Things To Do Today In London: Monday 26 February 2018

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CAROL NUNES: It’s your last chance to see green-fingered artist Carol Nunes’ vibrant, plant-like sculptures at the Barbican Library. Drawing inspiration from Columbia Road Flower Market, the exhibition echoes both English gardens and tropical shrubbery. Free, just turn up, 10am-8pm

WHALE OF A TIME:Catch the Natural History Museum’s Whales: Beneath the Surface exhibition before it washes away. There are over 100 specimens of the ocean’s giants to behold, including the famous Thames whale. Natural History Museum (South Kensington). £11.50, just turn up, 10am-5.30pm, until 28 February

HOLI-DAY: Banish winter blues with a visit to Cinnamon Kitchen’s House of Holi pop-up. The restaurant is celebrating the Indian festival of colour early, with paint-pelting parties for kids and adults alike. Cinnamon Kitchen (Liverpool Street), book in advance, 2pm-9.30pm, until 10 March

ORPHANED LAND: Pioneers of Oriental Metal Orphaned Land descend upon The Underworld, Camden, with support from In Vain, Subterranean Masquerade and Aevum Door. The Underworld (Camden), £20, book in advance, 6pm

SCRUMPTIOUS SOHO: The University of Westminster’s Difference festival kicks off its celebration of Soho’s unique history by focussing on the neighbourhood’s vibrant culinary culture. Sip drinks, catch a viewing of the 1956 short film Sunshine in Soho, and learn about the area’s historical and contemporary restaurants. University of Westminster (Regent Street), free, book in advance, 6pm-8pm

Holi comes early at Cinnamon Kitchen.

FOOD FOR THE SOUL: Learn how to whip up delicious Ethiopian dishes at Migrateful’s latest cookery class. This for-profit social venture sees asylum seekers, refugees and migrants with a passion for cooking, teach their traditional cuisines to the public. Cafe Van Gogh (Brixton), £35, book in advance, 6.30pm-9.30pm

MOVING HOLOCAUST STORIES: Professor of Social History Tim Cole explores the colourful life of artist and Holocaust survivor Toni Schiff in this lecture held in her memory. The Wiener Library (Russell Square), free, book in advance, 6.30pm-8pm

FRINGE THEATRE: Preview not one, not two, but seven ambitious new plays as companies battle for a £10,000 fund to present a professional production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £7, book in advance, 7pm-9.15pm

FAIRY TALE OPERA: This is opera with a difference. Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs reveals both the darkness and light of human nature through beloved childhood tales in this atmospheric new production. Copeland Gallery (Peckham), £25, book in advance, 7.30pm

CAMDEN CALLING: Author Tom Bolton brings the history of Camden to life in a talk that explores the borough’s most significant buildings, both forgotten and vanished. Small Hall (East Croydon), £2, just turn up, 7.45pm

Good cause of the day

Migrant Connections are hosting a migration-themed Spoken Word open mic night. Participants are welcome to perform using their chosen medium — expect a melting-pot of spoken word, prose, poetry, rap and more. The proceeds will fund the upcoming Migration Connections festival in April, which seeks to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and build practical and political solidarity through workshops, performances and art. LimeWharf (Bethnal Green), from £2.74, book in advance, 7pm-10pm

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing…

Learn about London’s debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London’s unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. 
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Camden’s known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it?

Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You”ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You’ll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area’s links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town – following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets

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