Things to do
EASTER HOLIDAYS: For many schools, the Easter holidays begin today. If keeping children busy for two weeks sounds daunting, take a look at our guide to the school holidays in London for plenty of ideas, whatever your budget.
BATSFORD PUBLISHING: A publisher of specialist non-fiction books, Batsford Publishing has been going for 175 years, having been established when Bradley Thomas Batsford opened a bookshop on High Holborn in 1843. Celebrate this milestone at a free exhibition about the publisher’s history, featuring books (of course) and archive materials. Holborn Library, free, just turn up, 8 April-28 June
JEWISH LIVES: Head to the Jewish Museum to hear from Jemima Jarman, curator of the current exhibition, Great British Jews. It celebrates the contributions that Jews have made to the country, from founding Marks & Spencer to introducing us to fish and chips. Jewish Museum (Camden), free, book ahead, 3pm
LONDON BELONGS TO US: In the ‘new wave’ of film in the 1960s, location shooting became a very popular choice. In this Gresham College lecture, Professor Ian Christie discusses the way that British film makers began to use new subjects, both in unfamiliar parts of London and elsewhere in the country. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
BOARD GAMES: If you’re bored of Buckaroo and sick of Scrabble, head to this board games evening to discover some you’ve probably never heard of before. Games aficionado Charlie Fish leads the evening, introducing you to the likes of Carcassone and King of Tokyo. Ritzy (Brixton), free, 6.30pm
ANNIE HALL: See one of Woody Allen’s masterpieces, 1977 film Annie Hall. It depicts the ups and downs of a relationship between a singer and a comedian. “I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark”. Ticket includes a glass of wine, snacks, and film notes. Dulwich Picture Gallery, £10/£8, book ahead, 7pm
LIFE WITH ELEPHANTS: Conservationist Saba Douglas-Hamilton has dedicated her life to helping elephants. Hear her share some of her animal stories and her life in Kenya at this one-off talk, followed by a Q&A session. Union Chapel (Islington), £27.50, book ahead, 7pm
SWISS POETS: As part of European Poetry Festival, six Swiss poets teamed up with their British counterparts to create a collaborative work. See the result performed at tonight’s event, which also includes solo readings by other European poets. Poetry Cafe (Covent Garden), free, just turn up, 7.30pm-9pm
WORLD OF SPORTS: In his surreal new show, World of Sports, comedian Michael Brunström plays an athlete striving for an Olympic gold medal, via badminton, archery, diving, cake decorating and chess. Not your usual comedy night. The Albany (Great Portland Street), £5, book ahead, 9.15pm-10.15pm
Good cause of the day
All this week, the British Heart Foundation runs a Easter toy amnesty, asking the public to donate unused and unwanted toys which will be sold in aid of the BHF’s medical research. Find out more, including where to donate, or if you’ve got lots to get rid of, how to arrange a collection from your home.