Things To Do Today In London: Monday 5 March 2018

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Photography and the urban landscape is the theme at Hayward Gallery

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Things to do:

GRASPING SHADOWS: Shadows feature prominently in literature and art, but what do they mean? This Gresham College lecture discusses this, starting with literary examples from Dickens' time. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

STORM IN A D-CUP: June Kenton, former owner of Rigby & Peller, wrote a book about her work with the Royal family's unmentionables which led to the company losing its Royal warrant. Today she's in conversation with broadcaster Vanessa Feltz about the memoir that caused all the trouble. The event is part of Jewish Book Week. JW3 (North Finchley), £6-£8, book ahead, 2.30pm

MOTHER'S DAY: Now, we know you absolutely, definitely haven't forgotten that it's Mother's Day on Sunday, which is why you're already planning to go along to this card-making session and whip her up a homemade delight. Take that, Clinton's. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), free when you buy a drink, just turn up, 6pm

GOSPEL CHOIR: Fancy yourself as a gospel singer? Test yourself at this sing along session with House Gospel Choir, who run a monthly open rehearsal. No experience necessary, just a love of singing. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £12, book ahead, 7pm

HISTORICAL ROMPS: We've heard quite a fuss about new novel The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock, which is tipped to be one of the best of 2018. The author, Imogen Hermes Gowar, will chat to critic Alex Peake-Tompkinson about the book, which is set in 1780s London. Waterstones Gower Street, £8/£6 (or £15 with a copy of the book), book ahead, 7pm

Today's good cause takes place at JW3

MILES DAVIS: In the mood for jazz? Listen to a powerful rendition of Davis’ classic 1970 spiritual work Bitches Brew. The Jazz Cafe, £10-£15, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

IMAGINING IRELAND: Contemporary musicians from all over Ireland are coming together for a concert of contemporary Irish music, including Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, plus Saint Sister and Seamus Fogarty. Barbican, £15-£35, book ahead, 7.30pm

LITERARY SALON: Artificial intelligence is the topic of tonight's 4th Estate Literary Salon, which sees Senior Editor of Wired UK Victoria Turk lead a discussion with Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of CognitionX and science journalist Angela Saini, who will discuss everything from targeted advertising to Alexa. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £7.92, book ahead, 7.40pm

URBAN LANDSCAPE: To tie in with the Andreas Gursky exhibition, which reopened the Hayward Gallery, there's a panel discussion about photography and urban environment, featuring photography curator Thomas Weski, writer Owen Hatherley, and Barbican Art Gallery curator Alona Pardo. Hayward Gallery, £10, book ahead, 8pm

FEMALE PLAYWRIGHTS: Struggling with your other half? You might find a kindred spirit in one of seven plays, which explore difficult relationships, as part of a season nurturing female playwrights. Canal Cafe Theatre (Maida Vale), £13, book ahead, until 14 March

Good cause of the day:

Tonight, comedian Lee Nelson hosts An Evening of Entertainment featuring magician Katherine Mills and rap musician Abandonman, all raising money for child bereavement company Grief Encounter. JW3 (North Finchley), £50/£40, book ahead, 8pm