Things To Do In London: Tuesday 26 January

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Make plastic magic with Tatty Devine this Tuesday (see below). Image: Sarah Oliver

Must-read stuff:

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There's an awful lot going on at Elephant and Castle these days, mostly of the digging and drilling variety, but what about its almost-extinct shopping centre? We've had a look round and created our own Ode To Elephant And Castle Shopping Centre.

Animation and the Underground — we love this combination. From over 500,000 tube journeys, Will Gallia has used sheer wizardry to make this video: A Day On The London Underground. Enjoy.

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Things to do today:

THE CREATION STATION: Get glittery and glued up at the Jewish Community Centre's Creation Station for kids and their carers. These classes are a chance to let little ones explore their creativity with drawing, painting and making. £10, prebook, 9.50am/11am

PIANO QUINTET: St Martin In The Field's welcomes local musicians, The Fitzroy Quartet, and the award-winning Anna Szalucka, playing classic piano pieces from Hugo Wolf and Robert Schumann. Slip into lunchtime tranquility at the historic West End church. Free, just turn up, 1pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHROW: This January, Heathrow airport turns 70. From its first flight (a Lancaster bomber called Starlight) to the more than 70m passengers it handles each year, this Metropolitan Archives talk reveals the history of Heathrow with photos and original documents. Free, prebook, 2pm

TATTY DEVINE: East London queens of the statement necklace, Tatty Devine invite you to a jewellery making masterclass with nibbles and bubbles. Make yourself a bespoke bunting necklace with mirrored, glittered and rainbow-coloured flags — perfect to brighten up a winter outfit. All materials, snacks and drinks are included in this one-off workshop with the Vogue favourites. £20, prebook, 6.30pm

DEAD LIFE DRAWING: Stuffed to the rafters with some species you've never even heard of, the Grant Museum's Dead Life Drawing class guarantees models that'll definitely keep still. Join the museum artist as you sketch your way through their wonderful collection — all materials and a glass of wine provided. £6, prebook, 6.30pm

Learn to handle hoops this Tuesday. Image: Funzing

HULA HOOP HIJINKS: There's more to hula hoops than a bag of crisps! Get your swivel on at this Hula Hoop Workout with Obie, performer with world record holders The Majorettes. Get ready to swing, twist and hoop your way to fitness this Tuesday. Adult hula hoops are provided, so just dress for a workout and get ready to spin. £12, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: Simon Caine’s recording his Edinburgh show, about life, disappointment, social media and cats, at the Comedy Cafe in Shoreditch. The superbly named Buddhism And Cats is free, just bring your loudest clapping hands. Free, just turn up, 7pm

DARK CIRCUS: "Come for the show, stay for the woe." This twisted circus story is animated onstage at the Barbican by Romain Bermond and Jean-Baptiste Maillet. An electro-acoustic soundtrack accompanies their apparitions in this striking large-screen projection. Part of London International Mime Festival £18, prebook, 7.45pm

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Big London questions tackled by experts this week

How will we solve the housing crisis in the city? And what responsibility should artists take for the negative effects of gentrification? These thorny issues and more are being argued over by experts at a series of debates at Camden People's Theatre until 31 January. Tickets are £5, available from the website.

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Good cause of the day

The Bookshop Band will be flooding St Bride's with literary-inspired music this Tuesday. With Alice And Wonderland, Bringing Up The Bodies and A Monster Calls amongst their influences, be prepared for a diverse musical programme. In aid of St Bride's Foundation, the hidden library of Fleet Street, enjoy music and free wine. Tickets £13/£10.