Things To Do In London This Week: 6-12 February 2017

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The Orchids Festival is in full swing in Kew. Photo: Jeff Eden, RBG Kew

WINTER PHOTOS: If you've not had enough of winter yet, get yourself to the Jessops #WINter photography exhibition. For one week only, a selection of images capturing the beauty of winter will be on display. Art Bermondsey Project Space, free, book ahead, 11am-6pm, 6-12 February

ICE SKATING: Bear with us here; the Canary Wharf winter ice rink is still open for a couple more weeks, and with hundreds of LED lights beneath the surface, it makes for quite an impressive setting. It's also covered, meaning that rain won't stop play. Canary Wharf, various prices, book ahead, until 25 February

KITTY IN BOOTS: See drawings by Quentin Blake at the House of Illustration. He's better-known for illustrating Roald Dahl's work, but these drawings were intended for a recently re-discovered Beatrix Potter book, The Tale Of Kitty-In-Boots. House of Illustration, £8.25, book ahead, until 26 February

GLASTONBURY: Looking forward to festival season already? The V&A has a sound and film installation about the world-famous festival through time. The footage, which was filmed at the Worthy Farm event in 2014, shows the festival from different people's perspectives. Free, just turn up, until 26 February

ORCHIDS FESTIVAL: Kew Gardens's annual Orchids Festival is underway, with floral sculptures and colourful rickshaws to be seen, accompanied by an Indian soundscape. Kew Gardens, included in general admission, booking recommended, until 5 March

THE LONDONERS: From Lord Mayors to chimney sweeps, waitresses to wrestlers, see 400 years worth of images of Londoners at work in this exhibition, which covers the period 1447-1980. London Metropolitan Archive, free, just turn up, until 4 July

Art review: Surreal in Sussex

Edward James, Salvador Dali, Mae West lips sofa, 1938 © Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

The breadth of this exhibition is massive, starting with icons based on classical style, right through to surreal paintings by the likes of Roland Penrose. It explores how radical artists and writers were drawn to Sussex in the first half of the 20th century. A great story backed up by some brilliant works. Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion at Two Temple Place, WC2R 3BD. Until 23 April, free. ★★★★☆ (Wednesday-Monday)

Monday 6 February

HISTORY OF SCIENCE: Cocaine and ether existed long before it was realised that they could be used for sedation. Explore the fascinating history of local anaesthesia in this lecture, where Dr Harrop-Griffiths puts a humorous spin on this element of medical history. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

ACCESSION DAY: The 65th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne is being celebrated in Green Park. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will carry out a 41 gun salute — brace yourself if you're likely to be in the area. Green Park, free, just turn up, 11.45am

Brace yourself for a Royal gun salute in Green Park.

Tuesday 7 February

LAUDERDALE EXPOSED: As Highgate's Lauderdale House reopens after a refurbishment, this photo exhibition shows the works that were undertaken, documenting the refurbishment as it took place. Lauderdale House, free, just turn up, 7-26 February

BRANDO & LEIGH: Catch the film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's award-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire at Regent Street Cinema. Blanche Dubois travels to New Orleans to stay with her sister and brutish brother-in-law. Regent Street Cinema, £12/£11/£8, book ahead, 6.30pm

CONCERT: Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at Barbican's Chinese New Year concert. The Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, the Zhejiang Traditional Orchestra and other acts will perform traditional Chinese music. Barbican Centre, from £25, book ahead, 7.30pm

Wednesday 8 February

ROALD DAHL: It's a little-known fact that author Roald Dahl had a deep fascination with medicine. Listen to his friend and doctor, Tom Solomon, speak about the author's interest in medicine. Royal College of Physicians, free, book ahead, from 6pm (lecture starts at 6.30pm)

THE NAME'S BOND: Hear the story behind Ian Fleming's James Bond series on this James Bond and the Spies of Mayfair guided walk. Find out about the author's hometown, where he gambled and drank, and most importantly, where he found the inspiration for Bond. Marble Arch, £12, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

MUSEUM OPERA: Spend the evening being serenaded among pickled moles and the like at the Grant Museum. An improvised opera troupe will be giving musical performances about the museum's specimens, among talks from museum experts. Grant Museum of Zoology, £12, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

Thursday 9 February

THE TUDORS: Who were the Tudors? What kind of lives did they lead? Taken from the accounts of their servants, this talk about the private lives of the Tudors unveils a less glamorous side of the likes of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The National Archives, £5/£4, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

UNDER THE SEA: Despite being one of the major components of the Earth, we don't know all that much about the ocean. Join Professor Carolyn Roberts for a talk about what is actually going on in our oceans. Barnard's Inn Hall, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

IMAGINARY FRIENDS: Taking inspiration from the toy industry and pop culture, exhibition Jasmin Anoschkin: Imaginary Friends takes colourful, funny-looking sculptures and turns them into facets of magic and fun. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, until 19 February

VILLAIN: The tale of a woman who wants to make a difference, Villain follows Rachel, a woman tired of her highly paid sales job. She decides to go into social work, but soon finds herself involved in controversial case bringing her under harsh glare of the public spotlight. King's Head Theatre, from £15, book ahead, until 4 March

Stage review: Mr Swallow - Houdini. Magic. Comedy. Gold

You’ll recognise actor Nick Mohammed as the awkward IT specialist in a bit-part in Bridget Jones’s Baby, but his comedy chops won him 5* reviews and the word-of-mouth ‘must see’ hit of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival for this bizarre and perpetually hilarious contortion in which he plays a hapless actor impersonating the escapologist Houdini. Circuit comedians Kieran Hodgson and David Elms act as magician's assistants and chime in with the odd dance routine (and we mean odd). Just the tonic we all need. Mr Swallow – Houdini, Soho Theatre, Wardour Street, W1  £15-21. Until 18 February ★★★★★ Johnny Fox

Friday 10 February

LOVE: Pioneering African-American writer-director Kathleen Collins's groundbreaking work was often overlooked in her lifetime. Celebrate the publishing of her story collection, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? with a night of her film and fiction. Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, £5, book ahead, 6.30pm

BOTTLE ROCKET: Sit back and enjoy Wes Anderson's first feature film, Bottle Rocket (1996), a caper comedy that follows friends Dignan and Anthony on a hilarious journey. Prince Charles Cinema, £10/£7.50, book ahead, 8.45pm

Saturday 11 February

Robot Zoo opens at Horniman Museum this weekend.

HALF TERM: For most schools, half term begins today, meaning parents will be looking for ways to keep children busy for a week. For kids' theatre shows, family-friendly exhibitions, indoor energy burners, cheap dinner options and more, take a look at our guide to half term in London.

ROBOT ZOO: The Horniman Museum opens its new family-friendly exhibition today — and we're looking forward to this one. Large-scale animal models, made from machine parts and gadgets, will be used to reveal how animals work. Find out how chameleons change colour, or how bats see at night. £4/£7, advance booking recommended, until 29 October

COMEDY: In his show I'm Not Here, Mark Watson takes you through his identity crisis of 'am I successful enough' - something we can pretty much all relate to. Join Watson at the Old Vic for an evening of laughter. The Old Vic, from £12, book ahead, 9.45pm

Sunday 12 February

VALENTINE'S POEMS: Get into the Valentine's Day festivities with Afternoon Poems. Listen to readings of poems by Keats, Byron and more in the romantic surroundings of Keats House. Keats House, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

HEAVEN HELP US: Adapted for the stage by author David Almond, Heaven Eyes is a heartbreaking tale about young people trying to find their way in the world — it might make you cry. Greenwich Theatre, £12.50/£19/£7.50/£7, book ahead, 5pm

Stage review: Mr Fox packs plenty of swagger but revolting Bean steals the show

Photo: Manuel Harlan

The Lyric Hammersmith makes Roald Dahl a handsome 100th birthday present of this rip-roaring reimagining of his classic story. The masterful swagger of cunning Mr Fox (Greg Barnett) is surprisingly upstaged by a revolting Bean (Richard Atwill) as he, Boggis and Bunce besiege Foxy in revenge for his incessant stealing. Forced to reassess what it means to be 'fantastic', Mr Fox unites his friends to outsmart the trio, rallied by an energetic score and imaginative set, in one of the most inventive adaptations you — or Dahl — could ever have imagined. Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, The Mall, W6. Age guidance 5+, £15-£40, until 19 February ★★★★★ Phillipa Ellis

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London's Grime & Punishment Tour


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

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour


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

Hidden London Tour


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

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour


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