Things To Do This Weekend In London: 10-11 February 2018

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Visitors brave enough to visit the London Dungeon this February will step back to the 1870s for a séance.

NHM FILM NIGHTS: It's not every day you get to watch your fave sci-fi classics under Hope the blue whale. Choose from E.T., Alien, District 9 and Gravity this weekend. Natural History Museum, £28/£25, book ahead, 9-10 February

BOOKSHOP CRAWL: The London Bookshop Crawl is like a traditional pub crawl, only minus the pints. Unite with fellow bibliophiles and library lovers to discover the eclectic mix of bookshops throughout the city. Organise your own route, or join a guided crawl and make new friends — there'll be discounts and freebies at participating shops. Guided crawls £3, book ahead, 9-11 February

VEGAN LIFE LONDON: Embrace the plant-based life at this two-day event showcasing cruelty-free food and drink, clothing and skincare from the team behind vegan magazine Vegan Life. Alexandra Palace, £10-£67, book ahead, 10am-5pm, 10-11 February

ANY SUGGESTIONS, DOCTOR?: Doctor Who fans should straighten their bow ties and strap up for this Doctor Who parody adventure, led by a team of talented improv actors. Museum of Comedy (Bloomsbury), £12, book ahead, 3pm-4pm, 10-11 February

GIRLS IN TECH: A whole two days dedicated to women and girls in science and technology for any females with a soft spot for STEM subjects. Whether you're a student looking for career options, a recent graduate, or just a woman looking for a change in industry, head to this day of talks, advice and workshops that could help you get your foot in the science door. Microsoft, 70 Wilson Street, free, book ahead, 9am Saturday-5pm Sunday

SEANCE: While other attractions are turning up the romance factor at this time of year, the London Dungeon is looking towards the supernatural to get you through the door. Book a place with psychic Agnes Guppy, who apparently has become well known for her levitations and transportation during séances. The London Dungeon, £21, book ahead, 10-18 February

NO ORDINARY BICYCLE: Discover the two-wheeled revolution at this exhibition delving into the legacy John Kemp Starley, who was a pioneer in the world of bicycles. Vestry House Museum (Walthamstow), free, just turn up, until 25 February

Saturday 10 February

Go aboard The Golden Hinde II during half term for family guided tours and tales of the sea.

BELIFTED: NY Resolutions gone down the pan? Praise the lord, then, for this fitness class for the mind and body, which combines gospel music with circuits, aerobics and boxercise to get you back on track. The Bridge Gym, £12, book ahead, 10am-11am

ANIMALS IN HYDE PARK TOUR: As well as showing off the park's flora and fauna, this tour offers visitors a chance to snoop around the Metropolitan Police horse stables, which are usually closed off to the public. Hyde Park, central London, £10, book ahead, 10.30am-noon

CHINESE NEW YEAR: Ring in the Year of the Dog with workshops in Chinese mask making, dressing up, and calligraphy alongside performances by traditional and modern instrumentalists, kung fu and tai chi demonstrations and the highlight of the day, the spectacular Lion Dance. V&A Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green), free, just turn up, 11.30am-4.30pm

NURSING FAMILY HISTORY: Delve into your family's Great War history, with a focus on nursing stories through talks and practical sessions, from exploring nursing records online to creative writing and family history. It'll be like starring in your very own version of  Who Do You Think You Are? Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, £8, book ahead, 10am-5pm

THE GOLDEN HINDE II: Find out if your little pirate has what it takes to join Sir Francis Drake's crew on this Living History storytelling experience running throughout half term. The Golden Hinde II, £5/£3, book ahead, 10.30am-4pm, until 18 February

PANCAKE RACE: Get flipping in aid of the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice and you'll get a free pancake for your efforts. Greenwich Market, free, just turn up, noon-1pm

DISCOVER CHILDREN'S BOOK SWAP: Bring your old books to swap for some new reading material for your little one, get cosy in the book corner and have fun making and decorating origami monster bookmarks at this book swap. Forty Hall (Enfield), free, just turn up, noon-3pm

TEA DANCE: In the mood for dancing? Shake it out to Ballroom, Latin, Jive and Sequence music at this tea dance set in a 1930s art deco hall. The Borough Hall, Greenwich, £7, book ahead, 2pm-4.30pm

BLEEDING HEART WALK: Swap your usual hand-holding V-day walk for this horror-filled jaunt around Clerkenwell, where you'll hear heart-wrenchingly gory legends of Bleeding Heart Yard, tales of the divorced statue, scratching fanny, phantom black dogs, cat-fighting ghosts and more. How's that for romance? Bleeding Heart Yard, Clerkenwell, £7, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Sunday 11 February

In this creative workshop you will learn about the ‘Survival Techniques’ street art project founded by mural artist Naomi Edmondson.

DAWN CHORUS: Let the wonderfully haunting sounds of flutist Jacquelyn Hynes wash over you as the sun rises over Forty Hall Forty Hall Estate, Enfield, £20, book ahead, 7am

MINI MURAL MAKING: Mural artist Naomi Edmondson loves a motivational quote and she shows how to create your own feel good typographic artwork in this creative workshop. Hackney Downs Studios, £22, book ahead, 10.30am-1pm

ARTIST'S OPEN STUDIOS: Ilford might surprise you when it comes to the artistic output at the 320 year-old Valentines Mansion, which was converted into contemporary studios for local craftspeople. Snoop around and take cash along in case anything catches your eye. Valentine's Mansion, free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

POTATO POP-UP: Get your fill of delicious tatties at this Roots and Shoots pop-up, showcasing and selling 97 varieties of potatoes, the oldest of which, ‘Vitelotte Noire’ dates back to 1851. Roots and Shoots (Lambeth), free entry, just turn up, 11am–2pm

CUPID CANINE MARKET: Treat the furry love of your life this Valentine's at this market, where you can pick up urban petwear, organic treats, fun play-things, and gifts for humans dedicated to doggos. Plus, a percentage of the stalls’ hire will also be donated to London rescue charity All Dogs Matter. Netil Market (London Fields), free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

DIY ART MARKET: Looking to jazz up your walls with kooky prints or on the hunt for a quirky gift for your Valentine? Browse the work of emerging artists at this colourful DIY market. Epic Dalston, Hackney, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

VICTORIAN COVENT GARDEN: Wander through Victorian gardens, delve into the lost world of music halls and learn about the introduction of ice cream on this 90 minute tour around theatreland and shopping district Covent Garden. PAUL Patisserie Strand kiosk, £12/£8 child, book ahead, 1pm

MYTHS RETOLD: Settle in for tales told by master story crafter Ben Haggarty, as he presents three remixed, extended and explicit Greek myths. British Museum, £10/£8, book ahead, 2.30pm-5pm

LDN WRESTLING: If a bunch of men battling it out in a ring is your kind of entertainment, head to the rumble special of LDN Wrestling in Edmonton. Millfield Theatre, £15, book ahead, 3pm-5.30pm

POETRY AND CHILL: Independent urban fashion brand Apathy Threads has teamed up with Poetical Word to host a pop-up shop, where you can browse garms while listening to spoken word. Tartine Artisanal (Tooting), free, just turn up, 4.30pm-6.30pm

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