Things to do today in London is sponsored by Lantern Ghost Tours.
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Things to do
WIGGLY WILD SHOW: The Wiggly Wild Show is coming to Chelsea today. Not into bugs? There’s also a family-friendly concert and a chance to meet a skeleton in today’s half term suggestions.
FAMILY DAY: Enjoy a day of activities with the family, with a theme of mystery and revelation. Create your own art, construct secret messages and more. Suitable for ages 6+. The Charterhouse, free, just turn up, 11am-4pm
LONDON STREETS: Find out how the regulation of street names and numbers was introduced to London — before which, postal deliverers had to rely on nothing but house names to find the right abode. Society of Genealogists, £8, book ahead, 2pm-3pm
NERD NITE: Nerds unite for an evening of talks covering politics and science. Find out how our brains learn, and learn about the science of hair, and the importance of voting systems. V&A Museum of Childhood, £7.50, book ahead, 6.30pm
FILM NIGHT: Watch Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated film Do The Right Thing, which tells the story of a day in the life of a street in Brooklyn. As the day heats up, tension rises, and a thoughtless violent encounter breaks the generational and racial accord. Stanley Halls, £8/£6, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
PERFORMANCE ART: Join artist Jamie Crewe for an evening of performance art. In Potash Lesson, Crewe will think about an old video from 2012, projected on screen, and how its new context has changed its weight and resonance. Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, free, book ahead, 7pm
SAD DRAKE: Forget all about Valentines's Day with Champagne Papi-er Mache. Craft your very own 'Crying Drake', inspired by a cocktail or two. Drink, Shop & Do, free when you buy a drink, just turn up, 7pm
SCIENCE TALK: Join Helen Czerski for a discussion on 'that weird thing called physics'. She will shed light on some of the most significant aspects of science and technology in our time. The Royal Institution, £14/£10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
MUSIC NIGHT: Fancy a rare night of musical anarchy? Members of the Scratch Orchestra come together to help raise funds for Resonance FM. Cafe Oto, £15, book ahead, 7.30pm
COMEDY: Shambles Comedy Club brings together a variety of comedians showcasing their work in progress, including Harry Deansway, and Roisin and Chiara. Aces and Eights, £8, book ahead, 7.30pm
MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Forget all about Valentine's Day with PopHorror's anti V-Day celebration, My Bloodied Valentine, with live performances, horror clip mash ups and sinister twists on classic love songs. Royal Vauxhall Tavern, £6, book ahead, 8pm-midnight
See the dark side of London with Lantern Ghost Tours
See a spookier side of the city you thought you knew with Lantern Ghost Tours. Running private and group tours around notorious areas of London, these guys know all the most gruesome and ghoulish bits of history.
Whether you take the Greenwich Ghost Tour and find out about the Cutty Sark Curse, or venture into various inns and taverns for the Haunted Pub Tour, there is a route that'll fascinate you. The X-rated Sex, Drugs and Sausage Rolls tour is not for the faint-hearted — maybe the Jack the Ripper walk is more up your street? Check out the full rundown of tours and walks here.
Guided walk review: Travel through the thin veil of London
In the London of folk-horror pioneer Arthur Machen, sinister ancient horrors – troglodyte races and malevolent fauns – lurk just beneath the surface; all that’s required to see them is to ‘lift the veil’ and step into this magical world. On this fantastical dusk walk around Holborn and Bloomsbury, Rich Cochrane and Robert Kingham seamlessly entwine centuries of history, myth, philosophy and literature to weave a wholly engrossing journey (with a couple of pub stops) that will completely change how you see the city.
Walk lasts approximately 2.5 hours with a 30-minute pub stop en route. Tickets £17.50, £12.50 concessions. Dates available from February-April. ★★★★★ James Drury
Art review: A plasticine kiss
Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss has been recreated by Urs Fischer in plasticine — and you can tear it down and re-build it however you wish. So far it’s a mix of puerile representations of genitalia and some rather inventive artistic creations. A perfect anti-Valentine's exhibition. Urs Fischer: The Kiss at Sadie Coles, 1 Davies Street, W1K 3DB. Until 11 March, free. ★★★★☆ [Tuesday-Saturday]
Good cause of the day
QUIZ NIGHT: Help raise money for the Women's Trust with their Fabulous Fundraising Pub Quiz. Grab your friends, show off your knowledge, have fun and give to a good cause. Green Man, £22, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm, 23 February
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
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
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
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