Things To Do In London: Wednesday 25 February 2015

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London Stunts

From jumping buses to extremely close fly-throughs, the 120 year old Tower Bridge has been party to a fair few stunts in its time, most recently during the London 2012 Olympics. Take a look at the daredevil history of the bridge.

Things To Do

Jawdance is at Rich Mix

GUILDHALL GALLERY: Not visited Guildhall Art Gallery since it reopened with a rehang a few months ago? Take a guided tour of the artworks and historic items now on display showing London through the ages. £11, prebook, 10.30am

MENTAL HEALTH: As part of LSE’s Literary Festival, there’s a panel discussion about how mental illness is portrayed in art, literature and on TV, and how this affects public perceptions of mental health. Free, prebook, 5pm-6.30pm

SHORT STORIES: Bloomsbury Institute hosts a Short Story Evening, chaired by Tania Hershman, with Bloomsbury short story writers Jon McGregor, Eliza Robertson and Lucy Wood. £10/£7, prebook, 6.30pm

BRITISH GOVERNMENT: A panel of politics and social policy experts look at the problems the next British government faces and the public services policies it may choose to implement. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

MUSEUM LATE: Science Museum’s monthly late has a theme of sexuality, exploring topics such as sex addiction, sex toys and pornography, as well as the usual silent disco and punk science game. 18+. Free, just turn up, 6.45pm-10pm

CONFLICT ZONE AID: Former Dutch Politician Femke Halsema is at the Dutch Centre in the City to talk about her experiences in conflict zones and explain her analysis on developing aid. She has written a political memoir and is currently making a documentary-series on worldwide terror. £10, prebook, 7pm

PALLADIUM HISTORY: At Hatchards bookshop on Piccadilly, showbiz and entertainment correspondent Neil Sean introduces his book, Live From The London Palladium, which tells backstage stories from the London entertainment venue where Judy Garland made her British debut. £8, prebook, 7pm

BOOK LAUNCH: Author Franco Berardi is at Foyles on Charing Cross Road to launch his latest book, Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide. Berardi will be in conversation with academic Emma Dowling and author and journalist Paul Mason. £5, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: Our tip for the top, Birthday Girls, join Lolly Adefope, Buttery Brown Monk and Mixed Doubles for The Jest’s regular night of sketch. At the Camden Head. £5/£4, just turn up, 7.30pm

JAWDANCE: Jawdance is a free spoken word and open mic night at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. Expect music, poetry and short films too. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

ADULT FAIRYTALES: Crick Crack Club, a storytelling event for grown ups, is at The Forge in Camden for a contemporary performance of the Irish myths by Claire Murphy. Age 14+. £10/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

CARTOONISTS FOR DEMOCRACY: JW3 Jewish Centre on Finchley Road screens Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy, followed  by a special panel discussion with political cartoonist Martha Richler, Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, and David Aaronovitch, The Times columnist, broadcaster and author. £5-£10, prebook, 8pm

MERVYN KING: As part of Jewish Book Week, former Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King is in conversation with FT Chief Economics Commentator, Martin Wolf, about the 2008 financial collapse, looking at how much the global economy has recovered from recent woes. At King's Place. £19.50, prebook, 8.30pm

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Stand Up For Shelter takes place at the Hammersmith Apollo tonight, with the likes of Eddie Izzard and Sara Pascoe performing. Book tickets here.


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