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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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