The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1978-1980; GB/United States). The daughters of former caretaker Grady (Lisa and Louise Burns). © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

Things to do

STANLEY KUBRICK: One of the most anticipated London exhibitions of 2019, Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition opens today, looking back at the career of the filmmaker. See props from films including The Shining and A Clockwork Orange, as well as Kubrick’s director’s chair, and wander the corridors of the Overlook Hotel if you’re feeling brave enough. Design Museum (Kensington), £16, booking recommended, 26 April-15 September

MESSENGER DOGS: You probably know about pigeons being used as messengers during wartime, but what about dogs? This free lecture gives an insight into the use of dogs in the first world war, by the British forces and their foreign counterparts, and how they were trained and deployed. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

TEA DANCE: Put on your vintage gladrags and get down to St Katharine Docks for the annual tea dance. A soundtrack of 1920s-1950s music forms the backdrop to the dancing — everyone’s welcome, regardless of ability, and there’s no need to bring a partner. Refuel with food from KERB market afterwards. St Katharine Docks, free, just turn up, 12pm-2pm

Dance the night away at Blues at the Ritzy

BROOMFIELD PARK: The final event in a series of free talks about Enfield’s Broomfield Park covers the trees in the park. David March of the Friends of Broomfield House Trust gives the talk, which ties in with a current exhibition at the Dugdale Centre. Palmers Green Library, free, book ahead, 1.30pm-2.30pm

MUSEUM LATE: Pharmacy is the theme of the Natural History Museum late this month, so step into the marvellous medicine cabinet to learn about why ants might be the solution to drug-resistant infections, visit pop-up science stations to hear about the work of museum researchers, and visit the usual exhibits. Natural History Museum (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

SPARE PARTS: Also open late tonight is Science Gallery, which hosts an evening of events based on the current Spare Parts exhibition. Get an insight into how the human body might be repaired in future, learn how to greet a robot, take anatomy lessons, and view the exhibition itself if you haven’t seen it yet. Science Gallery (London Bridge), free, just turn up, 6.30pm-10pm

Science Gallery stays open late

ROBINSON CRUSOE: 300 years since Daniel Defoe penned his novel Robinson Crusoe — about a shipwrecked sailor marooned on a tropical island — Travis Elborough hosts an evening of discussion and readings about the book. British Library, £12/£8, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

EATING ANIMALS: As part of the Earth Day series of events, Somerset House screens new documentary: Eating Animals. Based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, it offers an insight into the environmental and economic effects of factory farming, and looks at how farming has transformed from a local, sustainable livelihood to an international corporate industry. Somerset House, £12/£10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Join in with a tea dance at St Katharine Docks

INSIDE A VOLCANO: We know very little about what goes on beneath the surface of a volcano. Join geologist Christopher Jackson for a look at new 3D seismic imaging techniques, which offer an insight into the structure of volcanoes and their internal ‘plumbing system’. Royal Institution (Mayfair), £20/£15, book ahead, 7.20pm-8.45pm

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Watch documentary Let There Be Light — about the scientists working tirelessly to make nuclear fusion a reality — and hear from a panel of experts about the future of nuclear fusion and solar power. Science Museum (South Kensington), £10/£8, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.45pm

DANCE CLASS: Put on your red shoes and dance the blues at Swing Patrol’s monthly blues dancing night. Actually, any colour shoes are welcome, as are dancers of all abilities — the evening begins with a taster class, followed by hours of social dancing, soundtracked by DJs. Ritzy (Brixton), £10/£12, book ahead, 8pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Friday: Fiendish Friday Quiz: Can you name this Zone 1 tube station, from this oozing, fractured wall feature? The first correct answer to @HeckTube wins a swab of dirt from this wall.

Good cause of the day

Book now for an evening with Stephen Fry on 4 June. He chats about his work, life, travels and health in an event raising money for the Urology Foundation. Find out more and book tickets.

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