Things to do
NORTHERN BALLET: The story of Queen Victoria is told through dance in Northern Ballet’s latest production, which comes to London for just one week. Her love for Albert and her grief at his untimely death are depicted through passionate and powerful choreography. Sadlers Wells, £15-£60, book ahead, 26-30 March
QUEEN OF SOHO: Margaret Thatcher as a cabaret superstar. Not something you see every day, but 1980s drag cabaret show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho imagines the former prime minister getting lost in Soho on the eve of a crucial vote and discovering a talent for cabaret. Wiltons (Limehouse), £10.50-£20, book ahead, 26-30 March
THINK SPACE: The latest in the Royal Observatory’s Think Space lectures focuses on Jupiter’s X-Ray Aurorae. It’s the gas planet’s equivalent to our own Northern Lights, and is a permanent feature due to Jupiter’s fast rotational period. Royal Observatory (Greenwich), £10.30, book ahead, 5.15pm-6.15pm
TWILIGHT ARCHITECTURE: Join an expert guide for an architecture themed tour of Barbican by twilight, learning about the construction and design of the estate as you go. The evening finished with a three-course meal at Osteria, an Italian restaurant within the Barbican complex. Barbican, £35, book ahead, 6pm
MOTHER’S DAY CARDS: With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, add a personal touch to your mum’s day by making a personalised handmade card. All materials are provided, but the design… that’s all you. Drink, Shop & Do (King’s Cross), free when you buy a drink, book ahead, from 6pm
AN IMPECCABLE SPY: Author Owen Matthews discusses his new book, An Impeccable Spy, the true story of spy Richard Sorge who was a German journalist and Soviet military intelligence officer during the second world war. Hatchards (Piccadilly), £6, book ahead, 6.30pm
POETRY WORKSHOP: Poet Ian MacLachlan leads free workshops for page poets wanting to improve their performance skills, and performance poets who want to hone their writing. Poet and performance poets come together to share their skills and experience with each other. Wembley Library, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
SPRING CONCERT: The LSE Choir and Orchestra perform a spring concert, showcasing works including Requiem by Mozart. Dvorak’s 2 Slavonic Dances, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 and Schumann’s Overture , Scherzo and Finale. St Clement Danes Church (Strand), £7, book ahead, 7pm
HEDGEHOG ART: Attend the launch of a new exhibition of hedgehog themed art. As well as getting a preview of the work on display, hear from Michel Birkenwald of Barnes Hedgehogs about the Barnes Hedgehogs campaign. OSO Arts Centre (Barnes), free, book ahead, 7pm
AMERICAN MEMORIAL: The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on an island in the Potomac River is America’s largest presidential memorial, and is the subject of new documentary The Man On The Island which looks at why the unusual location was chosen. Michael Patrick Cullinane, professor of US History at the University of Roehampton, introduces a screening. British Library, £8/£5, book ahead, 7.15pm-8.30pm
EDIBLE BOUQUET: Learn how to make your own bouquet… with edible ingredients. Rosemary, olive and mint are just some of the components used in this floristry class, led by London florist Rebel Rebel. ASK Italian (Paddington), £21.86, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Tube ponderings with Barry Heck
Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.
The Victoria line is 50 years old this month. Amazing thought, isn’t it: humans could travel unimpeded from Walthamstow to Brixton a whole four months before we could land on the Moon. But do you know how its stations got their names? Find out in Londonist’s guide to Victoria line etymology.
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Good cause of the day
Ivo Graham, Olga Koch and Eleanor Morton are just some of the comedians performing at tonight’s Comedy Grotto, which is raising money in aid of Syrian refugees. Find out more and book tickets.