Things To Do This Week In London: 22-28 April 2019

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Tuck into all manner of delicious dishes at Marylebone Food Festival

CHARACTER COMEDY: Christopher Bliss — a character invented by comedian Rob Carter — brings his new show I Spy With My Little Eye Something Beginning With Why Have You Been Sleeping With My Wife. The title may be questionable, but it's laden with gags. Soho Theatre, from £11.50, book ahead, 23-27 April

FOOD FESTIVAL: Marylebone Food Festival is not your average food festival. Gone are the makeshift stalls selling chutneys and fudge, replaced with wine tastings, supper clubs and masterclasses. Restaurants and businesses from all over Marylebone take part, sharing their offerings through these events. Various locations and prices, book ahead, 24-28 April

THE SUN: The sun's due to set soon on this exhibition about our closest star, so see it while you can. Learn about the history of humans' relationship with the sun, including its religious symbolism and uses in healthcare. Science Museum (South Kensington), £15, book ahead, until 6 May

ASTRONOMY PHOTOGRAPHY: Now extended until August, the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition is always out of this world. Get up close to space photography by astrophotographers from all over the planet. Royal Observatory (Greenwich), £5.85-£10, book ahead, until 3 August

Easter Monday 22 April

It's the final day of Power Up at Science Museum

POWER UP: It's the final day of Power Up, Science Museum's video gaming extravaganza. Get lost in single or multiplayer games dating back 40 years, including Pong, Pacman, Minecraft and Mario. Science Museum (South Kensington), from £8, book ahead, until 22 April

STEAM ENGINE: A rare open at the Markfield Beam Engine & Museum gives the public a chance to see a gorgeous 1880s preserved steam engine in action, inside its engine house. Markfield Beam Engine and Museum (Tottenham), free (donations welcome), just turn up, 11am-5pm

Tuesday 23 April

Learn the scientific truth about diets

ST GEORGE'S DAY: Take a look at our guide to St George's Day in London to find ways to celebrate our patron saint and his dragon-slaying ways.

TRUTH ABOUT DIETS: Genetics scientist Dr Giles Yeo is on a mission to do away with myths about diets. Hear him reveal why the paleo diet is completely inauthentic and nothing like our ancestors would have eaten, and why juice cleanses are not a good idea. Conway Hall (Holborn), £30-£40, book ahead, 6.45pm-8pm

QUEEN VICTORIA: Historian Dr Lucy Worsley discusses her new book about Queen Victoria. As well as being the queen in mourning that we're familiar with, she was a wife, mother and daughter, and paved the way for a new type of monarch. Using diaries and letters from 24 days of her life, Worsley reveals another side to the queen. Southwark Cathedral, £10/£8, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Wednesday 24 April

Live comedy at Battersea Arts Centre

SCI-FI CINEMA: Catch a screening of 1984 film Iceman, about the discovery of a Neanderthal man who's been frozen for 40,000 years, to be revived by scientists who want to learn about his culture. Before the screening, a cryobiology expert discusses the realities of cryopreservation and what is possible with current technology. The Castle Cinema (Homerton), £10/£8, book ahead, 6.30pm

COMEDY: Comedy duo Adam Riches and Ben Target pair up to play Sean Bean and Viggo Mortensen in a one-off show with medieval jousting that promises (threatens?) to be immersive. Battersea Arts Centre, £6-£10, book ahead, 7pm

CANDLELIT PHOTOGRAPHY: A rare chance to see — and photograph — Southwark Cathedral lit by candlelight, as it would have been in the past. Amateur and professional photographers (and tripods) are welcome. Southwark Cathedral, £11.50, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

Thursday 25 April

Wildlife filmmakers discuss their careers

FLYING MACHINES: Get a rare look inside some of the rarest aircraft in the RAF Museum's collection, including the Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A and the Bleriot XXVII. Find out how they were used during the first world war, and what they can tell us about the development of flying. Age 16+. RAF Museum (Colindale). £5-£15, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

