Things To Do In London This Week: 25-31 March 2019

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Go barking mad for London Dog Week

LONDON DOG WEEK: We're barking mad for London Dog Week, a celebration of the capital's canines and their owners. Fashion shows, parties, dog first aid courses and landmark tours are all part of the programme, aimed at dog owners, and those who don't have their own dog but love all things canine. Various dates and prices, book ahead, 24-31 March

PENGUIN CLASSICS: In need of a new book? Get thee to the Penguin Classics pop-up shop, where all 1200+ Penguin Classics are available to buy for one week only. Events and workshops are happening too, including book clubs and literary tours. 133 Bethnal Green Road, free entry to shop (charge and booking required for events), 25-31 March

MARGARET THATCHER: On the eve of a crucial vote, Margaret Thatcher gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret superstar. So goes the plot of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, an outrageous 1980s drag cabaret show about LGBT rights. Wiltons (Limehouse), £10.50-£20, book ahead, 26-30 March

ASIAN FILM FEST: The UK Asian Film Festival brings 11 days of film screenings and coinciding events to the capital, aimed at both industry experts and the general public. Highlights this year include the opening gala — attended by Indian actress Zeenat Aman — several UK premieres, and a networking event for women working in cinema. Full programme here. Various locations and prices, book ahead, 27 March-7 April

COUNTRY LIVING FAIR: Browse stalls featuring British crafts, food and drink, home decor ideas, up-and-coming designers and plenty more at the Country Living Spring Fair. Five stages of talks and workshops host events on topics such as crafting, gardening and cooking. Alexandra Palace, £17.60, book ahead, 28-31 March

GLENN WOOL: 'Comfortably in his 40s', and now a dad, veteran comedian Glenn Wool revisits some of his most subversive sketches, while trying to work out if he's finally grown up. Soho Theatre, from £13, book ahead, 26-30 March

Monday 25 March

KT Tunstall performs at Roundhouse

SHORT STORIES: Novels get a lot of attention so the Short Story Salon shines the light on... yep, short story collections. Nicole Flattery and debut author Eley Williams discuss their new short story collections with columnist and podcast host Alice Slater. Waterstones Gower Street, £10/£8, book ahead, 6.30pm

KT TUNSTALL: Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall marks the launch of her sixth album at this gig. She performs both old and new tracks, backed by an all-female band. Roundhouse (Camden), from £27.50, book ahead, 7pm

CHASING THE SUN: Find out how our mental health, sleeping patterns and immune systems are all affected by the patterns of the sun — one of the reasons we're changing the clocks to make the most of the sunlight. Author Linda Geddes discusses research from her book, Chasing The Sun. Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Tuesday 26 March

Attend a bouquet masterclass

TWILIGHT ARCHITECTURE: Take an architecture-themed tour of Barbican at twilight, led by experienced tour guides, and learn more about the construction and design of the estate. The event finishes with a three-course meal at Italian restaurant Osteria. Barbican, £35, book ahead, 6pm

AMERICAN MEMORIAL: America's largest presidential memorial is also its least visited. The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on an island in the Potomac River is the subject of new documentary The Man On The Island. Michael Patrick Cullinane, professor of US History at the University of Roehampton, introduces a documentary screening. British Library, £8/£5, book ahead, 7.15pm-8.30pm

EDIBLE BOUQUET: Just in time for Mother's Day, learn how to craft a bouquet with London florist Rebel Rebel. The twist? The ingredients used are edible, including rosemary, olive and mint. ASK Italian (Paddington), £21.86, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm


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Wednesday 27 March

Crick Crack Club comes to Kings Place

QUESTIONING JUSTICE: Coinciding with the current production of Downstate, the National Theatre takes a closer look at justice in child sexual abuse cases. Helena Kennedy QC offers her thoughts on whether the criminal justice system is equipped to deal with cases of child sex abuse, and whether offenders are being given the appropriate sentences. National Theatre, £7/£5, book ahead, 6pm

DANCE DATING: Over speed dating? Try dance dating instead. Learn simple dance moves to a soundtrack of reggae, jazz and folk, changing partners regularly as you practise — plus, you get a couple of minutes to chat with each partner once you've learned the steps. Exmouth Market, £20-£35, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

CRICK CRACK CLUB: Storytelling experts Crick Crack Club present acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake and drummer John Predare. They tell the story of The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire of West Africa. Kings Place (King's Cross), £14.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

Thursday 28 March

Explore the feminist archives at Bishopsgate Institute

FEMINIST HISTORY: Spend the evening touring archives pertaining to women's history and feminist history. Join curator Grace Biggins to hear stories of a woman who put up Ghandi in the East End, Britain’s first ever female firefighter, and the Berwickshire Granarchists. Bishopsgate Institute (Liverpool Street), £7/£5, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

HENRY VI: Hear author and historian Dr Lauren Johnson talk about the life and death of King Henry VI, following her research on the monarch for a new book. He became king as an infant but, as an adult ruler, oversaw the loss of the English claim to the throne of France, and was responsible for sparking the War of the Roses. National Archives (Kew), £10/£8, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

TEENAGE DIARY: Actress and impressionist Jan Ravens reads extracts from her teenage diaries in public, hosted by Rufus Hound. They date from her time growing up in Merseyside, covering school, her best friend Nicky, her love of pop music, and her crush on Gary. British Library, £10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Friday 29 March

Mike Wozniak is on the bill at this comedy night

PANAMA PAPERS: Get an insight into the research that went into revealing the Panama Papers, the leaked documents which exposed vast sums of hidden money. 2018 documentary The Panama Papers focuses on the international team of journalists who worked hard to uncover the offshore tax havens. DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £9/£7, book ahead, 6.45pm

BRAIN MAPPING: Neuroscientist John O'Keefe hosts the Royal Institution's Friday Night Discourse, focusing on how our brains map the world. He discusses his research on the movements of rats, which gave an insight into how brain cells form an internal map. Royal Institution (Mayfair), £20/£15, book ahead, 7.20pm-8.45pm

CRIMINAL IMPROV: Comedians Deborah Frances-White, Mike Wozniak, Lucy Trodd and Ruth Bratt appear in this improv show in which they attempt to solve a murder case right in front of you. One of them plays detective while the other three take on the role of suspects. Kings Place (King's Cross), £12.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

Saturday 30 March

Deeds not words at Museum of London

DEEDS NOT WORDS: Jewellery experts Tatty Devine lead a masterclass where you can make your own bunting necklace, inspired by the suffragette artefacts in the Museum of London's collections. No experience is required and all materials are provided. Museum of London, £45, book ahead, 10.30am/1.30pm

LA BOHEME: Puccini’s La Bohème has been updated in English for this performance, which charts the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates. It's still got the comic and tragic elements of the original opera, but is more accessible to a modern audience. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), from £12, book ahead, 7.30pm

Sunday 31 March

Attend a charity concert in Chelsea

MOTHER'S DAY: Looking for something to do with your mum this Mother's Day? Take a look at our suggestions, from cultural activities to foodie trips.

FAMILY RAVE: You're never too young to attend your first rave, which is why this family rave is aimed at toddlers and their families. Bubbles, balloons, confetti and parachutes all feature on the dancefloor, and there's a chill out area if it all gets a bit overwhelming. Hangar (London Fields), £10/£7, book ahead, 2pm-4.30pm

100 VOICES: The Princess Alice Hospice Community Choir and the Strawberry Hill Singers combine forces for a concert which raises money for the Surrey-based hospice. Expect to hear showtunes from Broadway classics including My Fair Lady, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. Cadogan Hall (Chelsea), £15-£30, book ahead, 6.30pm