Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 25 April 2017

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UK Colour Pencil Society at the Menier Gallery

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NEW EXHIBITION: The UK Colour Pencil Society is showcasing work by established and emerging artists. Menier Gallery (Southwark), free, just turn up, 25 April-6 May

MEMORIAL UNVEILING: 64 freemasons earned the Victoria's Cross in the first world war. Commemorative stones will be unveiled in their honour in a ceremony open to the public. Freemasons' Hall, free, just turn up, 11am

SWINGING LONDON: Keep your hair on, we're talking about the 60s. Take this walking tour around the Oxford Circus area to find out how swinging the 60s really were, with particular focus on 1966. While England's football team was victorious, homelessness and poverty were raging. Oxford Circus station, £10/£7, book ahead, 6pm-7.45pm

FREAKS: Take an absurd journey via theatre and cinema of the ever changing human condition with Freaks. The Lost Theatre, £5/£6, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

VEGAN FOOD: It's time for some delicious environmentally responsible food. Pollen + Grace is a supper club providing fine vegan and gluten-free food. Sourced Market, £36, book ahead, 6.30pm

Freaks at The Lost Theatre

COCKTAILS AND CODING: This panel discussion deals with the under-representation of women in tech. Hear how men can support women in the industry, and ask whether coding is necessary. All over some delightful cocktails. Sanderson Hotel, £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

TEMPLAR POETRY: Poet Olive Broderick launches her debut collection, Night Divers, alongside Kathleen Jones who's launching her poetry pamphlet, Mapping Emily. Keats House (Hampstead), free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

LIFE DRAWING: Channel your inner Modigliani and draw two models in their full sensuality, in some classic poses from his art. The Underdog (London Bridge), £15, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

CLEVER DOGGY: It's often said that certain dogs are more intelligent than others, but how exactly can we know? Dr Rosalind Arden presents some Cosy Science, speaking on how to measure intelligence in dogs and why it's important to do so. The Cittie of Yorke, free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm

WEIRDO COMEDY: Welcome to Stonehenge (via Islington), brought to you by the Weirdos Comedy troupe. The Bill Murray (Islington), £7.50, book ahead, 8pm-10.30pm

Art review: sharks & snakes

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Snakes serve as self-portraits of the artist; the beasts are suspended from the ceiling, while a blubbery nude sits atop a scooter. It's all completely over the top, filled wih political and consumerism. This exhibition is chaotic, but it's brilliant fun. Ashley Bickerton: Ornamental Hysteria at Newport Street Gallery,  Newport street, SE11 6AJ, until 20 August, free ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Sunday) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: bunker takeover

Cardboard Citizens have taken over the Bunker theatre to explore housing in Britain from the 1890s to today in a cycle of nine poignant, witty and powerful short plays. Weaving between the plays are vignettes, political films and musings on home and personal history from the cast (and audience), which are excellently executed, often very funny and give an important context to the plays themselves. The cast are excellent, and it's the quality of the performances — and the ease and adeptness with which the actors switch between roles — that made these productions so impressive. Not to mention the community cast made up of Cardboard Citizens members, whose appearances were brief but striking. Home Truths, The Bunker Theatre, 53a Southwark St, SE1 1RU, £12-35, until 13 May ★★★★☆ Savannah Whaley

Bar review: we're all mad here

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Alice in Wonderland-inspired pop ups have been done to death; these days they must be brilliantly bonkers to impress. The Wonderland Bar does not disappoint. Down the rabbit hole that is The Vaults, you get to flamingle with flamingoes and have your fortune told by Gypsy Rose, while slurping on weird and wonderful Smith & Sinclair cocktails. And the Dodo's Dolce Vita mac 'n' cheese? Other-wordly. The Wonderland Bar, The Vaults, Launcelot Street, SE1 7AD ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Sunday) Harriet Davis

Comedy review: plane crash comedy

Pam Ann has clocked up two decades' of comedy circuit air miles, so you've got to hand it to her. Actually, the acerbic air hostess hands it to herself, a deafening video montage opener blasts out her best bits... surely something she should be doing live tonight? That's followed by a weary audience participation skit that feels the length of a short-haul flight (the punchline? Four blokes dancing in wigs to the Spice Girls.) The auditorium, we admit, is turbulent with laughter — the die-hards must be in. But after a dire 'Great British Wank Off' video, we don our parachutes and bail out at the interval. Pam Ann: Touch Trolley Run To Galley, Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX, £28-£35, until 27 May ★★☆☆☆ Will Noble

Good cause for the day

CELIDH: How about a good old fashioned arm stretching, ground shaking ceilidh soundtracked by wonderful live music. All proceeds go to Médecins Sans Frontières. Conway Hall, £20, book ahead, 29 April, 7pm-11.30pm

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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