Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 21 February 2018

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Head to this fitness throwback in Shoreditch.

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Things to do:

ARTISTS AND ESPIONAGE: Modernist living in mid 20th century London is the topic of conversation at Clapham's Art Society lecture. Discover the secrets of the Lawn Road Flats, a modernist block in north London, which housed both Soviet spies and Agatha Christie. Clapham Picturehouse, £8, book ahead, 11am-noon

LANDMARK LECTURE: What's so great about the Eiffel Tower? Head to this lunchtime lecture which looks at why Paris' iconic attraction, and other world-renowned landmarks are so famous. V&A, free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm

MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY: From DIY punk to Glastonbury, see a stunning collection of live music photography presented by The Picture Store. There'll be two bands playing throughout the night to accompany the exhibition, as well as free beer — yes you read that right. For. Fuk. Sake. (That's the name of the venue to clarify, in Dalston of course), free, just turn up, 3pm-midnight

ART INSIDERS: Fancy getting into art collecting? Hear from industry experts at this panel discussion where you can get the lowdown on entering into the art world as a millennial. Refreshments provided. MOO HQ (Farringdon), £7.50, book in advance, 6.30pm-9pm

80s WORKOUT: Get fit to hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s — Sweat and Sound's immersive fitness experiences are held at a secret venue will only be revealed once you've signed up. Leg warmers, head bands and neon necessary. Mystery location in Shoreditch, £29, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Hear live music a festival revolving around the idea of change

UNDERSTANDING TRUMP: Find out how — and whether it's actually possible — to understand an unconventional president. Listen to an expert panel dissect Trump's first year in power, the triumphs, the pitfalls and the role of Twitter. British Academy, near Charing Cross, free, registration required, 6.30pm-8pm

NERD NITE: The clue is in the name — these guys host evenings of questions and answers stuffed with knowledge. This evening's event, entitled Love Hurts, features speakers giving 20 minute presentations on themes including lust and betrayal in mythology. Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green, £7, book in advance, 7pm-10.30pm

ART OF CHANGE: 50 Guildhall students and 200 community members from east London are putting on a festival of workshops, music, and discussion revolving around the idea of  Changing Dialogues, featuring a 25 piece band blasting out psychedelic melodies. Chats Palace Arts Centre (Homerton), free, booking required, 7.30pm

JAZZ AND BLUES: TJ Johnson, one of the UK's finest jazz and blues singers, graces the crypt at St. Martin in the Fields' Café. St. Martin in the Fields, Covent Garden, £15, book in advance, 8pm-10pm

FUNNY GIRLS: A whole host of female comedians are hitting up Angel Comedy Club for a night of Hysterical Women — all proceeds go to Women's Aid. Bill Murray, Angel, £8, just turn up, 8pm-10.15pm

Good cause of the day:

Have you ever thought about becoming a volunteer to help those that are mentally ill? Mental health charity SANE is looking for more helping hands, and are hosting a volunteer evening for anyone interested in getting involved. St. Mark's Studios, Islington, free, register in advance, 6.30pm-8pm

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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