What we're reading:
- Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred at Westminster Cathedral.
- Sadiq Khan announces creative enterprise zone shortlist.
- Hackney-based baker to make royal wedding cake.
- Love in London photography contest entries to be displayed across the city.
- A crystal ball music venue is coming to Stratford.
Things to do:
TOTS, TUNES AND TALES: Help your little ones develop confidence and coordination through the magic of song at the Royal Albert Hall, where seasoned storytellers and musicians are on hand to share their tuneful talents with the under 5s. Royal Albert Hall (Kensington), free, book ahead, 10am/11am/12pm
COLLECTIVE INFLUENCE: The 2018 Shape Open has arrived, showcasing works of art across multiple mediums from both disabled and able-bodied artists. Head to a secluded nook of Mile End Park and see pieces that explore the interwoven nature of art, disability and the collective voice. The Art Pavilion (Mile End Park), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 5 April
MAD FOR HATTERS: Whether you're a millinery maven, or simply appreciate the art of accessorising, The Great Hat Exhibition 2018 is for you. See 300 beautifully crafted hats from around the globe before purchasing your own piece of headgear at the pop-up shop. The Living Centre (King's Cross St Pancras), £7.50, book ahead, until 28 March
SCHOOL NEXT DOOR: Class is in session for Portuguese performance and visual artist Rita GT, whose latest installation explores past and present narratives of immigration in West London. Starting today, her 'school' will be running three days of lessons where the artist becomes both student and teacher. 50 Golborne Gallery (Notting Hill), free, just turn up, 2pm-6pm, until 3 April
PINTS 'N PUDS: Donut miss this decadent evening of desserts and beer at Mason & Company's Pudding Club. Sweet treats including Neapolitan ricotta donuts and salted caramel pots will be expertly matched with complementary beers, and you'll even get a tasting brochure to guide you through the pairings. Mason & Company (Hackney Wick), £15, book ahead, 5pm-11pm
SYNTH SKILLS: What better way to up your hipster credentials than with a sound synthesis taster class? Having been introduced to a whole new world of sound creativity, you'll be Kraftwerking it in no time. Morley College London (Lambeth), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm
SIMON TALBOT: Hoping to break into the British comedy scene, this Copenhagen-based comic is one of Denmark's biggest standups. With Make Denmark Great Again, Simon Talbot guarantees laughs aplenty and a weird accent (his words, not ours!). The Bill Murray (Islington), free, just turn up, 6.45pm-7.45pm
SCI-FI STAGING: Prepare to have your expectations of contemporary theatre obliterated: Talos 2018 has landed to showcase science fiction plays from around the world. Expect clones, unicorn fights and even robot actors in the first UK festival dedicated to sci-fi on stage. The Bread & Roses Theatre (Clapham), from £12, book ahead, 7pm, until 25 March
WHISKY AND BLUES: With a live blues band and five whiskies to sample, this South London tasting looks set to be a rather dram-atic evening. Tooting Tram and Social (Tooting Broadway), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
NATURE CALLS: Take a walk on the wild side with a night of burlesque and cabaret at the Honey Suckle Revue show. A menagerie of performers, transformed into foul-mouthed mermaids and rare creatures from the jurassic age will be strutting their stuff. The Kings Head (Dalston), £17, book ahead, 8pm
Good cause of the day
Mayfair members-only nightclub TRAMP is opening up its doors to the general public for an 80s-themed extravaganza in aid of Kids, a charity that supports children and young people with disabilities. So dust off those shoulder-pads and put on your dancing shoes — there's a special prize for best dressed to be won.