Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 23 February 2017

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ELECTRICITY: The story of electricity is the story of life itself. Discover the full-length of that story at the Wellcome Collection, on the first day of their new exhibition on something most of us take for granted. Wellcome Collection, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS: Syon House is one of London's greatest country houses. Learn about Robert Adams' original drawings for the house and their significance. Soane Museum, £12, book ahead, 2.30pm-4pm

MOVIE TIME: Meet established and up-and-coming artists as they present a series of short films and discuss with peers on Thursday evening at Open Screening. Whitechapel Gallery, free, book ahead, 5pm-6.30pm

ADVANCING TANKS: Watch some incredible non-fiction cinema from the western front. The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks shows the first ever usage of tanks in war. National Archives, free, book ahead, 5.30pm-7.30pm

CRAFT BEER: Craft Beer Rising features gallons of craft beer, cider and food... but most importantly beer. Old Truman Brewery, £12.50, book ahead, 6.30pm

The Advance of the Tanks at The National Archives

LOVE LONDON: How do you make 'great' writing about London? Join a panel of London specialists on Thursday for Writing London, a special talk with The London Society. Guests include Londonist's Rachel Holdsworth and contributor Tom Bolton. Studio Egret West, various prices, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

MUSIC NIGHT: Join the Moeran Quartet for an evening of music this Thursday. As experienced chamber musicians, the four play regularly with with orchestras, including the Hanover Band, Urban Soul Orchestra, Orchestra of St Paul's and Opera Holland Park. Lauderdale House, £12/£10, book ahead, 7.30pm

WAYNE'S WORLD: "Wayne's World, Wayne's World. Party time. Excellent!" Test your knowledge on everyone's two favourite slackers in this Wayne's World quiz at The Three Compasses. Make sure you're prepared for the creative dougnut round. The Three Compasses, £2, just turn up, 7.30pm-10pm

RADIO GAGARIN: Never mind the Bolsheviks, this is Radio Gagarin. Take an anarchic ramble through history and revolution with film, music and food. Rich Mix, £8, just turn up, 8pm

LIVE MUSIC: Hear cutting edge young talent in the Strand Palace Hotel's newly refurbished Lounge Bar. The first offering of Rock The Strand features performances from Jack Francis and ILONA. Strand Palace Hotel, free, just turn up, 8pm-10.15pm

Comedy review: A great double act in the making

Ending to the strains of Bring Me Sunshine, childhood pictures of themselves flashing up on stage, it's not difficult to see who Max and Ivan take after. Like Eric and Ernie, these two have a chemistry that goes back yonks, resulting in buckets of charm (despite the odd jarring C-bomb). The concept of one half of the act absconding to make the big time is well-worn though, and the pathos doesn't quite ring true. Still, it's worth going to see a great double act in the making. Max and Ivan: Our Story, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, 1D 3NE. £11.50-£15.50, book ahead. Until 4 March ★★★☆☆

Art review: Georgian splendour from sculpture to wallpaper

Celebrating 80 years of conservation work by the Georgian Group, here's an exhibition of contemporary artists creating works in the Georgian style across multiple floors of a period house. Works range from sculpture to wallpaper in this splendid exhibition. Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship, The Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, W1T 5DX. Free. Until 25 February. ★★★★☆ (Wednesday-Sunday)

Theatre review: Not scalpel sharp but incisive enough

Barons Court Theatre is the epitome of fringe: rough round the edges, intimate with just 60 seats and in a cellar below a pub (in this case, a stylish gastro pub). There's something raw and unpolished about this play too which suits the subject matter. It's a tale of two nurses: one burnt out and bitter, the other naïve and bouncy. Although not always scalpel sharp it's incisive enough and worth watching. The Monologues of a Tired Nurse, Barons Court Theatre. £12/£10, book ahead. Until 26 February ★★★☆☆ Chris Bridges

Good cause for the day

PUB QUIZ: Woman's Trust are sounding the klaxon for all clever-clogs to compete in their fundraising pub quiz. Dinner is included with your ticket and there's a prize for best team name too. Green Man, £22, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

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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