Things To Do Today In London: Friday 18 May 2018

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Gods, nymphs and monsters: a museum late with a truly legendary line up of events.

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IPAD ARTWORK: London's Square Mile turns technicolour in Linda Kitson's vivid collection of iPad drawings. See up to 50 works capturing the City's skyline at The City Centre. St George's Church (Hanover Square), free, just turn up, all day, until 11 August

MINDFULNESS AMONGST TREES: Connect with nature and a greater sense of well-being with yoga and mindfulness teacher Mel Sutton amongst the trees of Ruskin Park. You'll practice mindful walking and colour visualisation in this lunchtime workshop away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Ruskin Park (Lambeth), £11.07,  book ahead, 12.45pm-1.35pm

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: One of California's leading student orchestras has come to St John's Church to treat you to a concert featuring eclectic classics from both sides of the Atlantic. It's completely free, but you can thank them for the music with a donation to the church's outreach programme. St John's Church (Waterloo), free, just turn up, 1pm-1.50pm

FREE WINE AND CHEESE: In celebration of London Wine Week, Thames Clipper are offering passengers the chance to sample expertly paired wines and cheeses while whizzing over the River Thames for a sophisticated start to your weekend. Climb aboard the 5.20 from North Greenwich or, if can't clock off that early, plump for the 5.45 from Canary Wharf and head west. MBNA Thames Clippers (North Greenwich Pier/Canary Wharf), free, just turn up, 5.20pm/5.45pm

METAMORPHOSES: Dive into the fantastical world of mythology at Dulwich Picture Gallery, where you'll get up close and personal with gods, nymphs and legends. Paint a Pygmalion-esque living statue, summon ancient greek deities through the art of mosaic and explore magical scenes from gallery's collection. Dulwich Picture Gallery (Dulwich), £12, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

Gerald Dickens performs readings from his great-great-grandad's greatest literary hits.

WHAT THE DICKENS: Spend the evening with Mr Dickens. No, not Charles — this isn't A Christmas Carol —- but the author's real-life great-great-grandson, Gerald, will be making appearance. A professional actor, he'll be performing excerpts on childhood from his esteemed ancestor's best loved works, accompanied by beautiful piano music. The Foundling Museum (Brunswick Square), £20, book ahead, 7pm

WIFI WARS: Hands up if you're a fan of gaming and comedy. Combine your two passions at The Royal Institution's latest wifi war. Steve McNeil and Rob Sedgebeer, both of Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit, try out the latest in gaming tech, with plenty of giggles along the way. The Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16, book ahead, 7pm

TOUR THE TATE: Take a closer look at Duchamp's Urinal (more tempting than it sounds) and Warhol's Factory, via recycled bottle tops and human hair, at an after hours tour of the Tate Modern. Cindy Polemis will show you how Tate-featured artists have for decades challenged the Western artistic canon and traditional notions of just what constitutes a work of art. Tate Modern (Southbank), £20, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

MARY OCHER: It's raw 60s garage one moment, traditional folk or South American-infused experimental pop the next with singer-songwriter Mary Ocher. Discover her new 10" alongside Coldnose and Stal Kingsley at Upset The Rhythm's latest offering. Cafe OTO (Dalston), £8, book ahead, 7.30pm

HARRY'S STAG DO: Celebrate the Queen Mother of all stags at an east end boozer ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's impending nuptials. The royal redhead probably won't be making an appearance himself, but there's plenty of good old fashioned drinking games, an 80s DJ and prizes for best costume (Nazi get-ups are, thankfully, strictly prohibited). The Three Compasses (Dalston), free, just turn up, 8pm-12.30am

Good cause of the day

Celebrate LGBTQ+ artistry with London's baddest queer performers and DJs while raising money for a new London LGBTQ+ community centre. Performers include The Nightbus — the UK's premier bearded Muslim drag queen and international DJ phenomenon Hannah Holland.

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Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Express


The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets

Secrets of the Square Mile


The City of London is home to spectacular skyscrapers, but it’s also home to some fascinating history. Join Matt on a tour of the Square Mile’s ancient alleyways, old churches and imposing architecture - including two sites associated with the occult, and one of the City's most haunting memorials to the power of the Blitz.  Get tickets

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets