What we're reading
- London's concrete ladders.
- Lost murals of mid-twentieth century London, rediscovered.
- From derelict Hackney warehouse, to bougie home.
- £6 billion spent on speeding up the Woolwich and Greenwich Thameslink line, have managed to make it slower.
Things to do:
ON THE EDGE: Love cartoons? Get yourself to this new exhibition of over 200 cartoons by British cartoonist Ed McLachlan, whose work introduces dangerous and violent elements into everyday scenes. Oh — and bring your wallet, as all the works are for sale. Chris Beetles Gallery (St James's), free entry, just turn up, until 31 March
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Get a free injection of culture at this lunchtime concert, where opera students perform a selection of arias. Beats spending yet another lunchtime scrolling through Facebook. Morley College (Lambeth North), free, just turn up, 1.05pm-1.55pm
SHAKESPEARE'S POLITICS: Shakespeare wrote enough plays about various kings to confirm his interest in the monarchy and the sovereign. Less well known is the Bard's interest in Roman political models, including Cicero who makes an appearance in Julius Caesar. Learn all about it at this Gresham College lecture. Museum of London (Barbican), free, just turn up, 6pm
LORD OF THE RINGS: Think you know Lord of the Rings back to front? You've probably got nothing on the Over-Analysers' Book Club, which sees six performers from the worlds of publishing, academia and comedy completely overanalyse the book, with hilarious results. Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, £7, book ahead, 6.30pm
BUTCHERY MASTERCLASS: Learn more about where your meat comes from at this butchery masterclass, specialising in beef this month. Learn about the different breeds, and what to look out for when buying your meat. Tickets are a little steep, but include a three course meal paired with beer and wine after the masterclass. Boxcar (Marylebone), £95, book ahead by email, 7pm-10pm
SHORT FILMS: Kino London serves up another instalment of short films, introduced by the people who made them. You may or may not discover the next Spielberg — either way, free popcorn is provided. Candid Arts (Angel), £4/£5, book ahead, doors 7pm, screening 7.30pm
BRIDGES THAT BUILT LONDON: Worship, murder and magic on the Thames — just some of the topics writer and London tour guide Chris Roberts will talk about tonight. You'll also learn how London has been shaped by its Thames bridges, and how bridges affect ecology and the tidal flow. River-ting stuff. The Pier House (Chiswick) £3 (free to members), just turn up, 7.30pm
NEW THEATRE: The world premiere run of the English adaptation of novella Returning To Haifa begins tonight. Ghassan Kanafani's story of a Palestinian couple who fled their home in 1948 and return 20 years later has been adapted for the stage. Finborough Theatre (West Brompton) £14-£18, book ahead, 7.30pm (until 24 March)
GENETIC LIES: Everything you know about genetics is (probably) wrong. Sorry about that. But instead of blaming your high school biology teacher (hi Mrs Mac), get yourself along to this talk to find out why there's more to genetics than peas — and how much we still don't know. Conway Hall (Holborn), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm
TAILOR LIVE: Not Taylor Swift you'll be disappointed/relieved to know. Instead, singer-songwriter Tailor, who's been likened to Kate Bush and Patti Smith, takes to the stage for your listening pleasure. The Half Moon (Putney), £10/£12, book ahead, 8pm
BRIDGET CHRISTIE: Award-winning comedian Bridget Christie takes on our obsession with rolling news in her upcoming show What Now?, covering everything from Brexit and Trump to nuclear apocalypse. Here's a chance to see the show for a bargainous price while it's still a work in progress. The Bill Murray (Islington), £10, book ahead, 9.30pm-10.30pm
Good cause of the day:
There's still time to bag yourself tickets to Stand Up For Shelter, a comedy night raising money for homelessness charity Shelter. Confirmed on the line-up so far are Russell Kane, Seann Walsh, Joe Wilkinson and Lolly Adefope. Shepherd's Bush Empire, £35-£52, book ahead, 7 March
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets