Things To Do In London: Monday 16 February 2015

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Go to a Willy Wonka Q&A at Phoenix Cinema

For Your Commute

Eastenders goes live this week to mark 30 years of the show. Artist Gina Parr spoke exclusively to Londonist about her part in designing the original set 30 years ago. Where's the real Queen Vic? How did the set hold up in the hurricane of 1987? Read the stories behind the Eastenders set.


HALF TERM: Harry Potter, Frozen and the Gruffalo — there's plenty for kids to do in London this half term, whatever their age and your budget. Take a look at our half term roundup for inspiration.

LEGO LONDON: See London Landmarks made of Lego at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park. For one week only, the likes of Trafalgar Square and Battersea Power Station have been recreated in plastic bricks. Take a look while enjoying views of real London. £15/£7, prebook, 15-22 February

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: The Royal Geographical Society hosts a photography exhibition, showing photos taken during PhotoVoice’s participatory workshops in Ghana, Tunisia, Ethiopia, China, Peru and Nepal last year. Community members used photography to express their experiences of development progress. Free, just turn up, 16-27 February

WILLY WONKA: Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley hosts Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Enjoy a screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with the now-retired actress. £6/£4, prebook, 10.45am. Do you know about the London chocolate shop which received the seal of approval from Roald Dahl himself?

NIGHT SAFARI: Still feeling the love? As we mentioned in our Valentine's Day round-up, Natural History Museum is running an adults-only night safari. Choose between the romance tour and the passion tour, and up close to behind the scenes specimens, under the guidance of museum scientists. £40, prebook, 6.30pm

LEFT HANDED: Ever wondered why some people are left-handed (one in nine, to be precise)? Head to the Royal Society for an exploration of the genetic factors that affect handedness. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

CITY PHILANTHROPY: City Philanthropy is a charity programme run by The City of London Corporation. It manages a network, Inspired 50, which brings together fearless fundraisers to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Tonight at Glazier's Hall, members of The Inspired 50 Network, including Julia Immonen, Sky Sports presenter and world record Atlantic rower, will give tips on how to prepare to take on the world as an adventure philanthropist. £10, prebook, 6.30pm

FOLK MUSIC: Tonight's Folk on Monday at The Green Note in Camden stars The Patsy Reid Band, which sees the musician performing songs from her new album, The Brightest Path. £13, prebook, doors 7pm

BINGO: Every Monday at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, The Big Bingo Show takes place. Expect entertainment themed bingo rounds interspersed with cabaret acts and the like. Free entry/£1 a round, just turn up, from 7pm

COMEDY: The Good Ship in Kilburn’s regular Monday night comedy slot is headlined by James Acaster, plus sets from Bethany Black, Diane Spencer, James Veitch and Martin Croser. £5, just turn up, 8pm

CHILDREN'S THEATRE: Thinking about taking the kids to a show during the school holidays? Take a look at what's on at London's best theatres for children.

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