Things to do
MOTORCYCLE SHOW: The MCN London Motorcycle Show brings motorbike manufacturers, traders and fans under one roof. Browse the latest models available, take part in workshops covering tyre care, off-road techniques and filming your trip, and hear the celebrities of the motorcycle world talk about their most memorable rides. Excel, £16-£22, book ahead, 15-17 February
50 HOUR IMPROV: A team of comedians and storytellers provide entertainment for 50 hours straight at the 12th annual improvathon, on the theme of the Wild West. Don’t worry though, tickets are sold for two hour slots, so you don’t have to sign your whole weekend away. Wiltons Music Hall, £10 per episode, book ahead, 15-17 February
SAS ITALIAN JOB: Damien Lewis, author of SAS Italian Job, tells the story of a secret world war two mission, which aimed to destroy a Nazi fortress. Lewis consulted declassified files, eyewitness testimony, and the families of those involved while writing the book. A signing takes place after the talk. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, booking recommended, 11.30am
WOLF: A theatre show by kids, for kids, Wolf combines hip hop, rap and physical theatre for an updated version of the story of the wolf and the three little pigs. Modern issues of loss, hope and stereotyping are dealt with. Leicester Square Theatre, £11.50, book ahead, 1pm (until 17 February)
COLLIDING WORLDS: Get an introduction to the world of particle accelerators, at this event aimed at kids age 12+ and their families. Watch demonstrations to find out how they work, what they do, and what practical use they have. Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16/£10/£7, book ahead, 6pm-7.15pm
LOST TREASURES: Strawberry Hill House stays open late for an after-hours showing of the current Lost Treasures exhibition. It’s a Valentine’s special tonight, so get a closer look at some of the more romantic items in the collection… oh, and there’s gin tasting involved too. Strawberry Hill House (Twickenham), £16, book ahead, 6pm-9pm
PLANET EARTH: Watermans With Words is a mini book festival focusing on planet Earth. Plasma physicist Dr Melanie Windridge talks about the Northern Lights, including what causes the phenomenon, and scientist Lewis Dartnell discusses what we would need to rebuild civilisation from scratch. Watermans (Brentford), £10/£8 per session, book ahead, 7pm/8.30pm
SERIOUS CIRCUS: A Night of Serious Circus brings acts together to tell vital and radical stories through their performances. Juggler Charles Brockbank, aerialist Tilly Lee-Kronick and others perform on the theme of empathy and disavowal. Jackson’s Lane (Highgate), £10/£8, book ahead, 7.30pm
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S: In a week that’s been full of romantic films, 1961 classic Breakfast At Tiffany’s gets an airing in south London, preceded by a screening of short film City Lights by Ed Wiles. Harris Academy South Norwood, £8.50/£7/£5, book ahead, 7.45pm
MORTIFIED LONDON: How would you feel about sharing the diaries, poems and stories you wrote as a teenager with a group of strangers? That’s what the brave souls in Mortified Live are doing. The show at Vault Festival is a spin-off of the podcast of the same name, taking the form of a special lonely hearts edition for Valentine’s Day. Waterloo Vaults, £12, book ahead, 10.45pm
Tube ponderings with Barry Heck
Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.
TfL keeps an official record of Pigeon Ingress Events (PIEs) on all its trains. Edgware station has the most PIEs, with a mean count of 74 per day.
Good cause of the day
Head to the 100 Club on Oxford Street tonight for Thank U, Next, a comedy show raising money for End Youth Homelessness. Joel Dommett, Suzi Ruffell and Ivo Graham are some of the comedians performing. Find out more and book tickets.
What we’re reading
- London Underground staff have new red vests
- … but not everyone’s happy about it.
- Pret is opening a homeless shelter in west London.
- London Zoo’s Chief Operating Officer on the events that led to the death of Sumatran tiger Melati.