Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 20 March 2019

Animal CSI at the Royal Institution

Things to do

LOST WATERWAY: Join Footprints of London tour guide Rob Smith for a guided walk following the path of part of the New River, a canal dug from Hertfordshire to London in the 17th century to supply the capital with water. Hear about the people who built and financed the river as you wander. Angel station, £12/£9, book ahead, 11am-12.30pm

BROOMFIELD PARK: Take part in a guided walk around Broomfield Park in Palmers Green, and find out some of the history of the park. See how it has changed over time, and why it was important historically.  Broomfield Park (Palmers Green), £3, book ahead, 1.30pm

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY: The V&A's first curator of photography was appointed in 1977 — by which time, there were already 300,00 photos in the museum's collection. Get an insight into these early photos, dating back to the 1850s, in this free lunchtime lecture. V&A Museum (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm

PRINCE ARTHUR: Nicknamed 'the Tudor king who never was', Prince Arthur died before he reached adulthood, making way for his brother to take the throne as King Henry VIII. Head of Medieval Records, Dr Sean Cunningham, talks about what Arthur may have been like as king, and how our history may have been very different as a result. National Archives (Kew), £5/£4, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

CHARING CROSS ROAD: Busy thoroughfare Charing Cross Road was built in 1887. See its history through photographs in this illustrated lecture, which includes photos of bookshops, former radio and record stores, and the Moo Cow milk bar. Society of Genealogists (Islington), £8, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

BURMA'S LOST ROYALS: Documentary film We Were Kings follows the Burmese royal family, in their attempts to bring their family back together and reclaim their rightful place, following the British Army's 1885 invasion which sent them into exile. Watch the film, followed by a discussion with royal commentator Robert Hardman and film maker Alex Bescoby. Hatchards (Piccadilly), £10, book ahead, 6pm

Jawdance poetry open mic at Rich Mix

CSI PREDATOR: Head to the Royal Institution for an evening of veterinary science, focusing on the predators of the animal kingdom. Watch a live streaming of a dissection, find out about careers in pathology and veterinary science and take a closer look at skeletal and muscular anatomy under a microscope. Age 16+. Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16/£10/£7, book ahead, 6pm-9.30pm

BREXIT DANGERS: US Senator Chris Murphy discusses the 'special relationship' between the UK and USA in light of Brexit, including what effect the UK leaving the EU is likely to have on links between the two countries in the future. LSE (Holborn), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

EUTOPIA: Short film experts Shorts On Tap present an evening of films on the theme of Europe, to coincide with Brexit. Films from nine European countries including the Netherlands, Austria and Poland are all screened, followed by Q&A sessions with some of the film makers. 93 Feet East (Brick Lane), £5, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

JAWDANCE: All poets, from beginners to established writers, are invited up on stage to share their work at monthly open mic night, Jawdance. 10 slots are up for grabs, but you're welcome to go along and watch without performing anything yourself. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 7.30pm

COMEDY: It's International Day of Happiness, apparently, so a group of comedians is aiming to bring some joy into your life with a one-off show — Vanessa Hua, Joz Norris and Sam Nicoresti are all on the line-up. There are also artworks for sale at the venue. Star of Kings (King's Cross), £5/£3, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

DRAG BINGO: We're promised balls, wigs and satanic invocation at Drag Bingo, where drag stars read out the numbers and mingle with the crowd. You might even win a prize. Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch), £1, book ahead, 8pm-11.15pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Lego tube line, with bonus model of Shakespeare

Ever been into the Lego store on Leicester Square? If you can brave the queues, you’ll find dozens of excellent models inside. My favourite is the Lego tube train. You can board, sit down and have a conversation with Mr Shakespeare. Change at Bank-quo. Follow Barry Heck on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Book ahead for Music 4 Mums, a night of music and spoken word to raise money for charity Action On Postpartum Psychosis. Performers include actress Imelda Staunton and the Kings Place Choir. Find out more and book tickets.

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