Things To Do This Week In London: 26 February-4 March 2018

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TIME RUN ESCAPE ROOM: What happens in the time portal stays in the time portal, and we wouldn't dream of spoilers. But it's safe to say Time Run's Lance of Longinus is a bit more epic than your average escape room. 15 Helmsley Place, £27.50-£35, book ahead, ongoing

GIRLS AND BOYS: Carey Mulligan triumphs in this one-woman show, which has the unique quality of getting better and better the less funny it becomes. Read the rest of our four star review here. Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, £12-£25, book ahead, until 10 March

COLOUR: THE RAINBOW REVEALED: In need of some colour to brighten up this drab February? Head to this fun, interactive family exhibition delving into the science behind colour. Four stars from us. Horniman Museum, £7/£4 child, book ahead, until 28 October

Monday 26 February

MIGRATEFUL COOKERY CLASS: Learn how to rustle up Ethiopian grub at this supper club turned social enterprise led by asylum seekers and refugees living in London. Migrateful means chefs get to practice English while sharing their traditional cuisine. Sounds like a win win to us. Cafe Van Gogh, £35, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

THE OPERA STORY: Reckon opera isn't for you? Let this enchanting performance of Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs change your mind. Copeland Gallery, Peckham, £25, book ahead, until 8 March

Tuesday 27 February

Led by the Boxcar butcher, this session will focus on beef, covering different breeds, animal husbandry and what to look for when shopping for meat.

CIGAR AND WHISKY MASTERCLASS: Don't want to look like a plonker next time you're offered a cigar? At this masterclass, you'll learn how to smoke like a pro and enjoy American whiskey while you're at it. Voltaire Cocktail Bar & Vaults, Blackfriars, £40, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

BUTCHER CLASS: Going against the vegan grain and still getting your protein from animals? Then you'll enjoy this beef-based butcher class. Learn about different breeds of cow and get meat-shopping tips before tucking into a three-course dinner with beer and wine pairings. Boxcar Butcher & Grill, £95, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

SHAPPI KHORSANDI: She's the razor-sharp darling of TV comedy shows and Shappi's new show sees her take on the story of unsung heroine Emma Hamilton, with her usual wit, poise and endearing charm. various prices, 7.30pm, until 3 March, (no Wednesday show)

COMET: "Comet is about exploring an echo chamber, about jumping down a rabbit hole and losing sight of reality." It's also a (RE)PRESENTED project, made up of recent graduates who left without drama school without formal representation. Those agents will soon find out what they're missing. Pleasance Theatre, Islington, £13, book ahead, 7.45pm-9pm

Wednesday 28 February

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WELCOME CINEMA + KITCHEN: Tuck into traditional Ghanian dishes, followed by a screening of independent Ghanian rom-com, KETEKE. Stick around for the post-screening talk with writer-director Peter Sedufia. Amnesty International, Shoreditch, £20, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

COLLAGE CLUB: There's no pressure to create perfectly proportioned, and frankly boring drawings in this crafty class, which is dedicated to the hodgepodge art of collage. Grab a drink from the bar then take part in collaborative activities, speed-collaging and more paper-and-scissor fun. Spike + Earl, Camberwell, £9 (includes all materials), book ahead, 6.45pm-8.45pm

EVENING OF ADVENTURE: Join wildlife presenters Kate Humble, Richard Dunwoody and Benedict Allen, who went missing in the Papua New Guinea jungle as they discuss their travels around the world. Proceeds go to the Wild Frontiers Foundation. Royal Geographical Society, £25, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

VINTAGE TEA CUP CANDLES: Wondering how to make use of old crockery and jam jars? This workshop has the solution: soya candle holders. Add your choice of colour, wick, scent and sparkles. Creative Biscuit Ceramics Cafe, South Woodford, £28 (includes one teacup and one jam jar candle), book ahead, 7pm-9pm

HARA NIGHTS: Sit down to a four-course tasting menu with drinks pairings, which makes the most of what's left of the winter produce: think purple sprouting broccoli dripping with blood orange hollandaise and rhubarb, honeycomb and cultured yogurt for afters. Best arrive hungry for this one. The Institute of Light, London Fields, £30, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

PLACE TO BE: Four Writers. One Place. One New Play. See four young writers paint a portrait of a launderette, salon and gym with just their words. The Vaults, Waterloo, £11.50, book ahead, until 3 March

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Thursday 1 March

COMEDY AM: Turn that commuter frown upside down with a trip to London's first morning comedy club. It's such a good idea we can't believe no-one's done it before. Blooms London, £22.10, book ahead, 7am-8.30pm

CAULDRON COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE: The only magic-making this cocktail class is interested in is of the alcoholic cocktail variety. Guests get to wield a wand to mix up two elixirs, plus enjoy a Four Caldrons beer while you get your robes on. 5d Stoke Newington Rd, £30, book ahead, various times, every day except Monday until 30 June

SECRET LIVES EXPOSED: Delve into the private life of Henry VIII to the secrets of Renaissance courtesans, cloistered nuns and a Pope's daughter at this talk with author Sarah Dunant and award-winning historians Bettany Hughes and Suzannah Lipscomb. The Royal Geographical Society, Kensington, £20, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

THE SEA: Feeling lonely? You're not alone, as you'll discover at this play, which confronts London's loneliness epidemic head on. Camden People's Theatre, £11, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm, until 3 March

SUPPER CLUB: Four courses, seasonal grub and sustainably produced South African wine. Arrive hungry basically. London Cooking Project, Battersea, £45, book ahead, 7.45pm-10.45pm

LATE NIGHT JAZZ: Wowing you with their soulful a cappella tunes tonight is all-female collective Black Voices, who have opened for the likes of Nina Simone, Ray Charles and more. Royal Albert Hall, £15, book ahead, 9.30pm

Friday 2 March

The Independent Ceramics Market is the ideal location for discovering a new wave of early career, and some more established ceramic artists.

CERAMICS MARKET: There will be odd-shaped plant pots covered in funky patterns and weird art your grandmother probably wouldn't get but that's part of the fun of this ceramics market, showcasing the creative endeavours of more than 60 innovative ceramicists, and DIY potters. Abney Hall, Hackney, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 2-3 March

BRAND NEW COMEDY CLUB: The city's newest comedy venue opens its doors this evening, with sets from Kerry Godliman, Tom Deacon, Twayna Mayne and Howard Read. Get your tickets for the first ever London's Live Comedy here, and laugh your way into the weekend. Leicester Square, £15, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm  

SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES: Nostalgic for the summer of 1967 or wish you were old enough to be? Let the Zoots take you back with their covers of 1960s tunes, from The Beatles to the Beach Boys. The Tropic, Ruislip Social Club, £14, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm

Saturday 3 March

The Magic of India Holi Festival 2018 will be held on March 3rd 2018 at Swiss Cottage Park, London.

HOLI COLOUR PARTY: Wear your Primark finest for this family-friendly celebration of the Hindu spring festival. There will be drummers, dancers, a DJ, food stalls and a whole lot of paint. Swiss Cottage Park, £10, book ahead, 11am-3pm

ART DECO ARSENAL: Marvel at London's stylish Art Deco buildings on this walking tour around N4 and N5. Arsenal, £9-£12, book ahead, 2pm-3.20pm

UNSEEN TOURS: Discover a different side to London and help out the homeless while you're at it on this musical themed tour, led by Mike the Mod. He'll fill you in on the history of contemporary music in Camden from early Pink Floyd performances at the Roundhouse in 1966 to the Brit Pop scene of the 1990s. Chalk Farm tube, £12, book ahead, 2pm-4pm

THE CHAT SHOW: Hear five young people open up about their trials and tribulations and have a laugh while you're at it (with them, not at them). The Dugdale Centre, Enfield, £9, book ahead, 4.30pm-6pm

KERNOW IN THE CITY: Any Cornish people in the house or curious about this English county? Get yourself to Rich Mix to see a celebration of Cornish community and contemporary culture from Celtic musicians. Rich Mix, Shoreditch, £10, book ahead, 7.30pm

Sunday 4 March

In addition to the tons of vinyl, there will be DJ sets throughout the day, a bakery, and a record cleaning service at Hackney Record Fair.

HACKNEY RECORD FAIR: Music lovers and vinyl collectors should head to this market to browse more than 30 tables of goods from indie record labels, record stores, plus used/collector/hifi dealers. Epic Dalston, £2, book ahead, 11am-6pm

CHAMBER MUSIC: Want to know what the longest running chamber music concert sounds like? This one is 130 years in the making and still as fresh as ever.  Nordic musicians Engegard Quartet perform tonight. Conway Hall, Holborn, £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

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LOVE Dim Sum? Learn to Make Delicious Dim Sum!

Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets

Interviews With British Serial Killers

Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer.  Get tickets

Become Robin Hood for the Day in an Archery Class

Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets

Sex, Death and Shopping: The Soho Tour

We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again.  Get tickets