Things To Do In London: Tuesday 20 January 2015

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Visit Kenwood House with London Jewish Cultural Centre. Photo: shadow_in_the_water


LOVE: The Jewish Museum in Camden holds its first ever crowd-sourced exhibition, Love, featuring everyday objects, historic artefacts, and works of art inspired by love. Ticket included in museum entry fee, just turn up, until 19 April

CEMETERY WALK: Stephen Burstin leads a guided walk through Willesden Cemetery to see the final resting places of well-known and not-well-known people. Organised by London Jewish Cultural Centre. £16, prebook, 10.30am. Alternatively, visit Kenwood House, focusing on its treasures of art and furniture. £15, prebook, 2pm

WAR ENTERTAINMENT: Head to Guildhall Library for a talk by Lucinda Gosling on the entertainment industry in London during the First World War. Hear how popular theatre stars, glamorous nightclubs, cartoons and art exhibitions, helped the nation through dark times. £5, prebook, 6pm

CHARLIE CHAPLIN: Head along to the John Harvard Library in Borough to hear Dr Patricia Dark talk about how Charlie Chaplin’s work reflects his childhood in Victorian south London. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

FILM QUIZ: You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat Film Quiz is at Hackney Picturehouse giving you a chance to show off your film knowledge in a two-hour audiovisual film quiz. £5,prebook, from 6.30pm

UNSEEN LONDON: City of London & Cripplegate Photographic Society goes behind the scenes with Peter Dazeley, author of Unseen London, with his stories about getting access to power stations and abandoned tube stations to take his photographs. At St Joseph's Chuch Hall, 15 Lambs Passage, near Barbican. £5, just turn up, 6.45pm

GOOD COMMUNICATION: Head to the Royal Institution to join researchers from seven European countries for talks and interactive demonstrations, exploring what influences the ability to understand speech, what makes a good or bad listener, and what talkers do to smooth the way to better communication.  £12/£8, prebook, 7pm

WAPPING DISPUTE: The St Bride Foundation hosts an evening centred on the Wapping Dispute at News International in 1986-87. Speakers include Newsnight historian Greg Neale and journalist Nicholas Jones. £10/£5, prebook, 7pm

KILLERZ: Short Sighted Cinema is an online magazine and pop-up event, dedicated to grassroots filmmaking and screening. Tonight at Ritzy Picturehouse, see a series of short films with the theme “killerz”. £3/£4, prebook, 7.30pm

EDU COMEDY: Academics meet comedy in Bright Club at Bloomsbury Theatre. UCL researchers are joined by comics to educate and entertain. Expect topics to cover neurology, history and urban planning. £8+booking fee, prebook, 7.30pm

LOLITICS: London’s friendliest political comedy club returns to the Black Heart in Camden, with Andy Zaltzman, Bec Hill, Elf Lyons, John-Luke Roberts and Nish Kumar joining Chris Coltrane. £3, just turn up, 8.30pm

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Salvation Army Headquarters near St Paul's, Sainsbury's in Dog Kennel Hill, Wandsworth Town Hall, Chiswick Town Hall, Stratford Old Town Hall, 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

Sign up now to abseil down The Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 28 February. There's a signup fee of £25 and a fundraising target of £250, which goes towards Street Child, a charity currently providing humanitarian aid to those affected by the ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Find out more and sign up here. Not convinced? Find out what happened when we had a go at abseiling down The Orbit last year (spoiler: no-one died).

From The Archive

When the London Overground came full circle of the capital, we decided to put it through its paces by having two teams race each other around it to answer the ultimate question; is it quicker to circumnavigate the capital clockwise or anticlockwise? Answer and ensuing japes can be seen in this video.