Things To Do Today In London: Friday 18 November 2016

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Things To Do

FANTASTIC BEASTS: Muggles and wizards unite: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in cinemas today after a long-anticipated wait. Check out our guide on where to see it — some screenings start as early as 00.01...

SIMPLY CHRISTMAS: Help Santa out with the presents, and head to Simply Christmas at ExCel for all your festive needs. £12, book in advance, 10am-4.30pm (until 19 November)

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLISTS: What does it take to get a gold in cycling? Meet Olympic power couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny at Waterstones Leadenhall Market to find out. Free, just turn up, noon

KIDS' FESTIVAL: A workshop with illustrating legend Quentin Blake and a multilingual poetry slam are among the events happening at South Ken Kids Festival. Various prices, book in advance, various times (until 20 November)

LIFE DRAWING: Head to The Underdog in London Bridge for a mummy-themed (the Egyptian kind) life drawing class followed by a Q&A with writer Peter Milligan. £15, just turn up, 6.30pm

TRANSPORT LATE: Hear Londonist's Matt Brown explore the evolution of the roundel; discover what it takes to make a tube moquette and use prints of vintage transport maps to make your own envelopes at London Transport Museum. £12, book in advance, 6.45pm-10pm

PUNK DEBATE: What does punk mean? Punk professor Vivien Goldman chairs an uncensored debate at the Museum of London, about 40 years of subversive culture. Featuring former Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon and Guardian journalist Kate Hutchinson. £12, book in advance, 7pm

KILLER BUSINESS: Whether you love it or hate it, you'll have heard of the Cereal Killer Café. The brothers behind the phenomenon discuss how their idea became a business, in a talk at the British Library. £10, book in advance, 7pm

BATTLE OF THE SOMME: Over 400,000 Brits fought in the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Honour the dead, wounded and missing with a screening of The Battle of the Somme, accompanied by live music from the BBC Concert Orchestra. £7.50-£22.50, book in advance, 7.30pm

Good Cause

WILD COMEDY: Roar with laughter at the Hammersmith Apollo with sketches from Dara O'Briain, Seann Walsh and many other comedians, all in aid of conservation charity ZSL. £15-£35, book in advance, 7pm

Love Life by Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart, 2016. Photo: Peter White, FXP Photography

KNITTED BREASTS: A giant creepy baby walker and lots of ceramic feet in shoes... welcome to the surreal world of Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldock. Did we mention a pair of knitted breasts sticking out of a hi-fi? Bonkers and fun. Love Life: Act 1 at Peer, 97-99 Hoxton street, N1 6QL, free. 9 November-28 January ★★★☆☆ [Wednesday-Saturday]

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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