Things To Do Today In London: Monday 5 March 2018

Photography and the urban landscape is the theme at Hayward Gallery

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GRASPING SHADOWS: Shadows feature prominently in literature and art, but what do they mean? This Gresham College lecture discusses this, starting with literary examples from Dickens’ time. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

STORM IN A D-CUP: June Kenton, former owner of Rigby & Peller, wrote a book about her work with the Royal family’s unmentionables which led to the company losing its Royal warrant. Today she’s in conversation with broadcaster Vanessa Feltz about the memoir that caused all the trouble. The event is part of Jewish Book Week. JW3 (North Finchley), £6-£8, book ahead, 2.30pm

MOTHER’S DAY: Now, we know you absolutely, definitely haven’t forgotten that it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, which is why you’re already planning to go along to this card-making session and whip her up a homemade delight. Take that, Clinton’s. Drink, Shop & Do (King’s Cross), free when you buy a drink, just turn up, 6pm

GOSPEL CHOIR: Fancy yourself as a gospel singer? Test yourself at this sing along session with House Gospel Choir, who run a monthly open rehearsal. No experience necessary, just a love of singing. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £12, book ahead, 7pm

HISTORICAL ROMPS: We’ve heard quite a fuss about new novel The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock, which is tipped to be one of the best of 2018. The author, Imogen Hermes Gowar, will chat to critic Alex Peake-Tompkinson about the book, which is set in 1780s London. Waterstones Gower Street, £8/£6 (or £15 with a copy of the book), book ahead, 7pm

Today’s good cause takes place at JW3

MILES DAVIS: In the mood for jazz? Listen to a powerful rendition of Davis’ classic 1970 spiritual work Bitches Brew. The Jazz Cafe, £10-£15, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

IMAGINING IRELAND: Contemporary musicians from all over Ireland are coming together for a concert of contemporary Irish music, including Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, plus Saint Sister and Seamus Fogarty. Barbican, £15-£35, book ahead, 7.30pm

LITERARY SALON: Artificial intelligence is the topic of tonight’s 4th Estate Literary Salon, which sees Senior Editor of Wired UK Victoria Turk lead a discussion with Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of CognitionX and science journalist Angela Saini, who will discuss everything from targeted advertising to Alexa. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £7.92, book ahead, 7.40pm

URBAN LANDSCAPE: To tie in with the Andreas Gursky exhibition, which reopened the Hayward Gallery, there’s a panel discussion about photography and urban environment, featuring photography curator Thomas Weski, writer Owen Hatherley, and Barbican Art Gallery curator Alona Pardo. Hayward Gallery, £10, book ahead, 8pm

FEMALE PLAYWRIGHTS: Struggling with your other half? You might find a kindred spirit in one of seven plays, which explore difficult relationships, as part of a season nurturing female playwrights. Canal Cafe Theatre (Maida Vale), £13, book ahead, until 14 March

Good cause of the day:

Tonight, comedian Lee Nelson hosts An Evening of Entertainment featuring magician Katherine Mills and rap musician Abandonman, all raising money for child bereavement company Grief Encounter. JW3 (North Finchley), £50/£40, book ahead, 8pm

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. 
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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

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