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BOW-WOW HAUS: Canine ‘barkitecture’ takes centre stage in a new display of doggy dream homes. Catch them before they’re auctioned off in aid of Blue Cross. St Pancras International, free, just turn up, 7am-11pm, until 26 April
MORNING MENTORS: Fancy yourself as a foodpreneur? Get tips on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign from industry experts on this pre-work plod from Soho to Borough Market. The early bird gets the worm! Whole Foods Market (Soho), £13.37, book ahead, 8am-9am
UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Get up close and personal with the work of artist Mary Pritchard, whose fascination with her mother’s brass microscope and scientific research has given birth to a brand new exhibition of teeny-tiny proportions. Guildhall Library (Aldermanbury), free, just turn up, 9.30am-5pm, until 16 May
WINE DOWN: Toast the start of London Burgundy Week at this wine-tasting masterclass. With host Romain Taupenot guiding you through nine different appellations from his own collection, you’ll be connoisseur before you can say à votre santé. Cabotte (Bank), £30, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
PONDER AT ST PAUL’S: Political philosopher Michael J Sandel leads a lively debate on addressing cultural and economic insecurity in his lecture Democracy and the Common Good: What do we Value? He’ll stick around for a book signing, too. St Paul’s Cathedral, free, book ahead, 6.45pm-8.45pm
REBEL GIRLS: A cadre of creatives, including author and historian Diane Atkinson, discuss the role of artists and storytelling in bringing the narratives of suffragettes to life for a millennial audience. Islington Arts Factory (Holloway), free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
SARTORIAL STORIES: Chase & Status’ Saul Milton shares his musings on Moschino, as he chats to fashion archivist Susanna Cordner, about a single garment out of his 1000 piece-strong collection from Italy’s cheekiest fashion house. London College of Fashion (Marylebone), free, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.30pm
CRAZY IN LOVE: Party like it’s 2003 at a dance class that will teach you to boogie like Queen Bey herself. Best pack your trainers and leave the killer heels to Beyonce, though. Drink Shop Do (King’s Cross), £15, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
HEAVENLY HARMONIES: Community choir Kensingston Singers promise an evening of rich melodies at their spring concert, in aid of Pembridge Hospice. They’ll be joined by special guests and a cappella fellas The Buzztones. Christ Church (Kensington), £8-£10, just turn up, 8pm
FREE UNTIL FAMOUS: American ex-pat comic and noted misanthrope Lewis Schaffer is back with his bewildering performance piece — he’s trapped in a multi-occupancy council flat in Nunhead and making the worst of a bad situation. The Kings Arms (Nunhead), free, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
Good cause of the day
Award-winning eatery M Victoria Street is hosting a pop-up dining experience in honour of women’s empowerment month. Sample five courses of culinary delights, followed by a champagne reception. All the proceeds from Chef Michael Reid’s special menu will be donated to Not For Sale — a global initiative working to end human trafficking.
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