Things to do today is sponsored by Cityread.
What we're reading
- Sadiq Khan adds disclaimer to old campaign website.
- Visiting Chu's Garage in the London Fields railway arches.
- Rumours that the congestion charge hours are to be extended.
- A house spontaneously collapsed in Kensington.
Things to do today
EASTER HOLIDAYS: The school holidays are here, and there's plenty going on in London including family exhibitions, nature trails, egg hunts and museum workshops. Take a look at what's on near you, whatever their age, and whatever your budget.
ILLUSTRATIONS: Legendary children's book illustrator and creator Micheal Foreman has a massive career retrospective. Chris Beetles Gallery, free, just turn up, until 22 April, 10am-5.30pm
ROYAL SOCIETY TOUR: Take an unofficial tour through the Royal Society's history with Londonist contributor Laurence Scales. He'll tell you about some of the society's lesser known characters along with the heavy hitters such as Darwin and Newton. Note: This tour is NOT a visit inside the present Royal Society HQ. High Holborn, £12, book ahead, 2.30pm-5pm
GREAT FIRE OF LONDON: How much did the Great Fire really change London? Was it solely responsible for the architectural changes of the period? The Museum of London hosts this lecture about the inferno of 1666. Museum of London, free, book ahead, 3pm
PUBSCI: Science in a pub — an excellent combination. This month, hear from engineer Dr Fiona Nairn Scott, who will discuss the challenges of fireproofing iconic and historic buildings. The Old King's Head (Borough), free (there's a whip-round to cover costs), just turn up, 6pm for 7pm start
CRAP FILM CLUB: Celebrating the worst of the film world, Crap Film Club hosts a screening of 1986 indie slasher film Chopping Mall. Four young couples decide to spend the night in a shopping mall, but the security system malfunctions and robots turn into kill-bots. The Book Club, £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
POLITICAL POWER OF MUSIC: Head to Housmans book shop in King's Cross for a talk by musician Dave Randall about his new book. It discusses how musicians have used their craft to spread political messages through the years. Housmans, £3, just turn up, 7pm
SPOKEN WORD: Witness a dystopian storytelling performance about the places in your brain where things hide and what happens when they come out to play. Dark Corners comes from the acclaimed spoken word artist Polarbear. Battersea Arts Centre, £12.50/£10.50, book ahead, 7pm
JAZZ MUSIC: Brasserie Zedel's jazz week is well into its groove now. Tonight its the turn of trumpeter and vocalist Pete Horsfall to dazzle the crowd. Brasserie Zedel, £17, book ahead, 7pm
HAIKU DAY: Shimmy along to Southbank Centre to celebrate International Haiku Day (prematurely — it's on 17 April). Hear Haiku poets reading their work. Poetry Library at Southbank Centre, free, book ahead, 8pm
MAGIC SHOW: Dip into a world of illusions and impossibilities at this midweek magic show, with puzzles, as well as parlour and street magic tricks. Adults only. The Illusioneer (Herne Hill), £15, book ahead, 8pm
PANTI BLISS: An evening of 'exquisitely tart-tongued comedy' at Soho Theatre from Panti Bliss. She invites you into her gender-discombobulating, stiletto-shaped world, exposing the stories behind the make-up, and remembers the shitstorm that came to be dubbed 'Pantigate'. £19-£14, book ahead, 9pm. Until 8 April
Help solve an Elizabethan mystery with Cityread
Cecily Ashe has been murdered. Her body lies at the Charterhouse, and the Queen's spymaster suspects a plot to overthrow the crown. To uncover the truth, international man of mystery Giordano Bruno has been asked by her majesty to recruit a band of spies — will you join him?
It's time to go back in time and get involved in this immersive Elizabethan experience. Don your cloak and explore the historic cloisters of the Charterhouse.
Cityread is a month-long series of events all focused on one book. The novel of choice this year is Elizabethan thriller Prophecy, by S.J. Parris. If you think you can help solve the mystery, book tickets for Prophecy: Behind Closed Doors here - the event takes place every weekend in April.
Art review: Rubens & Rembrandt
RUBENS & REMBRANDT: The two names alone should get art fans excited. The National Gallery has put up a new display of these two Old Masters in (the often hard to find) gallery B. Rembrandt's self-portraits are brilliant, showing a young artist on the up, and a somewhat morose old man towards the end of his years. Couple these with the bold Biblical scenes of Rubens and you're onto a winner. Rubens and Rembrandt at The National Gallery, gallery B. Until 16 July, free. ★★★★☆ Tabish Khan
Dance review: ballet about jewels is dazzling
In Jewels — George Balanchine's 1967 ballet — the dancers depict various precious stones across three acts. In keeping with the gems' properties, the movements in Emeralds feel elegant yet fragile and mysterious, while Rubies sees ballet meet the Jazz Age with the introduction of a Stravinsky score. The dancing in Diamonds is pure and regal, but the corps de ballet's formations still introduce a certain dynamism. Casts vary over the run but the Royal Ballet possesses so many outstanding dancers, it has the right people for every required style. On the night we went Sarah Lamb positively sparkled in Diamonds. Abstract ballet doesn't get more joyous than this. Jewels, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, WC2E, £4-100, 1-21 April ★★★★★ Sam Smith
Good cause for the day
PERIOD PARTY: An evening celebrating periods and vaginas: vulva crafts, vagina games and a period pub quiz. All money raised goes towards Binti, a charity dedicated to providing sanitary towels to all women and girls and smashing shame around periods. Everyone welcome, vaginas not necessary. The Bell Pub, £5, just turn up, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
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
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
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