Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 20 February 2018

Catch Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories before it closes.What we’re reading:
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MICHAEL MORPURGO: Last chance to discover the secrets behind one of Britain’s best loved children’s storytellers. Author of books such as Private Peaceful and War Horse, Michael Morpurgo is the focus of this exhibition, featuring first drafts, manuscripts, theatre props and illustrations. V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm, until 25 February

HUMANS VS. WORLD: If you’ve ever contemplated why the world is such a mess if humans are meant to be so great, then head to this debate for more food for thought. Museum of London (Barbican), free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

FURNITURE AND FASHION: Explore the development of design during the second world war and the post-war period and find out how shortages of materials influenced the way furniture was fashioned. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

PROBLEM DEBATE: Head to this big conversation about our problem with problems, which may just be the world’s biggest problem. Confused yet? Let this Big Ideas debate enlighten you. City & Islington College, free, book ahead, 6pm-7.30pm

Head to a candlelit concert in a derelict asylum.

CONCERT BY CANDLELIGHT: Make your way to Peckham’s derelict Asylum Chapel for this secret concert, a candlelit acoustic gig where the performers are a mystery until the night. Food and drink available — dress warm. Asylum Chapel, Peckham, £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

BLACK BOOK: Find out about the Freud Museum’s new project Black Book, which looks at how propaganda is used to generate racial conflict. Art critic Sacha Craddock will be in conversation with the project’s creator, Gideon Rubin. Freud Museum (Hampstead), £10, book in advance, 7pm

DANCEFLOOR WHODUNNIT: Top of the Cops is an immersive theatre whodunnit taking you back to the 1980s. In coordination with Goldsmiths’ Forensic Psychology Unit, this is an interactive night of creative science, dancing and detectives. Come in your best neon ’80s gear. St. James’ Church (New Cross), £15, book in advance, 7pm-10pm

PHAT: Strictly for over 18s,  this event from Sex+ is a cabaret performance and panel discussion celebrating the creativity and beauty of fat bodies and people. Phat! Cabaret is a much needed refresher after LFW’s size zero focus. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, £10, book in advance, 7pm

UNDERGROUND MYTHS: Learn about the various urban legends surrounding the London Underground, from horror tales to strange stories and everything in between, from Londonist writer Scott Wood. The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, £5.50, book ahead, 7.45pm

Good cause of the day

If you’re homeless and hungry in London, there are a number of soup kitchens providing a hot meal in the daytime or evening — but what about breakfast, the most important meal of the day? Breakfast in a Bag is a charity that hands out breakfast (…in a bag) to London’s street sleepers, with a hot drink, breakfast items and more practical things such as gloves and hats,  toiletries, and dog food. Sponsor a bag for just £3 — find out more 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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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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