Things To Do This Week In London: 23 April-29 April 2018

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It's Kika's Birthday at Little Angels Theatre.

INDIE FILM FESTIVAL: They say good things come in threes — the Unrestricted View Film Festival is back for its third year to bring independent film-making to three Islington venues. The cinematic shenanigans kick off on Monday with a screening of Pickups starring the man who brought us one of Game of Thrones smarmiest villains (and that's saying something), Aidan Gillen. The Hen and Chickens/The Screen on the Green/Vintage Mobile Cinema from £3, book ahead, 23-29 April

SUSTAINABLE FASHION BOUTIQUE: Equal parts thought-provoking and fashionable, London Sustainable Fashion Rooms presents a pop-up full of clobber with a conscience. As well as showcasing some of the most exciting and affordable ethical brands, the week will include workshops on crafting, upcycling and mending, and talks on workers' rights and environmentally friendly textiles. Old Truman Brewery (Brick Lane), free, book ahead, 23-29 April

KIKA'S BIRTHDAY: Storyteller extraordinaire Danyah Miller, who counts Michael Morpurgo as a fan, brings her interactive children's show to Little Angels Theatre. Let your little ones help a family of rodents bake a special birthday cake for small French mouse Kika and maybe they can have a tiny piece too. Suitable for ages 3-8. Little Angels Theatre (Islington), £14, book ahead, 25 April-20 May

Monday 23 April

Make your own Kokedama at Neal's Nurseries.

ADRIENNE RICH: Get to know taboo-breaking, language-making poet and revolutionary Adrienne Rich. Hear from academics who were inspired both by her work and her activism in the anti-war, feminist and LGBT rights movements of the 1960s. Plus, Shakespearean actress Aoife Maddox will be performing Rich's poems. Wilton's Music Hall (Whitechapel), from £10, book ahead, 7.30pm

KOKEDAMA CRAFTING: Make your own Kokedama — a Japanese ornamental plant that transforms boring old shrubs into living sculptures you can hang from your ceiling. All materials, including care instructions, are provided. Neal's Nursery (Wandsworth) £25, book ahead, 7.30pm

DESPACITO: Reggaeton fans, rejoice! Let Latin rhythms take you all the way to La Perla at this Despacito dance class that'll have you shimmying the night away. Drink, Shop and Do (King's Cross), £15, book ahead, 8.30pm-10pm

Tuesday 24 April

Enjoy Timothy Ridout's candlelit concert.

WALKING TOUR: Wander through 2000 years of history on a morning walking tour of the City by London Art Salon. Award-winning guide Gavin Webb will introduce you to atmospheric Dickensian alleys, hidden gardens, vibrant Victorian markets, medieval churches, as well as exploring striking contemporary constructions. Meet at Monument tube station, £20, book ahead, 10.30am-12.30pm

GARDENER'S CABINET: Celebrated garden designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd reveals the eight items that inspired her work in conversation with horticultural journalist Tim Richardson, as part of a new Garden Museum series. Garden Museum (Lambeth), from £25, book ahead, 7pm-8.15pm

SHORTWAVE NIGHTS: Unwind with a concert by candlelight at Shortwave Cafe, where viola virtuoso Timothy Ridout presents a programme of Bach, Hindmith and Rubbra. He'll also treat you to a rendition of Tides of Mananan, while violinist Philippa Mo will perform William Alwyn's fiery neo-classical Sonata Impromptu. Shortwave Cafe (Bermondsey), from £8, book ahead, 7.45pm

VOX VOICES: Fancy joining a friendly all-female singing group? Vox Voices is offering a course of  playful vocal workshops, with body percussion, movement, and uplifting world, folk and jazz melodies learnt by ear. You can either sign up for the whole series or simply drop in week by week. The GreenHouse (Stoke Newington) from £10, book ahead, 8pm-9.15pm, every Tuesday until 26 June

Wednesday 25 April

Draw and tour Southwark Cathedral

BAILEYS BOOK BAR: Learn how to make deliciously indulgent Baileys-based coffee cocktails with the liquor brand's resident expert Celeste Wong at this masterclass. With the ticket price including a selection of Baileys serves for you to sample, it's a bit of a steal. Waterstones (Gower Street), £8, book ahead, 6.30pm

DRAW AND TOUR: Grab your pencils and sketch pad before heading to Southwark Cathedral for an arty history lesson. Artist Suzanne Pink will give you pro tips on pen, ink and line drawing, before a cathedral guide takes you on a speedy twilight tour around the 900 year-old site, with plenty of pit stops in case inspiration strikes again. Southwark Cathedral, £15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

THE MOTHER: Absurdist Polish play Matka gets the operatic treatment at Polish Social and Cultural Association. Mahogany Opera presents the world premiere of The Mother, a bitingly satirical work that plunges the audience into an anarchic, surrealist world of a wannabe philosopher with a highly demanding mum. POSK (Hammersmith), £15, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

THE SILVER GHOSTS: Show off your Lindy Hop and perfect the Charleston at the Cafe in the Crypt, where seven-piece swing ensemble The Silver Ghosts are taking it all the way back to the 20s, 30s and 40s. St Martin-in-the-Fields (Trafalgar Square), £15, book ahead, 8pm

Thursday 26 April

Will Palin looks at the ethics of new architecture in old buildings.

A ROYAL KILLNG: Charles I lost his head in 1649, an act of regicide which changed the course of British history. Join historian Rebecca Rideal as she unravels the run-up to and aftermath of the grisly event that led to the temporary abolition of the monarchy. Your ticket includes a wine reception. Guildhall Library, £8.13, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

ADVENTURE FILMS UNDERGROUND: Catch a screening of three of the world's best adventure films while on a mini adventure of your own, 50ft deep in a Grade II* listed railway tunnel shaft. We bet you've never done cinema like this before... Brunel Museum (Rotherhithe), £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm (partner)

BEAUTIFUL OR BEASTLY: Can new architecture have a place in beloved old buildings? Old Royal Naval College's Director of Conservation, Will Palin, looks at the ethics, challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of doing just that in this lively panel discussion. Head to the Painted Hall early to view Thornhill's celestial masterpiece close up over a glass of wine before the debate kicks off. Old Royal Naval College, from £12, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

GAME OF THRONES QUIZ: In the Game of Pub Quizzes you win or you die. Climb up to The Treehouse to see if you've got what it takes to sit on the Iron Throne at this pub quiz. Do you know the Red Wedding from the purple one? Your Tyrells from your Targaryens?  Find out while raising money for children's charity Dreams Come True. The Treehouse (Clapham), £7/£13.50, book ahead 6.30pm-9pm

PROSECCO SPRINGS: London's first and best prosecco festival returns for a sparkling four-day celebration of northern Italy's best loved export. Experience a slice of Veneto in the heart of east London, with tastings, Italian food, live music and more. Oval Space (Bethnal Green), £40, book ahead, 7pm-12am, until 29 April

Friday 27 April

You Are Wolf and Duotone launch their albums at The Foundling Museum.

FOUNDLING FOLK: A double album launch means double the tunes at the Foundling Museum, where two contemporary folk artists celebrate the release of their new material. Enjoy English and American folk fused with left-field pop, contemporary classical and electronica from You Are Wolf, whilst Duotone explores real-life experiences through mesmerising solo performances. The Foundling Museum (Brunswick Square), £12/£14, book ahead, 7pm

SPIRIT & SALT: Devour a seasonal feast bursting with bold flavours at Spirit & Salt's supper club. Tonight's menu? Almond crusted asparagus and slow-cooked lamb, alongside other springtime dishes. Benk & Bo (Liverpool Street), £35, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

ONE GREEN BOTTLE: Meet Boo, Bo and Pickle. They all have plans tonight, but someone's got to stay home and look after Princess. Witness a disconnected family on a self-destructive course in this satirical comedy about consumerism in a ‘selfie’ society. Soho Theatre, from £12, book ahead, 7.15pm, until 19 May

FRIDA KAHLO SELF-PORTRAIT: Experiment with painting like one of the world's greatest ever artists, the incomparable Frida Kahlo, at this BYOB art experience night. You bring the plonk, they bring the artistic know-how. The Artworks (Elephant & Castle), £35, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

Saturday 28 April

With classic cars and quality vintage wares, this is far from your average car boot sale.

CLASSIC CAR BOOT: Ladies and gents, start your engines and zoom along to the Classic Car Boot Sale. With pre-1989 classic cars and the best in pre-loved fashion, this is far from your average car boot. There's also London’s finest street food, music, theatre and all manner of vintage fun. Granary Square (King's Cross), £5, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 29 April

DRAG BRUNCH: Prepare to get slayed at this gender-bending drag brunch. Enjoy bottomless fizz and a three-course meal as you take in more fabulous drag queen antics than you can shake your wig at. 100 Wardour Street (Soho), £40, book ahead, 12pm-5pm

NATURE RESERVE OPEN DAY: Explore a beautiful yet secluded area of woodland that is normally closed to public. New Cross Gate Cutting is set on the broad slopes of a deep railway cutting and home to 170 species of flowering plants. New Cross Gate Cutting (Brockley), free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES: Bask in the magic of a human-bird duet, as folk artist and naturalist Sam Lee harmonises with the nocturnal courtship song of nightingales. This immersive, one off event will take you on a walk through a fantastical forest that draws from the lore of the woods. Southbank Centre, from £15, book ahead, 10pm-1am

Sunday 29 April

Explore west London's best kept secrets.

BOOKBINDING: Are you a sucker for a fancy notebook? Drink, Shop & Do have just the thing to cool your Paperchase love affair without having to give up the pretty prints your musings deserve — a crash course in bookbinding. You'll leave with a beautiful hardback made by your own fair hands. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £30, book ahead, 10.30am-1pm

WEST LONDON WANDER: Explore west London's hidden gems on a canal side walking tour from Warwick Avenue to Westbourne Park. You'll visit London's oldest gardening centre, saunter through the whimsical Meanwhile Community Gardens and taking in Erno Goldfinger’s iconic Trellick Tower. Meet at Warwick Avenue Station, £10, book ahead, 11am-2.30pm

SAKE FESTIVAL: Swap the grape for the grain at this springtime sake festival. Try more than twenty varieties of the Japanese rice wine, alongside authentic street food and arts and craft stands. York Hall (Bethnal Green) from £20, book ahead, 12pm-9pm

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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

A Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Dating Against Humanity


Struggling to find someone who shares your dark sense of humour? This twisted speed dating event can help. A group of 30-40 people will take part - with equal male/female ratios - and play a few rounds of the hilarious (and slightly dark) card game, Cards Against Humanity. After the event, connect with those who you found suitably sinister using a unique online matching system.  Get tickets

Paint Ceramics and Bring Your Own Prosecco!


If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations.  Get tickets