Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 20 February 2018

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Catch Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories before it closes.

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MICHAEL MORPURGO: Last chance to discover the secrets behind one of Britain's best loved children's storytellers. Author of books such as Private Peaceful and War Horse, Michael Morpurgo is the focus of this exhibition, featuring first drafts, manuscripts, theatre props and illustrations. V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm, until 25 February

HUMANS VS. WORLD: If you've ever contemplated why the world is such a mess if humans are meant to be so great, then head to this debate for more food for thought. Museum of London (Barbican), free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

FURNITURE AND FASHION: Explore the development of design during the second world war and the post-war period and find out how shortages of materials influenced the way furniture was fashioned. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

PROBLEM DEBATE: Head to this big conversation about our problem with problems, which may just be the world's biggest problem. Confused yet? Let this Big Ideas debate enlighten you. City & Islington College, free, book ahead, 6pm-7.30pm

Head to a candlelit concert in a derelict asylum.

CONCERT BY CANDLELIGHT: Make your way to Peckham's derelict Asylum Chapel for this secret concert, a candlelit acoustic gig where the performers are a mystery until the night. Food and drink available — dress warm. Asylum Chapel, Peckham, £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

BLACK BOOK: Find out about the Freud Museum's new project Black Book, which looks at how propaganda is used to generate racial conflict. Art critic Sacha Craddock will be in conversation with the project's creator, Gideon Rubin. Freud Museum (Hampstead), £10, book in advance, 7pm

DANCEFLOOR WHODUNNIT: Top of the Cops is an immersive theatre whodunnit taking you back to the 1980s. In coordination with Goldsmiths' Forensic Psychology Unit, this is an interactive night of creative science, dancing and detectives. Come in your best neon '80s gear. St. James' Church (New Cross), £15, book in advance, 7pm-10pm

PHAT: Strictly for over 18s,  this event from Sex+ is a cabaret performance and panel discussion celebrating the creativity and beauty of fat bodies and people. Phat! Cabaret is a much needed refresher after LFW's size zero focus. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, £10, book in advance, 7pm

UNDERGROUND MYTHS: Learn about the various urban legends surrounding the London Underground, from horror tales to strange stories and everything in between, from Londonist writer Scott Wood. The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, £5.50, book ahead, 7.45pm

Good cause of the day

If you're homeless and hungry in London, there are a number of soup kitchens providing a hot meal in the daytime or evening — but what about breakfast, the most important meal of the day? Breakfast in a Bag is a charity that hands out breakfast (...in a bag) to London's street sleepers, with a hot drink, breakfast items and more practical things such as gloves and hats,  toiletries, and dog food. Sponsor a bag for just £3 — find out more here.

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

A Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Hidden London Tour


Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets