Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 14 February 2018

Take on the epic 3kg burger challenge at RoadhouseWhat we’re reading
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Things to do

HALF TERM: Need to keep the little ones entertained? Look no further than our guide to kiddy friendly events happening over  half term.

BATTERSEA BOOKS: Battersea Power Station are hosting Storystock this week, a whole five days of book-themed activities aimed at kids aged 2-11. Battersea, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

ART OF RECOVERY: This temporary exhibition showcases artwork created by wounded or sick people and their families through a project run by the Royal British Legion, looking at the impact of injury through art. Bethlem Museum of the Mind, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm, until 24 February

BRILLIANT BIRDS: Nature-inspired activities are on the cards this half term at Hyde Park’s LookOut. This feathered-friend special gives kids the chance to make their own bird feeders, and grab the binoculars for some fact-filled bird watching. Hyde Park, free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

IN ZIGGY’S FOOTSTEPS: Tour through Bowie’s Beckenham and learn all about where the Starman lived and performed. You’ll be taken on a two hour guided walk around the area where Bowie arrived in 1969, broke and disillusioned, and four years later left as an international superstar. Beckenham, £25, book in advance, noon-2pm

Let the kids get creative at the LookOut

MAN VS BURGER: This is the last day you’ll get the chance to prove yourself against a mammoth burger. Roadhouse in Covent Garden are serving up a limited edition 3kg burger until today, consisting of 6 patties all injected with a different type of cheese. Up to the challenge? Finish in 15 minutes and it’s free. Covent Garden, £30, 5:30pm-8:3pm

QUEER HISTORY SHOW: Bird la Bird — an artist who straddles comedy and performance art — is here to give you a hilarious history lesson on the hidden queer histories of some of the UK’s best museums. Followed by a wine reception. LSE, free, just turn up, 6:30pm-8pm

FIZZ FOR FREE: Get on the anti-Valentine’s bandwagon and book a dinner for three or more — if you do, you can get a free glass of bubbly courtesy of Veuve Clicquot at Granary Square Brasserie. Their two day takeover boasts a DJ and a giant heart piñata — what’s not to love? King’s Cross, free, book ahead, from 6pm

IT’S A WRAP: Head to Pop Brixton to get creative and design your own bedazzled chocolate bar wrappers — with free entry and free chocolate, this is a Valentine’s day winner. Pop Brixton, free, just turn up, 7pm-9:30pm

HISTORY SHOWOFFS: This Valentine’s special of the classic history geek event promises a chaotic and comedic cabaret about people from the past. Performers include an archaeologist and a sex historian. Bishopsgate Institute, £9, book ahead, 7:30pm

Good cause for the day

Coffee with a conscience is the order of the day at this social enterprise café — with locations in Shoreditch and Poplar, Paper & Cup is a not-for-profit café run by local charity Spitalfield’s Crypt Trust. Sip on delicious coffee and treat yourself to home-baked goodies whilst giving back to the community, and give the high-street chains a miss. Paper & Cup, Shoreditch and Poplar.

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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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

Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You’ll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area’s links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

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

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