Week In Geek: 27 July-2 August

Sarah Jayne Bell
By Sarah Jayne Bell Last edited 101 months ago
Week In Geek: 27 July-2 August

London events for people with inquisitive minds.

Drawn to the Future exhibition. Photo from The Building Centre and Agnese Sanvito.


DESIGN: Drawn to the Future is an exhibition about visualisation technology in architecture, engineering and urban planning at The Building Centre. You can take a virtual reality ride on an Oculus Rift (not recommended for the travel sick). Free, just turn up, 27 July-3 October

Monday 27 July

DEAD ANIMALS: Get to know Archie, an 8m long squid, and other animal friends preserved in the Natural History Museum's Darwin Centre. Also available on other days. £10, prebook, various times

Tuesday 28 July

SYNAESTHESIA: What is the sound of red? What does the number three taste like? These questions are not so silly if you are a synaesthete, someone whose senses get mixed up. This month's Cosy Science speaker is Michael Banissy from Goldsmiths College. Michael will give an informal talk about synaethesia and what it tells us about perception, followed by discussion and drinks, at the Cittie of York. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Science Museum Lates are on again this Wednesday.

Wednesday 29 July

PARKINSON'S DISEASE: Your brain is like a central heating system. Prof. Peter Brown will be giving a public lecture at Imperial College to explain how experimental neurologists are learning how to fine tune the termostat to improve electrical brain stimulation therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease. Free, just turn up, 5pm

SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: London's most popular geek date night, the Science Museum, is open for adults only after hours. This month's theme is The Age of Churchill. Dressing up is allowed, but not compulsory. Free, just turn up, 6.45pm

Thursday 30 July

ARCHAEOLOGY: Crossrail has been London's biggest infrastructure project in recent years. Digging through central London is likely to unearth interesting and important objects from the past. Jay Carver will talk about Crossrail's archaeology programme and some of the interesting finds they have unearthed. Free, prebook, 6pm

SURGERY: Professor James Ryan will pick an object from the Wellcome Collection to inspire discussion about conflict medicine. Drawing on his personal experience and the history of surgery, Prof. Ryan will reflect on advances in military surgery. Free, prebook, 7pm

Friday 31 July

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM LATES: London's other most popular geek date night, The Natural History Museum is open for adults only. Prebook for exhibitions and activities like wine and insect tastings. Free, prebook some events, 6pm

BIRDS: ZSL London Zoo opens its Tropical Bird House for a drawing safari, run by London Drawing. They promise that all levels of drawing are catered for. Prebook, 6.15pm

Explore the neighbourhood of Sherlock Holmes on Saturday, photo by Andy Blackwell, from the Londonist flickr pool.

Saturday 1 August

HOLMES: Where does the London Museum's Sherlock Holmes walking tour start from? It's elementary dear reader. Starting from Baker Street this tour takes in sites from Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian London, and locations for more recent film and TV adaptations of the world of his famous detective. £20, prebook, 11am

Sunday 2 August

TESTING: A rare open day to visit the Kirkaldy Testing Museum. On the site of David Kirkaldy's Victorian era workshop, which set international standards for materials testing, hides an important, unknown, hidden London gem. £5, just turn up, 10am-4pm

Do you know of any geek events in London? Science, tech, engineering, medicine... general curiosities? Send listing requests to hello@londonist.com

Last Updated 25 July 2015