Things To Do In London: Wednesday 28 January 2015

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Make a Lego robot at Drink Shop Do


SOMETHING ABOUT THE BEATLES: The Dutch Centre hosts a talk about The Beatles' trip to Amsterdam in 1964 and how it became part of the story of export from the UK to the Netherlands. £10/£5, prebook, 6pm

SHERLOCK: Join the curator of the Museum of London’s Sherlock Holmes exhibition for an evening delving into the mind of the world’s most famous fictional detective at Waterstone’s Piccadilly. £5/£3, prebook, 6.30pm

LIVING LIBRARY: It’s adults only at Grant Museum of Zoology’s Living Library, an evening of conversations with UCL researchers who tell stories of their research and give information about some of the specimens in the collection. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

PENNY LECTURE: Morley College's new season of Penny Lectures begins with an illustrated presentation by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest about people who have questioned and explored humanity's place in the cosmos. 1p, just turn up, 6.30pm

SCIENCE LATE: Science Museum’s monthly adults only late has an engineering theme. Watch Savage Skills cycle display team thunder round the track — then explain the science behind what they’re doing. Plus talks, workshops and a silent disco. Free (charge for some events), just turn up, from 6.45pm

LEGO ROBOTS: Yes, it’s that time of month again. Head to Drink Shop Do to let your inner child loose on building robots made of Lego. Take it seriously, it’s a competition y’know. Free, just turn up, from 7pm

CRICK CRACK CLUB: The performance storytelling night for adults is back at The Forge in Camden for an evening of entertainment by Egyptian storyteller and performer Chirine El Ansary. £10/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

POP UP PAINTING: Head to the Gipsy Hill Tavern in Crystal Palace to have a go at recreating Lichtenstein's famous Oh Jeff! painting with Pop-Up Painting. No experience necessary. £25, prebook, 7.30pm

ORCHESTRA: English Pocket Orchestra perform Verdi's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth at Platform Theatre in King's Cross. £15/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

POETRY: Five selected UK performance poets perform at The Contenders, a poetry event by Apples and Snakes at Southbank Centre. £10/£5, prebook, 7.45pm. Over at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, Walthamstow take on Enfield in Stanza Bonanza. 7.30pm

COMEDY: Many Radio 4 series have sprung from Tall Tales at the Good Ship, Kilburn. See what John Finnemore, Gareth Edwards, Susannah Pearse, Anna Savory and Mike Westcott have come up with this time. £5, email to reserve a place, 8pm

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Olave Parish Church on Fenchurch Street, Stoll in Fulham, Ealing Town Hall, Bromley Central Library, St Paul's Centre in Enfield, 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

Adam Buxton, Arthur Smith and Luisa Omielan are among the comedians on the bill at Laugh Till It Hurts at Bloomsbury Theatre tonight. A few tickets remain, starting at £10, and money raised goes to Macmillan Cancer Support.

From The Archive

Imagine herds of mammoths wandering across the slopes of Trafalgar Square, or woolly rhinos shuffling along the Thames foreshore. Take a look at our map of prehistoric London to see where in our city the discoveries and excavations of such creatures have taken place.