Things To Do In London: Tuesday 17 February 2015

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Crick Crack Club is at Rich Mix

For Your Commute

Libraries, ATMs, shrines, shrubberies — just some of the uses that we have found for London's red telephone boxes. See the full spectrum of telephone recycling (with photos).


PANCAKE DAY: Yep, today's the day for tossing and noshing, so get your pan oiled and your lemons squeezed. Alternatively, let other people do the work. Take a look at our guide to Pancake Day to find the places serving pancakes, and other events (including politicians taking part in a pancake race) going on. If life hasn't given you lemons, or you prefer Nutella, you'll be needing our guide on where to eat and drink the sweet stuff in London.

HALF TERM: Day two and you're already struggling for ideas? No problem. Take a look at our half term roundup for inspiration — today, pick from animal puppets, nature exploring and much more. You're welcome.

MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING: Science Museum's photography exhibition depicting the horrors of poor housing between 1968 and 1972 is a hard hitting and powerful reminder of the living conditions some families in the UK had to endure ★★★★☆. Free, last couple of weeks: closes 1 March

PAINTING EXHIBITION: Today's the first day of Painting by Julie Caves, a two week pop-up gallery at Hoe Street Central in Walthamstow. View still lifes, abstracts and landscapes in oils and acrylics on canvas, wood panel and paper, all of which are for sale. 17 February-1 March

ANTHONY HOROWITZ: Children's author Anthony Horowitz, the brains behind the Alex Rider Stormbreaker series, is at Southbank Centre's Imagine Children's Festival to talk about his career and books. All children's tickets include a free book. Ages 9-11 and their carers. £12/£8.50, prebook, 3pm

BRUNEL’S WORK: Southwark’s Third Tuesday series brings a talk about the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel to John Harvard Library. Robert Hulse, Director of The Brunel Museum, talks about the life and achievements of the engineer. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

PEKING MAN: Crap Film Club meets at The Book Club in Shoreditch for a screening of The Mighty Peking Man, a 1977 film which attempted to cash in on the popularity of King Kong. £4.50/£3.50, prebook, 7pm

POP-UP PAINTING: Head to Dissenting Academy in Stoke Newington to have a go at creating your own version of Hockney's Winter's Tunnel. No experience needed and all materials are provided. £25, prebook, 7.30pm

POLITICAL COMEDY: Joining Chris Coltrane at Camden’s Black Heart for a night of political lols are Tiernan Douieb, Grainne Maguire, Robin and Partridge, Eleanor Morton and Ivor Dembina. £3, just turn up, 8pm

ZOOLOGICAL CURIOSITIES: Storytelling evening Crick Crack Club is back at Rich Mix in Shoreditch for a night of animalistic fables for adults. Performers include improvisation expert The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher and storytelling poet Hugh Lupton. £8/£6, prebook, 8pm

CABARET: Cabaret legend and 'trans-genre' artist Justin Vivian Bond performs Love is Crazy! at Southbank Centre, an evening in celebration of obsession, sex, romance and all their queer and mysterious complications. £17.50/£12.50, prebook, 9pm

TONIGHT'S DINNER: As it's half term, why not let the kids stay up past their bedtime and treat them to dinner at one of London's child-friendly restaurants? There are more of them than you might think...

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Good Cause of the Day

There are still a few tickets left for Stand up for Shelter on 25 February. See the likes of Eddie Izzard, Adam Hills and Sara Pascoe while raising money for Shelter.


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