Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 8 March 2018

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CONFLICT CAFE: As part of Imperial War Museum's focus on the centenary of the first world war, you can meet experts and discover what life was like for women in wartime. How did different women experience the war worldwide? How did women record their experiences? What was it like entering the workplace for the first time? And whatever better questions you can think up. Imperial War Museum, free, just turn up, 2pm-4pm

UFO FILES: Let's face it, we've all got at least a tiny bit of curiosity about UFOs. Tonight, hear Dr David Clarke talk about his book, UFO Drawings From The National Archives, based on the Ministry of Defence's UFO Desk, which ran for 60 years. National Archives (Kew), £6-£7.50, book ahead, 6pm-7pm

FINDING FRED: The Cross and Tibbs Collection provides a unique photographic record of second world bomb damage inflicted on the City. Tonight, hear about Frederick Tibbs, a City of London Police Officer who contributed many photos to the collection. Guildhall Library, £8.13, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

THE UNSEEN HOUR: If you're hooked by live comedy-horror podcast The Unseen Hour, you'll want to see two new episodes being recorded live tonight, featuring guest writers and performers. The Vaults (Waterloo), £9.50, book ahead, 6.10pm

RUM BY THE RIVER: Yo ho ho, a pirate's life for me. Step on board the Golden Hinde for an evening of rum tasting with RumCask. You'll taste 12 rums from across the globe, led by experts who'll explain them as you go — oh, and you'll be free to explore the ship too. Golden Hinde (near Borough Market), £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: Catherine Mayer, founder of the Women's Equality Party, is on this International Women's Day panel about the challenges women face in leadership roles, which particularly takes into account the #MeToo campaign. Camden Centre (King's Cross), free, book ahead, 6.30pm

Find out more about managing the biosphere

LAB LATE: If Attenborough documentaries have got you all riled up about the changes our planet faces, you should know about this movement that advocates for action, driven by the people. The 70-minute discussion introduces the idea that we don't need to vote for an authority to manage the biosphere — we can create that authority ourselves. Imagination Lab (Lambeth High Street), £8, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

OZONE HOLE: The Antarctic ozone hole was discovered in 1985, but there's still a lot we don't know about it. The Royal Society's Bakerian Lecture 2018 is given by Professor Susan Solomon and covers what we do know, and how science, public understanding, technology and international policy have all had an effect on how it's been dealt with. The Royal Society, free, just turn up, 6.30pm (doors 6pm)

MUSEUM SINGING: See this museum's treasures literally sung to life. Explore the collection after dark, and an improv singing group will make up songs on the spot about your findings. Grant Museum, £8, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

BOOZY PUB QUIZ: Grab your five brainiest mates and head to this boozy pub quiz where, fuelled by a pint or two, you'll be answering general knowledge questions, taking part in blind drinks tasting, and having to get a little creative too. Good knowledge of beer brands is useful, and all proceeds go to Alzheimer's Research UK. The Water Poet (Spitalfields), £25 for a team of six), book ahead, 7.15pm

WOMEN ON THE WATER: Join writer, actor and storyteller Kat Saffin — who lives on a boat herself — for stories about women who have lived and worked on the waterways over the years. Have your sealegs ready because the event takes place on board barge Fiodra. Merchant Square (Paddington), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Good cause of the day

LYANESS TAKEOVER: International Women's Day isn't all serious discussions. Trendy Hoxton bar Super Lyan, have put together an all-star female cast of bartenders. Each one has an hour-long guest-shift, where they'll produce a specially crafted cocktail. All proceeds go to Womankind. Super Lyan, free (but the drinks aren't), just turn up, 7pm-late

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