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Pick of the Week in London

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Here's cafebabel london’s choice selection on what's happening in capital in the coming week (30 March - 05 April) In Detail

  • The Alternative London Summit

On the eve of the G20 London Summit, (Wednesday 01 April), Britain’s University and College Lecturers’ Union (UCU) will host the Alternative London Summit, 400 yards down the road from the ExCEL centre, where Gordon Brown will welcome Barack Ombama and the rest of the G20 for the real London summit the following day. The Alternative Summit, or ‘teach-in’ as the organisers describe it, aims to be an “assembly of the East London working class and of the labour movement as a whole”. Could this be an April fool?

Perhaps not. Speakers include former Labour MP and leftwing political activist, Tony Benn; former Labour mayor of London, Ken Livingstone; London Green MEP, Jean Lambert; British film director, Ken Loach; and BBC journalist, Paul Mason, amongst others. From 4pm-9pm at the University of East London’s Dockland campus. From 4pm-9pm. Free. (Image: Alternative G20 logo)

- Picasso – Challenging the Past

The National Gallery recently opened this major exhibition on Pablo Picasso, exploring his artistic dialogue with other great European artists.

Displaying some 60 works, including ‘Las Meninas (after Velázquez)’ and ‘Male and Female Bathers’, the exhibition makes fascinating viewing, and entices visitors re-visit the works of the Old Masters in the Gallery’s free permanent collection.

From now till 07 June. Entry fee. (Image: C.Morgan)

- Crime in the City

On Friday 03 April, London’s Transport Museum offers an evening of music, film and performance, exploring the mysterious side of the capital.

Novelist, journalist and editor of London Noir, Cathi Unsworth will perform a reading, followed by film projections and eclectic music from The Real Tuesday Weld and DJ Dickon Edwards.

From 6.30pm-9.30pm. Entry fee.

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