Things To Do This Week In London: 5-11 June 2017

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London Festival of Architecture is on all week.

FREE MINI GOLF: Get swinging at Columbus Courtyard in Canary Wharf, where a free-to-use 9-hole mini golf course has popped up. All equipment is provided, and it's open to everyone, regardless of age or golfing ability — a win-win situation really. Columbus Courtyard, free, just turn up, ongoing

ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL: London Festival of Architecture runs through this week, and as Europe's biggest annual architecture festival, there are lots of things to see and do — with over 450 events spread over the month of June. Various locations and prices. Until 30 June

LONDON RIVIERA: Not jetting off somewhere sunny? You'll have to make do with London's own riviera. Pitching up next to City Hall, this summer festival offers free entertainment every night, including film screenings, reggae aerobics, break dancing and live music. Free entry, just turn up. Until 31 August

Monday 5 June

An evening with Sir Michael Parkinson.

DIAGRAMATIC MATHEMATICS: Maths and art lovers alike will love this one. M.C. Escher used seemingly infinite tilings of the plane with interlocking figures in his work, yet this could not be represented within a finite space. This Gresham College lecture shows how mathematics can offer a solution to this conundrum. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

URBAN FOREST: Look around — you might not have realised, but there is an astonishing multiplicity of trees lining the streets of our city. From Australian bottlebrushes in Pimlico to the giant redwoods in Edgware, prepare to see London in an entirely new way. Stanfords (Covent Garden), £4, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.45pm

SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON: With over 50 years in the business and over 2,000 interviews under his belt, Sir Michael has long been a must watch. Delving into his remarkable journey from a Yorkshire pit village to the top of those famous stairs, this event is a must for fans of this national treasure. The Tabernacle (Portobello Road), £25-£35, book ahead, 6.45pm-8pm

SINATRA AND ME: Richard Shelton, 'Best Actor in a Leading Role' winner, returns to London to knock you dead with timeless interpretations of Sinatra classics. Join him as he dons that famous tux and sings the hits. Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel, £20, book ahead, 9.15pm

SOHO STORYTELLING: Take punk rock and combine it with a crazed Russian fairy tale, and you have The Frog Princess Punked, by pioneering storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton. Ivan is forced to marry a frog. Baba Yaga meets Koschey the Deathless. And the patriarchy is challenged... Soho Downstairs, £8/£10, book ahead, 9.15pm

Tuesday 6 June

A charity jazz evening with Incognito.

SECRET CINEMA: Secret Cinema hosts a special screening of critically-acclaimed 2016 drama film, I, Daniel Blake, following a man who is denied employment and support allowance despite his doctor finding him unfit to work. Director Ken Loach will be in attendance, along with other special guests. Secret venue, £3.50/£10, book ahead, TBC

OLYMPIC HERITAGE: Discover the rich history of the Stratford Olympic Park site, through the archaeological research and excavations that took place prior to its construction. The tour also covers UCL East — UCL's major new campus expansion. UCL Institute of Architecture, free, not including train ticket, book ahead, 2pm-5pm

MOOD SHIFTS: Mary Cappello, in performing multi-modal readings from her latest collection of essays, asks the question: can create a poetics of atmosphere as an antidote to post-election and post-Brexit airlessness, moodlessness and disrepair. The Horse Hospital (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 6pm-8.30pm

BLEAKER HOUSE: When given the option of going anywhere she liked to write a novel, Nell Stevens chose to isolate herself from all distractions on Bleaker Island (population: two) in the Falklands, with the aim of writing 2,500 words a day. Little did she know, the recipe for writing fiction does not lie in solitude, and her book ended up part memoir, part travelogue and part story collection. Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop (Notting Hill), £5/£10, book ahead, 7pm

JAZZ FUNDRAISER: Incognito perform a live jazz set with a line up of special guests in aid of Christina Thomas, daughter of British soul singer Kenny Thomas, to raise £80,000 towards the cost of her brain tumour treatment. The Jazz Cafe, £27.50, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Wednesday 7 June

The history of Woolwich Arsenal comes to life.

WOOLWICH ARSENAL: Looking much as it did in the Victorian times, Woolwich Royal Arsenal is a gem for history geeks, hidden in this neglected but rising part of London. Your tour guide Laurence will bring the buildings to life as he helps you explore this largely unvisited heritage site, using short readings from eye witnesses. Woolwich Royal Arsenal, £12, book ahead, 2.45pm-4.45pm

CONSERVATION AREA: This year marks the golden anniversary of the first designated conservation areas. Explore the origins, variety and future challenges for these 10,000 treasured sites in this presentation by Gresham College. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

CLAPHAM JUNCTION: Contemporary maps and photographs accompany this talk from railway historian Steven Taylor, detailing the history and constant expansion of Clapham Junction station over the first 50 years of its life. Battersea Library, free, just turn up, 6.30pm

SHORT DOCS: DocHeads launches The Past in the Present, the second season of short documentaries exploring secrets, mysteries, memories and myths. A Q&A follows the feature presentation, offering the audience a chance to discuss with the filmmakers. Picturehouse Central, London, £8, 8.15pm-9.45pm

DETROIT SOUND: Turn back time to the 60s, when Detroit's Motown sound was standing proud on the world stage thanks to stars like Marvin Gaye and The Supremes. Performing their signature mellow, soulful sound, Detroit perform a selection of timeless soul classics. 100 Wardour Street, free, just turn up, 9pm-11.30pm

Thursday 8 June

A unique take on election night coverage.

