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Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 21 March 2017

Things to do today is sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Felt Cactus Workshop at Nanna's Cafe

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GLOBAL ART: New exhibition Fragments is a visual exploration on the very idea of fragmentation, created by artists from Brazil, France and Spain. Espacio Gallery, free, just turn up, noon-7pm

THINK SPACE: The UK space sector is growing at a rapid pace. Find out about the instruments made in Britain that are changing space exploration. Royal Museum Greenwich, £6/£5, book ahead, 5.15pm-6.15pm

MAKING MONEY: Ever wondered how money is made? Bank of England Museum curator Jennifer Adam talks about the launch of the polymer £5 note last year, and the history of the production of banknotes. Guildhall Library, £5 (+ booking fee), book ahead, 6pm-8pm

SEXY SHORTS: Short film night Bar Shorts is back with a line-up that will explore sexuality, liberty, frustration, humour in all that is amorous. Watch the films, then chat to the filmmakers and directors. The Book Club, free, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

HIGH ALTITUDE MEDICINE: Climbing Everest could help medical research. This lecture explains how data taken from a 2007 medical expedition to the top of the mountain can be used to explain why some people can adapt to high altitude better than others. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

Think Space lecture at Royal Museum Greenwich

CONCEALED REVEALED: Old shoes up chimney breasts, mummified cats bricked up in walls and horse skulls buried under hearthstones are just some of the odd objects found hidden away in post-medieval houses. This talk aims to reveal who was concealing them, and why. Horse Hospital, free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

DEEP LIFE: Travel deep into the earth's crust with geochemist Tullis Onstott, to take a look at the life forms living down there and whether their presence gives us clues towards the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Royal Institution, £14/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

CLASSICAL CONCERT: There's more to LSE than just economics. The LSE Choir and Orchestra hold their Spring Concert, performing works by Gabriel Faure, Beethoven, Mozart and more. LSE, £7, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

LOLITICS: Self-proclaimed 'Lefty political comedy club' Lolitics makes its monthly appearance in Camden, with a line-up including feminist activist Chloe Green and stand-up comedian Charlie Partridge. Best of all? No heckling, and the comedians won't pick on you. The Black Heart, £5, just turn up, 7.30pm

FELT CACTUS: Create a plant that doesn't need any watering and brightens up any room at this felt cactus workshop — it's aimed at all abilities. Nanna's Cafe in Highbury, £35, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm


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Art review: ghostly ships

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The Science Museum's collection of model ships in storage has been photographed through their semi-transparent protective covers. Photographic duo Anderson & Low have given these ships a ghostly resurrection, and the fuzzy images capture a sense of the history these models represent.  The way the exhibition is laid out with low lighting and plenty of space only adds to the ethereal atmosphere in the works. Voyages at Science Museum Until 25 June, free ★★★★☆ (Open every day) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: triple dance delight

This Royal Ballet triple bill includes the world premiere of Crystal Pite's Flight Pattern, a poignant reflection on the plight of refugees. Placing them in limbo, neither in their old or new home, shadows fall on masses of huddled dancers whose movements are extremely innovative. Set to Henryk Górecki's moving Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, this powerful piece contrasts individual needs with mass plight. The bill also includes David Dawson's The Human Seasons, full of elegant physicality, and Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain, in which Zenaida Yanowsky (on the night we went) seemed ethereally fragile yet deeply human. The Human Seasons / After the Rain / Flight Pattern, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, WC2E, £3-50, 16-24 March 2017 ★★★★☆ Sam Smith

Good cause for the day

HOGWHATS QUIZ: Immerse yourself in the wizarding world at this regular Harry Potter quiz. The theme this month is Ravenclaw, so it'll be one for the brainbox Potter fans. All the profits go towards Child.org, which aims to give all children an equal opportunity. Concrete Space in Shoreditch, £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

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Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

LDN Talks @ Night || Neuroscience of Powerful Habits
Every January you do the same thing. You make a New Year's resolution to lose weight, be thriftier, quit smoking or possibly even to start exercising. Yet how many of us find ourselves in the exact spot we started in once the month is up? This talk by Dr Gabija Toleikyte, explains why the brain resists changing habits of a lifetime. She'll also explain how to create long lasting change, by working with your brain rather than against it. Get tickets

LDN Talks @ Night ||How the Mind Heals your Body
Learn to harness your mind to help your health and wellness. The placebo effect is scientifically proven fact and it's not an anomaly. There are many ways positive thinking can be of benefit to you in everyday life. Get tickets

Talk: Fly First Class for Free
Anyone can travel the world in style for next to nothing. You just need to know how! Our friends at Funzing UK are organising a unique talk with Nicky, aka The Miles Mogul. He's a music lawyer, photographer, traveller and most importantly air miles Guru. Come along and hear stories from Nicky's first class adventures and leave knowing how to do it yourself on a shoestring. This is a unique chance to learn the secret hacks and tips he's gathered over the years on how to travel in the ultimate style without breaking the bank. Get tickets