Things to do
BIRDS BIRDS BIRDS: Bird-inspired artwork by local artists, and eggs and taxidermy from the museum's own collection are part of this new Epping Forest exhibition. Art materials are provided, for families to create their own bird-inspired artwork. The View, Epping Forest, free, just turn up, 5-24 February
WAR PHOTOGRAPHY: Photos spanning 60 years and covering conflicts in Vietnam, Northern Ireland and Syria feature in this exhibition of work by war photographer Don McCullin. The show also reveals some of his lesser-known work, including shots of poverty and working class life in the East End and the industrial north. Tate Britain, £18, book ahead, 5 February-6 May
CARMEN: Watch a screening of Metropolitan Opera's Carmen, filmed on stage in New York City. Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine stars as the eponymous gypsy seductress, in an opera that caused scandal when first performed in 1875. Crouch End Picturehouse, £22, book ahead, 1.30pm
THINK SPACE: Head to the Royal Observatory for a space lecture. Dr Colin Forsyth of UCL talks about Earth’s protective magnetic field, which traps charged particles emitted by the sun before they reach us. Royal Observatory (Greenwich), £10.30, book ahead, 5.15pm
BRITISH CAVALRY: Hear historian Allan Mallinson and curator Belinda Day discuss what life was like for the British cavalry on the Western Front in the first world war. Some items relating to the British cavalry are available to view, and there's a book signing after the talk. National Army Museum (Chelsea), £15, book ahead, 6pm-8.15pm
ROBOCOP: Watch the film then learn a bit about the science behind it at this screening of 1987 blockbuster Robocop. Following the screening, Will Jackson, founder of robotics company Engineered Arts, discusses whether technology is to blame for its misuse, and whether it's the machines or their masters who are the villains. Barbican Cinema, £10.50, book ahead, 6.10pm
BRETT GOLDSTEIN: The creator of podcast Films To Be Buried With and comedian Lolly Adefope discuss the films they'd chose to define their life; the first films they saw, ones that made them laugh and cry, and ones that scared them. BFI, £15/£12, book ahead, 6.30pm
FAMOUS DIARIES: Delve into the diaries of famous people including politicians, heads of state and novelists. A panel of British Library curator Joanna Norledge, author Travis Elborough, musician Dickon Edwards, author Simon Garfield, columnist Virginia Ironside and journalist Anita Sethi discuss some of the most intriguing journals from the last century. British Library, £12/£8, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
INTUITION: We're not sure how to describe Luke Jermay's work — his website says "mentalist", so we'll go with that. He's touring his show Intuition, showcasing feats of telepathy and prediction. Derren Brown's a fan... Wilton's Music Hall, £6-£15, book ahead, 7.30pm
ADAM RICHES: Comedian Adam Riches performs his new site-specific solo show at this lively cafe-bar. In the show he presents himself as the guy who you meet right after you come out of a long-term relationship. He has a nice smile, an easy manner and no car... Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £13.20, book ahead, 7.30pm
Good cause of the day
Tonight, see violinist Charlie Siem in concert at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea, performing works by Debussy, J.S. Bach, and Franck. The concert raises money for The International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research. Find out more and book tickets.
What we're reading
- In pictures: the African Christian congregations of London.
- London's newest cathedral... in Chiswick.
- You could soon have to pay to park at Alexandra Palace.
- Grey squirrel lasagne being served in a London restaurant.