Things To Do Today In London: Monday 27 February 2017

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RESTAURANT OPENING: Ever wanted a Burgerdict? That's an eggs benedict/burger mash-up for the curious of you. Now's your chance at the new Rail House Café, which opens today and is pay what you want for their first week. Rail House Café, pay what you want, book ahead, 7.30am-10.30pm

YOUTH MUSIC: Rock, Pop and Urban Regional Festival gives musicians aged 21 and under, the chance to perform in a professional setting. See the next wave of great British talent. Rich Mix, free, book ahead, 1pm and 6pm

DISCOVER CHINA: China means a lot of different things to different people. To some it's a culture, to others a civilisation, while many just see a nation-state. This talk examines these definitions and interrogates the 'China Dream'. University of Westminster, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm

TOWN HALL TALKS: Come to a town hall talk that examines the very nature of people congregating in large groups for talks. So meta. Battersea Arts Centre, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm

CUBAN PHOTOGRAPHY: Isabella Palumbo spent two months in Cuba taking pictures of locals and listening to their stories. She discovered a beautiful country full of potential, blocked by the myth of revolution. Come along to the exhibition's launch with dinner, drinks and cigars. MostArt Centre, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-10pm

Discover China at University of Westminster

THE TALE OF JANUARIE: The Tale of Januarie is a new opera based on Chaucer's classic The Merchant's Tale. A comedy of love and age sung in traditional Middle English for the purists. Barbican Centre, £25/£15, book ahead, 7pm

ROOFTOP STORYTELLING: Head up to the Viking bar atop the Queen of Hoxton and join award winning storyteller Giles Abbott, as he weaves a tale of betrayal and loss. Queen of Hoxton, free, just turn up, 7pm-8pm

FREE COMEDY: Right Funny Comedy is on a mission to make the people of south London laugh, by bringing them the comedy superstars of tomorrow. There are about a dozen acts, so prepare for quickfire laughs. Hawkins Forge, free, just turn up, 7.30pm

IBIZA TO NORFOLK: Martin's got a problem: he has an illness that no one understands and all he can think about is his hero David Bowie. The play was a sell-out in Edinburgh so isn't one to sleep on now that it's down south. Jackson's Lane, £14.95/£12.95, book ahead, 8pm

Art review: Smartphones swirling

Courtesy: The artist & Whitechapel Gallery

Constellations of stars are displayed on a spinning smartphone orrery. It's visually stunning and accompanied by passages of Genesis, an encompassing take on the evolution of society to our smartphone obsessed culture. Alicja Kwade: Medium Median, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX, free. Until 25 June ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Saturday)

Good cause for the day

The Doctors' Orchestra brings together GPs, psychiatrists, surgeons and more to perform in aid of charity. This concert at Cadogan Hall supports Freedom From Torture. The orchestra is joined by Portuguese soprano Susana Gaspar. Cadogan Hall, £32/£25/£15, book ahead, 7.30pm

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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