Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 23 March 2017

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LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Head to LSE in your lunch break for the final lunchtime concert of the term. The Castalian String Quartet will perform works by Haydn and Beethoven. LSE, free, just turn up, 1.05pm-2pm

THAMES TOUR: Take a tour of the River Thames to hear its untold past; covering mudlarking to the impact of the whaling industry. Museum of London, £38/£28.50/£20, book ahead, 1.45pm

FREE POPCHIPS: Comedy from spoof artist Deliciously Stella, voguing classes, and makeovers from a drag expert are just some of the rooms you can visit at the pop-up Popchips store in Soho. It all sounds very high energy, but they'll be giving out free Popchips, and that's something we can get on board with. 19 Greek Street, free, just turn up, 5.30pm-8pm

THE RISE OF SOURDOUGH: If you had sourdough bread down as a new-fangled hipster snack, think again. It's been around for 6,000 years, and fed the people that built the pyramids. Find out how it became so popular — and why it was replaced with modern, yeast-based bread. Barnard's Inn Hall, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

FSTVL: We Are FSTVL is popping up in Shoreditch for an evening of dance music and free drinks. Boxpark Shoreditch, free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

Tour the Thames with the Museum of London

HOLOCAUST AWARENESS: In 1942, Polish diplomat Jan Karski attempted to raise awareness of the extermination of Jews that was taken place in Poland, but he was largely ignored. In 2009, French writer Yannick Haenel published a novel celebrating Karski, but the book was criticised for distorting history. This talk continues the debate around Karski's legend. The Wiener Library, free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

LITTLE GERMANY: In the 18th century, in the area around Whitechapel and Aldgate, you were more likely to hear people speaking German than English. Sigrid Werner discusses the period and why it became a taboo part of history. St George's German Lutheran Church, £5, just turn up, 6.30pm

WATER OF LIFE: St Paul's Cathedral marks the UN's World Water Day with an evening of musical performances and expert speakers, including excerpts from Handel's Water Music played on the grand organ. St Paul's Cathedral, free (suggested donation £5), book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

ART OF THE SIGN: Make a contemporary transport sign at the London Transport Museum, using calligraphy with guidance from Quill London. London Transport Museum, £65/£60, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

AGONY AUNCLES: They look like regular advice columnists, but they have a secret weapon under their sleeves: science. There is no problem to big, small or awkward for the comedic Agony Auncles. The Harrison. £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

VIDEO GAMES BURLESQUE: Show Me Your Moves is a video game themed burlesque night. We hear there might be a Drowzee strip-tease. For real. Secret Weapon Stratford, £10, book ahead, 8.30pm-11.30pm


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Art review: a utopian Moscow

Shchusev State Museum of architecture

This exhibition is all about how Moscow was imagined in the 1920s and 1930s. We get architectural drawings, propaganda and artworks. However, with the recent Russian exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts, this just feels like a watered down version. More architectural models could have sorted that, but as it stands it's not unique enough an exhibition to keep us interested. Imagine Moscow at Design Museum, Until 4 June, £10 ★★☆☆☆ (Open every day) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: who could ask for anything more?

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This is 'the one'. An American in Paris is a thing of absolute beauty, a visually breathtaking musical in which no-one sings for the first 10 minutes while the scenery, music and projection combine to set the story, which then explodes in a luxurious dance-led staging the like of which London hasn't seen in decades, iced with mellow Gershwin tunes. Leading man Robert Fairchild is movie-star handsome but his athletic grace in the ballet and command of the romance and the comedy will leave you gasping for comparisons and short of superlatives. If we could give six stars, we would. An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre, 268-9 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ, £19.50-125.00, Until 30 October, ★★★★★ [Monday-Saturday] Johnny Fox

Good cause for the day

COMEDY NIGHT: Head for a night of laughs at Ribbons and Taylor in Stoke Newington. Funny people include Danny Ward, Alasdair Beckett-King and Sunil Patel. All proceeds go to the amazing charity North London Action for the Homeless. Ribbons and Taylor, email speaker@hackney.gov.uk to reserve a place, £15, 7.30pm

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

Lost London Walking Tour


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

A Secret London Tour


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

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


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

Full Moon Magic Ceremony


Join a full moon ceremony and uncover how to fully appreciate the cycles of nature, and how these align with the cycles of our own bodies. Simply, the full moon is a time when our energy peaks - a time of fruition, a time of perception, a time of strength. In this ritual experience, Ena and Gammadian will take you on a beautiful journey guided by the moon, lead a guided meditation and create a safe space in which to reflect, relax and grow in the company of like-minded people.  Get tickets