Things To Do In London: Friday 23 January 2015

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A new Churchill exhibition opens at the Science Museum. Churchill with a spitfire from Castle Bromwich © Philip Insley, CBAF Archive Vickers ArchivesSyndics


CHURCHILL'S SCIENTISTS: Marking the  50th anniversary of his death, the Churchill’s Scientists exhibition at the Science Museum tells the little-known story of how Churchill’s fascination with science led to achievements that helped Britain win the Second World War. Free, until January 2016

SHOW ‘N’ TELL: UCL PhD student Jennifer Adams picks just one object from the Grant Museum of Zoology’s collection to talk about. Find out more about her research on the biodiversity of the wetlands of rivers surrounding the world heritage site of Lake Baikal in Siberia. Free, just turn up, 1pm

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Head to Bishopsgate Institute for a concert by Bartholomew LaFollette and Caroline Palmer, performing work by Back and De Falla. Free, just turn up, 1.05pm

UNCOVERING FREUD: Stefan Marianski from the Freud Museum is at Wellcome Collection to examine objects used by Freud. You can also interpret your own dreams using Freud's methods. Free, just turn up, 2pm-5pm

ANDREW MOTION: The former Poet Laureate is the subject of a platform at National Theatre, where he’ll be talking about the work of Treasure Island author R L Stevenson. Followed by a book signing. £4/£3, prebook, 5.30pm

CANDLELIGHT CLUB: The Candlelight Club is a clandestine pop-up cocktail bar in a secret London venue, with a 1920s speakeasy theme. Expect a one-off cocktail menu with special themes, plus dancing to live 1920s jazz bands and vintage DJing. £20, prebook, 7pm

FILM SCREENING: Morley College hosts a screening of Bayou Maharajah, a film about the life and music of New Orleans pianist James Booker. Director Lily Keber will be attending the screening and is available for a question and answer session after the film. Free (donations welcome), just turn up, 7.30pm

ALBUM LAUNCH: Brazilian band The Fontanas perform at Rich Mix in Shoreditch ahead of the release of their debut album. Expect a blend of Latin, ska and soul music, plus live DJs and a support act. £8/£6, prebook, 8pm

ASTRONOMY: Hampstead Observatory‘s weekly open nights give the public a chance to view the heavens. NOTE: the observatory only opens if the skies are clear — keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates. Free, just turn up, 8pm-10pm. Repeated 24 January

EUROFEST: The Eurovision themed party is back at The Vauxhall Tavern with six hours of Europop music, and a live performance by Suzy from Portugal, who represented her country at Eurovision in Copenhagen. £5 before 10.30pm/£8 afterwards, just turn up, from 9pm

COMEDY: Love puns? Then this is the show for you. Darren Walsh has won an actual Pun Championship (OK, it was run by the TV channel Dave) and is wordplaying at Leicester Square Theatre tonight. £6, prebook, 9.15pm

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at City Temple on Holborn Viaduct, Sainsbury's in Sydenham and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.

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Good Cause of the Day

Book now to attend Great Ormond Street Hospital's Big Hearts For Little People Valentine's Party on 8 February. The family event lets children partake in arts and crafts, biscuit decorating, jewellery making, Scalextric racing  and more, while parents can take part in an auction and enjoy food and champagne.

From The Archive

Last year we caught up with the "Ladies Who Bus" as their mission to travel every London bus route from end to end came to an, er, end. What were the highlights? The worst journey? Find out here.