Things To Do In London Today: Monday 7 March 2016

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Fill your books with this two-day academic book conference at the British Library. Image: Josep

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Things to do today:  

THE ACADEMIC BOOK: The British Library hosts a two-day conference examining The Academic Book In The South. Speakers discussing the manufacture and reception of the academic book in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia include members of Jadavpur University Press in India. £30/£15, prebook, 9.30am-5.30pm

CROSSING TIME: See Paddy Molloy's four-metre high installation, Crossing Time, at Granary Square. This multi-layered structure of images and icons comes to life as the sun goes down over King's Cross, using motion-activated sensors to trigger a change in image sequence. Free, just turn up, sunset

TRY A TATTOO: Get hands-on with henna at Vaibhav's Try Henna experience. She'll fill you in on the history of henna, while drawing beautiful bespoke (and temporary) designs on your skin. It's a great way to test out a tattoo before going permanent or just to try a new look for a few days. Taste delicious Indian refreshments too. £17/£14, prebook, 5.30pm

HIDDEN REALITIES LECTURE: Internationally known professor Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist whose research covers science from the beginning to the end of the universe. In this lecture at the New College Of Humanities he discusses hidden realities. Free, prebook, 6pm

Get to grips with these fencing foils tonight. Image: Christophe Rapenne

FENCING FIT: En garde. Get fighting fit at this fencing introduction class at London Central Fencing Club. Using real foils (no plastic stuff here), you'll learn enough sword swishing to pass your Fighting Fit qualification. Not to mention being able to swing some Errol Flynn-style moves. £14, prebook, 7pm

CRIME AND FORENSICS: How do forensic experts consult on real investigations? What developments have been made in forensics? And how are these being used on current cases? Join ex-Crime Commander, Peter Spindler, at the Museum of London as he hosts an expert panel discussion into the use of forensics in cracking crime. £15, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: There's some funny stuff at The Betsey Trotwood tonight. Join Jester Jesters as 14 comics claim the stage to make you forget it's Monday. It's comedy quick fire that's sure to get you giggling. Free, just turn up, 7pm

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB: Highbury's The Snooty Fox invites you to watch the story of Buena Vista Social Club, the Cuban supergroup who brought their brand of jazz to a worldwide audience. Their studio album will hit the decks after the documentary and bartenders will be keeping the Latin vibe by mixing up Mojitos. Free, just turn up, 8pm

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It's another strong line up for tomorrow's Comedy Grotto in aid of UNHCR's Syria appeal. Get yourself to The Star Of Kings for Kieran Hodgson, Rachel Parris, Ben Target and loads more hilarity. This regular night's had consistently great reviews and it's pay-what-you-can, so pop some cash in the bucket and enjoy the comic talent on offer. 8 March, 7.45pm