LONDON MADE US: BBC Radio London presenter Robert Elms discusses his new book, London Made Us, with film critic Jason Solomons. Elms looks at how London has changed in his lifetime, with accents altering, towers appearing, and less popular property areas becoming highly sought after. Southwark Cathedral, £8, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

LOVE OF NATURE: Filmmakers Huw Cordey and Patrick Morris have worked on BBC wildlife series including Life, Planet Earth and The Hunt. Hear them talk about their careers at tonight's event, which raises money for water and sanitation charity Just A Drop. Royal Geographical Society (Kensington Gore), £17/£15, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

Friday 26 April

A Stanley Kubrick exhibition opens at Design Museum. A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1970-71; GB/United States). Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) in the Korova Milkbar. Still image. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

STANLEY KUBRICK: One of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year opens today. Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition is a retrospective of the life and career of the respected filmmaker. Props including the 'Born to Kill' helmet from Full Metal Jacket and the typewriter from The Shining go on display, and there's a chance to roam the corridors of the Overlook Hotel... if you're brave enough. Design Museum (Kensington), £16, book ahead, 26 April-15 September

INSIDE A VOLCANO: We know very little about what goes on beneath the surface of volcanoes, but that's changing. Get a look at new 3D seismic imaging techniques, which can be used to show the structure of volcanoes, at this Friday Night Discourse event with geologist Christopher Jackson. Royal Institution (Mayfair), £20, book ahead, 7.20pm-8.45pm

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Is nuclear fusion the way forward? Hear a panel of experts discuss the future of nuclear fusion and solar power. Documentary Let There Be Light — about the scientists working tirelessly to make nuclear fusion a reality — is screened as part of the event. Science Museum (South Kensington), £10/£8, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.45pm

Saturday 27 April

Find out about the future of ethical fashion

POPULATION MATTERS: Leading scientists and conservationists reckon we're in the midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction — and humans are to blame. Find out how you can help preserve the planet's precious biodiversity at Population Matters' Conference 2019. There's a brilliant line-up of speakers, not to mention a video message from the charity's patron, living legend Dame Jane Goodall. The Light, Friends House (Euston), free, book ahead, 2pm-5pm (sponsor)

ETHICAL FASHION: Find out what the future of ethical fashion looks like, how to support brands with ethical practices, and how to enjoy guilt-free fashion at an evening of talks, panel discussions, stalls and networking. Beyond Retro (Shoreditch), £10/£9, book ahead, 6pm-10.30pm

PAINT JAM: Pets meet rock music meets art in an eclectic-sounding paint jam. Paint a likeness of your pet onto a rock or on canvas (all materials provided) as you listen to DJs spinning rock music tunes. Secret venue (revealed 48 hours in advance), £30/£35, book ahead, 7pm

Sunday 28 April

Get an insight on corruption and crisis in the London housing market

OLIVER TWIST: The Charles Dickens Museum pairs up with Ben's City Tours for a walking tour following in the footsteps of the author. Beginning at the museum and ending at the Old Bailey, visit the street near his home and learn about the people and places that inspired him to write Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens Museum (Bloomsbury), £10, book ahead, 11am

LONDON HOUSING: Get a handle on the ins and outs of the London housing crisis. Investigative journalist and housing campaigner George Turner reveals the tactics used by property developers and surveyors to get out of their obligations to build affordable housing in new developments, and questions why little is being done to improve living conditions in London. Conway Hall (Holborn), £8/£4, book ahead, 3pm/4.30pm

MONROVIA, INDIANA: The farming community of Monrovia, Indiana, is the birthplace of U.S Vice President Mike Pence, and has a population of just 1,063. In this documentary, get an insight into the day to day lives of the residents of the rural American town, one of many that once formed the backbone of the country. Bertha DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £9/£7, book ahead, 4pm