Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 23 May 2017

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It's All Gravy Baby by Layla Andrews

TFL DESIGN: TfL does more than provide our capital with a great transport service — we love their eye for design too. TfL is launching an exhibition of Underground-inspired brooches for Clerkenwell Design Week, and hosting a pop up shop to showcase them, along with new designer collections spanning from bike bags to coasters and cushions to cufflinks. St John's Square, free, 10am-5pm

PAINTING POLITICS: Layla Andrews, exhibiting the best of her politically-inspired artwork from the last five years, has even received praise from Barack Obama on her vibrant and energetic pieces. Oxo Tower, free, just turn up, until 29 May, 11am-6pm

DOING THE SUMS: Apparently maths can make you fly — well, not quite, but find out how maths can at least make it seem so, and explore how such principles can be used beyond special effects, in the reconstruction of crucial information in satellite images of our earth to the renovation of digital photographs and medieval artwork. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

SENSE SAFARI: Follow your nose on this sensual adventure through Greenwich, discovering secret haunts whilst learning how to discern and capture the scents and smells of this delightful corner of London. The Flower Hut, £20/£12, book ahead, 6.15pm-7.45pm

CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE: Despite making up 95% of the total energy content of the universe, dark matter is elusive and little understood. Join Dr Thomas Kitching and learn how plans for a dark matter map aim to help us look back in time over three quarters of the age of the universe. The Royal Society, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8pm

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This summer, a street food and craft beer extravaganza is coming to one of London’s most iconic venues. The grounds of Alexandra Palace will host the StrEATlife festival over a selection of weekends, offering stunning views, global street food and an epic range of ales and cocktails.

Whether you’re into BBQ meats and bao buns, artisan ice cream or vegan burritos, StrEATlife will have something to make your mouth water. With music from Amozonica, Brasstermind and Reggae Roast among others, this is the perfect set up for a summer weekend.

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Discover London's lost shipbuilding and shipbreaking industries.

FUTURE OF TRANSPORT: London's built environment professionals host a forum for radical thinking about the future of infrastructure in the capital, looking at how we can learn from international examples, what is next for London and more importantly, how we can build it. New London Architecture, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8.30pm

POSTMODERNISM: While not everyone's cup of tea, some believe postmodern buildings such as the infamous Number One Poultry are worth keeping around. Hear from the architects of some of these buildings and why they should be celebrated. Royal Institute of British Architects, £9, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

SKETCHDATING: Single? Got a face? Put pen to paper and join in with a range of fun drawing activities on this fun dating evening, including speed portraiture, colouring and balloon art. If you're lucky, you might even get someone's number by the end of the night. Drink Shop & Do (King's Cross), £15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

SHIP SHAPE: While most think of somewhere like Portsmouth or Plymouth as major shipbuilding centres, few are aware of the role London played in this great industry. However, when the Thames retreats, we can see evidence of how just much nautical activity happened here. Discover the history of London's shipbuilding and shipbreaking past at this free community lecture. MOLA, Mortimer Wheeler House, free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

AMERICAN CARNAGE: We can't even pretend to understand the inner workings of Trump. Join a panel of experts to uncover what he really wants – and how he plans to get it. Will he "make America great again"? Or should he make the rest of us very, very worried? Conway Hall, £16, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

Art review: virtual reality history

Courtesy Mat Collishaw and VMI studio

Artist Mat Collishaw has recreated the first significant exhibition of photography, put on by William Fox Talbot in 1839. But this show can only be accessed by putting on a virtual reality backpack and walking around as a white room springs to life — including the odd mouse scuttling across the floor. Mat Collishaw: Thresholds at New Wing, Somerset House. Until 11 June, £4.50. ★★★★☆

Art review: modern vanitas

Copyright Alexander James

Alexander James is a master photographer and this show contains the full spectrum of his works. From his earlier works of people and still lives underwater to his latest abstract photographs of flowers. These otherworldly artworks are beautiful. All Icons Are False - Alexander James at D-Contemporary, 23 Grafton street, W1S 4EY. Until 30 May, free. ★★★★☆ (Monday-Saturday)

Theatre review: world premiere tops eclectic mix

Natalia Osipova, Matthew Ball and Edward Watson in Strapless. Photo: ROH / Bill Cooper

This Royal Ballet quadruple bill is highly varied as The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Tarantella show classical ballet at its most frenzied and folksy. Strapless is the first revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s 2016 creation, but Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances is a world premiere. Set to Sergei Rachmaninov’s eponymous masterpiece, it features an outstanding performance from Zenaida Yanowsky (who shares the lead role with Laura Morera). Yanowsky can be fiery, dynamic, noble or graceful while a minimalist aesthetic of red and black complements the stunning ensemble dancing. Royal Ballet Quadruple Bill, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E £4-68 18-31 May ★★★★☆ Sam Smith

Good cause for the day

WALK TO BRIGHTON: Mental health charity Mind hosts a sponsored 100km walk, jog or run (whichever suits you) from capital to coast, featuring breathtaking scenery, challenging climbs and perhaps a few rest stops along the way. Richmond, £40/£56, book ahead, Saturday 27 May