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

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London's Grime & Punishment Tour

Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.    Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour

Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour

Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets