See brilliant Kodachrome images of the East End back in the day at this exhibition of long-lost photos by Stepney-born-and-bred photographer David Granick. The scenes will be hanging up at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives and span 20 years from the 1960s, including sights such as now-demolished Stifford Estate and the wonderful George Tavern in Whitechapel. Find out more here.
India is heading to South Kensington for the Science Museum’s latest season, celebrating the global influence of India’s science, culture and thought. Joining ‘Illuminating India’ is Danny Boyle in a Q&A following a special screening of 'Slum Dog Millionaire', the 'Bluebird Tea Company' hosting tea blending workshops, renowned speaker Sadhguru – named one of India’s 50 most influential people, talks from Indian science, tech and innovation experts and famed Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission, Moumita Dutta. Much of the season is free, however some events are ticketed. Find out more here.
How does London's black-bogey-inducing air compare to other places around the world? Find out by travelling through British artist Michael Pinsky's Pollution Pods, which are popping up at Somerset House to mark Earth Day on April 22 – the world’s largest environmental movement. Insid each of the five pods visitors will encounter recreations of the air in different locations across the world, starting off in a pod emulating the conditions in Tautra, an island in Norway, which will be the cleanest air in the whole of London). The journey continues through Beijing, São Paulo and on to London’s toxic output of nitrogen dioxide and New Delhi’s haze of airborne particulates. (Don’t worry, there’s no danger of breathing in any harmful gases; they will all be removed using special technology.)
Whoever said the Square Mile is purely the domain of bankers and stockbrokers? The seventh edition of this urban sculpture trail will bring a dose of high culture to the City from June 27. It's quite a blokey line-up this year; look out for work by shark-pickling troublemaker Damien Hirst and American schlock merchant Paul McCarthy. You'll find a handy map of the trail here.
Get your flowery spring fix at ‘Sense of Space’, a pop-up exhibition hoping to awaken your senses. There are four rooms to explore, but make sure you catch the blossom-filled ‘infinity garden’, where you’ll feel like you’re in a never-ending meadow of pink flora thanks to the mirrored walls. Find out more here.
Celebrate the Brixton-born superstar by discovering his south west London roots in this guided tour. As well as exploring some rarely celebrated landmarks, including Bowie’s birthplace and primary school, classic hits, such as Starman, Heroes, Life on Mars - to name just a few, will also be performed en route. Guests should meet at Brixton tube at least 10 minutes early. Book tickets here.
The Harry Potter Studio Tour is getting a magical makeover, inspired by the fourth film ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. From Easter 2018 visitors will get to see the Goblet itself, which is returning to the Great Hall for the first time since filming wrapped eight years ago. There will be special effects demonstations, showing how parchments were expelled from the Goblet, as if by magic. Many new props and costumes from the Triward Tournament and beyond will also be on display, including the boot Porkey, the Prefects’ Bathroom and Tom Riddle’s grave. Entry is included in ticket price.
Expressive dance and indulgent dining collide at this supper exploring femininity. American director Kate March’s all-female creative collective will use the tables as a stage while the audience eats, slowly becoming part of the art piece as the dancers interact with them.
Calling all comic buffs! Heaps of costumes, comic pages and preparatory sketches, models and props used in the DC Entertainment films are waiting for you at The O2. Each room of this exhibition give a a behind-the-scenes look at the mythical realms created for the likes of Superman, Catwoman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and Mr Freeze, accompanied by original soundtracks from the blockbuster flicks. Get your peepers on exclusive artwork made for last year’s ‘Wonder Woman’ release, the original costume worn by Lynda Carter’s ‘Wonder Woman’ in the 1970s and that iconic cape donned by Christopher Reeve as ‘Superman’ in 1978.
This Stoke Newington institution returns to Abney Hall. There’ll be over 30 traders, offering an eclectic selection of vintage clothes and furniture, handmade jewellery, comics, records and antiques. As ever, there’ll be an array of delicacies available at the on-site café, with DJs providing the tunes. Find out more here.
London welcomes its first weekly vegan market, bringing together 30 of London's best vegan food stalls in one place. Expect plenty of Vegan street food from the likes of Young Vegan's, Club Mexicana and Spice Box, sweet treats from The Dough Society, Vegan Slice and Sourdough Mess as well as vegan beer, wine, spirts and coffee stalls. There’ll also be a vegan butcher selling meat-free burgers, sausages and bacon. Find out more here.
'Wear it Again Market' is a market with a mission, to change the way Londoners consume fashion from a ‘buy, use and throw away’ culture to a re-using one. With people around the world buying more that 80 billion new items of clothing a year and tossing out early as much to make room for new purchases, these guys are putting pre-loved clothes back into the shopping cycle. Pick up the second hand garms while sipping on beer and listening to DJs. Find out more here.
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The Bill Murray
Grubby angel pub The Mucky Pup has had a facelift: after being taken over by Angel Comedy Club, its exterior is now covered in the gurning mugs of great comedians from Charlie Chaplin to Victoria Wood. The name suggests that its new owners might just be paying homage to the famously eccentric comedy star Bill Murray, too. But for legal reasons, the pub is officially named after William Murray, Charles I's whipping boy and 1st Earl of Dysart. The Bill Murray is a fully functioning pub, serving drinks and snacks seven days a week. Angel Comedy Club also use The Bill Murray (as well as the Camden Head up the road) to host their jam-packed programme of free comedy shows, visits from circuit comedians, workshops and improv.