Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 22 February 2018

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HOLOCAUST HISTORY: The Wiener Library’s new exhibition looks at the fate of the many people who were never found after the Holocaust, and how the search for them continues. The Wiener Library (Russell Square), free, just turn up, until 30 May

BIG BEN: A new series of free morning talks at Whitehall will open your eyes to the history and workings of Big Ben. It may be silenced at the moment, but the city’s famous clock has got a lot to say. Whitehall, free, book ahead, 10.30am-11.30am

FASHION EXHIBITION: A fashion exhibition featuring designers from all 52 Commonwealth countries, features unique pieces from designers such as Stella McCartney and Bibi Russell. The project aims to show how fashion can cross borders and create connections. Australia House, free, just turn up, midday-7pm, until 6 March

LUNCH HOUR LECTURE: Sleep and sleeplessness is the topic of conversation at UCL’s lunch hour lecture. Discover if biology combined with cultural history can help explain sleep better. UCL, Bloomsbury, free, book ahead, 1.10pm-1.55pm

CERAMIC CAFE: If you fancy getting a little creative, head to Creative Biscuit Ceramics Café, which is running a late night painting evening for anyone that wants to be the next Emma Bridgwater. BYOB makes it a great alternative night out. Creative Biscuit (South Woodford), £4 studio fee, plus cost of item to paint, 6pm-10pm

Taste whiskies of the world at this drinks masterclass.

BEER BONANZA: Craft Beer Rising, the UK’s largest craft beer festival, is coming to Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery for three days, with artisanal beers from all over the world. Tickets include a programme and limited edition glass. Truman Brewery, £15, book in advance, 6.30pm-midnight, until 24 February

WORLD WHISKIES: Travel the world via a selection of whiskies, at a masterclass of whisky sampling. From Scottish single malt to Kentucky Bourbon via Japanese whisky, you’ll not only get to taste what’s on offer, but also learn about the production process and history of the spirit with an expert. The Windmill, Mayfair, £12, book in advance, 7pm

RECORD REVIVAL: It’s official, vinyl is back in vogue and it looks as if it’s here to stay. Hear more about the Turntable Revolution from Radio 4 presenter Colleen Murphy, and learn about the journey of the record player throughout history. British Library, £10, book in advance, 7.30pm-9pm

COMEDY IN THE CRYPT: Make your way underground to St. Martin in the Fields’ Café in the Crypt for a night of stand up comedy. Acclaimed comedian Glen Moore, who’s written for Mock the Week and Russell Howard’s Good News, is the headliner. St. Martin in the Fields, £10, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm

RORYTELLING: Award-winning comedian Rory O’ Keefe has developed a new way of storytelling combining theatre and comedy: Rorytelling. His show The 37th Question follows a couple who try the 36 question psychological experiment designed to make strangers get more intimate. The Vaults, Waterloo, £8, book ahead, 10pm-11pm

Good cause of the day

Black Heroes Soul Food Café provides a space for creative work and artistic expression that celebrates the talent of people from the African diaspora. Come as an audience member and enjoy an evening of performance,  or contribute with a piece of spoken word, artwork or a song. All proceeds go to the Black Heroes Foundation, which aims to develop cultural awareness and promote a world where black heroes are acknowledged and respected. Black Heroes Café, Lavender Hill, £10 donation, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

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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