Things To Do In London: Tuesday 10 February 2015

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Pongathon comes to Rich Mix


HOGARTH IN LONDON: Julia Musgrave of the London Art Salon talks about Hogarth's mission to rid London's streets of child poverty and the sex trade in order to make the city an appropriate subject for art. £35, prebook, morning event (time confirmed on booking)

FREE TALK: Political refugee Mariana Gordan tells her life story today at Guildhall Library. During the communist dictatorship of Ceausescu, she was unjustly arrested: find out how she managed to escape a 30 year jail sentence in a communist prison with the help of an English couple. Free, prebook, 2pm

THE CRUCIBLE: Enjoy a three course meal at One Aldwych while you watch The Crucible being screened from the stage at The Old Vic. The play, based on the Salem witch trials, stars Richard Armitage. £49.50, prebook, 5pm

PONGATHON: Get your ping pong on at Rich Mix in Shoreditch; take part in tournaments and games, and receive some coaching. Free entry, pay to play, just turn up, from 5pm

MUSEUM TALK: Author James Wallman talks about his acclaimed book Stuffocation at the Museum of Brands. Drawing on his experience as a trend forecaster, he explains why we've had enough of stuff and need experience more than ever. £15, prebook, from 6pm

GHOST TOUR: Discover the area around Museum of London Docklands and its scary secrets. Discover the inside and outside of the museum with a tour that promises to chill you to the bones. £25 (including a drink), prebook, 6.30pm

FILM SCREENING: The Dutch Centre close to Liverpool Street hosts the screening of documentary Meet the Fokkens. The short film tells the story of Louise and Martin, 69-year-old twin sisters who worked in Amsterdam's red light district as prostitutes for 40 years. £10/£5, prebook, 7pm

STYLE LEGEND: Marella Caracciolo Chia, niece of the style legend Marella Agnelli, talks about her aunt’s glamorous life and achievements at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Agnelli was widely photographed in the 1950s-60s, and also collaborated with well-known architects. £9/£7, prebook, 6.30pm

SPEAKEASY: Drink Shop Do hosts a Speakeasy evening with authors Nikesh Shukla and Lucy Ribchester. Take part in the Story Challenge where they are given a theme by the audience and have to come up with a tale on the spot. Free, just turn up, from 7pm

COMEDY: Head to the Mediterranean Cafe in Soho for a free night of works in progress from the likes of Joseph Morpurgo, Alison Thea-Skot, Richard Soames, Fraser Millward and Gabby Best. Free, just turn up, 8pm

BILLIE HOLIDAY: BBC Radio 2 celebrates 100 years of Billie Holiday with a special concert at Hackney Empire. The 60 piece BBC Concert Orchestra teams up with singers including American soul singer Madeline Bell, Gloria Onitiri and Rebecca Ferguson to perform songs from Holiday's career. £10-30, prebook, 8pm

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall, Cathedral Hall in Victoria, South Chingford Cong Church, Morrisons in Thamesmead 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

There's still time to sign up to Shelter's Vertical Rush, a race up the 932 steps of Tower 42, on 3 March. It costs £30 to register plus a £160 sponsorship pledge for the homelessness charity.

From The Archive

You know how some days, you wake up and think to yourself, 'I wish there was a song that lists out the name of every single tube station?'. Well, voila — this is the Every Tube Station song by Jay Foreman.