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51 ace things happening in London this week

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 6, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

Pic: Antonio Duran

[London daffodils. Pic: Antonio Duran]

Easter’s on its way, so check out our choc-ful checklist of things to do in London this week…

All week

From New York to Los Angeles: Henry Diltz and Chuck Pulin showcase documentary photography at the National Theatre, South Bank.

Easter Specials:

The Easter Bunny’s been: Spot a chocolate egg in a shop window on Coin Street, South Bank and it’s yours!

Small and Furry: Teach the kids how to look after their own rabbits (and other pets), Pets At Home, Camden.

Or head to a Shakespearean Easter at the V&A; Yoga for Kids at Islington Arts Factory; or take ‘em to see micro-pigs and Easter eggs at Kew Mini Pigs.

Monday

Hit the bar and get close to the beasties at the after-hours Night Safari at the Natural History Museum.

Gigs: Howling Bells at Oslo, Hackney; Spring Quartet at the Barbican Centre; Jesca Hoop at the Seabright Arms, Haggerston; and 19 more.

Tuesday

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… a free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream cone!

Enter a topsy-turvy Wonderland world at All About Alice, British Library.

Get Lycra lovin’ at Cycle Speed Dating, Look Mum No Hands!, Old Street.

Art on the Underground: Pick up a signed print in Piccadilly Circus tube station.

Paddles at the ready! It’s Pongathon at Prince of Wales, Brixton.

Easter kids programmes kick off at: the Polka Theatre, Wimbledon; the Geffrye Museum, Hoxton; and The Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich.

Gigs: Adriano Adewale at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch; Mary Epworth at The Lexington, Clerkenwell; Dill Katz at 606 Club, Chelsea; and 19 more.

Wednesday

Discover the history of herbal medicine at Lotions & Potions, Chelsea Physic Garden.

We give you the key! Unlocking James Lovelock: Scientist, Inventor, Maverick, the Science Museum.

Hello Hansel! Hey there Gretel! Stuff your guts with edible art at the Tate & Lyle Cake Installation, the Truman Brewery.

Get into Grecian gastronomy at Roman Food Fun, Crofton Roman Villa, Orpington.

And it’s Easter at the Ragged School Museum, Mile End, and at The School Of Life, Russell Square.

Gigs: Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit at Koko, Camden; Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames, Ronnie Scott’s, Soho; The Floating Aviary, Tamesis Dock, Vauxhall; and 24 more.

Thursday

Longitude Punk’d: Steampunk art at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Mmmm, more sweet treats: Cake International at the ExCel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock.

Three courses, book signing and cine-flicks at Donnie Hay: Film and Food, the Charlotte Street Hotel.

A ghoulish collection of morality, mourning, death and dying: Death Salon at Barts Pathology Museum, Smithfield.

Modern Magic Lantern Show: 30 years of Spitalfields Life, the Bishopsgate Insitute.

Gigs: Kwabs at Village Underground, Shoreditch; Soak at St Pancras Old Church, Camden; Simone Felice at Bush Hall, Uxbridge; and 33 more.

Other Ideas

Travel  with the story circus at Storystock, the Saatchi Gallery (Tues /Wed).

Catch the best theatre: ‘Let the Right One In‘, at the Apollo Shaftsbury; ‘Hedda‘ at Fulham Palace; or ‘Handbagged‘ at the Vaudeville Theatre.

See the latest art exhibitions: Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin American, Saatchi Gallery; Phil Maxwell: Brick Lane, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green; Thierry Noir: A Retrospective Exhibition, Howard Griffin Gallery, Brick Lane.

See the best new dance: Martin Creed: Work No. 1020, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank; Les Ballets C de la B: Alain Platel’s tauberbach, at Sadler’s Wells, Angel; and Royal Ballet: The Winter’s Tale, at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Fancy a steak? Head to Casa Malevo, Marble Arch, or one of these.

Fancy sushi? Head to Atariva, Uxbridge, or one of these.

Fancy ribs? Head to Barbecoa, St Paul’s, or one of these.

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