Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 15 November 2016

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Things to do

How can humans protect the planet? Find out at ZSL London Zoo.

HISTORY DAY: Historical collections from over 30 London libraries and archives are on display at Senate House for History Day 2016. Historians and archivists including Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and Dr Julian Harrison are giving talks about everything from public history to digital research. Free, book in advance, 10am-4pm

BIG DATA: Big data is the future, but what about its technological challenges and ethical implications? Professor Chris Budd OBE discusses its challenges in his lecture at the Museum of London. Free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

RUGBY AND WAR: 90% of Rugby Union players fought in the first world war, and the World Rugby Museum is holding a tour around both the museum and Twickenham Stadium to commemorate these players and their stories. £20, book in advance, 1.30pm

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: What do you get if you cross 200 hours of hard work, a team of 70 people and over 100,000 pea lights? Covent Garden's Christmas lights. Terrible joke aside, see the Christmas lights turned on and London's biggest Christmas tree. Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm

HOLLYWOOD AND THE GREAT DEPRESSION: Head to the British Library for a talk about how much change Hollywood underwent in the 1930s. The event marks the launch of mew book Hollywood and the Great Depression: American Film, Politics, and Society in the 1930s. £8/£5, book in advance, 6.30pm

UNDERSTANDING ERITREA: BBC correspondent Martin Plaut is at Waterstones on Gower Street to talk about his new book Understanding Eritrea: Africa's Most Repressive State. Why are so many residents risking all to escape the state? Free, book in advance, 6.30pm

FILM QUIZ: Test your movie knowledge at Hackney Attic's two-hour film quiz, and if you're completely Clueless, gather your film buff friends to help put. A little birdie told us that Sigourney Weaver is an answer to one of the questions. £5, book in advance, 6.30pm (quiz starts at 7.30pm)

ROMANIAN AVANT-GARDE: Cambridge lecturer Dr Jean Khalfa and curator Igor Mocanu discuss Dadaism and the history of the Romanian avant-garde at the Romanian Cultural Centre London. Free, book in advance, 7pm

STOLEN CHILDREN: Author David Wickman launches his book Stolen Children at Housmans book shop in King's Cross. The book, about 30,000 people simply disappearing from the street of Argentina during the Dirty War, is based on true events. £3, book in advance, 7pm

POLITICAL COMEDY: The state of politics is pretty laughable at the moment, and Lolitics, a political comedy club is taking advantage of that. Head to the Black Heart in Camden for laughs from comedians including Chris Coltrane, Eleanor Tiernan and climate-scientist-and-comedian Matt Winning. £3, just turn up, 8pm

Michael Benson. Earth,with Hurricane and Sahara Dust, Goes West, June 13, 2015, Digital C-print (c) NOAA-NASA GOES Michael Benson, Kinetikon Pictures. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery.

OUR STUNNING SOLAR SYSTEM: If you missed Otherworlds, here’s a chance to catch the Earth, sun and more photographed by Michael Benson in a smaller exhibition. It’s out of this world.  Michael Benson: Atmospheres at Flowers, 21 Cork Street, W1S 3LZ, free. 9 November - 3 December ★★★★☆ [Monday-Saturday]

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BIODIVERSITY LECTURE: How can we protect the planet? Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack and environmental journalist Mark Lynas are among the speakers at ZSL London Zoo discussing the negative impact humans have on biodiversity. Free, just turn up, 6pm

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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

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners

Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets

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

Paint Ceramics and Bring Your Own Prosecco!

If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations.  Get tickets