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MONET EXHIBITION: The much-hyped Monet & Architecture exhibition opens today at The National Gallery. See the great impressionist in a whole new light, the spotlight turned away from his artistic tributes to the natural world and onto his lesser-known depictions of manmade structures. The National Gallery, £17, book ahead, 10am-6pm, until 29 July
GEORGIANS’ MARVELLOUS MEDICINE: The Royal Society of Medicine’s Library plays host to a miscellany of Georgian medical texts, which contain ‘cures’ ranging from the charmingly absurd to the downright horrifying (a tincture of mercury, anyone?) Catch this free exhibition before it disappears next week. The Royal Society of Medicine (Bond Street), free, just turn up, until 21 April
DEAR BERHTWALD: They say letter writing is a lost art. If you’re mourning its demise, go and get your snail mail fix at the British Library, where doctorate student Becky Lawton will introduce you to the earliest surviving letter from Western Europe. She’ll be discussing its physical features and what these reveal about the act of letter writing in the 8th century. The British Library , from £4, book ahead, 12.30pm-1.30pm
VOICE JAMS: Know a teen who’d like to become a bit more tuneful? Premises Studios are offering a four days of fast-paced vocal training sessions for 12 to 18 year-olds, culminating in a roof-raising performance at the end of the course. With the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and Rihanna on their books, there’s always the chance of bumping into a superstar in the corridors. Premises Studios (Hackney), £25 for all four days, book ahead, 2.30pm-6pm
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS: Auction house Christie’s is staying up late to celebrate the glamour of 1920s and 1930s youth culture. See pieces from Faringdon House, which once entertained the likes of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and Cecil Beaton, and enjoy musical interludes inspired by the period courtesy of Opera Prelude. Christie’s Auction House (St James’s), free entry, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm
MARKETEER’S MASTERCLASS: If you want to become a marketing maverick, confidence is must. Strategic marketing professional Pamella Barotti shares practical exercises based on the latest scientific research, body language and coaching techniques to boost your assertiveness and help you achieve your career goals. You can try out her tips at the drinks reception and networking event that follows her talk (so maybe go easy on the sauce). Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising (Ladbroke Grove) £42.70, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
NOT YET SUFFRAGETTE: Comedian and Edinburgh Fringe nominee Natalie Cutler takes our lack of gender equality to task in a one woman show that’s equal parts ranty and raucous. 10% of the proceeds go to 50:50 Parliament, an organisation committed to improving the representation of women in government. Theatre N16 (Tottenham), £11, book ahead, 7pm-8.15pm, until 12 April
JAMIE STEWART: Avant pop rocker and Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart strips down old favourites to an electric guitar and a single voice for this north London gig. He’s accompanied by Parisian guitarist Eric Chenaux who brings forth a form of balladry that defies categorisation. The Lexington (Angel), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm
FRANKENSTEIN’S MAKER: Poet and author Fiona Sampson reveals the woman behind one of literature’s greatest monsters in a talk that explores the illustrious life of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley. As the daughter of radical thinkers, wife to Percy Bysshe Shelley and, of course, the creator of Frankenstein, Shelley emerges as complex character passionately commited to her art. British Library, from £7, book ahead, 7.15pm
BOOGIE LIKE BRITNEY: Fans of late ’90s pop choreography, pay attention. In less than two hours you’ll be busting moves like the perennial princess of pop herself. That’s right, it’s time to perfect the official dance to Britney’s breakout banger, Hit Me Baby One More Time. Drink, Shop & Do (King’s Cross), £15, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm
Good cause of the day
Three amazing projects vye for your support at the latest edition of Filanthropy. This time, you’ll see presentations from arts-based organisations Bluebird Pictures, Cool it Art, and School Ground Sounds. Then you pick the one that speaks to you the most a pledge a tenner to help it continue its wonderful work.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing…
That’s right, gin. Got your attention now, haven’t we?
If you’re a fan of the good stuff, can we tempt you into a gin run? Jog a scenic 10km route, keeping yourself hydrated with gin and discovering the gin history of London. Play gin themed games and stop at historic gin palaces. You’ll be rewarded with a well-deserved G&T at the end of the run.
Gin runs take place the whole week 2-6 April 2017, with different paces for different events. Check the website for details and find the one that suits you best. Get tickets
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London’s most superstitious hotel. On Matt’s tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
Perfect your skin base, create a flawless finish with your makeup and add some colour to brighten your look – before getting the wow factor for those all important work parties and nights out. The Seventa Image Academy intensive Makeup & Skincare Group Masterclass is your ticket to learning all the correct application techniques, including cleansing of the face, choosing the correct foundation, contouring and highlighting and perfecting the smokey eye. Get tickets
Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets