Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 7 February 2018

Spend your evening in an audience-led game show at Word, created by artist Jamal Harewood, who “creates temporary communities through participatory events.”What we’re reading
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LONDON CHARTERHOUSE: Listen to a talk about this ancient Charterhouse which only opened its doors to the public in 2017, yet has a long history stretching all the way back to 1348, when it was a burial ground for Black Death victims. Society of Genealogists (Islington), £8, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

FLEET STREET WALK: Don of the English dictionary Samuel Johnson lived and worked around the Fleet Street area and this tour offers you the opportunity to explore his ends and the people he knew there. Dr Johnson’s House, Gough Square, £5, book ahead, 3pm-4pm

THE THING THAT CAME TO DINNER: A fancy dinner party is interrupted by a “bloody thirsty, inter-galactic space beast” in this new play from James Carney, described as 80s sci-fi horror meets poised fin-de-siecle drawing-room comedy. The Vaults (Waterloo), £11.50, book ahead, 6.15pm-7.15pm

ILLUMINATED LETTERS: Millie Nice teaches you how to create and illustrate illuminated letters in colour the old school way, inspired by traditional manuscript illustration. Ben Uri Gallery, £15-£17, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

SOUND SALON: Music-makers interested in how the internet is shaping the scene should head to this sound salon hosted by Jennifer Walshe. Somerset House, free, book ahead, 6.45pm-8.30pm

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a concert at the Barbican.

WORD: If you’d rather be part of the performance than in the stalls, you should consider Word for your next theatre trip. Leave yourself at the door and become a contestant or host in a game show that muses on the words we use daily. Stratford Circus, £13-£15, book ahead, 7pm, 7-8 February

CABARET: Spice up your Wednesday night by attending this cabaret night with drag artist Carmen Dioxide. Arrive before 8.30pm and you’ll be treated to jerk chicken and rice. The William Morris Bar & Kitchen, £5, book ahead, 7pm-midnight

CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT: Celebrate the Year of the Dog in style with this concert showcasing the beautiful sounds of northern and southern China, led by award-winning conductor Muhai Tang. Barbican, £25, book ahead, 7.30pm

VALENTINE’S ATTRACTION LAB: This V-day event skips the mushy stuff and goes straight in for the science. While blindfolded you’ll discover what the odour of sweat tells you about a prospective partner, how eating raw carrots transforms your capacity for flirtation, and why long vocal chords are sexy. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £15, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

CELTIC SESSION: Lose yourself in medieval harmonies and folk tunes music from the pan-Celtic tradition at this live music night dedicated to Celtic, Scottish and Irish songs. The Magic Garden (Battersea), free entry, just turn up, 9pm-11.30pm

Good cause of the day: Screening of I, Daniel Blake with wine and nibbles

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Shepherds Bush Families Project & Children’s Centre, the charity is throwing a little shindig with a screening of hardhitting film I, Daniel Blake. The night kicks off with a drinks and canapés reception and a chat about the charity’s work. Don’t forget to bring your change for the raffle. Vue, Westfield Shopping Centre, Shepherds Bush, £6, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

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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