Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 27 April 2017

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Caught at Stratford Picturehouse and Rich Mix

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SYRIAN CONFLICT: This new Imperial War Museum exhibition highlights the origins and human impact of the current Syrian conflict through photos and personal objects and stories. Imperial War Museum (Lambeth), free entry, just turn up, 27 April-3 September

SLEEP WELL: Set yourself on track for a good night's sleep — learn how to make your own wheat pillows, lavender bags and camomile tea bags at this workshop. Lower Marsh (Waterloo), free, just turn up, noon-3pm

BLACK CABARET QUEEN: Celebrate the life and work of London-born singer Evelyn Dove. Speaker Stephen Bourne has just written a book about the cabaret performer. Black Cultural Archives (Brixton), £3, book ahead, 1pm-2pm

SCI-FI: Today marks the launch of Sci-Fi London, a festival dedicated to showcasing the best of British science-fiction film out there. On the opening day you can see the UK premiere of Caught, in which journalists ask a mysterious couple one too many questions. Stratford Picturehouse and Rich Mix, £5-£10.75, book ahead, 5pm & 8.45pm respectively

MUSEUM LATE: One of London's best small museums, the Hunterian, is closing for three years. To make sure everyone gets a chance to say farewell, it's staying open late on certain evenings in the run up to the closure. Hunterian Museum, free, just turn up, 5pm-8pm

Dead Talks at The Harrison Gastro Pub & Hotel

OVER THE RAINBOW: Nicola Field, an original member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, is discussing a new, expanded edition of her 1995 book Over The Rainbow: Money, Class And Homophobia. Review bookshop (Peckham), £5, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Beautiful Glorious Chaos is the name of this bar's latest exhibition, and that's what we're expecting at the launch night tonight. The Book Club (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 7pm-midnight

DEAD TALKS: Spend an evening listening to the laughable and ludicrous ideas of the past. Explore the practices and notions that fell by the wayside over time: see the embryonic drawings of Ernst Haeckel and find out why cows are no longer legal tender. All proceeds go to Inner City Centre, a psychotherapy and counselling practice. The Harrison Gastro Pub & Hotel, £6, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

POLITICAL COMEDY: Join a bunch of comedians for a 'celebration' of the first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency. 2 Northdown (King's Cross), £10, book in advance, 8pm-11pm

JAZZ QUARTET: Listen to the groovy tunes from the Chris Laurence Quartet, four of the most respected musicians in their field, who perform with intensity and creativity. Lauderdale House, £12/£10/£7, book ahead, 8.30pm


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Art review: weaving magic

© Chris Ofili. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London, The Clothworkers’ Company and Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh. Photography: Gautier Deblonde

Chris Ofili has created a sumptuous massive tapestry that sits perfectly in The National Gallery. He has combined Renaissance imagery with references to black culture. It's a stunning centrepiece supplemented by studies that include comparing footballer Mario Balotelli to a mythical figure. Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic at The National Gallery, until 28 August, free ★★★★☆ Tabish Khan

Theatre review: up a blind alley

Some charming tunes and an unfamiliar story about the 15-year old Louis Braille — who invented a tactile reading system for the sightless — set in Les Misérables era France could have launched a clever new musical. After successes like Ragtime and Titanic, Charing Cross Theatre has a misfire with a book that fits its score awkwardly. It's a vision of Paris where it never gets light and there are some appalling lyrics translated by Ranjit Bolt where only the clichés survive. Sweet singing including newcomer Jack Wolfe as Louis, Thom Southerland's now-familiar rotable two-tier staging, and smart black and white costuming help. But not enough. Read more here. The Braille Legacy, Charing Cross Theatre, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NL, £17.50-32.50, until 24 June ★★☆☆☆ [Monday-Saturday] Johnny Fox

Guided walk review: Travel through the thin veil of London

In the London of folk-horror pioneer Arthur Machen, sinister ancient horrors – troglodyte races and malevolent fauns – lurk just beneath the surface; all that’s required to see them is to ‘lift the veil’ and step into this magical world. On this fantastical dusk walk around Holborn and Bloomsbury, Rich Cochrane and Robert Kingham seamlessly entwine centuries of history, myth, philosophy and literature to weave a wholly engrossing journey (with a couple of pub stops) that will completely change how you see the city.

Walk lasts approximately 2.5 hours with a 30-minute pub stop en route. Tickets £17.50/£12.50 concessions. Dates available 27 & 30 April ★★★★★ James Drury

Good cause for the day

FASHION FUNDRAISER: Four years ago Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed. To mark the anniversary Traid Dalston is hosting a night of late night shopping, where all proceeds go to garment workers in Bangladesh. There's also a workshop where you can make your wardrobe moth repellent. Traid Dalston, workshop is £10, book ahead, 6.30pm

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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