Things To Do Today In London: Monday 7 October 2019

A new photography exhibition opens at Science Museum. © Mary Anne Chilton

Things to do

SCIENCE PHOTOGRAPHY: The first ever Science Photographer of the Year exhibition opens at Science Museum, focusing on the tiny details of science which are invisible to the naked eye. A crystallised drop of Aperol Spritz, the structure of soap bubbles, and the Milky Way all feature in the beautiful and fascinating images. Science Museum, free, book ahead, 7 October-5 January

VICTORIAN NAVY: Scholar David Sheppard uses census information from 1861, 1881 and 1901 to look at the demographic of members of the Royal Navy, and how it shifted over time. Birthplace, age and marital statues are all looked at, to see how they varied according to social and economic conditions in Britain at the time. National Maritime Museum (Greenwich), free, just turn up, 3.30pm-4.30pm

LADYBIRD LADYBIRD: National Theatre hosts a screening of 1994 film Ladybird Ladybird, as part of a series of events relating to current NT production Faith, Hope & Charity. Ken Loach’s film is a drama-documentary focusing on a British woman who is locked in a dispute with social services about the care of her children. National Theatre, £6, book ahead, 5.30pm

National Theatre screens Ladybird Ladybird

EXPERIMENTAL GARDENS: History of Science lecturer Jim Endersby gives a free talk about Francis Bacon’s 1627 idea of a utopian island including an experimental garden, where plants could be made “greater much than their nature”.  Find out how this idea of an experimental or scientific garden has led to some of the biotechnologies in use today. Barnard’s Inn Hall (Holborn), free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

DAVID SUCHET: Poirot actor David Suchet chats to interviewer Hannah McInnes about his life and 50-year career to date. He illustrates his tales with photographers he’s taken himself through and of his work. His family, life in London, Jewish roots and several other topics are all covered too. Emmanuel Centre (Westminster), £30/£45, book ahead, 6.45pm-8pm

BRIXTON BOOKJAM: Quarterly literary event Brixton BookJam brings together local writers, both established and little-known, to share their work with an audience for five minutes. Alternatively, they may talk about a book-related subject which they’re passionate about. Alyson Rudd, Kate Morrison, Diana Skelton, Ruby Cowling, Christopher Impey and Deirdre Shanahan are just some of  the writers on this month’s line-up. Hootananny Brixton, free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Lady of Jazz begins at Wilton’s

LADY OF JAZZ: Michaela Bennison takes on the role of Honey Grey in musical play Lady of Jazz. It’s the story of a lead singer in a band in 1920s New Orleans, who’s also living a potentially dangerous lie. Wilton’s (Limehouse), £8-£20, book ahead, 7.30pm (until 9 October)

JAZZ JAM:A regular free jazz jam is incorporated into the Herne Hill Festival programme. House band Head’s Up kick things off with a short opening set, follow by a chance for any aspiring jazz musicians to get up and show off their skills. Get up and play, or just enjoy the music. Off The Cuff (Herne Hill), free, just turn up, 8pm

FOUR WEDDINGS: Classic Richard Curtis rom-com Four Weddings And A Funeral is shown on the terrace at Plateau restaurant. Tuck into a two-course meal before the film begins, then enjoy pick ‘n’ mix and popcorn as Hugh Grant and co. cavort on screen. Plateau (Canary Wharf), £35, book ahead, 8pm

MAE MARTIN: Hot off the heels of her Netflix special, Mae Martin is putting together a new tour. See her try out new material at this Work In Progress show. The Bill Murray (Angel), £8, book ahead, 9.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier is on holiday this week, in a place beyond the end of the Underground lines. He’ll return next week, if he can find his way back.

Good cause of the day

Grayson Perry with CLIC Sargent Ambassador Richard Young

Join CLIC Sargent at the end of Frieze London for an exclusive evening with Turner prize winner and contemporary artist Grayson Perry, raising money for the children’s cancer charity. The event, at Nobu Mayfair tonight, includes a four-course meal and wine. Find out more and book tickets.

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2019-10-06 15:45:14 – Source: londonist.com