Things to do today is sponsored by Cityread.
What we're reading
- London's cycling czar talks about his plans for the city's future.
- The world's rich still flock to London.
- Sadiq Khan announces that London is to get 12,000 new affordable homes.
- Spotted at London City Airport.
Things to do today
EASTER HOLIDAYS: The school holidays are here, and there's plenty going on in London including family exhibitions, nature trails, egg hunts and museum workshops. Take a look at what's on near you, whatever their age, and whatever your budget.
EXPERIMENTAL GAMES: There's a three day experimental gaming festival at Somerset House. Highlights include a ping pong table that creates a work of art as you play, and a physical team challenge to stop an outbreak of the bubonic plague. Somerset House, £8/£6.50 for one day or £23/£15 for weekend, book ahead, 7-9 April
NEW EXHIBITION: A new photo exhibition, opening today, portrays the first world war battlefields 100 years on, juxtaposing the death and horror of war with the peace and tranquility of the fields today. Guildhall Yard, free, just turn up, 7-23 April
GIANT PINBALL: There's a giant pinball machine at Waterloo Station modelled after London with some food based twists. Some great prizes are up for grabs, if you can prove yourself as a pinball wizard. Waterloo Station, free, just turn up, 7am-7pm
BLACK SOUNDS: When the Southern Syncopated Orchestra arrived in London in 1919, so too did what we know today as black British music. This exhibition at The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton tracks 100 years of black sounds, featuring the likes of Lord Kitchener, Janet Kay and Eddie Grant. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm. Until 4 November
GARDEN OPENING: For the first time in 2017, Lambeth Palace Gardens opens to the public. The oldest continuously cultivated garden in London only opens a handful of times each year. Lambeth Palace Gardens, £5, just turn up, noon-3pm
DRAW IN 3D: This workshop teaches kids how to doodle in creative 3D using colourful plastic printing pens. Hackney Museum, £20, book ahead, 2pm-4pm
TAP JAM: Kick off your weekend with some impressive tap dancing performances, part of Southbank Centre's Urban festival. Not always the reserved art form it is now, tap dancers used to gather in city streets in the 1930s to challenge each other. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 5.30pm
LATE AT TATE BRITAIN: Britain: Stand Firm is the theme for this late night gallery opening. It's based around the long-standing contributions that African and Caribbean immigrants have made to UK society, and includes live music, discussions, performances, film screenings and more. Tate Britain, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-10pm
MACHO? A bromance themed drag king cabaret, expert talks and a pop-up choir are just some of the events on offer at Wellcome Collection's Macho! themed late night opening. Wellcome Collection, free, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
COMEDY SALON: Serious literary salon meets ridiculous character comedy, when Christopher Bliss gives real life published novelists feedback on their work. Camden Comedy Club, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm for 8pm
Take a money-can't-buy tour of the Palace of Whitehall
Cityread London is hosting a whole month of Elizabethan themed events and activities all revolving around one book, Prophecy by S.J. Parris. The novel is a spy thriller set in 1538 London so expect intrigue, espionage and mystery.
On 26 April, there's an exclusive secret book club at the Palace of Whitehall, where you'll get to hear about Prophecy from the author herself. You'll also take part in a money-can't-buy tour of the Tudor parts of Whitehall — now part of the Cabinet Office — which aren't open to the public.
Here's the catch — you can only attend this secret book club evening by winning a ticket. Share your favourite place to read in London with the hashtag #LondonReadingDen by 17 April to be in with a chance. Full terms and conditions available at cityread.london.
Art review: queer British art
It's great to see an exhibition about the contribution of queer people to art; 50 years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality is the right time for this important show offering some fascinating insights into who shaped what, and how.
The show, alas, often takes too broad a brush to define what constitutes 'queer'. Yes all angels looked androgynous, but it's quite a leap to assume this is an attempt to demonstrate gender fluidity. There are some great paintings and sculptures, but much of the work fails to make an impact. Queer British Art: 1861-1967 at Tate Britain, until 1 October, £15 ★★★☆☆ Tabish Khan
Theatre review: super rich kids
Unsettling and upsetting, Laura Wade's damning critique of social hierarchy in Britain packs an even harder punch with an all-female cast. Cressida Carré's production is dynamic and original; the cast play the super-rich with a chilling authenticity. This play makes for a highly pertinent — and entertaining — riot of an evening. Posh, The Pleasance, Carpenters Mews, N7 9EF, £20 - £25, 29 March-22 April ★★★★☆ Savannah Whaley
Good cause for the day
DIRTY DANCING: Prepare for a dazzling evening as Blackheath's Mycenae House is transformed into the Kellerman's Holiday Resort for the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing. You'll watch the film then dance all that passion out afterwards. All proceeds go towards Debbie's Fight for Life, raising money for a lifesaving operation for a mum-of-three, that's currently unavailable in the UK. Mycenae House, £9, book ahead, 7 April, 7pm-11pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
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
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
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