Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 13 February 2018

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Things to do

BOOKS AND BIRDS: Join award-winning children's author Duncan Beedie for story-time as he reads his book The Last Chip and takes kids aged 3+ on an adventure to see if Percy the Pigeon can find some much needed grub. Discover Story Centre (Stratford). Free, book ahead, 11am

PANCAKES AT THE POET: Spitalfields' Water Poet pub is going all out for Shrove Tuesday. Get your chops around pancakes filled with sausages and caramelised onions, followed by ones filled with rhubarb and custard. Various prices, booking a table recommended, midday-9.30pm

KILLER CARNIVORES: Get the kids down to the Grant Museum of Zoology this half term to get up close to skulls and learn about how meat-eating animals catch their prey. Grant Museum (UCL), free, just turn up, 1.30pm-4.30pm

SHOULD WE VOTE ONLINE?: While it could be a more convenient way to have our say, could voting online be dangerous for democracy? Listen to the debate at the Museum of London. Free, just turn up, 6pm

TECH TODAY: How does technology play a role in art and culture? From how we consume media to the development of art, and even covering the post-truth landscape, listen to former WikiLeaks staffer discuss these timely topics. Somerset House, pay what you can, book in advance, 6.45pm-8.30pm

Get stuck into pancakes at The Water Poet in Spitalfields

BLEEDING HEART WALK: For a less rose-tinted Valentine's celebration, go on this horror-filled tour where you'll hear urban legends, gruesome tales, and the secrets of the Bleeding Heart Yard and Crossbones Graveyard. £7.70, book ahead, 7pm

GALENTINE'S QUIZ: To mark 100 years of women getting the vote, celebrate girl power, and acknowledge the fact that Valentine's Day is creeping up, east end pub The Star of Bethnal Green is running a Galentine's Pub Quiz — men and women invited. Bethnal Green, free (charity collection taking place), just turn up, 8pm

PUTNEY PERFORMANCE: Richard Digance is a BAFTA winning entertainer who is a pro at everything from poetry to stories, comedy and music. Head south to hear the man who's supported the likes of Steve Martin, playing live. Half Moon (Putney), £13.20, book in advance, 8pm

CUPID MEETS COMEDY: Listen to comics whisper sweet nothings down the mic — Angel Comedy Club's Valentine's comedy special is all for a good cause, with profits going to a charity supporting young girls in poverty-stricken areas of Malaysia. The Bill Murray (Angel), £5, book in advance, 9.15pm-11pm

Good cause of the day

Make your pancake day one that gives back — when you buy a pancake at Covent Garden's Crème de la Crepe, you'll be helping to raise money for the Together Network, which aims to tackle food poverty. Dig into lemon and sugar topped pancakes that give back to the community. Crème de la Crepe (Covent Garden),  just turn up, all day

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

Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets

The Alleyways and Shadows - Old City Ghost Walk


At night, the City of London is at its creepiest... discover the area's most haunted locations with paranormal writer Richard Jones, London's longest established ghost walk guide - he's been at it since 1982! You'll visit hidden passages, ancient burial grounds, haunted alleyways and ghostly passageways - all places where people have been known to capture ghostly images on their cameras. Get tickets