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Things to do today:
UNCOVER SOME CRIME: If your inner Sherlock is bursting to get out, you'll love Museum of London's Crime Museum Uncovered. Barely-before-seen objects and evidence from the Metropolitan Police's Crime Museum (previously only open to police and invited guests) reveal the secrets behind famous crimes from Crippen to the Krays, the Great Train Robbery and the Millennium Dome diamond heist. £14, prebook, 10am-4pm
GRAFFITI TOUR: Explore one of London's most artistic neighbourhoods on this street art tour with photographer and graffiti specialist, Nelly. Unlock Urban Camden is a two-hour insight into the hidden world of the graffiti artist. Hear insider stories about the artists themselves, as you discover the colourful creations and see the contribution they make to this bustling district. £15, prebook, 11am
LATES AT THE COURTAULD: Get a rare glimpse into the work of one of Britain's leading post-war artists, Peter Lanyon at this special evening event at The Courtauld Gallery. Enjoy activities inspired by Lanyon's native Cornwall; seas shanties, Cornish folk songs and collaborative craft. Create a huge landscape, munch on saffron cake and test your tastebuds with Cornish cheese tasting. Admisson free with entry to the gallery, which is £9.50/£8.50, just turn up, 6.30pm- 8.30pm
HAUNTED MUSEUM AT NIGHT: This is no ordinary night at the museum. Get spooky after dark at the Museum of Childhood's Haunted Museum at Night. Join a tour that'll send chills up your spine, and get creative in a creepy craft workshop. £7, prebook, 6.30pm
COMEDY: Aces and Eights welcomes Live at the Apollo regular, Aisling Bea headlining Shambles in Tufnell Park, alongside Lou Sanders, Rob Auton, Will Franken, Adam Hess and others. That's a lot of funny for one Thursday night. £6.95, prebook, 7.30pm
DETOX WITH POP: A January detox doesn't have to mean doing something boring with kale. You've still got time to book Pop Brixton's Seasonal Supper Club: DETOX this Thursday. Treat your body to a healthy four-course meal, cleansing shots, natural wine and herbal tea, accompanied by a jazz soundtrack. £40, prebook (limited places available), 7.30pm
MURDER BALLADS: Gruesome and gory, murder ballads revel in the vulgar and revolting. South East London Folklore Society present Unprepared To Die — a talk from journalist Paul Slade at The Old King's Head in Borough. He'll trace the history of these popular songs, digging deep into the real-life murders which inspired them and uncovering grim new facts. £3, just turn up, 8pm
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Good cause of the day
Have you got talent? Compete for a cash prize AND help others at North London's Got Talent in Finchley on 6 February. Get on stage in aid of North London Hospice, which provides free end-of-life care to over 1,500 patients and supports their friends and families. Whatever your talent, don't be shy — invite your fans along to this artsdepot event. See website for details. 7pm- 10pm