Things To Do Today In London: Monday 12 February 2018

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ELEPHANT GLOW: Head to Elephant Park to interact with state of the art installations, activated by the physical presence of guests — this means you’ll get the chance to alter the light and colour of your surroundings. Free, just turn up, 4pm-8pm, until 18 February.

NUTS ABOUT PANCAKES: Nut butter champions Pip & Nut are hosting a pancake pop-up ahead of the big day tomorrow — savoury options include the likes of beetroot pancakes with feta, and coconut pancakes topped with peanut butter, banana and dark chocolate. The first 100 pancakes in their happy hours (11am-noon and 4pm-5pm) are on the house. Wholefoods Kensington, 11am-5pm, just turn up, until Tuesday 13 February.

SCIENCE FEST: SMASHfestUK science and arts festival is taking on the theme of ‘flood’ this year for their annual event in Deptford, looking at how to recover after natural disasters and rebuild lives. There’s comedy, storytelling, den-building and family friendly games all revolving around the theme of flooding. Albany Theatre and The Deptford Lounge, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm, until Friday 16 February.

TRAPPED IN ZONE ONE: It’s the last day to see Mr Christa’s Best of Both Worlds illustration/typography exhibition, with detailed hand-drawn images exploring the world through a monochrome lens. Hanbury Hall, free, just turn up, 8am-5pm.

LASER TAG: Looking to get the kids outside this half term? Get them into the open air to play laser tag in the forest, the perfect way to get rid of any extra energy. Age 6+ — remember to wear suitable clothing. The View, Chingford, 11am-4pm, £10 for 40 minutes, £6 for 20 minutes, book ahead, until 14 February.

Check out the ultimate flower fair at RHS

SPRING PLANTS LATE: Round up your green-fingered friends for an evening of flower-porn at the RHS Early Spring Show with jaw-dropping floral displays and a plant selection that could rival Columbia Road’s. The late event (5pm-9pm) ticket gets you entry and a drink on arrival — the rest of the fair is on until 14 February. £5, just turn up, 5pm-9pm.

JEWELS ON A JOURNEY: To accompany the V&A’s Ocean Liner exhibition, Andrew Prince’s talk at the museum explores all the opulent gems and jewels the aristocracy took on their voyages — expect bling aplenty. V&A, £15, book ahead, 7pm-8:45pm.

GREAT BRITISH MYSTERIES: Delve into the world of Tudor London for this comedic take on a detective play featuring home-made sound effects and laughs a plenty, from the guys that earned rave reviews at last year’s Fringe Festival. The Pleasance Theatre, £5, book in advance, 7:45pm.

RUBY WAX: After multiple sold out events, Ruby Wax is back at the School of Life to impart more witty wisdom — listen to the comedian tell us how our quirks make us human. Conway Hall, £30, book ahead, 7pm-9:30pm.

SUFFRAGETTE CITY: Hear from Diane Atkinson on how the working class women of London contributed to the suffragette movement, a hundred years after women won the right to vote. LSE Library, free, just turn up, 6:30-8pm.

FREE COMEDY: See the comedy stars of tomorrow at Diminishing Returns. Sketch, stand-up, and pretty much any other form of comedy goes here. This evening’s set includes a special one-off 20 minute set from trio Darcy, Rooke and Hindes. The Ship, Borough, free, just turn up, 8pm-10pm

Good cause of the day

Book your tickets for what’s set to be a stunning comedy show, all in the name of charity — Stand Up For Shelter, which boasts stars such as Shappi Khorsandi and Seann Walsh taking to the stage, is in aid of the UK’s leading homeless charity, Shelter. The event is on 7 March, but is sure to sell out soon — grab your tickets here.

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing…

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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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. Get tickets

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

How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London’s most superstitious hotel. On Matt’s tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

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