What we're reading:
- Design museum reaches 1 million visitors in new Kensington home.
- Looted Ethiopian treasures could be returned on loan from the V&A.
- Why are there so few black and Asian cyclists in London?
- Red London: Labour is poised to take the capital.
Things to do:
MONET EXHIBITION: The much-hyped Monet & Architecture exhibition opens today at The National Gallery. See the great impressionist in a whole new light, the spotlight turned away from his artistic tributes to the natural world and onto his lesser-known depictions of manmade structures. The National Gallery, £17, book ahead, 10am-6pm, until 29 July
GEORGIANS' MARVELLOUS MEDICINE: The Royal Society of Medicine's Library plays host to a miscellany of Georgian medical texts, which contain 'cures' ranging from the charmingly absurd to the downright horrifying (a tincture of mercury, anyone?) Catch this free exhibition before it disappears next week. The Royal Society of Medicine (Bond Street), free, just turn up, until 21 April
DEAR BERHTWALD: They say letter writing is a lost art. If you're mourning its demise, go and get your snail mail fix at the British Library, where doctorate student Becky Lawton will introduce you to the earliest surviving letter from Western Europe. She'll be discussing its physical features and what these reveal about the act of letter writing in the 8th century. The British Library , from £4, book ahead, 12.30pm-1.30pm
VOICE JAMS: Know a teen who'd like to become a bit more tuneful? Premises Studios are offering a four days of fast-paced vocal training sessions for 12 to 18 year-olds, culminating in a roof-raising performance at the end of the course. With the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and Rihanna on their books, there's always the chance of bumping into a superstar in the corridors. Premises Studios (Hackney), £25 for all four days, book ahead, 2.30pm-6pm
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS: Auction house Christie's is staying up late to celebrate the glamour of 1920s and 1930s youth culture. See pieces from Faringdon House, which once entertained the likes of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and Cecil Beaton, and enjoy musical interludes inspired by the period courtesy of Opera Prelude. Christie's Auction House (St James's), free entry, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm
MARKETEER'S MASTERCLASS: If you want to become a marketing maverick, confidence is must. Strategic marketing professional Pamella Barotti shares practical exercises based on the latest scientific research, body language and coaching techniques to boost your assertiveness and help you achieve your career goals. You can try out her tips at the drinks reception and networking event that follows her talk (so maybe go easy on the sauce). Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising (Ladbroke Grove) £42.70, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
NOT YET SUFFRAGETTE: Comedian and Edinburgh Fringe nominee Natalie Cutler takes our lack of gender equality to task in a one woman show that's equal parts ranty and raucous. 10% of the proceeds go to 50:50 Parliament, an organisation committed to improving the representation of women in government. Theatre N16 (Tottenham), £11, book ahead, 7pm-8.15pm, until 12 April
JAMIE STEWART: Avant pop rocker and Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart strips down old favourites to an electric guitar and a single voice for this north London gig. He's accompanied by Parisian guitarist Eric Chenaux who brings forth a form of balladry that defies categorisation. The Lexington (Angel), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm
FRANKENSTEIN'S MAKER: Poet and author Fiona Sampson reveals the woman behind one of literature's greatest monsters in a talk that explores the illustrious life of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley. As the daughter of radical thinkers, wife to Percy Bysshe Shelley and, of course, the creator of Frankenstein, Shelley emerges as complex character passionately commited to her art. British Library, from £7, book ahead, 7.15pm
BOOGIE LIKE BRITNEY: Fans of late '90s pop choreography, pay attention. In less than two hours you'll be busting moves like the perennial princess of pop herself. That's right, it's time to perfect the official dance to Britney's breakout banger, Hit Me Baby One More Time. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £15, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm
Good cause of the day
Three amazing projects vye for your support at the latest edition of Filanthropy. This time, you'll see presentations from arts-based organisations Bluebird Pictures, Cool it Art, and School Ground Sounds. Then you pick the one that speaks to you the most a pledge a tenner to help it continue its wonderful work.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required. Get tickets
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... Get tickets
Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. See the world's smallest police station and visit London's most superstitious hotel on a walking tour covering everything weird, wonderful and London. £12 Get tickets
Tales of torture and plagues await you on a historical walk around London -- see bombed out ruins, discover Medieval markets and even visit a Roman ampitheatre. £12 Get tickets