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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London's Grime & Punishment Tour


Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.    Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour


Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. 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

The Ultimate Harry Potter London 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