Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 16 January 2020

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Winter Lights opens at Canary Wharf

Things to do

WINTER LIGHTS: Free illuminations festival Winter Lights returns to Canary Wharf for a sixth year. Wander among the skyscrapers seeing colourful installations, some of which are new for this year, and others which will be familiar from previous years. Download a map, and take a look at our guide to eating and drinking in the area to make a night of it. Canary Wharf, free, just turn up, 16-25 January

TANGERINE DREAM: Electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream are the subject of an entire exhibition at Barbican Music Library. Filled with original synthesizers, photos, videos, cassettes, vinyl and more, uncover the reason London is so important to these German musical legends. Barbican Music Library, free, just turn up, 16 January-2 May

Gresham College presents a history of the breast

CURATOR TALK: Drop into The Jewish Museum for a brief tour of the current John Offenbach exhibition, led by a curator. The exhibition has 33 large-scale photographs of Jewish people from all walks of life, from 12 different countries. The Jewish Museum (Camden), free, book ahead, 3pm-3.15pm

HISTORY OF THE BREAST: Gresham College holds a free lecture about changing ideas of the healthy breast. Social and cultural historian Professor Joanna Bourke discusses notions of beauty, sexual pleasure, and age, and also asks what happens when we turn our attention to the male breast. Barnard's Inn Hall (Holborn), free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

Docks After Dark at Museum of London Docklands

DOCKS AFTER DARK: Grab a lantern and your brave face and head out east to tour London's docks after dark. A Museum of London Docklands guide tells spooky stories of men, women and children who worked in the docks, as you visit some of the most 'haunted' spots in the museum's 200-year old warehouse building. The tour is partly outside, so dress for the weather. Museum of London Docklands, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm

FORGOTTEN SOLDIER: As part of Holocaust Memorial Day, The Jewish Museum screens documentary Forgotten Soldier. It's the story of Lady Irene Hatter, tracing her father's footsteps to verify his story that he secured the release of 600 Jews in France in the second world war. The screening is followed by a Q&A with Lady Irene Hatter. The Jewish Museum (Camden), £8.50/£6.50, book ahead, 7pm-8.45pm

FANNY AND STELLA: Author Neil McKenna talks about Fanny and Stella, two drag queens of Victorian London. Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton's habit of dressing as women led to their downfall, in the shape of a very public trial in Westminster Hall. Highgate Cemetery, £10, book ahead, 7.30pm

Southbank Centre hosts a celebration of the French horn.

HORN CALLS: The Philharmonia Orchestra performs a one-off concert celebrating the French horn in all its glory. The event marks the start of the Philharmonia's 75th birthday celebrations, and features a world premiere and a selection of classical works. Southbank Centre, £12-£58, book ahead, 7.30pm

HIP HOP KARAOKE: Live out your rap star fantasies at the Hip Hop Karaoke club night. Choose from hundreds of songs, from classics to new releases, and belt them out onstage to the crowd. Queen of Hoxton, £5, book ahead, 8pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Stop Press... I've already declared one 'Roundel of the Week' (see Monday), but circumstances dictate a second. This clever bit of advertising has appeared at Piccadilly Circus, and Thursday is your final chance to see it. This and other signs throughout the station herald the arrival of Star Trek: Picard on Amazon's Prime Video service. The much-awaited show features the return of Jean-Luc Picard, one of the greatest characters of TV history, once again played by Patrick Stewart.

Good cause of the day

Book ahead for a pudding and pub quiz night hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, in aid of the Doorstep Homeless Families Project. It takes place at the Freemasons Arms in Hampstead on 30 January. Find out more and book tickets.

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