Things To Do This Week In London: 19-25 March 2018

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Hamlet. Photo: Manuel Harlan

SUFFRAGETTE ACTIVISM: What better way to mark 100 years since (some) women were given the right to vote than an immersive experience of the life of a Suffragette activist. Relive the life of a suffragette via police records, leaflets and jujitsu. London Pavilion, Picadilly Circus, £18.50, book ahead, until 25 March

LONDON BURGUNDY WEEK: Looking for somewhere to take a hot date? This week there are lots of wine tastings, supper clubs and even a photography exhibition all centred around the Burgundy wine region. You've got five days to get glugging the red stuff. Various venues, various prices, book ahead, 19-23 March

ARAB WOMEN ARTISTS NOW: It's your last chance to catch this arts festival, dedicated to visual art, music, performance and film created by female creatives from the Arab world. Check out the programme here and prepare to be inspired. Various venues, various prices, book ahead, until 25 March

HAMLET: This Royal Shakespeare Company touring production of Hamlet (first seen in Stratford in 2016) brings a new, pulsating vibrancy to Shakespeare’s most quoted play. Read our four star review here. Hackney Empire, £10-£49.50, book ahead, until 31 March

PICASSO 1932: This excellent exhibition zooms in on a small portion of Picasso's life, but still manages to be varied enough to showcase his artistic genius. We gave it four stars. Tate Modern, £22, book ahead, until 9 September

Bitchelors at Soho Theatre

Monday 19 March

SILVER RINGS WORKSHOP: Put a ring on it, with the help of the Workbench Girls, who'll show you how to carve your dream silver ring from jewellers wax, before its moulded into solid silver, professionally polished and delivered to your door. Drink Shop & Do, King's Cross, £75, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

BITCHELORS: In this Edinburgh sell-out show from Anna Morris, four diverse ‘contestants’ compete for your vote at a Woman of the Year Awards, hosted by Britain’s Biggest Bridezilla. Best of all, you decide who wins. Soho Theatre, Soho, £11, book ahead, 9.30pm

Tuesday 20 March

"By encountering the traumatic twists in Dickens’s early years, as he took his first tentative steps into this new city of opportunity, we reveal something of his restless spirit, manifest in his compulsive night-walking and his feelings of ‘houselessness’."

DICKENS'S LONDON BOROUGH WALK: Walk in the footsteps of Dickens on this tour revisiting early Victorian London south of the river, (just try to ignore all the traffic and smartphones). Borough Tube, £6, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

JAMES BOND LYRICIST: Let's face it, the Bond movies would be pretty different/pants without the score. Bond fans can hear James Bond lyricist Don Black and composer David Arnold in conversation with broadcaster and writer Edith Bowman today. London Film Museum, Covent Garden, £49, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

VISIONS IN COLOUR: Ruddi Patterson's bold tropical paintings, inspired by his Jamaican roots, should inject some colour into this drab start to Spring. Hear about his life and work at this talk, which is raising funds to acquire Rudi’s paintings for the Garden Museum’s collection. Garden Museum, Lambeth, £10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

HYSTERICAL #6: If you rejoice at the idea of a Vagina Museum, you can help it become a reality by getting yourself to this fabulously funny comedy night. Funds raised will go towards building the world's first physical museum dedicated to lovely lady bits. Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch, £12, book ahead, 7pm

Wednesday 21 March

Right Now Film Festival, still from the 2017 release For Ahkeem.

WICK WEDNESDAYS: This edition of Wick Wednesdays is all about the artists fighting to save their creative community. Hop on the overground to Hackney Wick to explore the warren of open studios, arty workshops and wellbeing sessions on offer today. Check out the full programme here. Various venues, Hackney Wick, various prices, just turn up, all day

REMARKABLE WOMEN: Janet Wallach shares her years of research into the life of Gertrude Bell, an archaeologist, an explorer, a spy and a political officer in the British army, who overcame the constraints of Victorian society to live her best life. Queen's House, Greenwich, £12, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

THE SOCIAL SKETCHUP: The thermals are off (just about), the daffodils are out and the cream eggs are on. So, it's the perfect time to smash out a Spring-themed zine. The Doodle Bar, London Bridge, £12, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

THE GLORIOUS TOUR: Let yourself be taken on a whirlwind, hiphop-influenced journey through female identity, 90s R&B slow-jams, birthday cakes, flavoured condoms and first adventures in sex by the Fly No Filter theatre company. Blue Elephant Theatre, £10, book ahead, 8pm, 21-24 March

RIGHT NOW FILM FESTIVAL: Love a good documentary? You'll love this the Right Now Film Festival, which is screening six hard-hitting docs highlighting inequalities around the world. Brexit and the Black Lives Matter movement feature. The Rio Cinema, Dalston, £12, book ahead, 21-27 March

Thursday 22 March

Join the Tooting Tram for an evening of drams and live music.

