Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 18 January 2018

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Lumiere London 2016. Photo: Simon & His Camera

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FREE HEALTH MOT: Feeling a bit fragile after all the festive indulgence? Start to put the damage right with a free blood test from Medichecks, who are testing Londoners' cholesterol and blood sugar levels today. You won't need to hang around long as they are providing the results instantly. Liverpool Street Station, free, just turn up, 9am-8pm

LUMIERE LONDON: Finally, Lumiere London is back to blast the January blues away with a wall of blinking lightbulbs pulsating to a soundtrack,  a neon sign by Tracey Emin and plenty of illuminated, interactive sculptures — we'll be making a beeline for those luminescent seesaws. Here's what you need to know. Various locations, free, just turn up, 4.30pm-11pm, until 21 January

REVIVAL RETRO: Check out the work of fashion photographer Dahl-Wolfe whose career spanned the 30s, 40s and 50s then shop the look at pop-up boutique, Revival Retro. Fashion and Textile Museum (Bermondsey), various prices, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

LONDON COLLECTIONS: Bishopsgate Institute has been filling shelves with books, maps, photographs and other London material since 1895. But rather than attempting to wade through it all, just take this tour, led by Stefan Dickers, the Library and Archives Manager, who has picked out all the interesting bits for you. Bishopsgate Institute, £7/£5, book ahead, 6.30pm

MOTHER TONGUES: The first of a series of English Pen events examines how being multilingual shapes identity and the creative process. Award-winning poet Vahni Capildeo and author Burhan Sönmez discuss the influence of their mother tongues on their life and work. Waterstones Gower Street, £6/£4, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

What time is it? Gin O'clock, of course.

WORLD'S BEST MARTINI CHALLENGE: Forget Dry January, tonight is all about Ginuary. Hear what makes an excellent gin from those in the know, see the maker of 2018's best martini crowned, and most importantly, sip a sample martini from each of the contenders paired with luxury canapes. Oslo (Hackney), £22, book ahead, 6.30pm-11pm

THE SCIENCE OF CHOICE: From your office-ready outfit to your evening meal, we make decisions all the time and tonight Chia-Jung Tsay, Suzy Moat and Peter Ayton unpack the science behind the choices we make. The Royal Institution, £16, book ahead, 7pm-8.15pm

JAZZ HERSTORY: Jazz Herstory aims the spotlight at talented female jazz artists. Tonight listen to the soulful tunes of Nérija, a London-based collective playing original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and South African Township. Poplar Union, £7/£5, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

FOLK HORROR: Superfans of Witchfinder General, Blood on Satan’s Claw or The Wicker Man will lap up this talk examining how folk horror tropes have invaded popular culture. The Horse Hospital, £8-£11, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

FEATURED IN: 15: This female-centric night sees artists, explorers and cultural curators share powerful, personal stories in 15 minutes. Hear about a battle with cancer, the charity tackling period poverty, a women's swimming collective and more. The Signal Pub, (Forest Hill), £10, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Good cause of the day: Charity comedy night

Win raffle prizes and laugh your socks off at this comedy fundraiser for Dig Deep Charity, which carries out work in rural Kenya, supplying access to clean drinking water and free education to impoverished people. Savoy Tup, £5.82, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

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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