Things To Do This Week In London: 9-15 April 2018

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A little piece of Morocco in the heart of Hoxton.

TREASURE QUEST: Follow cryptic clues delivered directly to your phone as you explore the banks of the River Thames. The British Heart Foundation's Easter hunt promises fun for the whole family, taking you past your favourite London landmarks and letting you explore those you never knew existed. Start at The Golden Hinde II, £15 per family, book ahead, 10am-3pm, until 15 April

MOROCCAN MEDINA: The good news: spring is finally here (yay!) The bad news: that means waving goodbye to the Queen of Hoxton's Moroccan rooftop Medina. The North African oasis is here for just one more week, so grab yourself a shimmering gold pomegranate bellini and soak in the aromas of a Marrakesh souk while you still can. Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch), free entry, just turn up, until 15 April

NEED FOR SPEED: Gear up to get behind the scenes of luxury Italian race car brand Ferrari, with a exhibition that'll whizz you through seventy years of  glamour and engineering prowess. Check out rare models, including Michael Shumacher's winning Formula One car. The Design Museum (Kensington), 10am-6pm, until 15 April

OATLY POP-UP: Oatly and Old Spike Roastery are teaming up to give away lots of delicious free coffee — including some punny cappoatccinos — for London Coffee Festival. You're also invited to watch a short sustainability film in exchange for an awesome post-milk generation t-shirt. Boxpark Shoreditch, free, just turn up, 11-15 April

MONET AND ARCHITECTURE: Think you know Monet? Think again. The world's most famous impressionist hasn't had a UK exhibition for a whopping twenty years and this time around there's barely a water lily in sight. Instead, the National Gallery is looking at Monet’s career through the buildings he painted—from coastal constructions to some of Europe's grandest monuments. It's already garnering some rave reviews, so it's best to book ahead. The National Gallery, £18, book ahead, until 29 July

Monday 9 April

Discover Franklin, Frankenstein, and the spark of life itself.

VOICE JAMS: Premises Studios are here to help teens unleash their inner songbird with four days of fast-paced vocal training sessions for 12 to 18 year-olds. The studio doesn't mess around when it comes to producing fast results, as you'll discover at the showstopping performance which serves as the course's finale. Plus, with previous clients including Chaka Khan and Tinie Tempah, who knows who you could bump into in the foyer? Premises Studios (Hackney), £25 for all four days, book ahead, 2.30pm-6pm

FRANKLIN TO FRANKENSTEIN: What do US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin and Mary Shelley's prototypical mad scientist Victor Frankenstein have in common? Find out in this talk from Professor David Guston that explores electricity, climate issues, and the spark of life itself. Benjamin Franklin House, £6, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

BAD ROMANCE: Go gaga for Gaga at Drink, Shop & Do, where you'll learn the official dance to Lady Gaga's smash hit Bad Romance. Pack your trainers—after all, it'd be embarrassing if we all turned up wearing those iconic McQueen Armadillo boots. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £15, book ahead, 6.45pm-8.15pm

TOM ALLEN: Hop aboard the Cutty Sark for an evening of absolute hilarity. Descend to the 19th century clipper's lower deck where the disparagingly camp Tom Allen awaits with comedy pals Phil Jerrod and Suzi Ruffell to show off some cracking new material. Cutty Sark (Greenwich), £17.50, book ahead, 7.15pm

Tuesday 10 April

Camille O'Sullivan's circus-themed spectacular.

DEAD FUNNY: A musical that puts a sinister spin on the traditional rom-com. Buried: The Musical tells the tale of a city slicker and wild thrill-seeker who find love through their, ahem, shared hobby. Spoiler alert: they're both serial killers. Bridget Jones this ain't. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), from £10, book ahead, 7.30pm, until 15 April

CARNIVAL CAPERS: Roll up, roll up! Award-winning singer and actress Camille O'Sullivan is bringing her circus-themed one woman show to London. Let the Irish songstress and storyteller take you on a spine-tingling carousel ride that shows off her formidable vocal range in The Carny Dream. Wilton's Music Hall (Whitechapel), from £10, book ahead, 8pm, until 21 April

Wednesday 11 April

Create healing elixirs with Mama Xanadu.

BASQUIAT BASH: The East End Film Festival 2018 kicks off with Boom for Real, a documentary by 1970s indie film queen Sara Driver that paints an extraordinary portrait of enigmatic artist Jean-Michele Basquiat. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the director and your ticket includes entry to the after party at The Refreshment Centre, which has been transformed into a Downtown Manhattan dive. Rio Cinema (Dalston), from £14, book ahead, 6.35pm

WILD ALCHEMY: Mama Xanadu returns to 42ACRES to share her foraging secrets. Get a crash course in the history of British folk medicine, make spring tonics and discover how to source your own ingredients right here in the city. You'll be greeted with a seasonal botanical drink on arrival and take home a whole host of natural treats. 42ACRES (Shoreditch), £29, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

CHAMPAGNE TASTING: Raise a glass to The Star of Bethnal Green, which is celebrating its 10th birthday with a sparkling wine and champagne tasting. The East End boozer has invited along industry expert Luigi Buonanno, who will introduce you to six delightful varieties of fizz. The Star of Bethnal Green, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

BJORN OF THE DEAD: An ABBA-solutely terrifying night awaits at the latest edition of PopHorror. This time, they're paying tribute to your favourite Swedish supergroup with a dark twist. Expect games, gore, surprises and a killer disco of ‘70s and ‘80s hits!  The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (Lambeth) £5.50 in advance/£7 OTD, book ahead, 8.30pm

Thursday 12 April

Catwalk and dance floor collide in spectacular fashion at Shoreditch Town Hall.

