Things to do
LOUGHBOROUGH JUNCTION: “Thank God for the Minet family” is what Sir John Betjeman apparently said when he saw the Minet Estate in 1978. Visit the area around Loughborough Junction, including Myatt’s Fields Park, on this guided walk, and find out about its history and design. Loughborough Junction station, £12/£9, book ahead, 11am-12.30pm
ASTRONOMY: The latest of Gresham College’s special anniversary lectures focuses on how astronomy has changed in the 500 years since Thomas Gresham’s birth. Professor of Astronomy Joseph Silk covers the planets and stars that have been discovered since the telescope was invented in 1608, as well as the cosmic mysteries that remain unsolved. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm
WOMEN’S DAY: Ahead of International Women’s Day on Friday, the V&A’s lunchtime lecture focuses on gender performances transformation. Dressmaker Sonja Harms — who specialises in making clothes for transvestites — discusses elements of her work, and what she’s learned from some of the actors, singers and dancers she’s worked with. V&A (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm
BOOK SHOP: London Review Bookshop keeps its doors open late for a shopping evening. Book yourself a free ticket to get a 10% discount on books, and a glass of wine to enjoy as you browse. Staff are on hand to offer recommendations if you’re stuck for inspiration. London Review Bookshop (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
EMERGENCE: A newly formed dance company take on a double bill made especially for them. Both pieces use the theme of empowerment as a jumping off point. Jacksons Lane (Highgate), £16, book ahead, 7.30pm
SIR RANULPH FIENNES: Legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes marks his 75th birthday at Southbank Centre. He’s in conversation with survival expert Bear Grylls, retelling stories about his life pursuing adventure. Southbank Centre, £15-£45, book ahead, 7.30pm
RONNIE SCOTT’S ALL STARS: This year marks 60 years since legendary Soho venue Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club opened. To celebrate, the house band Ronnie Scott’s All Stars are on tour, telling the history of the venue through rare images, archive footage, and some of the classic tracks that have been played at the venue. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), from £12, book ahead, 7.30pm
OUR GIRL: See Brighton garage-rock trio Our Girl perform live. The up-and-coming band blend personal lyrics with rhythmic drum and guitar hooks and garage-rock riffs. Southbank Centre, £12.50, book ahead, 7.45pm
LOVERS & ADDICTS: Storytelling performers Crick Crack Club mix their usual expertise with the world of tarot for new show Lovers & Addicts. Sarah Liisa Wilkinson, Clare Murphy, Daniel Morden & TUUP lay bare the femme fatales, the star-crossed lovers, vampires, addicts, bed-post notchers, narcissists and mirror gazers. It’s followed by a Q&A with the performers. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £12, book ahead, 8pm
OLGA KOCH: Prepare yourself for some intimate, experimental and heartbreaking comedy. All from the brilliant Olga Koch and done through the medium of computer programming. Yup, we’re not 100% sure what that entails either, but boy are we intrigued. The Vaults (Waterloo), £6.50, book ahead, 10pm
Tube ponderings with Barry Heck
Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.
The Victoria line was originally to be called the Viking line, as it connected VIctoria and KING’s Cross. This would also have had historical resonance, given that Tottenham Hale tube is close to the River Lea — the agreed boundary between the lands of King Alfred and his Viking foes. You might like to have some smutty fun with this idea. For example, the Waterloo and City connects Waterloo and bANK. And, lest we forget, the Piccadilly line unites Cockfosters and Arsenal. Tweet @HeckTube with any other ideas.
Good cause of the day
Book ahead for tomorrow night’s event in aid of the Surviving to Thriving Project. Watch films created by members of the project, which helps unaccompanied refugees and people seeking asylum. Find out more and book tickets.
What we’re reading
- The one day a year that St Pancras Station becomes its alter-ego.
- See what your local council has sold off to help balance its books.
- Bacon and butter contain too much fat for tube advertising.
- Is buying with friends the future of housing?