Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 21 February 2018

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Head to this fitness throwback in Shoreditch.

What we're reading:

  • Could Uber run London's bus network?
  • Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa on the brink of closure.
  • Noel Gallagher to headline Greenwich music festival.
  • Police officer accused of stealing colleague's biscuits.

Things to do:

ARTISTS AND ESPIONAGE: Modernist living in mid 20th century London is the topic of conversation at Clapham's Art Society lecture. Discover the secrets of the Lawn Road Flats, a modernist block in north London, which housed both Soviet spies and Agatha Christie. Clapham Picturehouse, £8, book ahead, 11am-noon

LANDMARK LECTURE: What's so great about the Eiffel Tower? Head to this lunchtime lecture which looks at why Paris' iconic attraction, and other world-renowned landmarks are so famous. V&A, free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm

MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY: From DIY punk to Glastonbury, see a stunning collection of live music photography presented by The Picture Store. There'll be two bands playing throughout the night to accompany the exhibition, as well as free beer — yes you read that right. For. Fuk. Sake. (That's the name of the venue to clarify, in Dalston of course), free, just turn up, 3pm-midnight

ART INSIDERS: Fancy getting into art collecting? Hear from industry experts at this panel discussion where you can get the lowdown on entering into the art world as a millennial. Refreshments provided. MOO HQ (Farringdon), £7.50, book in advance, 6.30pm-9pm

80s WORKOUT: Get fit to hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s — Sweat and Sound's immersive fitness experiences are held at a secret venue will only be revealed once you've signed up. Leg warmers, head bands and neon necessary. Mystery location in Shoreditch, £29, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Hear live music a festival revolving around the idea of change

UNDERSTANDING TRUMP: Find out how — and whether it's actually possible — to understand an unconventional president. Listen to an expert panel dissect Trump's first year in power, the triumphs, the pitfalls and the role of Twitter. British Academy, near Charing Cross, free, registration required, 6.30pm-8pm

NERD NITE: The clue is in the name — these guys host evenings of questions and answers stuffed with knowledge. This evening's event, entitled Love Hurts, features speakers giving 20 minute presentations on themes including lust and betrayal in mythology. Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green, £7, book in advance, 7pm-10.30pm

ART OF CHANGE: 50 Guildhall students and 200 community members from east London are putting on a festival of workshops, music, and discussion revolving around the idea of  Changing Dialogues, featuring a 25 piece band blasting out psychedelic melodies. Chats Palace Arts Centre (Homerton), free, booking required, 7.30pm

JAZZ AND BLUES: TJ Johnson, one of the UK's finest jazz and blues singers, graces the crypt at St. Martin in the Fields' Café. St. Martin in the Fields, Covent Garden, £15, book in advance, 8pm-10pm

FUNNY GIRLS: A whole host of female comedians are hitting up Angel Comedy Club for a night of Hysterical Women — all proceeds go to Women's Aid. Bill Murray, Angel, £8, just turn up, 8pm-10.15pm

Good cause of the day:

Have you ever thought about becoming a volunteer to help those that are mentally ill? Mental health charity SANE is looking for more helping hands, and are hosting a volunteer evening for anyone interested in getting involved. St. Mark's Studios, Islington, free, register in advance, 6.30pm-8pm

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

LOVE Dim Sum? Learn to Make Delicious Dim Sum!

Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets

Interviews With British Serial Killers

Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer.  Get tickets

Become Robin Hood for the Day in an Archery Class

Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets

Sex, Death and Shopping: The Soho Tour

We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again.  Get tickets