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TIME TRAVEL CLUB: Was life for Victorian kids really so vile? Take your budding little historians to find out at The National Archive’s Time Travel Club, where they’ll learn all about 19th century childhood, from chimney sweeps to Queen Vic’s own brood. Suitable for 7-11 year olds. The National Archives (Kew), £7.50, book ahead, 10.30am-12pm
ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION: See artwork from international illustration exchange Pop Up Creators. 150 talented young artists and 18 professional illustrators, including Kate Greenaway winner William Grill and Beegu author Alexis Deacon, showcase ‘leporello’ format illustrated stories. Royal Overseas League (Mayfair), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, until 20 May
WOODCUT WITCHES: In the 17th century, the Western world was gripped by an obsessive paranoia of witches. Jasmine Losasso describes the various ways these mythic creature were portrayed in pamphlets and woodcuts from the 1600s in this free talk, exploring what they tell us about stereotypes of gender, age and sexuality. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm
ORIGIN: Exciting news for metalheads — technical death metal legends Origin are engaging in a full-throttle sensory assault at The Underworld Camden, following last year’s of release of their latest album Unparalleled Universe. Underworld Camden, £20, book ahead, 6pm
REWRITING EUROPE: Booker prize shortlisted novelist David Szalay chats to acclaimed Estonian writer Rein Raud about how literature is both reflecting and driving changes in Europe, and the role of fiction in global politics. Daunt Books (Hampstead), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm
SIR PETER BAZALGETTE: How do our bodies, the city’s infrastructure and precision engineering relate to one another? Artist Eloise Hawser chats to Sir Peter Bazalgette — the great-great-grandson of Victorian civil engineer Sir Jospeph Bazalgette — about the buildings we manifest and inhabit. Arrive early to see Eloise’s own exhibition inspired by subterranean infrastructure. Somerset House, from £7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
FILM CLUB: Forget book clubs, film clubs are where it’s at. Head to Genesis Cinema for a screening of indie flick Brigsby Bear, then stick around to participate in a live podcast discussion of the film. Genesis Cinema (Whitechapel), free, book ahead, 7pm
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU: Summer in New York City, 1936. Mayhem ensues when the eccentric Sycamore family play host to their daughter’s ultra-conservative Wall Street in-laws in Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can’t Take It With You. Bridewell Theatre (Fleet Street), from £11.50, book ahead, 7.30pm, until 21 April
BEDROOM FARCES: Take in a trio of Noel Coward’s classic one act plays. Bedroom Farces splices together dramas of the heart, bedroom and chequebook, with comedies We Were Dancing and Ways And Means and musical fantasy Shadow Play. Jermyn Street Theatre (St. James’s), £30, book ahead, 7.30pm, until 20 May
CARNY DREAM: Award-winning chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan returns to London with a circus-themed affair that shows off her Chameleon-like vocal abilities. In The Carny Dream, she dramatically reinterprets the likes of David Bowie, Tom Waits, and Radiohead. Wilton’s Music Hall (Whitechapel), £22, book ahead, 8pm, until 21 April
Good cause of the day
The Comedy Grotto is back at King’s Cross boozer The Star of Kings, with another excellent line-up of comedic talent in aid of the UNHCR’s Syrian Refugee Appeal. Let the likes The Mash Report’s Rachel Parris and rising star Lolly Adefope tickle you silly, in the knowledge that all those belly laughs are helping to protect extremely vulnerable families on the ground in Syria.
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