Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 30 January 2018

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Patrick Russell from the British Film Institute (BFI) explores the history of public information films, using clips and films to show the development of government filmmaking.

What we’re reading

  • London Underground noise could damage hearing, says academic.
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  • London braced for 'biggest protest in UK history' against Donald Trump visit.

Things to do

FABULOUS FUSED GLASS: Get creative at this workshop led by studio artist Amanda Seljubac. At the end of the session you'll be able to take home a glass panel decorated by your own fair hand. Valentines Mansion and Gardens (Ilford), £45, book ahead, 11am-2pm

PUBLIC INFORMATION FILMS: Patrick Russell from the British Film Institute (BFI) uses clips and films to illustrate the development of government filmmaking. Expect lots of black and white footage overlaid with RP accents. The National Archives, Kew, £6, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

VISION BOARD WORKSHOP: Struggling to keep those NY Resolutions? It might help if you put them to paper. The #Vision2Reality panel hopes to inspire millennials to think about your goals before letting them loose with a pair of scissors, some white card and a lot of magazines. Sama Bankside, £6, book ahead, 6pm-9.30pm

TITS & LAZERS RIDE: Exercise is somehow more bearable when it's for a good cause. This evening you can get your sweat on for charity by taking part in a 45 minute Boom Cycle ride. Proceeds go to CoppaFeel!, the breast cancer awareness charity encouraging women to check their breasts. Boom Cycle Monument, £30, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

WHERE ARE THE WRITERS OF COLOUR?: Nikesh Shukla, editor of the brilliant book The Good Immigrant discusses his plans to publish The Good Journal, which will provide a much-needed platform for British writers of colour. The British Academy, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.45pm

Tits & Lazers includes a 45minute Boom Cycle ride, an exclusive 'you're awesome' co-branded vest worth £25, a talk hosted by a CoppaFeel! Boobette.

DEATH CAFE: It's the one certainty we all share, yet death isn't always the most welcome of conversation topics — unless you're at the Death Cafe, where friendly chat covers bereavement, death and dying. Blighty India Cafe (Tottenham), free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

THE VINYL SCRATCH: Get down to this new open mic night, you might not make it onto X-Factor but there prizes to be won for the audience's favourite performer. Vinyl Cafe (Barnsbury), free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm

THE GRAPEVINE READING: Spend a chilled Tuesday evening listening to poetry and fiction readings in collaboration with Papaya Press. The Peckham Pelican, free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm

TUNED IN TO SHORTWAVE GIG: Errollyn Wallen is, among many other things, the first Black composer to have her work played at the Proms. She has composed a piece alongside Wendy Hiscocks, both of which will be performed by internationally acclaimed violinist Philippa Mo. Grab a pizza, sink into a sofa and let the soothing sounds of these classical performers wash over you. Dreamy. Shortwave Cafe (Bermondsey), £10, book ahead, 7.45pm

ONE WORLD MEDIA: From women in post-conflict Tripoli using recycling to bring communities together to transgender Muslims working at a boarding school in Indonesia, One World Media screens a series of documentary shorts by young filmmakers who received a One World Media Production Fund Grant. Bertha Dochouse (Bloomsbury), £5, book ahead, 8.30pm

Good cause of the day: Gits and Shiggles charity fundraiser

You might recognise headliner Joel Dommett from the 2016 series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. This time he'll be competing for your laughs, not your votes at this charity fundraiser for St. Michael's Hospice in Basingstoke. The Half Moon, Putney, £8.80, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

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

A Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

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

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

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets