Things To Do In London: Thursday 12 February 2015

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Climbing is one activity on the menu at The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure Show.

For Your Commute

Just a few inches below the streets of London lies a room which houses thousands of mosquitoes — and we got to take a peek inside. Find out where this room is, and why it exists. Train seat feeling a little itchy now? Sorry about that.


OUTDOOR SHOW: The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show begins today at ExCel Centre, aimed at people interested in activities such as travelling, photography, climbing and watersports. Alongside speakers, a travel clinic, careers advice and more, there's a chance to stock up on specialist gear. Adult ticket £14 per day, prebook, until 15 February

FOOD EXHIBITION: Science Museum’s new exhibition, Cravings, opens today, looking at how food affects your body, brain and eating habits. Free, just turn up, no closing date

MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: Barbican's new exhibition (which we included in our art picks for February) focuses on artists (including Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol) as collectors. Exhibits range from mass-produced objects to rare artefacts which are compared with  the artists' work, highlighting the connections between them. £12/£10/£8, prebook, until 25 May

LOVE FILM Q&A: Head to Curzon Cinema in Soho for a screening of Love Is All, followed by a Q&A with the director, Kim Longinotto. The film uses archive footage from the British Film Institute archive and Yorkshire Film Archive to tell the story of on-screen romance throughout film history from the first screen kiss right up to the 50 shades of present day film. £13.75, prebook, 6.30pm

COMEDY: Shambles web series is filming a new season, so go to Aces and Eights in Tufnell Park for two free shows tonight. The first, at 6.30pm, features Alex Edelman, Holly Burn and Nick Helm; the second, at 8.30pm, has Ed Aczel, Mat Ewins and Will Seaward. Matthew Crosby is on hand at all times. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm/8.30pm

SHORT FILMS: Shorts on Tap is at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane for a night of short films from abroad — the theme is Bloody Foreigners — so expect fun and provocation in equal measure. There are also discussions with the filmmakers. £3, prebook, 7pm

ASTROPHYSICS: Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta is at the Royal Institution to talk about what the oldest light in the cosmos, the luminous echo of the Big Bang itself, can tell us about the fundamental nature of the Universe. £12/£8/£6, prebook, 7pm

PALACE POETRY: Acclaimed Jamaican poet Kei Miller performs new work at the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace.  The theme of the evening is journeys, and there will also be poems inspired by the properties of gold. £15/£13.50, prebook, 7pm

MARITIME FILM: The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich screens early British film, The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands. Filmed on real battleships, near Malta, the film has been restored by the BFI National Archive to commemorate the centenary of WWI. £7/£5, prebook, 7pm

F**K UP: Dawn Foster, Steve Cross, Ed Jefferson and Rachel Souhami are among those sharing tales of bollocksing up at Star of Kings tonight, for Science Showoff. £6, prebook, 7pm

LOST NEIGHBOURHOODS: South East London Folklore Society meets at the Old King’s Head in Borough for an evening about London’s lost and vanished neighbourhoods, including the most feared neighbourhood in the western world and London’s first Olympic Park. £3/£1.50, prebook, 8pm

MEAT PUPPETS: Russell Tovey, Pippa Evans, Phill Jupitus, Joe Lycett and Kerry Howard are the unwitting performers putting their lives in the hands of Deborah Frances-White’s disembodied voice, who makes them do all kinds of unspeakable improv, over at Trafalgar Studios. £12.50+fee, prebook, 9.30pm

NOW EXTENDED: Not managed to see the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition in Greenwich yet? Good news — it's now been extended until 19 July. Take a look at our favourite images from the selection.

Good Cause of the Day

Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby is taking on a 50km walk in London this summer in celebration of the Southwark based charity, Dimbleby Cancer Care, and is looking for people to join him on the challenge. Find out more and sign up here.


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