Things to do
LA LINEA: Latin music and dance festival La Linea begins today with a performance by Cuban trumpet player Yelfris Valdés. Highlights over the next 10 days include the UK premiere of Antonio Sánchez’ live scoring of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning film Birdman. Various locations and prices, book ahead, 25 April-5 May
SOVIET SPY: As part of the Cold War season of events, hear the story of John Vassall. Working at the British Embassy in Moscow in the 1960s, the gay civil servant was caught in a ‘honey trap’, blackmailed into leaking secrets to the Soviets, and spent 18 years in prison as a result. National Archives (Kew), £5/£4, book ahead, 2pm
FLYING MACHINES: A rare chance to get up close to — and even inside — some of the RAF Museum’s rare first world war planes, including the Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A and the Bleriot XXVII. Learn about what the machines can tell us about the development of flying. RAF Museum (Hendon), £15/£10/£5, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm
TAP TAKEOVER: Mark Anzac Day at Tate Modern, where six breweries from Australia and New Zealand take over the taps for an evening of beer from Down Under. Pair your drinks with talks, tastings and activities, with soundtrack provided by New Zealand born DJ Lotion. Your ticket includes six thirds of beer. Tate Modern, £19.95/£22.95, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm
LONDON MADE US: Broadcaster, author and Londoner Robert Elms discusses his new book, London Made Us, with film critic and journalist Jason Solomons. In the book, Elms looks back at how the capital has evolved in his lifetime, including changing accents, new skyscrapers, and undesirable areas to live becoming property hotspots. Southwark Cathedral, £8, book ahead, 7pm
WHISKY TASTING: Head to the former home of writer and dictionary pioneer Samuel Johnson for an evening of whisky tasting. Johnson himself sampled the ‘water of life’ during his travels around Scotland, so taste six premium Scottish whiskies in his honour, and learn about the different regional styles. Dr Johnson’s House (Fleet Street), £40, book ahead, 7pm
NOUGHTICULTURE: Gardening expert Alice Vincent chats to Hilton Carter, a director, editor and fine artist who loves plants. They discuss how Carter came to love houseplants (he has 200 of them in his apartment) and offer tips and advice for growing your own houseplant collection. Garden Museum (Lambeth), £20/£15/£10, book ahead, 7pm-8pm
FARMYARD CINEMA: Settle down to watch a film in a hidden urban farm in central London. Unbranded is the film being shown, a documentary set in the Wild West about four men who train and ride wild horses from Mexico to Canada… which puts your trip home on the Northern line into context. Oasis City Farm (Waterloo), £20, book ahead, 7pm-10.15pm
SHORT FILMS: E11 pub The Birds hosts a regular short film night, showing local, national and international short films on a range of topics. Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and networking opportunities also form part of the evening. The Birds (Leytonstone), £4.29, book ahead, 7.30pm
BALLETBOYZ: All-male dance troupe BalletBoyz perform their double bill Them/Us — choreographed by the dancers themselves — to ArtsDepot for one night only. Both performances are set to original scores by composers Keaton Henson and Charlotte Harding. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), from £12, book ahead, 7.30pm
Tube ponderings with Barry Heck
Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.
It’s well known that Hampstead is London’s deepest tube station, with platforms 58.5 metres (192 ft) below the surface. Because Hampstead station is towards the top of a massive hill, though, those platforms are actually well above sea level (I’m estimating 57 metres, or 187 feet, above sea level, using this topographic map). If we instead look at the deepest station below sea level, then Westminster bags the fame. Its Jubilee platforms are 32 metres (105 ft) down into the hypogeal realm. Follow Barry Heck on Twitter @HeckTube.
Good cause of the day
Hear from wildlife filmmakers Huw Cordey and Patrick Morris about their thirty year careers, in which they’ve worked on BBC series Life, Planet Earth and The Hunt. The event raises money for water and sanitation charity Just A Drop. Find out more and book tickets.