Things To Do Today In London: Friday 1 December 2017

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The UK's first travelling Rum Festival is shaking up London's drinking scene today and tomorrow.

What we’re reading

  • Sadiq Khan sets out proposals to change planning laws to allow greater numbers of houses to be built in small spaces.
  • Fake snow machine tricks Oxford Street Christmas shoppers into thinking it was REALLY snowing.
  • Is London ready for electric taxis?
  • Chinese dockless bike-sharing company Ofo will roll out 150,000 bikes in UK.

Things to do

DESIGN MUSEUM MARKET: Stock up on jewellery, ceramics, textiles, graphic design, digital and children’s products from 50 contemporary designers at the Design Museum market, where quality is pretty much guaranteed. The Design Museum, free, just turn up, noon-8pm today, until 3 December

CHRISTMAS BALLET: If anything is going to get you feeling festive, it's seeing ballet dancers perform Winter Wonderland inspired by Swan Lake, with additional pieces from the iconic ballet the Nutcracker. Devonshire Square, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1.30pm

CARAVANTOMIME: Not had your panto fix this year? Head to Bank Side's Caravan Theatre for an intimate (seriously, only nine audience members at a time) night of panto antics. Prices Street, £7.50, book ahead, until 2 December

RUM FESTIVAL: One sure fire way to heat up this winter is to hang out at the UK's first travelling rum festival, featuring more than 100 varieties of the strong stuff. Studio Spaces, £18, book ahead, 5.30pm-11.30pm, until 2 December

FROZEN IN TIME: Join a lantern-lit procession around Blackfriars Road, uncovering secret stories from the River Thames along the way, with a spectacular finale at Mint Street Park. Lancaster Estate Gardens, free, just turn up, 4.30pm-7pm

See ballet in the Western Courtyard surrounded by a golden installation of Susie Reed's sparkling cherry trees, which have been covered in illuminated blossoms.

BOXMOOR FAIR: Santa has swapped his sleigh for a canal boat — visit his grotto at this Christmas fair, where you can also fill up on hot beverages while you enjoy canal-side entertainment. Fishery Wharf Cafe, £1, just turn up, 6pm, until 3 December

CATS LATE: Cat videos draw in an impressive 26 billion views on YouTube, unsurprising for anyone who has ever been bored at work. Understanding cats breaking the internet is the theme of this late. Grant Museum of Zoology, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-9pm

FRIDAY LATE: Expect Haitian Vodou dancing, live drumming and science talks at this trippy late exploring the impact of altered states of perception, visual illusions and hallucinations on creativity. Wellcome Collection, free, just turn up, 7pm-11pm

CHOIRS BY CANDLELIGHT: London's LGBT and chamber choir sure know how to flex those vocal chords. Hear curator Matthew Storey give a short talk on queer opera before treating your ears to this atmospheric performance. The V&A, free, just turn up, 7.30pm-8.30pm

MEXICAN FUNDRAISER: London based Latino artists are joining forces to throw a proper fiesta to raise funds for Mexico, which was hit by two earthquakes earlier this year. Expect Mexican food and a lot of salsa dancing. Rich Mix, £10/£8, book ahead, 8pm

Good cause of the day: Beer for charity? What’s not to like?

Borough Market has launched a new beer to raise money for its Trader Support Fund, which helps with the financial losses the traders’ suffered in the wake of the terror attack. The limited edition Imperial London Porter is available to buy from 12pm on Thursday — stock up on bottles in the market, or get it on draught in The Globe Tavern or The Rake pubs. It’s only available until stocks run out.

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

LOVE Dim Sum? Learn to Make Delicious Dim Sum!

Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets

Interviews With British Serial Killers

Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer.  Get tickets

Become Robin Hood for the Day in an Archery Class

Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets

Sex, Death and Shopping: The Soho Tour

We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again.  Get tickets