Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 7 March 2017

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Beyond Borders at London College of Communication

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BEYOND BORDERS: This new exhibition showcases work from those whose lives have been caught up in the battle for control over borders and people. London College of Communication, free, just turn up, until 17 March

FOOD & DRINK WALK: Take a tour around St James's, to find out the area's lengthy food and drink history. Hear about the Jamie Oliver of the 19th century and find the hotel bar that inspired Ian Fleming's choice of drink for his most famous creation. Green Park tube station, £12/£9, book ahead, 11am-12.45pm

ROMAN BRITAIN: Travel along with Katharine Hoare, who transports you back over a thousand years, showing you what it was like to go out and about in Roman Britain. British Museum, free, just turn up, 1.15pm-2pm

FREE CONCERT: Hear the Meritus Collective — musicians of all instruments who have a passion for chamber music — for free in a lunchtime concert. Lauderdale House, free, just turn up, 1.15pm-2pm

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION: 100 years ago was the start of the (confusingly named) February Revolution that saw the downfall of the Russian monarchy. Hear a talk that covers where it all went wrong for Nicholas II. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

A Way Of Life at Genesis Cinema

HAUNTED DOCKS: Muster up some courage and head to the Museum of London Docklands after dark. Travel through a 200-year-old-warehouse and discover its chilling secrets. Museum of London Docklands, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm

FILM Q&A: Watch A Way of Life, in which a 17 year old tries to take care of her six month old baby with only the help of three teenage squatters. Followed by a Q&A from director Amma Asante. Genesis Cinema, £8/£7/£4.50, book ahead, 7pm

TYPESETTING FEMINISM: In 1973, Virago Press was set up. It aimed to give women a voice and reclaim female literature. Hear a panel discuss the radical imprint's journey with extracts from a documentary on Virago also screened. British Library, £8/£5, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

OPEN MIC: Apollo is the Greek god of poetry and he's kindly lent his name to the poetry collective UnApollogetic, who host a spoken word and open mic night. Hackney Attic, free, book ahead, 7.30pm

ZIGGY STARDUST: Watch the classic documentary of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars' last show at the Hammersmith Odeon. Rich Mix, £10.50-£5, book ahead, 8.30pm


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At London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival (8-10 March, King's Cross) you can enjoy classic brews from established names like Fuller's, while getting up to speed with brand new craft breweries, including Beerblefish and Enfield.

There's also craft cider, rare bottled beer from the USA, and a selection of English wines.

Soak up the booze with homemade food on site, and join in with activities each day, including a free pub quiz (Wednesday) and the inaugural Champion Beer of London competition.

Group bookings and season tickets are available. Free/£4, session times vary.


Art review: beautiful landscapes

George Price Boyce (1826-1897), View on the River Teme, Ludlow, Shropshire. © The Trustees of the British Museum

This large collection of watercolours begins with the rolling green countryside of England, with paintings by the likes of Nash, Turner and Constable. Then it shows the change after the first world war as the images become more gritty with ruins and desert scenes. The paintings are spectacular throughout. Places of the Mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850-1950 at The British Museum, Room 90. Until 27 August, free. ★★★★☆ (Open every day)

Theatre review: voyage into the heart of darkness

Scandal and Gallows' simple but effective one-man staging of Joseph Conrad's famous novella Heart of Darkness (which inspired the movie Apocalypse Now) is well worth a visit if you're anywhere near SW4. Adapted by George Johnston and directed by Madeleine Skipsey, the show takes us on a steamboat along the Congo River deep into the interior of 19th-century Africa and the dark, greedy heart of European colonialism, where civilization descends into savagery. Guy Clark gives a compelling, eyeball-to-eyeball performance as the disillusioned narrator/protagonist Marlow, as well as voicing and embodying other characters including the rogue ivory trader Kurtz who has first-hand experience of "The horror! The horror!" Heart of Darkness, Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW, £12, Until 8 March ★★★☆☆ Neil Dowden

Good cause of the day

VERTICAL RUSH: Race up all 932 steps of London's Tower 42 at Vertical Rush, in aid of homeless charity Shelter. Book ahead for the chance to take on the London landmark, with the reward of some beautiful views at the top. Tower 42, £30/£25, book ahead, 9 March, 8am-5pm

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

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

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets

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

The British Museum Tour - Ideas That Made Our World


Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets