too much into things, this is the book club for you. Six performers from the worlds of literature and comedy will over-analyse the Philip K Dick classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Waterstones (Tottenham Court Road), £7, book ahead, 6.30pm

DINNER DANCE: Let artist Inês Neto and choreographer Helen Cox give you something to really chew over. While you're enjoying a five-course meal, dancers will perform Double Pendulum, which inspired the menu. Best of all, it's BYOB. Arebyte Gallery (Leamouth Peninsula), £28, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

TREMBLING BELLS: Folk-rock foursome Trembing Bells are ringing in the release of their new album with a performance at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. With influences as diverse as Dennis Potter movies, Sophocles and El Greco, and a reputation for outlandish staging, it's sure to be a wild ride. Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, £12.86, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

Good cause of the day

Circle Collective lets you help two fantastic causes for the price of one (and sorts you out with some seriously cool clobber in the process). Not only are you supporting independent designers when you buy clothing from their Dalston and Lewisham shops, every purchase also funds their partner charity Circle Community, which helps young unemployed people find work by providing them with hands-on experience and one-to-one mentoring.

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

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

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

Forgotten Old London


Tales of torture and plagues await you on a historical walk around London -- see bombed out ruins, discover Medieval markets and even visit a Roman ampitheatre. £12 Get tickets

A Secret London Tour


Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. See the world's smallest police station and visit London's most superstitious hotel on a walking tour covering everything weird, wonderful and London. £12 Get tickets