Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 13 June 2017

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BODY FARMS: Learn what a Human Taphonomy Facility is (hint: it's a body farm) and find out the arguments both for and against them, and whether or not you should donate your body to such a facility. UCL Cruciform Building, free, book ahead, 9am-midday

PALACE TOUR: Did you know that three Catholic queens — Anne of Denmark, Henrietta Maria and Catherine of Braganza — used to live at the site of today's Somerset House? This free guided tour explores the history before the current building existed. Somerset House, free, just turn up, 12.45pm and 2.15pm

GOTHAS OVER ENGLAND: A complete overhaul of London's air defences was required when the German Army launched their first successful air raid. Ian Castle discusses the impact of these first bomber raids, drawing on official documents and eyewitness accounts to tell the story. The National Archives, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

AI TALK: Is artificial intelligence a real threat? Stephen Hawking certainly thinks so, arguing it will mean the end of mankind. Professor Martyn Thomas explores what has been achieved in the world of AI since Alan Turing's famous test. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

INFRASTRUCTURE REBORN: Speakers from TfL, the Brunel Museum and Grimshaw Architects hold an open discussion on the reuse of London's lost infrastructure, deep inside Brunel's sinking shaft. The Brunel Museum, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm

The role of transport in memory making at the London Transport Museum

TRANSPORT DESIGN: As a world leading city in architectural transport design, the The London Transport museum hosts a debate exploring the role transport plays in memory making. Part of the London Festival of Architecture. London Transport Museum, £12, book ah

ead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

KEW HOUSE: Storytelling, music and oddball comedy comes to Kew House in this series of shows welcoming audiences to a host of unique properties around London. Host Tim shares his passion for modern design and architecture through quick wit and anecdotes. Kew House, £28, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

LONDON SALON: The first event in a new series of evening talks from writers, artists and architects, critically exploring the lived experience of the city including fashion, identify, power, protest and dissent. This week, the focus is on memory. Entry includes a drink. Museum of London, £15, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

CLIMATE CHANGE: Futurenauts put on a lively chat show challenging some of life's biggest questions. This week tackles the issue of climate change — and whether Donald Trump tearing through climate and environmental institutions with reckless abandon really means this is the end of days. Toynbee Studios, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm

MUCH ADO: You won't have seen anything like this before. Shakespeare's classic tale is restructured using only the original text to portray this dark comedy. Hero is dead, and the strange circumstances of her death hang in the air while her fiancé Claudio attempts to atone for former wrongs. The Hope Theatre, Islington, £15, book ahead, 7.45pm


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Get your fill of street food at this delicious festival

Calling all foodies and ale lovers — StrEATlife is back. The second edition of north London's biggest street food and craft beer festival is at Alexandra Palace on 17 and 18 June, serving up everything from halloumi fries to steamed Bao buns. With live music from Showhawk Duo and Reggae Roast amongst others — and craft beer and cocktails to keep you smiling even if the weather doesn't — this event should be in any food-obsessed Londoner's calendar.

Sweet-toothed punters will be pleased to know that ice cream and crepes feature on the menu. Wash it all down with a Bounty daiquiri, a special edition cocktail from Dash. which just screams holiday vibes.

The only thing that tops the food and drink selection is the stunning views you'll get from Ally Pally. We'd head to StrEATlife very hungry if we were you — get the lowdown here.


Art review: playful sexuality

A long black millipede enters a pink flower, a hand squeezes mounds of flesh, and a red splattered finger penetrates into the heart of a flower. Photographer Maisie Cousins is exploring sexuality in a playful way. Coupled with a mirrored floor this is a great innuendo-laden show. Maisie Cousins: Grass, peonie, bum at TJ Boulting, 59 Riding House Street, W1W 7EG., free Until 24 June. ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Food review: creative cocktails

When drinking at East London's Cocktail Trading Company, expect the unexpected. These guys take mixology to another level — each cocktail is a work of art in its own right. They're tasty, too. A zesty punch is served granita-style inside a shell, featuring an aromatic almond-lime sherbet and plenty of rum — we can imagine slurping this on a sunny beach. The Scofflaw, with its Glenmorangie whisky, sesame, pink peppercorns and mint, comes fitted out with a magnifying glass, photos of the Kray twins, and a scent of rain on the side of the glass — the aim is to recreate the atmosphere of a rainy day in east London. Frankly, if rainy days taste this good, give us constant monsoons in Shoreditch. The Cocktail Trading Company, 68 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GQ. ★★★★★ Hari Mountford

Theatre review: men (and women) in uniform

No, Working is not a sweaty camp musical featuring men in string vests. But it does take a lighthearted yet serious look at the value of having fun through your work, all told through a charismatic cast of waitresses, builders, teachers and bankers. Based on the real life interviews oral historian Studs Terkel did with American workers in 1974, the songs — and their numerously quotable words — have an appealing authenticity. Joy and meaning is found in work, from the steel worker who carries his tools like a gun holster, to the luggage factory worker who can daydream while dodging scalding jets of steam. The challenge is in its episodic structure — brief glimpses into lives — meaning there’s no sustained narrative. But with addition of recent interviews from workers circa pre-crash 2006-7, it is an arc of social history set to a toe-tapping beat. Working, Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1 6BD, £25. Until 8 July ★★★★☆ Belinda Liversedge

Good cause for the day

GATSBY BALL: A night of roaring 1920s decadence awaits, as you enjoy shimmering performances of jazz, swing and cabaret. Of course, the night wouldn't be complete without a casino, a dance and a full Hilton buffet. All profits donated to a Syrian educational charity. Hilton Paddington, £60, book ahead, 7pm-1am

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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