Things To Do Today In London: Friday 12 January 2018

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In this cross-disciplinary event, Poet in the City and Aurora Orchestra uncover the story of a ground-breaking new technology that will enable us to remember more than ever before.

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ART ANTIQUES & INTERIORS FAIR: Stock up on period furniture, ceramics, glassware, paintings, jewellery and vintage textiles from more than 100 specialist dealers at this haven for anyone with eclectic taste. ExCel London, Halls 9-11, £12-£16, book ahead, 12-14 January

HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES: Step back in time into a 1980s arcade, complete with retro games, such as Pacman, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders, and an exhibition documenting video game culture. The Subculture Archives (Carnaby), various prices, noon-9pm, until 11 February

FRIDAY TONIC: Got time to kill before dinner? Listen to soul-shaking horn-fuelled tunes with West African roots from Sheila Maurice-Grey, bandleader of Afrobeat band Kokoroko. Royal Festival Hall, free, just turn up, 5.30pm

WEIRD TALES: Since 1966, the Gothique Film Society has been screening double bills of ‘gothique’ films for horror enthusiasts. Tonight you can see the cheery-sounding The House with the Laughing Windows and the ominous Pillow of Death. Conway Hall, £7-£19.50, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

WOMB 2: A new night aiming the spotlight at kickass female DJs shaking up London's arts and music scenes. Expect DJs spinning tunes into the small hours, artists creating live work and a Q&A with successful women in the music industry. That's three awesome sets for the price of none, as it's free too. Number 90 Bar & Kitchen (Hackney Wick), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-1am

Browse antiques from more than 100 traders at this fair.

MEMENTO: Technology, memory, poetry and music merge in this cross-disciplinary event from Poet in the City and Aurora Orchestra. Hear electronically-charged music and poetry inspired by Franz Schubert and Emily Dickinson, plus a talk on tech and memory from an experimental physicist. Kings Place (King's Cross), £14.50-£22.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

THE ALBANY RELAUNCH: To celebrate the relaunch of one of London's longest-running comedy venues, there will be a live band, DJs and four of the best stand-ups in the business. Sack off dry January and enjoy that free glass of bubbly on your way in. The Albany (Great Portland Street), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-2am

SKATE LATE: It's your last chance to glide (or push a penguin) around this pretty ice rink and tonight Mr Dukes (formerly of Bombay Bicycle Club) will be providing the soundtrack to your skate. Somerset House, £17, book ahead, 8pm

GARAGELAND: Calling all outlaws, outcasts and self-confessed outsiders. Get yourself down to the Lock Tavern for a night of punk rock, garage, rock 'n' roll and raucous, pint-sized fun. The Lock Tavern (Camden), free entry (donations encouraged), just turn up, 8pm-1am

Good cause of the day: Watch Embrace - the documentary promoting positive body image

From beach-body ready ads to airbrushed bodies in glossy magazines, the objectification and sexualisation of women is something Taryn Brumfitt wanted to unpack in this documentary about body loathing. The first 50 tickets sold will cover the costs of the screening; beyond that, Insight Therapeutic Development will donate a minimum of £5 per ticket sold to girlsoutloud.org.uk and maytree.org.uk. You'll leave with a different perspective on your body and a feel-good buzz from donating to charity. Phoenix Cinema, £15, book ahead, 10am

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

The Harry Potter Christmas Tour


Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets

Therapeutic Potential of Magic Mushrooms


Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London.  Get tickets

The Original London Loo Tour


We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets