Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 20 February 2018

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Catch Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories before it closes.

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MICHAEL MORPURGO: Last chance to discover the secrets behind one of Britain's best loved children's storytellers. Author of books such as Private Peaceful and War Horse, Michael Morpurgo is the focus of this exhibition, featuring first drafts, manuscripts, theatre props and illustrations. V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm, until 25 February

HUMANS VS. WORLD: If you've ever contemplated why the world is such a mess if humans are meant to be so great, then head to this debate for more food for thought. Museum of London (Barbican), free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

FURNITURE AND FASHION: Explore the development of design during the second world war and the post-war period and find out how shortages of materials influenced the way furniture was fashioned. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

PROBLEM DEBATE: Head to this big conversation about our problem with problems, which may just be the world's biggest problem. Confused yet? Let this Big Ideas debate enlighten you. City & Islington College, free, book ahead, 6pm-7.30pm

Head to a candlelit concert in a derelict asylum.

CONCERT BY CANDLELIGHT: Make your way to Peckham's derelict Asylum Chapel for this secret concert, a candlelit acoustic gig where the performers are a mystery until the night. Food and drink available — dress warm. Asylum Chapel, Peckham, £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

BLACK BOOK: Find out about the Freud Museum's new project Black Book, which looks at how propaganda is used to generate racial conflict. Art critic Sacha Craddock will be in conversation with the project's creator, Gideon Rubin. Freud Museum (Hampstead), £10, book in advance, 7pm

DANCEFLOOR WHODUNNIT: Top of the Cops is an immersive theatre whodunnit taking you back to the 1980s. In coordination with Goldsmiths' Forensic Psychology Unit, this is an interactive night of creative science, dancing and detectives. Come in your best neon '80s gear. St. James' Church (New Cross), £15, book in advance, 7pm-10pm

PHAT: Strictly for over 18s,  this event from Sex+ is a cabaret performance and panel discussion celebrating the creativity and beauty of fat bodies and people. Phat! Cabaret is a much needed refresher after LFW's size zero focus. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, £10, book in advance, 7pm

UNDERGROUND MYTHS: Learn about the various urban legends surrounding the London Underground, from horror tales to strange stories and everything in between, from Londonist writer Scott Wood. The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, £5.50, book ahead, 7.45pm

Good cause of the day

If you're homeless and hungry in London, there are a number of soup kitchens providing a hot meal in the daytime or evening — but what about breakfast, the most important meal of the day? Breakfast in a Bag is a charity that hands out breakfast ( a bag) to London's street sleepers, with a hot drink, breakfast items and more practical things such as gloves and hats,  toiletries, and dog food. Sponsor a bag for just £3 — find out more here.

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

LOVE Dim Sum? Learn to Make Delicious Dim Sum!

Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets

Interviews With British Serial Killers

Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer.  Get tickets

Become Robin Hood for the Day in an Archery Class

Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets

Sex, Death and Shopping: The Soho Tour

We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again.  Get tickets