PINTS 'N' PUDS: Give in to your sugar and alcohol cravings in one go at this indulgent evening of beer and dessert pairings. Think: Chocolate stout/coffee porter with Zeppole Neapolitan ricotta donuts. Yum. Mason & Company, Hackney Wick, £15, book ahead, 5pm-11pm

BIG BOOZY PUB QUIZ: If you know about booze, as well as like to drink it, you'll make a good team member on the Big Boozy Pub Quiz. Bring five booze savvy mates and you're sorted. The Water Poet, Spitalfields, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm

ADVENTURE FILMS UNDERGROUND: Catch a screening of three of the world's best adventure films, whilst on a mini adventure of your own: 50ft deep in a Grade II* listed railway tunnel shaft. We bet you've never done cinema like this before... Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm (partner)

TERRARIUM WORKSHOP: It's the hallmark of a super hip home, learn how to plant up a terrarium and join the tribe. Alexandra Palace, £28, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

WHISKY & BLUES: Blues is best enjoyed with a whisky in hand. So it's a good thing you can sample five types of the spirit while the twang of The Lagavulins and Patrick McCourt washes over you. Tooting Tram & Social, Tooting Broadway, £18, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm

BURLESQUE: The Honeysuckle Revue is a deliciously intimate cabaret and burlesque night, where you'll be entertained by singing mermaids, striptease goddesses and Jurassic age babes. The King's Head, £20, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

Friday 23 March

Get ready to party like it’s 1999 at this hilarious fundraising night for the Crystal Palace Festival with ROCKAOKE and CLUB DE FROMAGE!

THE CELESTIAL CITY: Create your kaleidoscope with the London Craft Club, learn about the astrological signs, listen to otherworldly music and dance among the stars at this marvellous mytholoy-themed Friday Late. The Painted Hall, Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich, £12/£10, book ahead, 7pm

WOMEN'S MONTH SPECIAL: A night of catchy hooks, infectious melodies and dreamy harmonies from talented female musicians. Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green, £8, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

ROCKAOKE MEETS CLUB DE FROMAGE: Up your karaoke game by belting our cheesetastic tunes with a live rock band. Rockstar fancy dress encouraged. Stanley Halls, South Norwood, £15, book ahead, 9.30pm-2am

AWOMEN FEST: International Women's Day celebrations continue with this feminist arts festival, featuring Drag Kings, tarot readings and a banging line up of female DJs. DIY Space for London, £11, book ahead, until 25 March

THE GREAT BRITISH SEASIDE: Missing the seaside? Head to this photography exhibition featuring the work of Martin Parr and other seaside chroniclers, then book a train ticket to South End. National Maritime Museum, £11, book ahead, until 30 September

Saturday 24 March

This Easter, SEA LIFE London will be welcoming the bravest explorers to unearth their newest, and most interactive experience yet, Rainforest Adventure.

RAINFOREST ADVENTURE: Get to know London's amphibian inhabitants at Sea Life's latest interactive Rainforest-themed adventure. Sea Life London, Lambeth, £26, book ahead, 9.30am-7pm

TIME TRAVEL CLUB: Promising spies between the ages of 7 and 11 can uncover secret messages, learn about cunning disguises and design their own toolkit for subterfuge at this month's Time Travel Club. The National Archives, Kew, £7.50 (adults go free), book ahead, 10.30am-noon

TOLKIEN READING DAY: Take a trip to Middle Earth today, which is brought to life by storytelling, dwarf beard-making, and an evening adults-only talk from fantasy writer Joel Cornah on the links between Tolkien's world and Doctor Who. Discover Children's Story Centre, Stratford, £7, book ahead, 1pm-4.30pm

SPRING FESTIVAL: More than 20 folklore dance groups, singers and musicians have been hard at work preparing for the sixth Spring Festival of Bulgarian Folk and Traditions. Get involved and don't miss the traditional food tastings. Millfield Theatre, Edmonton, £15, book ahead, 2pm-7pm

Sunday 25 March

Tap dancers can join in the free Renegade Stage class at 7.15pm for an introduction to improvisation. Shuffle on down!

BIG FISH LITTLE FISH FAMILY RAVE: With DJ Food spinning club classics old skool, house, hip hop, electro, techno, UK garage and a dance floor decked out with glitter cannons, bubbles, giant balloons and more, this is the ultimate party for grown-up ravers and their little'uns. The Bedford, Balham, £10, book ahead, 2pm-4.30pm

LONDON TAP JAM: I bet you can't tap it like these guys can. The London Tap Jam is now in its 11th year and for added wow factor, all those moves you see are totally improvised. How taptastic is that? Zigfrid Von Underbelly, Hoxton, £10, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm

SKETCH COMEDY FINAL: 10 of the best up and coming sketch acts battle it out in the Sketch Off final. Each has seven minutes to make you laugh. As audience, you act as one of the judges. With a special performance from last year's winners, Muriel. Leicester Square Theatre, £15.50 + booking, book ahead, 7pm

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Lost London Walking Tour


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Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets

A Secret London Tour


Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. See the world's smallest police station and visit London's most superstitious hotel on a walking tour covering everything weird, wonderful and London. £12 Get tickets

Unveil the Full Body Orgasm


Become more connected to your body and learn how to express yourself sexually is this workshop open to both males and females. Fully clothed and without touch, you'll learn how to utilise ancient practices to build a strategy to experience a full-body orgasm whenever you feel like it. Get tickets