Things To Do This Week In London: 2-8 April 2018

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This British Museum exhibitions looks at world religions from the familiar to the obscure. © The Trustees of the British Museum

THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS: The complexities and horrors of revolution are given a bracing treatment in this version by Sean Holmes of Sean O’Casey’s play about the Easter Rising, with powerful performances from the women at the heart of the drama. Read the rest of our four star review here. Lyric Hammersmith, £10-£42, book ahead, until 7 April

LIVING WITH GODS: It's your last chance to catch this exhibition exploring what unites 85% of the world's population: its faith. We gave it four stars. British Museum, £15, book ahead, until 8 April

SHREKS EASTER ADVENTURE: You don't need to go Far Far Away to experience this Shrek-tacular Dreamworks special as it is coming to life on the South Bank over April. Youngsters are invited into the maternity ward where Easter eggs have been swapped with dragon egss and the hatchings need feeding. Shrek's Adventure! London, Lambeth, £28, book ahead, 10am-4pm, until 23 April

THE GREAT BRITISH SEASIDE: The weather may not yet be good enough to head to the beach, but this brilliant exhibition left us craving some fish and chips and a 99 flake. National Maritime Museum, £10.35/£4.50, book ahead, until 30 September

Monday 2 April

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH: Jesus isn't the only who needs resurrecting after that long bank holiday weekend. Banish that hangover with bagels, bottomless bubbly or Bloody Mary's and an Easter egg for afters. Drink Shop & Do, Kings Cross, £26, book ahead, 10.30am-6pm

FAMILY MAGIC SHOW: Theo the Magician and Amigo’s Magic Magic are entertaining kids and big kids alike today. Expect laughs, whoops and plenty of priceless faces of amazed youngsters. The Ivy House, Nunhead, £10, book ahead, 1pm-3pm and 4pm-6pm

NIMESH THE ADVENTURER: Tiptoe past a dragon, swim with sharks, and maybe even see a princess at this storytelling session, followed by a book signing. Discover Children's Story Centre, Stratford, £7, book ahead, 2pm

Tuesday 3 April

Paddle through London’s oldest canal from Limehouse to Crate Brewery’s bar/ boat on the water’s edge in Hackney Wick.

OUT OF THIS WORLD: MARS: If you've often got your eyes on the skies, you'll love this Mars-themed morning aimed at older children. Marvel at a planetarium show, test your space knowledge at the quiz and take part in a rock handling demonstration. Royal Observatory, Greenwich, £8, book ahead, 10am-12.30pm, 3, 10 and 11 April

LAB LIFTOFF: Fashion is made fun at the Imagination Lab, where little crafters can experiment with smart textiles, which are heat sensitive and can change their colour, shape or properties. Imagination Lab, Lambeth, £180 for three days, book ahead, 10am-4pm, 3-5 April and 10-12 April

KAYAK TO CRATE BREWERY: Explore London's waterways on this evening kayak which follows the Limehouse Cut and River Lea. The paddle ends with a complimentary drink on a cozy boat, where you can order Crate's oarsome pizza to your table. Canoe shed, Limehouse, £45, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm, every Tuesday and Thursday

FOODS, FACTS AND FANTASY: As biologists predict our impending extinction, is it time to revolutionise how we eat in order to change the course of history? Find out at this debate hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas. Dance off all that doom and gloom at the post-talk DJ set. The Store, The Strand, £8, book ahead, 7.30pm

SLEEPER: Weaving together the testimonies of Syrian refugees and the personal experience of writer Henry C Krempels, who naively reported a refugee she discovered hiding in her train cabin, this innovative new play recreates the story originally commissioned by Vice Magazine. The Space, Tower Hamlets, £14, book ahead, 8pm-9pm, until 14 April

Wednesday 4 April

Unleash your creativity and improve your hand-eye coordination at a weaving workshop.

FREESTYLE WEAVING: Go loopy for looms at this freestyle weaving workshop, led by a professional yarn-weaver. The London Loom, Hackney, £45, book ahead, 10am-6pm

CAMDEN MARKET MINIS: Hit up Camden market for this lively three-day family festival which is jampacked with dance classes, healthy cooking workshops, and yes, there will be an Easter trail. Camden Market, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 6 April

AN EGYPTIAN ADVENTURE: Try not to knock anything over on this tour of ancient Egypt's greatest treasures, which children can discover at this hidden gem of a museum. Suitable for 6+ Sir John Soane's Museum, Lincoln's Inn Fields, £12, book ahead, 2pm-2.45pm, until 15 April

Thursday 5 April

Classical music but not as you know it.

THE MODERN MOVEMENT: Fancy browsing vintage furniture next to a lido? Just don't get too close to the edge while you're carrying that second hand wardrobe. Brockwell Lido, Brockwell Park, free entry, just turn up, 10am-4pm, 5-6 April

FILM BITES: Everyone talking about the new Wes Anderson movie but you haven't seen the last one? Catch the Grand Budapest Hotel in the charming grounds of the Vestry Museum, which also serves up a dish inspired by the film, created by The Talbot N1 chef Kevin Richardson. Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow, £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm, every Thursday until 28 June

THE NIGHT SHIFT: The Night Shift is on a mission to bring classical concerts into the 21st century. At this informal Mozart gig, you can pop to the bar when you're running empty and clap when you feel like it (within reason). Conway Hall, Bloomsbury, £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm

LATE NIGHT JAZZ: At a loss this evening? Why not treat your ears to this late night set from saxophonist and singer Laura Misch, who fuses traditional jazz with electronically manipulated sound. Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, £15, book ahead, 9.30pm

Friday 6 April

The Sonic Sensorium explores the interaction between the senses: pairing music and sound, to taste and aroma, creating an all-encompassing sensual experience.

VEGAN VIBE STREET FOOD: Get your vegan food fix while listening to top notch live DJs at this Friday market, where you can also pick up animal-free skincare and beauty products. Greenwich Market, Greenwich, free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

THE SONIC SENSORIUM: This jazz special of the Sonic Sensorium ensures no sense gets left out. Each musician is paired with a creative cocktail, edible perfume or experimental taste. Two Temple Place, Embankment, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm and 9pm-10.30pm

COLLIDE: It's all about the youth at this two day festival of music, art and fashion, where you can discover London's upcoming designers, musicians and street artists. Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, £9.16/£14.24, book ahead, 7.30pm, 6-7 April

NOW PLAY THIS: Planning a weekend glued to your X-box? Swap the sofa for this three day gaming festival, showcasing the wackiest experimental game designs from around the globe, from the 1990s to the present day. Somerset House, Temple, £8, book ahead, until 8 April

Saturday 7 April

Crafty Fox, London's creative marketplace, will be bringing a hand-picked selection of original 25-30 stallholders to Mercato Metropolitano’s cool regenerated warehouse space.

MINDFUL COMMUNICATION: Improve the quality of your relationships by learning how to channel some Buddha-like mindfulness into your daily interactions. Learn Hello Love, £22, book ahead, 10am-12.30pm

CRAFTY FOX MARKET: Pick up unique artwork, jewellery, homewares and more at this vibrant market, where you can also try your hand at making a leather plant hanger (£25) or do some doodling on the giant mural. Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle, free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

1920S POPUP NIGHT: When it comes to a good night out, the prohibition era still manages to pack a punch. Dig out your finest flapper dress and tux and head to Bromley for a night of jazz, Keston Hall, Bromley, £27 (includes glass of bubbly), book ahead, 7.30pm

AMATEUR TABLE CLUB: At these supper clubs you can dine on delicious dishes cooked up by London's freshest talents in the kitchen, who we reckon won't be amateur for long. London Cooking Project, Battersea, £50, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Sunday 8 April

Paint Jam's SURREAL Arty Tea Party is a delightful painting party in a secret Pop Up art-studio.

EASTER EGG PACKAGING: Kids are invited to travel through the Time Tunnel exhibition, collecting design inspo for the Easter Egg packing they're about to create. The hard part will be not eating the eggs so you've got something to put inside.The Museum of Brands, Ladbroke Grove, £9, book ahead, 1pm-4pm

SURREAL ARTY TEA PARTY: Whack on your Primark whites and head to this arty party, where you can get your sketches out on paper before you commit to canvas. The theme is surrealism and there's a prosecco reception as well as the option to add afternoon tea. Secret Venue, £15.12-37.07, book ahead, 2.30pm-5.30pm

LOW WAGE BRITAIN: Hear author James Bloodworth speak about what he learned about the gig economy after his travels meeting those living in poverty in the UK. Conway Hall, Holborn, £8, book ahead, 3pm-4.30pm

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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

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

The British Museum Tour - Ideas That Made Our World


Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets