Things To Do In London This Week: 27 February-5 March

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Guerillas in our Midst at Whitechapel Gallery

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DIFFERENCE FESTIVAL: The University of Westminster is the most internationally diverse university in the UK and they're throwing a festival to celebrate it. There'll be demonstrations, lectures and discussions. University of Westminster, free, book ahead, various times

CUBAN PHOTOGRAPHY: Isabella Palumbo spent two months in Cuba taking pictures of locals and listening to their stories. She discovered a beautiful country full of potential, blocked by the myth of revolution. MostArt Centre, free, just turn up, 10am-11pm

JEWISH BOOK WEEK: The annual Jewish Book Week returns, with an epic 75 events over nine days. Speakers come from across the globe and cover a range of subjects. Various locations, £10.50 per event, book ahead, various times

Art review: Japanese wonders

Copyright William Morris Gallery

THE ART OF JAPAN: Frank Brangywn travelled to Japan over 100 years ago, collaborating with Japanese artists and bringing home Japanese art. It's a story worth telling and the William Morris does a great job with screens, paintings and even plans for an unrealised museum. Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP, free. Until 14 May ★★★★☆ (Wednesday-Sunday)

Monday 27 February

THE TALE OF JANUARIE: The Tale of Januarie is a new opera based on Chaucer's classic The Merchant's Tale. A comedy of love and age sung in traditional Middle English for the purists. Barbican Centre, £25/£15, book ahead, 7pm

ROOFTOP STORYTELLING: Head up to the Viking bar atop the Queen of Hoxton and join award winning storyteller Giles Abbott, as he weaves a tale of betrayal and loss. Queen of Hoxton, free, just turn up, 7pm-8pm

IBIZA TO NORFOLK: Martin's got a problem: he has an illness that no one understands and all he can think about is his hero David Bowie. The play was a sell-out in Edinburgh so isn't one to sleep on now that it's down south. Jackson's Lane, £14.95/£12.95, book ahead, 8pm

Tuesday 28 February

PANCAKES: Flipping heck, it's Pancake Day. Check out our list of where to celebrate in London.

FILM QUIZ: Calling all cinephiles: the Hackney Attic's film quiz is for you. One of the few places in life you can actually be rewarded for your couch potato lifestyle. Hackney Attic, £5, book ahead, 6.30pm

TEMPLAR POETRY: Ellen Cranitch releases her first collection of poetry, The Immortalist, alongside a performance from David Coldwell. Keats House, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

GAYW3: Sorry God, I'm Gay explores a priest, an imam and a poet negotiating their identities. JW3, £10, book ahead, 7.30pm

Life, Animated at Stanley's Film Club

Wednesday 1 March

FILM CLUB: At the age of three, a young boy named Owen stopped speaking and was diagnosed with autism. Track his journey making sense of reality through Disney movies in Life, Animated. There's a bring your baby along screening in the morning as well. Stanley's Film Club, £8/£6/£5, book ahead, 10am-1pm and 7pm-11pm

DIGGING FIRE: The Great Fire Of London was a while ago — but we can still learn a lot about it through archaeology. Gustav Milne talks about his experiences and insights from fire digs. Museum of London, free, book ahead, 3pm

Thursday 2 March

LITTLE ITALY TOUR: Spend your lunchtime wandering around London's Little Italy in Clerkenwell with an Italian tour guide. St Peter's Italian Church, £25, book ahead, noon-2pm

WHALES: Ever wondered what's it like to be a whale? This talk goes inside the world's largest mammal's mind to try and explain how they think. It's probably more accurate than lying submerged in your bath after a particularly large dinner. London School of Economics, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8.30pm

GUERILLA GIRLS: To celebrate International Women's Day, watch a screening of the classic documentary Guerillas in our Midst with an introduction from Club de Femmes. Whitechapel Gallery, £9.50/£7.50, book ahead, 7pm

Blossoms perform at Tate Britain

Friday 3 March

HOCKNEY AND MUSIC: The Tate Britain and Festival No. 6 are putting on a night to remember. You can see the fantastic David Hockney retrospective, enjoy live music from Blossoms, poetry from John Cooper Clarke and much more. Tate Britain, £69, book ahead, 7.30pm-11.55pm

MAKING NATURE: Drop into the Wellcome Collection's exhibition Making Nature, for a tour and chat with its curator Honor Beddard on the process of putting it all together. Wellcome Collection, free, just turn up, 6pm-6.45pm

GYM THEATRE: "Will has one true love but is it Bec or the gym?" Head to Pleasance Theatre for a semi-staged performance of A Gym Thing. Pleasance Theatre, £5, book ahead, 7.45pm

Making Nature at Wellcome Collection

Saturday 4 March

WANDER TOOTING: Join Saira for a wander around Tooting. Visit Tooting Markets and the historic Streatham Cemetery before ending up at the magical Sewing Machine Museum. Tooting Broadway station, suggested £4 donation, just turn up, noon

GREEK SUPPER CLUB: Meet new people, feast on traditional Greek food and enjoy amazing 'rebetiko' Greek music at yaya's. Clapton, £40, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Theatre review: tick this off your bucket list

Bucket List. Photo: Jack Offord

Theatre Ad Infinitum explore dreams, systems, and the price others pay for the way we live, in this bold and beautiful production. With stunning movement, music, and a headstrong young girl leading the way, Bucket List takes you to a faraway Mexican town to show you the impact of your little luxuries back home — and it should be top of your list this week. Bucket List, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN. £15/£12.50. Until 4 March ★★★Savannah Whaley

Sunday 5 March

SWISH AND STYLE: Tired of your old wardrobe, but don't have the cash to change things up? Swap your old clothes in at Swish and Style, and leave with a whole new outfit. Creation Space, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-3pm

ACOUSTIC SUNDAY: Cosy up in The Crypt in Dalston for a festive Acoustic Sunday, presented by Sound Advice UK. Things kick off with an open mic session, before whittling through a selection of east London's finest acoustic musicians. The Crypt, free, just turn up, 2.30pm-8pm

BEYONCÉ BABY SHOWER: The Book Club are throwing Beyoncé a baby shower (although there's currently no word on whether queen B will attend herself). There will be flowers galore at least. The Book Club, £4, book ahead, 4pm-10pm