What we're reading
- The intertwined history of women and chess in Chiswick.
- Why London's longest bus route is perfect for planespotters.
- Council's bid to 'acquire' Dulwich Hamlet ground in standoff with developers.
- In London, dinner parties and murders sit side by side.
- Artist in residence at Tate — Liv Wynter — quits, claiming the gallery is failing women.
Things to do:
VISIONS OF ZAMBIA: Oil painter Tim Benson's latest exhibition is rather niche, displaying portraits of Zambians with eye conditions such as cataracts and squints. Mall Galleries, free entry, just turn up, 12-17 March
THE LONG SEASON: As part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Barbican Cinema is screening The Long Season. The documentary looks inside Madjal Anjar, a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, and is followed by a discussion. Barbican, £12, book ahead, 6pm
LONDON'S ORCHARDS: Not many people put London and orchards together, but tonight you can learn about the history of London's orchards, the situation today, and the challenges of maintaining them. The Gallery (Cowcross Street), £12/£10, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
HISTORY MYSTERY: If you like finding out little-known facts, this archive mystery night will hit the spot. There will be a chance to explore curated sets of 19th and 20th century records and materials including maps, photos, pamphlets and letters. Who knows what you'll discover. Bishopsgate Institute, £11/£7, book ahead, 6.30pm
CHORAL COMPETITION: This evening's concert is the culmination of a day of singing competitions for the national choral competition. There are two age bands, under-12s and under-18s. Southbank Centre, £21-£31, book ahead, 6.30pm (although ticket also entitles you to watch the competitions during the day)
SLOVAK DANCE: Here's something you've probably never done before... learn to dance traditional Slovak dance steps from a professionally-trained Slovak dancer. No experience necesary — all levels are welcome. Cecil Sharp House (Camden), £5, just turn up, 7pm-8.30pm
MAKING NEON: Create your very own neon-style artwork on canvas, using electro-luminescent wire. It's deceptively simple, and the kind folks from London Craft Club are there to walk you through. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £59, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
STORYTELLING: The theme for tonight's Spark Storytelling evening is competitive sides. Go along and tell your story about your own competitive side (it's OK, we all have one), or just kick back with a drink and listen to other peoples' stories. Hackney Picturehouse, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm
KEN CHENG: The British Library may not top your list of comedy venues, but tonight's show focuses on books. The first part is Ken Cheng doing his solo show, Chinese Comedian, followed by his literary sketch show, The Canon. The British Library, £12/£10/£8, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Good cause of the day:
Book ahead for Wednesday's charity wine tasting. You'll try eight different wines from around the globe, guided by an expert, with money raised going to Bloody Good Period, an organisation committed to eliminating period poverty. Civil Service Club, £20, book ahead, 14 March
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets