Things To Do This Weekend In London: 10-11 February 2018

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Visitors brave enough to visit the London Dungeon this February will step back to the 1870s for a séance.

NHM FILM NIGHTS: It’s not every day you get to watch your fave sci-fi classics under Hope the blue whale. Choose from E.T., Alien, District 9 and Gravity this weekend. Natural History Museum, £28/£25, book ahead, 9-10 February

BOOKSHOP CRAWL: The London Bookshop Crawl is like a traditional pub crawl, only minus the pints. Unite with fellow bibliophiles and library lovers to discover the eclectic mix of bookshops throughout the city. Organise your own route, or join a guided crawl and make new friends — there’ll be discounts and freebies at participating shops. Guided crawls £3, book ahead, 9-11 February

VEGAN LIFE LONDON: Embrace the plant-based life at this two-day event showcasing cruelty-free food and drink, clothing and skincare from the team behind vegan magazine Vegan Life. Alexandra Palace, £10-£67, book ahead, 10am-5pm, 10-11 February

ANY SUGGESTIONS, DOCTOR?: Doctor Who fans should straighten their bow ties and strap up for this Doctor Who parody adventure, led by a team of talented improv actors. Museum of Comedy (Bloomsbury), £12, book ahead, 3pm-4pm, 10-11 February

GIRLS IN TECH: A whole two days dedicated to women and girls in science and technology for any females with a soft spot for STEM subjects. Whether you’re a student looking for career options, a recent graduate, or just a woman looking for a change in industry, head to this day of talks, advice and workshops that could help you get your foot in the science door. Microsoft, 70 Wilson Street, free, book ahead, 9am Saturday-5pm Sunday

SEANCE: While other attractions are turning up the romance factor at this time of year, the London Dungeon is looking towards the supernatural to get you through the door. Book a place with psychic Agnes Guppy, who apparently has become well known for her levitations and transportation during séances. The London Dungeon, £21, book ahead, 10-18 February

NO ORDINARY BICYCLE: Discover the two-wheeled revolution at this exhibition delving into the legacy John Kemp Starley, who was a pioneer in the world of bicycles. Vestry House Museum (Walthamstow), free, just turn up, until 25 February

Saturday 10 February
Go aboard The Golden Hinde II during half term for family guided tours and tales of the sea.

CHINESE NEW YEAR: Ring in the Year of the Dog with workshops in Chinese mask making, dressing up, and calligraphy alongside performances by traditional and modern instrumentalists, kung fu and tai chi demonstrations and the highlight of the day, the spectacular Lion Dance. V&A Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green), free, just turn up, 11.30am-4.30pm

NURSING FAMILY HISTORY: Delve into your family’s Great War history, with a focus on nursing stories through talks and practical sessions, from exploring nursing records online to creative writing and family history. It’ll be like starring in your very own version of  Who Do You Think You Are? Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, £8, book ahead, 10am-5pm

THE GOLDEN HINDE II: Find out if your little pirate has what it takes to join Sir Francis Drake’s crew on this Living History storytelling experience running throughout half term. The Golden Hinde II, £5/£3, book ahead, 10.30am-4pm, until 18 February

PANCAKE RACE: Get flipping in aid of the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice and you’ll get a free pancake for your efforts. Greenwich Market, free, just turn up, noon-1pm

DISCOVER CHILDREN’S BOOK SWAP: Bring your old books to swap for some new reading material for your little one, get cosy in the book corner and have fun making and decorating origami monster bookmarks at this book swap. Forty Hall (Enfield), free, just turn up, noon-3pm

TEA DANCE: In the mood for dancing? Shake it out to Ballroom, Latin, Jive and Sequence music at this tea dance set in a 1930s art deco hall. The Borough Hall, Greenwich, £7, book ahead, 2pm-4.30pm

BLEEDING HEART WALK: Swap your usual hand-holding V-day walk for this horror-filled jaunt around Clerkenwell, where you’ll hear heart-wrenchingly gory legends of Bleeding Heart Yard, tales of the divorced statue, scratching fanny, phantom black dogs, cat-fighting ghosts and more. How’s that for romance? Bleeding Heart Yard, Clerkenwell, £7, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Sunday 11 February
In this creative workshop you will learn about the ‘Survival Techniques’ street art project founded by mural artist Naomi Edmondson.

DAWN CHORUS: Let the wonderfully haunting sounds of flautist Jacquelyn Hynes wash over you as the run rises over Forty Hall Forty Hall Estate, Enfield, £20, book ahead, 7am

MINI MURAL MAKING: Mural artist Naomi Edmondson loves a motivational quote and she shows how to create your own feel good typographic artwork in this creative workshop. Hackney Downs Studios, £22, book ahead, 10.30am-1pm

POTATO POP-UP: Get your fill of delicious tatties at this Roots and Shoots pop-up, showcasing and selling 97 varieties of potatoes, the oldest of which, ‘Vitelotte Noire’ dates back to 1851. Roots and Shoots (Lambeth), free entry, just turn up, 11am–2pm

CUPID CANINE MARKET: Treat the furry love of your life this Valentine’s at this market, where you can pick up urban petwear, organic treats, fun play-things, and gifts for humans dedicated to doggos. Plus, a percentage of the stalls’ hire will also be donated to London rescue charity All Dogs Matter. Netil Market, free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

MYTHS RETOLD: Settle in for tales told by master story crafter Ben Haggarty, as he presents three remixed, extended and explicit Greek myths. British Museum, £10/£8, book ahead, 2.30pm-5pm

LDN WRESTLING: If a bunch of men battling it out in a ring is your kind of entertainment, head to the rumble special of LDN Wrestling in Edmonton. Millfield Theatre, £45, book ahead, 3pm-5.30pm

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

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. 
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Inspired by THAT Patrick Swayze scene in Ghost?

Discover the essentials of pottery and have a go at making your own pot.

Expert Vinni will guide you through the history of pottery and clay, before you get a chance to use a pottery wheel to make your own creation.

The class runs on Saturdays throughout October. Get tickets

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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