Things To Do Today In London: Monday 13 March 2017

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CONTEMPLATING ART: In her first solo show in the UK, French artist Elvire Bonduelle focuses on a critique of how we interact with art in typical gallery spaces, and the experience of contemplation. Ronchini Gallery, free, just turn up, until 18 March

BOOK AND SCREEN WEEK: A week long celebration of books and the films, television shows and video games they've inspired begins today. Events include theatre tours, book launches, screenings, masterclasses and more. Find out more here. 13-19 March

MEMORY HISTORY: How events are remembered changes over time. Historian David Kynaston examines the history of memory in post-war Britain. British Library, £10/£7, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

TRANSLATING NOVELS: Bakhtiyar Ali is the first modern Kurdish author to have his work translated into English. Here he discusses his novel with his translator Kareem Abdulrahman. Free Word Centre, £5/£3, book ahead, 6.45pm-9pm

CRINGEWORTHY STORIES: The last thing you want to do after an embarrassing moment is relive it. Well even if you don't want to, here's a chance to share your cringeworthy story at Spark London storytelling evening. Hackney Attic, £4, book ahead, 7pm

Book Slam at Wellcome Collection

NEUROSCIENCE IN SOCIETY: Our brains constantly change over the course of a lifetime. An expert panel discusses how neuroscience investigates the brain from cradle to grave. Royal Institution, £14/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

BOOK SLAM: The Wellcome Book Prize teams up with Book Slam to bring you a one-off 'literary club night'. Poetry and musical performances sit alongside appearances by various longlisted authors. Wellcome Collection, £12.50, book ahead, 7pm

UKULELE HOOTENANNY: Whether you're a beginner or an expert ukulele player, you're welcome at this ukulele hootenanny. Borrow an instrument or bring your own and take part in renditions of old classics and modern pop songs on the ukulele. Queen of Hoxton. Free (£20 refundable deposit), just turn up, 7pm-12am

MASSIVE CHOIR: London's largest professionally rehearsed choir, Barts Choir, presents four nautically themed British masterpieces alongside a full chorus and orchestra. Royal Festival Hall, £17-£27, book ahead, 7.30pm

Art review: colour overload

David Annesley, Orinoco, 1965, courtesy of Waddington Custot

Artists are often exploring the nature of colour and that's the focus of this Mayfair group show. The heavy hitters are rolled out including Donald Judd, Josef Albers, Anthony Caro and many more. The works can be hit and miss, but it's an enlightening show. Colour is at Waddington Custot, 11 Cork Street, W1S 3LT, until 22 April, free ★★★☆☆ (Monday-Saturday)

Theatre review: A Night to remember

Boasting not one but three names from the cult Channel 4 comedy Green Wing, this new production of Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity and court intrigue amps up the Bard's gender-bending theme. It sees Tamsin Greig headline as the upright and uptight housekeeper Malvolia alongside Oliver Chris (Orsino) and Doon Mackichan (Feste); the latter is an especially superb interpretation of the Fool, somewhere between hipster reveller and hippy chanteuse. Tim McMullan's Sir Toby Belch turns up the debauchery to eleven, Imogen Doel as Fabia is a masterful clown and Phoebe Fox should walk away with awards for her hilarious Olivia. Simon Goodwin's direction is a happy, snappy affair, aided and abetted by Soutra Gilmour's sublime design. The RSC has its own version coming later this year but it should know: Goodwin has set the bar very high with this brilliant take on the classic. Twelfth Night, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX, £29-£60, until 13 May ★★★★★ Franco Milazzo

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

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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