Museums today are increasingly finding new and xciting ways to help visitors engage with their subject matter. If, like us, you are fascinated by subterranean London then the Brunel Museum's walks will be irresistible. These are guided walks which take in some of the great engineering marvels built by Brunel and culminate with a fascinating descent into the Grand Entrance hall of the Thames Tunnel. This vast underground chamber - which once led into a foot tunnel under the river, opened in 1843 and attracted a million visitors in its first month. It has now reopened after having being closed for 150 years and museum volunteers have ambitious plans to restore it to its former glory. For more info on this and other events organised by the Museum, check their web site.
Spring is very nearly upon us so if you are in the mood to shake off the cobwebs and get about and about there are plenty of possibilities. The Thames is a living treasure house of London's natural and cultural history. You can have a encounter with this rich archeology by joining one of the Thames discovery trips which explore the glass, ceramics, clay pipes and other artefacts that have been deposited in the river's banks over the centuries. You will need some sturdy footwear and waterproofs and a healthy dose of curiosity and the guides will take care of the rest. Find out more at the Thames Discovery web site. Happy mudlarking!
The Bob Hope Theatre in eltham continue their bi-monthly series of comedy nights with another great session on March 29th. The headline act is top-drawer comic John Moloney and the strong bill also includes turns from Bobby Murdoch and Sarah Isles. Tickets are a measley £8 in advance or £10 on the night.
For more details and to book tickets click here
If you are a fan of world music then all roads will lead to Kings Place from June4th-6th. The Kings Cross venue are hosting the 2015 Songlines Encounters Festival featuring artists from Portugal, Cyprus, Iran, the UK and Bangladesh . What better way to spend a summer evening than sipping a drink on the canal-side terrace before soaking up some great rythmns from around the world. This is one kind of globalisation we can really get on board with. You can find more details on the Kings Place web site
SE9 Arts group Eltham Arts are organising a competition to come up with an Eltham-themed postcard based around the title 'A Postcard from Eltham'. Anyone can enter and winning entries in each category will be printed and sold on with the proceeds going to. The closing date is March 1st 2015 so get your crayons out and get your creative hats on. You can find more details on the Eltham Arts web site: http://elthamarts.org/
As homelessness, social cleansing and astronomic property prices never seem to be out of the news. An exhibition of photos by documentary photographer Nick Hedges at the Science Museum comes as a timely reminder that London's housing crisis is nothing new. The Make Life Worth Living exhibition features a collection of powerful and moving works by commissioned in 1968 by the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. The exhibition is free and runs until March 1st 2015 You can find more details here
Tenants on the New Era estate in Hoxton are campaigning against massive rent hikes which would lead to almost certain eviction. Their campaign has received mass support with 300,000 people signing their online petition and large numbers of local people turning out to participate in actions.
The campaign has taken on an international dimension with New York mayor Bill de Blasios now joining in the almost universal condemnation of US developer Westbrook's plans. You can keep up with all the latest news on this vital campaign by visiting their web page and their Facebook page
There is also a page where you can pledge to provide physical, non-violent support to their campaign to save their homes. Click here for details
If the thought of a panto horse race through the streets of greenwich were not silly enough, then this year the organisers have cranked things up a level by giving the event a Star Wars theme. The runners and riders will be lining up on December 14th and there is still time for entrants to register (if you hoof it).
Apparently you can expect to see a number of celebrities turning up on the day and hoary old nag John McCririck will even be on hand to provide tips on the form and betting - but don't let that put you off taking in this brilliantly silly spectacle. Once all the horse are safely back in the paddock there will be an After Race Party at the Park Tavern In Greenwich.
You can find out more at: www.pantohorserace.org
Yet more evidence of the upsurge in the SE London arts scene arrives in the shape of a new gallery in the unlikely location of a container on the grounds of St Thomas More School in Eltham. The SE9 Container gallery aims to be a local arts hub - exhibiting contemporary paintings as well as hosting talks and workshops.
They will be launching with an exhibition of works by the artist Terri Hawkins. This will be followed up by an exhibition titled Outlaws which features remarkable sketches of female convicts executed in the USA between 1950-2005. The images are stark, powerful and thought-provoking. You can find out more at the gallery's web site
Congratulations to local pie and mash favourites Goddards at Greenwich for being voted the best restaurant in Greenwich by Time Out readers. Offering tasty, traditional food in attractive premises at affordable prices is a winning formula - maybe some other establishments in the area should take note.