Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 9 March 2017

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Russian Art of the 20th Century at the Calvert Foundation

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CHRISTIAN THIRD REICH: Naziism was not a Christian movement, but Christian Germans voted disproportionately for the Nazi party. This talk looks at why the movement was so popular with Christian Germans. Barnard's Inn Hall, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

BLACK BRITISH POLITICS: When the South African state introduced apartheid in 1948, it was the black British community that was one of the first voices of international criticism. Hear more about the anti-apartheid struggle from Dr Elizabeth Williams. The National Archives, free, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

FEMALE POLICE VOICES: A lot has changed in the last seven decades for women policing the City of London. They've gone from giving advice to girls who'd "drifted into bad company", to the highest positions of authority. This panel includes past and present Women's Voices from the Police. Guildhall Library, £5.90, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

CHILDHOOD FILM: Watch a child try to escape her dead-end family setting in search of freedom in film Girlhood. Followed by a panel discussion between critics and academics. V&A Museum of Childhood, £7, book ahead, 6.30pm

SCIENCE JOKES: Grant Museum of Zoology invited experts in every type of fauna to make jokes about the animals they know so well for nine minutes. Animal Showoff is the result; what could go wrong? Grant Museum of Zoology, £6, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

From Justin to Kelly at The Gallery Cafe

TERRIBLE MOVIE: From Justin To Kelly did so badly stateside that in never even got a British release. The Gallery Cafe is amending this outrage as part of its Popstars on Film season, unleashing Kelly Clarkson's masterpiece on London. The Gallery Cafe, free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

RUSSIAN ART: Explore Russian art and culture from the 20th century. This expert panel moves away from the dry history textbooks and helps the audience to visualise Russian culture. Calvert 22 Foundation, free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

FOLK CONCERT: Listen to folk music that unravels an unofficial history of English speaking people from Chris Wood. Proud Camden, £10/£12, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

WHO RUN THE WORLD: It's the last Open Arts Café event and they're going out in a blaze of glory, dedicating the night to women of the past, present and future with music, theatre, comedy and short films. Open Arts Cafe, donation, just turn up, 7.15pm

COMEDY GAMESHOW: Part comedy night, part gameshow: It's Gameshow Time! Give it a go for the chance to win big. Even if you don't succeed, you'll still get some big laughs courtesy of Joz Norris, Helen Duff and others. Star of Kings, £5/£4, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Art review: captivating photography

© Sophie Calle/Courtesy of Galerie Perrotin

We look forward to the Deutsche Prize for its diversity and artistry every year. This year is no different as Sophie Calle takes us on a personal and surreal journey through the grief of losing her mother, father and cat. Calle should win this year, though we also liked the minimal black and white landscapes by Awoiska van der Molen. Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize at The Photographers' Gallery, until 11 June, £4, free before midday ★★★☆☆ (Open every day)

Art review: London life

Men and boys in Southam Street. Copyright Roger Mayne/Mary Evans Picture Library

Photographer Roger Mayne has captured day to day life in the UK, including Southam Street in London. It's a window into people's lives and while no particular image really hooked us, it's a fascinating look back through history. Roger Mayne at The Photographers' Gallery, until 11 June, £4, free before midday ★★★☆☆ (Open every day)

Imad's Syrian Kitchen

Good cause of the day

POP-UP SYRIAN RESTAURANT: A delicious looking Syrian restaurant is coming to Columbia Road for two weeks. Imad Alarnab owned a string of restaurants in Damascus before they were destroyed in the war, a war which forced him and his family to flee to the UK. Proceeds from the sales will go to Cook For Syria and Unicef Next Generation. Imad's Syrian Kitchen, £40 set menu, book ahead, 9-24 March, weekday sittings at 7.30pm and 9.30pm, various times over the weekend

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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