UNIVERSE UNSEEN: What secrets lie among the stars? Find out at the Royal Observatory, where a trio of astrophysicists are giving a primer on the hunt for dark matter, the detection of gravitational waves and using light our eyes can't detect to study galaxies. Royal Observatory (Greenwich), from £9.30, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

A MATCH MEAD IN HEAVEN: Here's a perfect pairing you didn't even know you needed: Rococo's sinfully decadent chocolates with Gosnells' mead. Try combinations likes Rosemary and Sea Salted Milk Chocolate with Gosnell's delicate floral and citrus classic mead, or Passionfruit and Mango Caramel with a Citra Sea Mead. Then choose your two favourite treats to take home with you. Rococo Chocolates (Covent Garden), £35, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

IDENTITY: Come face to face with east London's grit and glamour in a scintillating show that fuses together fashion and dance. Take in hip hop, voguing, krump, waacking and some seriously fly outfits, and prepare to have your preconceptions of gender, race and sexuality blown out of the water. Shoreditch Town Hall, from £12.50, 7.30pm, until 14 April

THE TELL TALES: Who says fairy stories are just for kids? A rag tag bunch of storytellers have created an innovative piece of theatre that immerses you in the magical world of folk tales from all around the world. Blue Elephant Theatre (Camberwell), from £8, book ahead, 8pm, until Friday 13 April

Friday 13 April

Improvised opera meets academia at The Wallace Collection.

VERY SUPERSTITIOUS: Friday 13th is supposed to be unlucky, but don't lock yourself away at home. Instead, bolster your spirits with an evening of new writing inspired by friggatriskaidekaphobia (aka fear of Friday 13th) performed by London's Central School of Speech and Drama students at Watermans With Words book festival. The evening also includes talks from scientists Dr Helen Czerski and Simon Singh to help bring you back down to Earth. Watermans Art Centre (Brentford), from £7, book ahead, 6.15pm-10pm

MUSO: Seek out hidden treasures, chew over your findings with academics and then listen as your ideas are spun into music by an improvised opera troupe at The Wallace Collection. This museum late thrusts the audience into the heart of the drama, so don't be shy and have fun playing maestro. The Wallace Collection, £7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

SOOTHSAYERS: Freshly signed Afro fusion dub band Soothsayers celebrate the release of their latest single from their new album. They're supported by special guest and Afro beat legend Dele Sosimi. Prepare for a fiery show peppered with soulful chants and plenty of fat grooves. Hideaway Jazz Club (Streatham), £15, book ahead, 9pm

Saturday 14 April

Get into The Rhythm Junction's swing of things .

SPEED DATING WITH A TWIST: Bored of London’s dating scene? Enjoy fun and flirty interactions with up to 24 singles at Tantra Speed Date - a unique dating session and relationship skills class - this Saturday. Fun guided exercises help break the ice, and participants report it as a life-changing experience - whether they find a date or not! Who knows who you’ll end up sharing a moment with? Good Vibes Studios (Covent Garden), £35, book ahead, 4.30pm-7pm (sponsor)

RHYTHM JUNCTION: Party like it's 1949 with swinging rhythms, retro revelry and a huge helping of jazz spirit at The Rhythm Junction. Down for The Count Orchestra provide the big band tunes while professional dancer Nikki Santilli shows you how to shake your tail feathers. Tabernacle (Notting Hill), from £15, book ahead, 6.30pm-10-30pm

SOUL TRAIN: Choo-choo-choose a night of Motown classics at the South London Soul Train. This time around, it's a Marvin Gaye special, with Wayne Hernandez & The Marvin Gaye Tribute Band hopping aboard to celebrate the Prince of Soul in style. The CLF Art Cafe (Peckham), from £5, book ahead, 10pm-5am

Sunday 15 April

An afternoon of upcycling to brighten up your bedroom.

GHOSTSIGNS: Don't worry, there won't be any actual paranormal activity involved at the ghostsigns tour. Instead, you'll be tracing the fading history of Stoke Newington's streets, revealing fascinating advertisements of yore. Meet at Stoke Newington station, £20, book ahead, 10.50am

LONDON GAMING MARKET: Browse retro video games, board games and classic merch at The London Gaming Market. Beat the post-lunch rush and get in there early to make sure you claim the best bargains (Russell Square), £5/£2, just turn up, 11am-4pm

SEW THRIFTY: Have a cushy afternoon at Poplar Union's new monthly sewing class. This time they're making cushion covers using upcycled materials, making it the ideal chance to brighten up your bedroom and up your Hygge credentials while learning something new. Beginners and seasoned crafters are equally welcome. Poplar Union (Tower Hamlets), from £12, book ahead, 1pm-4pm

BIRD IS THE WORD: Get a sneak peak at upcoming Brighton Fringe act Birds, who have come to The Cavendish Arms to tickle you silly. It may be dynamic duo Amy Spinks and Leila Nashef's debut hour, but they promise not to be rubbish, bringing snappy yet surreal sketches, now with added feathers. The Cavendish Arms (Stockwell), free, just turn up, 8pm-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

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