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For Your Commute
What's beneath the Thames Barrier? Could it fail? We found out — and you can too by going behind the scenes at London's main flood defence.
BOARD GAMES: Play your favourite childhood board games with a live action twist at the Camden Head, like Human Hungry Hippos or Crowd Kerplunk. Comedian Tom Webb is your host / pupper master. £5, just turn up, 8pm
SILENT SPACE CINEMA: Hackney Picturehouse screens the 1902 silent film A Trip To The Moon by Georges Méliès, accompanied by local band Antwerp who will use sound samples from NASA. £9, prebook, 7.30pm
TWILIGHT TOUR: Take a guided twilight tour of Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham. The 18th century building, designed by Horace Walpole, is one of Britain's finest examples of Gothic architecture. 18+. £20/£18, prebook, 8pm
POST APOCALYPTIC BOOK CLUB: Dark Societies meets at Waterstones on Piccadilly to disucss how apocalyptic and dystopian literature is changing and why we always go back for more. Line-up consists of authors Nick Harkaway, Anna Smaill and Helena Coggan. £5/£3, prebook, 6.30pm
LINDY HOPPER: 95-year-old dancer, Norma Miller — last surviving member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers — appears at Earl Haig Hall in Crouch End for an evening of dancing and talks. £10-£15, prebook, from 7pm
FUNNY FAILURE: Chris Williams tells you all about dead comedians, forgotten comedians, bad comedians and anything that could possibly happen in a comedy set, at Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden. £10/£8, prebook, 9.15pm
CLOSING SOON: It's a double whammy at Serpentine Galleries, featuring the playful kinetic art of Julio le Parc (★★★★☆) and the subtle conceptual works of Reiner Ruthenbeck (★★★☆☆), both until 15 February
Good Cause of the Day
The Barts Cancer Institute is looking for people to take part in the British 10K London Run in July and the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100-mile cycle ride and The London Triathlon (both to be held in August). All the money raised will go to funding cancer research and training new cancer scientists.
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