Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 22 February 2017

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Our Little Sister at Stanley's Film Club

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THE LONDONERS: Whether it's wrestling, waitressing or politics, London has become a hub for job seekers. Explore 400 years of London living with The Londoners: Portraits of a Working City, an exhibition covering the period 1447-1980. London Metropolitan Archives, free, just turn up, 9.30am-7.30pm

MIGRATION TALK: Dutch Centre host a lunchtime talk with professor Paul Collier on his new book Exodus: How Migration Is Changing The World. Dutch Centre, £12.50, book ahead, noon

HEALTHY STREETS IN LONDON: What can be done to make London's roads safer? This talk from London's Deputy Mayor for Transport, Valerie Shawcross and Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Dr Will Norman, discusses the options. Look Mum, No Hands, free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

DICKENS AFTER DARK: Charles Dickens was afflicted by insomnia, and would take epic nighttime walks to gain inspirations for some of his most famous characters. This tour takes you to spots he visited. St Peter Cheap churchyard, £12/£9, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Fairytale CraftNight

SCIENCE: Find out how mathematics features in everything we do with this month's Science Museum Lates. From art, to music, to nature, to gaming, maths is present in our life everyday, hiding in plain sight. Science Museum, free, just turn up, 6.45pm-10pm

OUR LITTLE SISTER: Stanley's Film Club in South Norwood screen this beautiful 2015 Japanese film based on an award winning manga series. It tells the tale of three sisters who attend their father's funeral, meeting their half sister for the first time. Stanley Halls, £8/£6, book ahead, 7pm

QUEEN JAMES: "Elizabeth was King, now James is Queen." So went the popular refrain on one of England's less remembered monarchs. This night at Banqueting House explores his reign through live performances, talks, demonstrations, music and drinking. Banqueting House, £10, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

ODESSA: Experience a city of rogues and 'schnorrers' at Rich Mix. Dash Café gives an insight into the city through clips from a Michale Boganim documentary, readings from Boris Drayluk's novel on the city and traditional songs from Russian/Yiddish maestro Polina Shepherd. Rich Mix, free, just turn up, 7.30pm

FAIRY TALE CREATIONS: Either make your very own Sleeping Beauty sleep mask, Peter Pan collar or collage a story bookmark with The Make Escape's Fairytale CraftNight. It's a great way to make friends, have fun and be creative. The Hackney Attic, free, just turn up, 7.30pm-11pm


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Art review: Britons abroad (in wartime)

Sydney Carline's painting of a Sopwith Camel. Courtesy Imperial War Museum

The Estorick Collection of modern Italian art re-opens after a subtle but welcome refurbishment. The exhibition looks at British activities in Italy during the first world war. The highlight being the fantastic war paintings of Sydney Carline. The photographs of the time by Brooks and Brunell are a welcome addition but not at the same level as Carline's work. War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-1918, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian art, 39a Canonbury Square, N1 2AN. Until 19 March, £6.50 for adults. ★★★☆☆ (Wednesday-Sunday)

Art review: ICA disappoints

© Sonia Boyce, Courtesy ICA

Two new exhibitions at ICA. Sonia Boyce's performance work involving the audience may have been fun when recorded, but watching it played back is as dull as performance art gets. Helen Johnson takes on British colonialism of Australia but her crass works lack bite. Doubly disappointing. Sonia Boyce: We move in her way & Helen Johnson: Warm Ties, ICA, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. Until 16 April, £1 (free on Tuesdays). ★☆☆☆☆ (Tuesday-Sunday)

(We weren't fans of this, but not everyone else is so negative. Maybe you'll enjoy it.)

Good cause for the day

PUB QUIZ: Woman's Trust are sounding the klaxon for all clever-clogs to compete in their fundraising pub quiz. Dinner is included with your ticket and there's a prize for best team name too. Green Man, £22, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

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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