Things To Do Today In London: Monday 19 February 2018

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Head to a talk on women in video games at the Museum of London.

What we're reading:

  • Crossrail announces plans to generate electricity using the wind created by new trains.
  • Eight months on, three huge billboards have appeared outside Grenfell, aping popular Oscar contender: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
  • TfL to crackdown on Uber with new rules.
  • Craft breweries' inclusivity plans aim to get more women to make and drink beer.
  • TfL told to prepare for driverless buses could be on their way.

Things to do:

NURSING DIVERSITY: Find out about lesbian nurses in WWII, and other unsung heroes that saved lives and continued to do so at this Royal College of Nursing exhibition. Royal College of Nursing (Marylebone), free, just turn up, 9am-7pm, until 10 March

PRINTS AND PAINTS: Located just off Tottenham Court Road, Coningsby Gallery is hidden away from the buzz of Soho. Head there to see an exhibition of Chen Li's unique woodblock prints, created using a rare technique that destroys blocks as they are used. Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, free, just turn up, 11am-6.30pm, until 24 February

FRENCH FOOD: Crepe fans, head to the French Corner, a pop-up market at Mercato Metropolitano with all sorts of foodie delights. Their winter edition pop-up will serve up everything from duck confit burgers to tartiflette, macaroons to fresh pastries. Hungry? Mercato Metropolitano, free, just turn up, noon-11pm

WHALES: Catch the Whales: Beneath the Surface exhibition before it closes and explore the fascinating life of the world's biggest mammals. More than 100 specimens from the museum's collection are on display, including parts of a colossal blue whale. Natural History Museum, £11.50, turn up or book ahead, until 28 February

CHINESE COLLECTIONS: Join curator Sara Chiesura to delve into the British Library's Chinese collections — started back in 1753 when the British Museum was founded, the collection now contains over 120,00 items. British Library, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

Indulge in some delicious French food at Mercato Metropolitano

FRANKENSTEIN: The classic gothic novel is brought to life through theatre, music and installations, which play out across Kensington Library. Plug in your headphones and prepare to be spooked by the story’s haunting characters while you venture into the library’s hidden corners. Kensington Library, £6, book ahead, 5pm-6pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm, until 22 February

DIGITAL WOMEN: The number of women involved in video games and the digital world is on the up, but do you know about the early female pioneers of the industry? Learn about the history of these tech-savvy women before exploring the developing representation of females in video games (including Lara Croft and her infamous teenage boy satisfying breasts). Museum of London, £12, book in advance, 7pm-8.30pm

BEYOND MONOGAMY: SubjectivityUK is a growing community of people who want to start conversations about controversial topics, and polyamory is next on the menu. Learn about perceptions and traditions of the concept, and discuss whether we've moved on from old-school monogamy. Old Queen's Head (Islington), £14, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

CLASSICAL POP-UP: Forget huge concert halls and instead  head to a pub for your dose of classical music — ClassicalPopups gives you the chance to listen to world class musicians play in more cosy and intimate venues. This one, crucially, has a bar close at hand. The Yorkshire Grey (Bloomsbury), £13.50, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

IMPROV NIGHTS: Resident improve troupe Shoot From The Hip are back for another night of spontaneity, imaginative comedy and laughs a plenty. Camden Head (Angel), free, just turn up, 8pm-10pm

Good cause of the day

Specialist auctioneers 25 Blythe Road are hosting an exhibition entitled MOVED all in the name of homelessness. This is a showcase of artwork created by staff from an art and antiques moving and storage company, perhaps the most forgotten people in the art world. The Monday night private preview includes drinks and canapes — all ticket proceeds and 20% from sales of the art will go to homeless charity Glass Door. 25 Blythe Road, £10, book in advance, 6.30pm-8.30pm