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GLOBAL DICKENS: New exhibition Global Dickens looks at Charles Dickens’ writings about — and for — other countries around the world. The author’s own travel bag, holiday souvenirs, and a copy of David Copperfield that went to the Antarctic on the 1910 Scott expedition are all on display. Dickens Museum (Bloomsbury), included in admission (£9.50), just turn up, 14 May-3 November

BEE KEEPING: Volunteer bee keepers offer an insight into how they manage the hives in Fulham Palace’s garden in a lunchtime interactive demonstration. Learn about the bees’ habits, life cycle, and how to keep them happy. Fulham Palace, £12/£8, book ahead, 12pm-1pm

A new exhibition opens at Dickens Museum

HONOURABLE ARTILLERY COMPANY: The Honourable Artillery Company hosts its annual open evening. Meet British Army units, see helicopters and armoured vehicles, watch a parachute jump, and tuck into a free barbecue — all inside that castle-like building on City Road. Honourable Artillery Company (City Road), free, just turn up, from 5pm

TEMPORARY TATTOOS: Design your own tattoo, then get it (temporarily) transferred onto your body, pain-free, at this creative evening. Cocktails are available to buy to get the creative juices flowing. Drink, Shop & Do (King’s Cross), £5, book ahead, from 6pm

All My Sons is screened live from the stage

COCKNEY ROMANTICS: Professor Jonathan Bate discusses the ‘Cockney Romantics’ generation of poets who were based in London. Hear about Keats in Hampstead, opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, essayist Charles Lamb, and master-critic William Hazlitt, who wrote for The London Magazine. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

ALL MY SONS: Watch all the action direct from the Old Vic’s stage, as The National Theatre’s production of All My Sons is screened live in cinemas. Starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman in Arthur Miller’s play. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £18, book ahead, 7pm

Mermaids come under the microscope at London Fortean Society

PAINT LONDON: Create your own version of Rebecca Hunter’s painting London Skyline at a Pop-Up Painting workshop. Ticket includes art supplies, guidance from a qualified artist, and a themed playlist to accompany your work. Rail House Cafe (Victoria), £27.99, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

FORTEAN SOCIETY: Mermaids are the subject of this month’s London Fortean Society meet-up. Sophia Kingshill — author of Mermaids, a cultural history of sirens, selkies and other sea women — covers the folklore history of mermaids, including whether they are fish, flesh or fowl. The Miller (London Bridge), £5/£2, book ahead, 7.45pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

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

Old roundel at Ealing Broadway

Tuesday is Roundel Day on the Barry Heck column. Today, I’ve chosen this fetching number at (obviously) Ealing Broadway station. This and its twin on another platform date from the early years of the 20th century, before Edward Johnston knocked it around into the modern roundel we know and love today. Follow Barry Heck on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Head to the Amersham Arms in New Cross tonight for an evening of alternative Eurovision music, in aid of Medical Aid for Palestinians. Find out more and book tickets.

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