STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS
Most of us will be familiar the sound of a tube driver at the end of his tether repeatedly telling us not to lean on the closing doors. And that's after the train — full of sweaty commuters — repeatedly jolts to a halt when attempting to leave the station. When we're squished against the doors it's hard to move away from them but there's actually a good reason for the juddering which we wouldn't really want to do without.
Things to do
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Depot Explorer tours give the whole family a chance to discover London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton. Find out who used a Victorian train carriage as a home, see a train driven by the Queen and board a 75 year old tube. Age 5-15 years. £5, 11am-12am, 1.30pm-2.30pm
CAMDEN NIGHT MARKET:
Every Thursday night Camden Market will be open till 10pm. Enjoy summer cocktails overlooking the lock while listening to live music and surveying the wide range of entertainment on offer, including two cinema screens, street entertainment, street food and pop-up shops. Free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm
Head to Barts Pathology Museum to find out which popular spirit contains cyanide, how grapefruits can cause a drug overdose and why bananas are radioactive while sipping on three delicious concoctions. Three talks will be presented by biologists to accompany your drinks. £25, prebook, 6.30pm
HERITAGE OF LONDON TOUR:
Soak up the rich history of Apsley House near Hyde Park, the family home of the Duke of Wellington on this Heritage of London private tour. The stunning regency home also has an exceptional art collection. £12/£15, prebook, 6.30pm
BAKE WITH TEA:
We do love a good cuppa at Londonist — tea with cake even better. At this workshop with Tea Studio HQ at Trinity Buoy Wharf, Docklands you'll learn delicious recipes which combine the two. Imagine Lapsang Souchong caramel and Darjeeling poached pairs. You'll be able to taste these and more. £22, prebook, 7pm
A panel of journalists will be discussing the conflict in Gaza at The Front Line Club in Paddington. Despite the media spotlight moving on, thousands of people still have to rebuild their lives. £12.50, prebook, 7pm
Join Conway Hall in Holborn for a discussion on the science and ethics of Doctor Who. Authors of the book The Science of Doctor Who will be in conversation about the moral dilemmas of using science in war in both fiction and reality. £5/£10, prebook, 7.30pm
Baba Brinkman does comedic raps about science that have left us splitting our sides and expanding our knowledge; see him and his neuroscientist wife Dr Heather Berlin at the Proud Archivist in Haggerston in a night all about the brain. £8, prebook, 7.30pm
AMY SCREENING WITH Q&A
Join the queue at Everyman Cinema in Muswell Hill to see Asif Kapadia's stunning, emotional documentary about the life and death of Amy Winehouse. Stay to hear about the making of the film from the director himself. £10.50, prebook, 7.45pm
The Nest Collective are hosting a relaxed evening of folk music at The Old Queen’s Head. On the bill tonight are Jeff Warner and Mosi Conde. £8+bf, prebook, 8pm
SHUFFLE FILM FESTIVAL:
Tonight sees a screening of the adaptation of Monica Ali's book Brick Lane which follows the life of a young Bangladeshi woman and her struggle for identity after she arrives in East London with her controlling husband. This event at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is followed by Short Film Finalists from the Shuffle Film Festival competition. £11.50, prebook, 8.15pm
We’re always hearing about disappearing bees and the havoc this would wreak on our planet. Charity The Museum of Architecture have designed four workshops across gardens in London to inform parents and children about what we can do to help protect the bees. At the end of the session you’ll be able to take home your very own bee box. Today’s sessions are at Culpeper Community Garden in Islington, (10am-noon) and Roots and Shoots Garden in Kennington, (2pm-4pm), £10+bf, prebook
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