Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 23 January 2018

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PORTRAITS FROM THE ELEPHANT: In an ode to the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, Almudena Romero spent four days photographing more than 100 residents, shoppers and general loiterers who passed through the building. See the photos at this exhibition, which launches tonight. London College of Communication, free, book ahead, 4.30pm-7pm (and until 20 March)

SELF ASSESSMENT PARTY: It's that dreaded time of year when freelancers are all drowning in crumpled-up receipts and half-filled out tax forms. Don't suffer in silence, just bring your forms to The Book Club basement for free tea and coffee and some much-needed words of encouragement. The Book Club, free, book ahead, 5pm-10pm

LONDON STARTUP FAIR: Are you a university student interested in fintech, cryptocurrencies, virtual reality or social media? Bring your CV to this careers fair featuring more than 30 successful startups. UCL, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm

BOOK LAUNCH: STORM TROOPERS: Hear about the violent Nazi Stormtroopers whose muscle brought Hitler to power, as told by Daniel Siemens in his meticulously researched new book. Storm Troopers: A New History of Hitler's Brownshirts. Wiener Library, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

KNIT AND NATTER: Whether you're an embroider, crocheter, cross stitcher, patchworker, hand quilter or total knitter novice, you're welcome to join this informal craft meeting. Just bring along your own needles/hook and material. Leon, Spitalfields Market, free (but do purchase something from Leon), just turn up, 6.30pm-9.30pm

24 HOUR LONDON TALK: Leading architects, writers and campaigners present their vision of a holistic 24-hour economy, in response to Sadiq Khan's pledge to establish a Public Space Charter. Garden Museum (Lambeth), £5-£15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

A portrait from The Elephant, Almudena Romero // exhibition. (2017)

LONDON AGAIN! SCREENING: Interested in industrial disputes between trade unionists and the UK government? Find out where the power really lies in this screening of Belonging: The Truth Behind the Headlines, which weaves together Murdoch’s purchase of The Times and The Sunday Times in 1981, Royal Mail as it prepared for privatisation (2007/8), and a dispute at the Grangemouth Oil Refinery in Scotland (2013). The Cinema Museum, £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

KENSINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Prepare to be mesmerised by the rhythmic energy of Schubert's Symphony No. 9 and the bouncy rhythms of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, as performed by the Kensington Symphony Orchestra. Cadogan Hall, £13-£22.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

CIRCOMEDIA: Apparently it's taken approximately 6.8 epiphanies, 102 breakdowns, 3 buckets of tears, 14 litres of sweat and 2462 cups of coffee for the Circomedia BA class of 2018 to bring this show to fruition, so you better make sure there's an audience to clap and woop all those daring acrobatics. Arts Depot (North Finchley), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

TIM KEY MEGADATE: Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key has always managed to keep the Londonist office chuckling and we're sure this brand new set of tales and poems about dating hopes and disappointments will make for an entertaining evening. Arcola Theatre, £20/£18, book ahead, 8.30pm, 23 January-2 February

Good cause of the day: Register for the Big London Night Walk

The Big London Night Walk 2017

Instead of waking up with a Saturday morning hangover, you could wake up on Saturday 3 March full of beans knowing that you spent your Friday night helping Big Issue vendors out of poverty. The Big London Night Walk is a 13-mile route around London, which kicks off with personal stories told by Big Issue sellers. Sign up today and you'll have plenty of time to fundraise for The Big Issue Foundation. Shoreditch Town Hall, £25/£20 registration fee + £250 fundraising target, book ahead, 2 March  

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

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

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets

The British Museum Tour - Ideas That Made Our World


Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. 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