Things To Do Today In London: Friday 2 February 2018

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SAPPHIC SUFFRAGETTES: This year we’re celebrating a century of women’s voting rights and this talk highlights the role of lesbian and bi women in the fight for women’s citizenship. Library at London School of Economics, Lionel Robbins Building, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

ONES TO WATCH: Done with dry Jan and want to know what beers you should be downing in 2018? Mason & Company are hosting a ‘ones to watch’ tap takeover to show you just that. Your ticket includes a tutored tasting with five beers. Mason & Company (Hackney Wick), £11.37, just turn up, 5pm-late

FIRST FRIDAY: Explore exquisite manuscripts, paintings and objects related to Indian medicine and colonial encounters then head up to the kitchen to try Jasmine Hemsley’s new menu inspired by the Ayurvedic Man exhibition at this after hours event. Wellcome Collection, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

RECONCAVO BEATS: If you don’t have the funds or the time to jet off to Brazil for Carnival, no matter, just head to sustainable canal-side venue Grow for a night of funky Brazillian beats. Grow (Hackney Wick), free, just turn up, 6pm-11.55pm

THE SWIPE HYPE: Tedious opening lines, fake identities, disappearing acts and aching thumbs — it’s all part of the modern dating scene, which is the topic of a very frank conversation at this salon. Studio 7 (Shoreditch), £15, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Joz Norris muses on loneliness in this theatrical monologue/ off-beat stand up.

ENDELLION STRING QUARTET: After something a little more sophisticated than your usual pint in Spoons? Get your dinner jacket on and head to this classical concert set in in an intimate Victorian hall. Wigmore Hall, Marylebone, £15-£37, book ahead, 7.30pm

LONDON REMIXED FESTIVAL: Looking for festival vibes without the mud, rain, or palaver of camping? Enter London Remixed Festival, a two-day celebration of banging global beats, featuring more than 25 bands and DJs across four stages in one ace Shoreditch venue. Rich Mix, £12, book ahead, 8pm-1am, 2-3 February

60 MINUTES AFTER FEELING SAD: The usually chirpy Joz Norris has come over all emotional in this one man show, in which the comic actor tries to cheer himself up by whatever means necessary. The Vaults (Waterloo), £10, book ahead, 10pm

NICK DALE: Bears in Alaska, tigers in India and penguins in Antarctica are just a few of the stunning wild animals Nick Dale captured with his camera on his travels around seven continents. See the prints and enter the caption competition for a chance to win one of his prints. 508 Kings Road Gallery, Chelsea, free, just turn up, until 9 February

ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE: See Hackney before artisan coffee shops and bearded hipsters were the norm in this exhibition of photos taken in the 70s and 80s by photographer Neil Martinson. Stour Space, free, just turn up, until 23 February

Good cause of the day: See the Art Women Evolution (AWE) exhibition in support of Centre Point

Not only does this exhibition provide a platform for 12 emerging female artists — thus evening up the gender imbalance in the art world, but it also supports London’s vulnerable young people, as on Saturday 3 February the art will be auctioned off to raise funds for the homeless charity Centre Point. Win win. The Bloomsbury, free, just turn up, 2-5 February

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing…

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

Beer, bragging rights and buddies. That’s what Ping Pong Socials are all about – well, and showing off your whiff whaff skills. The event is crafted to serve both serious table tennis players with lots of challenges and tournaments, as well as social players, with plenty of tailor made games for singles, couples, colleagues and friends. Who’s up for a game? Get tickets

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.

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We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets

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