What we’re reading:
- 11 London rail maps from the major’s transport strategy.
- Is UK drill music really behind London’s wave of violent crime?
- A journey through east London with Last Japan.
- Police respond to Olly Murs’ suggestion of Oxford Circus terror attack ‘cover up’.
- Watch the Queen joke around with Sir David Attenborough in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Things to do:
MORNING GLORYVILLE: How does all the fun of a rave, minus the raging hangover sound? Wake up with a bang at Morning Gloryville’s Big Green Spring Clean party for early risers. They’ve got DJs, a biodegradable glitter station, yoga, yummy breakfast treats and much more. Ministry of Sound (Elephant & Castle), £20, book ahead, 6.30am-10.30am
MAKING THE WELFARE STATE: LSE is offering a glimpse at how the UK’s welfare state was born and developed over the decades, beginning with the release of the revolutionary 1942 Beveridge report. Catch the exhibition before it disappears this Friday. LSE Library (Portugal Street), free, just turn up, 9am-6pm
EASTER TALES: The Tales from the Shed team have an egg-stra special interactive performance in store for the under sevens. Expect lots of noise, colourful puppets and the Easter Bunny. Chickenshed (Southgate), £6, book ahead, 9.30am-10.20am/11.15am-12.05pm, until 14 April
PAUSE AND PLUG IN: Spend your lunch hour doing something good for both your body and mind. Drop into 42 ACRES for 45 minutes of gentle yoga, stretch and meditation with Robyn Silverton. The best bit? It won’t cost you much more than a meal deal. 42 ACRES (Shoreditch), £5, book ahead, 12.30pm-1.15pm
PUB POETRY: Hear poetry readings over a pint at the famed Betsey Trotwood pub. Red Hen Press has an impressive ensemble of poets lined up, including the literary organisation’s co-founder Kate Gale. Betsey Trotwood (Clerkenwell), free, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm
GRIME TIME: An insightful mix of artist-led production demos, roundtable talks and candid Q&As await at this exploration of the UK’s grime and rap scene from Native Sessions. Featured artists include P Money and Nicki Minaj fave Ms Banks. Barbican Conservatory, free, book ahead, 6pm-11pm
SCREEN-PRINTING WORKSHOP: Learn to upcycle like a pro at Two Temple Place’s screen-printing workshop. You’ll design and create your own stencils before being let loose on whatever items you fancy revamping, be it a tote bag, t-shirt or notebook. Two Temple Place (Covent Garden), £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
OVER-ANALYSERS’ BOOK CLUB: If you’ve ever been accused of reading too much into things, this is the book club for you. Six performers from the worlds of literature and comedy will over-analyse the Philip K Dick classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Waterstones (Tottenham Court Road), £7, book ahead, 6.30pm
DINNER DANCE: Let artist Inês Neto and choreographer Helen Cox give you something to really chew over. While you’re enjoying a five-course meal, dancers will perform Double Pendulum, which inspired the menu. Best of all, it’s BYOB. Arebyte Gallery (Leamouth Peninsula), £28, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm
TREMBLING BELLS: Folk-rock foursome Trembing Bells are ringing in the release of their new album with a performance at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. With influences as diverse as Dennis Potter movies, Sophocles and El Greco, and a reputation for outlandish staging, it’s sure to be a wild ride. Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, £12.86, book ahead, 8pm-11pm
Good cause of the day
Circle Collective lets you help two fantastic causes for the price of one (and sorts you out with some seriously cool clobber in the process). Not only are you supporting independent designers when you buy clothing from their Dalston and Lewisham shops, every purchase also funds their partner charity Circle Community, which helps young unemployed people find work by providing them with hands-on experience and one-to-one mentoring.
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