DICKENS MUSEUM: Based in the home where the great storyteller himself wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, the Charles Dickens Museum hosts a special late opening due to popular demand. Come and uncover the private world behind the author's public image. Charles Dickens Museum, £9, just turn up, 10am-8pm

CONCERT LAB: Ditch the rush hour crush and come for an hour of orchestral music instead. In this latest edition, the orchestra will be liberated from their seats, and the audience immersed in music — as Southbank Sinfonia's young musicians ask the question: why do orchestras sit still? St John's Waterloo, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm / 8pm-9pm

CROWN AND REBELLION: Medieval historians discuss the most important battle ever fought on English soil — 800 years ago, a royal army defeated a force of French and English baronial troops, ensuring that England would not become a cadet kingdom of France. The National Archives (Kew), free, just turn up, 6pm-8pm

STAND UP FOR LOSS: A side splitting night of stand up is promised in aid of The Loss Foundation. Featuring a great line up of comedians including TV's Josh Widdicombe and Joe Wilkinson, and hosted by Tom Deacon. Compton Terrace, £25, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

ELECTION COMEDY: It's election night, so why not spend the evening laughing and drinking before you (possibly) start crying? That's if you're not already, of course — it's been a whirlwind of a period for politics recently. Host of the Partly Political Broadcast Tiernan Douieb brings levity to the drama. The Phoenix (Oxford Circus), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm

IMPERSONATING POLITICS: It's been a tumultuous time recently, and you may have found yourself wondering whether politics can get any weirder. Well, the answer is yes, as celebrity impersonator Fagulous hosts an election broadcast spectacular as Theresa May. Whatever your political persuasion, there is no stranger way to see in a new dawn of politics. Her Upstairs (Camden), £6, 9pm-3am

Friday 9 June

Midnight matinee at the Globe.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Ditch the office for a bit and enjoy a delightful rendition of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's 'Les Plaisirs de Versailles', by British soprano and rising vocal talent Madeine Claire de Berrié and the Baroque Ensemble. St John's Waterloo, £5, book ahead, 1pm

SHAKESPEARE RETOLD: Tracey Chevalier reworks the Shakespeare classic Othello into a 1970s playground story, featuring a young black boy as he arrives at an all-white school and finds himself at the centre of a vicious plot of jealousy, betrayal and revenge. Dorfman Theatre, £5/£4, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

BREAK UP TOUR: Neoliberalism comes under the microscope in this interactive performance, likening it to a band long past its heyday. Having toured the world in triumph for decade to packed houses of adoring fans, the glory days of this economic doctrine are coming to an end. Toynbee Studios (Whitechapel) £5, book ahead, 7.30pm

SUPPER CLUB: Exclusively for women about to start — or who have just launched — their business, this alternative networking event helps female entrepreneurs meet likeminded peers to share ideas and inspirations to help each other succeed — all over a nice supper comprised of Rowena's plant-based food. Rowena's Place, Clinton Road, £26, 7.30pm-11pm

MIDNIGHT MATINEE: As the stars shine above and the city fades away to sleep, prepare to be transported into a world of the cross-dressed heroines, star-crossed lovers and quarrelling sweethearts, and experience the Shakespeare classic Twelfth Night. Globe Theatre, various prices, book ahead, 11.59pm-3am

Saturday 10 June

Explore nocturnal London through Dickens's eyes.

ORGANIC YOGA: Join Kirsty Gallagher for a morning of awakening, inspiring yoga, that will leave you feeling uplifted and ready for the weekend ahead. Followed by a delicious organic breakfast. The Marylebone Rooms, £35, book ahead, 10am-11.30am

GUN SALUTE: It's the Duke of Edinburgh's birthday, and as is customary on such occasions, a gun salute by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will be taking place in Green Park. Free, just turn up, midday

FASHION FEAST: Seven Dials goes traffic-free as over 70 shops, bars and restaurants in the area come together for a day of experimental activities, offers and workshops in this free fashion and food festival. When you're done shopping, soak up the sun on the pop-up lawn around the dial, and kick back with a complimentary cocktail. Seven Dials, free, just turn up/book ahead for freebies, midday-5pm

NIGHT WALKS: Explore nocturnal London through Dickens's own eyes, with readings, insights and performances in this unique event in collaboration with the Charles Dickens Museum. Tickets include free entry to the museum. Charles Dickens Museum, free, book ahead, 6pm-11pm

Sunday 11 June

A climate change talk focusing on India.

CRAFT FESTIVAL: Over 30 independent traders selling their high quality wares pack in to the beautiful ballroom of Balham Bowls Club for a summer craft market. You'll be spoilt for choice for unique handmade gifts — now you'll have no excuse not to find something in time for Father's Day. A great line-up of live musicians soundtrack the event. Balham Bowls Club, free, just turn up, midday-5pm

CLIMATE CHANGE: It affects us all. Taking India as a case in point, researcher Jimmy O'Keefe looks at the links between climate, energy, food and water, and illustrates how small changes in climate can make a big difference to people on the ground. Conway Hall (Holborn), free, book ahead, 1pm-2pm

MYTHS RETOLD: This epic performance brings an inspiring tale from medieval Africa to life, in an exhilarating collision of wild song and heroic story. Part of the Myths Retold series, presenting some of the greatest stories in the world. The British Museum, £8, book ahead, 2.30pm-5.15pm

BARN DANCE: This high energy barn dance event is a great chance for a family get-together, or simply for budding dancers to take their first steps and spins. Designed to suit all ages and abilities, everyone is welcome. Cecil Sharp House, £5/£7, book ahead, 3pm-5pm

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