Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 16 May 2017

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The legendary annual Tug of War event, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care

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MUSEUM LATE: Say goodbye to the Hunterian Museum, as it hosts its final late open evening before closing its doors on 20 May. Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons, free, just turn up, 10am-8pm

LUNCH HOUR LECTURE: What makes a good teacher? Discover what AI is telling us about how we learn, and how machines and humans will interact in the classrooms of the future. Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

POLICE HORSES: At this special Police Museum event, learn about the various roles played by the City of London Police's Mounted Branch, including ceremonial events and its day-to-day role. Guildhall Library, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

WAITERS' RACE: It's the fifth anniversary of the Waiters' Race; so watch lots of waiters sprint through Hyde Park, trays in hand — and cheer them on from the sidelines. Hyde Park, £10 to enter, free to watch, book ahead to enter, 4pm

QUEEN LECTURE: Queen Elizabeth II has seen a few things in her time: hers is the longest reign in British history. Learn how the role of the monarchy — and the Commonwealth — has changed in that time. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

Policing on horseback at the Guildhall Library

TIMELY TALK: Darkness over Germany: A Warning from History is being republished for the first time since 1945. It's a timely reminder of how a message of hate once fuelled a nation to unite. Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is among those discussing the book at St Paul's Cathedral. Free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

POETRY BATTLE: Ever been to a poetry pamphlet battle? Well this one is no-holds-'bard'. Birmingham's The Emma Press is in town to take on London's Sidekick Books. Who will win? The audience we hope. Library (Covent Garden), free, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

ADULT SEX-ED: It's time to break the pleasure taboo and talk about female orgasm at this adult sex-ed talk, with Sophie Holloway from Ladies Come First. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £6, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

COMEDY: Laugh Out London's latest line-up of comedy stars includes sets from bon vivant Marcel Lucont, Suzi Ruffell, the unhinged Adam Riches, Lauren Pattison and the operatically-gifted Jayde Adams. What a line up. The Antelope (Tooting), £5/£7, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

LIVE MUSIC: Hear the Lauren J Quartet's take on an eclectic range of hits, from Whitney Houston to Drake. Expect chilled and soulful with a dance floor banger or two thrown in. 100 Wardour Street, free, book a table, 8pm-10pm


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A free evening of food, music and performances at the Museum of London

The Museum of London's new season City Now City Future celebrates city life past, present and future with over a hundred events and displays across the next year. To kick it off in style, the museum is opening its doors after hours on 19 May and exploring what it means to be a Londoner today through fashion, style, film, food and sound. There will be music from Reprezent 107.3FM, films from Blast Theory and global food from Mazi Mas — a roaming restaurant run by migrant and refugee women.

It's also worth checking out this talk with legendary photography company Magnum on 20 May. Discover how photographers get under the skin of London to capture its reality.

The museum late is free, but booking is required for Magnum.


Art review: mirrors and drones

Copyright Nadim Karam

Nadim Karam's large scale paintings touch on all aspects of life covering everything from toys to drones, in a block style that makes it look like he is patching his memories together on canvas. He also creates reflective works, embracing the viewer into his own personal history. An intimate exhibition. Nadim Karam at Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, W1S 2JT, until 19 May, free ★★★☆☆ (Monday-Friday) Tabish Khan

Food review: pizza by the metre

Pizza by the metre is something we approve of. The idea’s a simple one; get your friends together, order a variety of toppings, choose from half-metre or metre-long pizza, and get stuck in. It’s served up ready cut (and very quickly), and they don't stinge on toppings — we'd recommend the super-cheesy Tutta Bufala, with ample buffalo mozzarella and enough salami to satisfy any carnivore. Follow it up with the tiramisu, the perfect caffeine hit and not too rich. Pick your friends wisely. Firezza, 22-25 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3RY ★★★★☆ (Open every day) Laura Reynolds

Theatre review: Angels in America makes heavenly theatre

Photo: Helen Maybanks

Tony Kushner's epic two-part Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes examines big themes of sexuality, religion and politics through the overlapping intimate relationships of two warring couples and a lonely individual coming to terms with Aids in Reagan's 1980s America. But Millennium Approaches and Perestroika have many laugh-out-loud as well as painfully moving moments during their seven and a half hours. This spectacular revival by Marianne Elliott makes full use of the resources of the cavernous Lyttelton stage with Ian MacNeil's revolving set to capture the play's surreal flights of fancy. The superb, multi-roling cast is led by Andrew Garfield as a suffering ex-drag queen and Nathan Lane as the notoriously ruthless right-wing lawyer and Trump mentor Roy Cohn. Although thankfully Aids is no longer the death sentence it once was with the right medication, while homophobia has declined, Kushner's portrait of a deeply divided, intolerant society seems even more frighteningly relevant now. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Royal National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX, £20 per play (ballot only), until 19 August ★★★★★ (Monday‒Saturday) Neil Dowden

Good cause for the day

TUG OF WAR: Heave ho! Join Macmillan Cancer Care in their legendary annual Tug of War event. Watch an array of talented teams take each other on in battles of strength and skill (mainly strength). City firms, army teams, and fire services will fight it out on the pitch, while supporters cheer from the sideline. Westminster College Gardens, Westminster, £110, book ahead, 5.30pm-9.30pm

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

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

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

Paint Ceramics and Bring Your Own Prosecco!


If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations.  Get tickets