Things To Do Today In London: Friday 17 March 2017

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The Candlelight Club St Patrick's Day Party

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Things to do for St Patrick's Day

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OFFICIAL FESTIVAL: Drape yourself in green and grab a Guinness, it's St Patrick's Day. Here's our complete guide to the official festival, and below we have some more events celebrating Ireland's patron saint. 17-19 March

BLOOMSBURY BAR: The Bloomsbury Club Bar is celebrating its Irish heritage this St Patrick's Day by teaming up with Dingle Whiskey Distillery providing the drinks for the evening. There's Irish music, dancers and food too. Bloomsbury Club Bar, free, just turn up, all day

SPEAKEASY ST PATRICK'S: The Candlelight Club are throwing a clandestine 1920s St Patrick's Day party, with an Irish American twist. Secret location, £25, book ahead, 7pm-midnight

POGUE TRADERS: Want to see some classic Irish rock music? Specifically The Pogues? Well that's where The Pogues Traders come into play — they revive all that Irish nostalgia you never even knew you had. Nambucca, £9, book ahead, 8pm-2am

Other things to do today

John Tyndall and the magic lantern at the Royal Institution

QUANTUM CERAMICS: Theoretical physicist Nadav Drukker makes traditional pottery as an alternative means to communicate his scientific research. We can't help but suspect he ran out of blackboard and continued his scribbling on the closest possible object... but it looks great anyway. Knight Webb Gallery Brixton, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

VR ART: The House of Peroni lands in Soho, allowing you to step inside a piece of art. There's also a bar area serving (you guessed it) Peroni. House of Peroni, £20 (includes beer or cocktail), just turn up, 5pm-10.30pm

MAGIC LANTERN: The most mind-blowing scientific lectures in 1853 came from a man named John Tyndall, using his own magic lantern. This is a lecture on those lectures. The Royal Institution, £14/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm to 8.30pm

50 ROOMS: Watch a play that's an exploration of home, belonging and in-between spaces — using quirky memories, magical realism, stem cells and martial arts. Rich Mix, £10/£12, book ahead, 7.30pm

FREE FRIDAY CONCERT: Go on a musical journey from Latin America to Spain — via the Middle East and Bulgaria — with John Crawford and his band at the Royal Albert Hall. Verdi Italian Kitchen, free, book ahead, 8pm

ZOMBIE FILMS: Hackney Picturehouse has a double-bill of South Korean zombie films. First it's the animated Seoul Station, then the classic Train To Busan. Hackney Picturehouse, £12.50/£11.50, book ahead, 9pm

Sicilian red shrimps and real gelato: Head to Enzo’s for regional Italian food

You've had pasta and pizza, but you're not done with Italian food yet. For authentic, varied and oh-so-yummy Sicilian dishes, check out Enzo's Kitchen, the new regional restaurant from Tasting Sicily.

The mouth-watering menu is full of fresh and exciting dishes from the island, including grilled Sicilian Tuma cheese and cacciatore lamb shanks. With speciality wine to accompany the meal, and a pudding line-up to make sure you leave room for dessert, Enzo's Kitchen is the ultimate destination for real Sicilian cuisine.

Art review: an expressive iceberg

Copyright Maggi Hambling

We love the expressive paintings of Maggi Hambling. Her latest series of works covers the big issues today — ice caps melt and Aleppo is under siege in her typical explosive painting style where everything is recognisable yet with an air of the intangible. Maggi Hambling: Edge at Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle street, W1S 4BY, Until 13 April, free ★★★★☆ (Monday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: late night cat fight

There are few theatrical pleasures greater than witnessing the formidable Imelda Staunton graft fresh insights onto a well-known role. As bitter faculty wife Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? she wipes the floor with husband George, and the screen with Elizabeth Taylor. But Game of Thrones' Conleth Hill is every bit her sparring partner, a belittled domestic sluggard who turns avenging Titan in this fresh, urgent and sexually-charged version of Albee's fiercely-burning tragicomedy. A few seats remain for performances in April and May — you would be mad not to seize one. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN, £15-£90. Until 27 May ★★★★★ (Monday to Saturday) Johnny Fox

Good cause for the day

TEENAGE CANCER TRUST: Teenage Cancer Trust is taking over the Royal Albert Hall at the end of the month, putting on some wonderful music and comedy. Ed Sheeran, The Who, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Romesh Ranganathan and so more are appearing at the fundraising events. A great time to be had, in aid of an important cause. Royal Albert Hall, various prices, book ahead, 27 March-2 April

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

London's Grime & Punishment Tour

Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.    Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour

Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour

Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets