Things To Do In London: Wednesday 11 February 2015

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Take a twilight tour of Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham

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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

JOAN OF ARC: Hear all about historian Helen Castor's book, Joan of Arc, at the National Archives in Kew. £6, prebook, 2pm

ANCIENT GREEKS: British Academy hosts a panel discussion revealing what the Greeks were reading, beyond the classics we know today, from romance novels to cook books. Free, prebook, 6pm

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

CURATOR TALK: Curator and professor Kasper König presents a lecture on Reiner Ruthenbeck’s works and the exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. £5/£4, prebook, 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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Wilko

Norma Miller was at the Hippodrome last night, but will be at Earl Haig Hall in Crouch end tonight.

Guest

If you want to experience east London in all its glory get yourself down to Romford. It has the biggest shopping centre in east London, 2 cinemas, loadsa eateries, award winning parks, 10 pin bowling, a museum, a theatre, the market, & of course it's world famous for its local Cockney population. They're the salt of the earth, generally friendly unless provoked, & they have a BIG sense of humour. So me old china, come to Romford for a butchers.