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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]


Funzing

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

LDN Talks @ Night | The Science of Psychedelics
Scientific research is resuming on how psychedelics affect the weirder aspects of human consciousness. This talk from Dr David Luke engages in current study into pyschedelics and their historical use in shamanic rituals. Be prepared, you might leave with more questions than answers. Get tickets

Talk: Neuroscience of Powerful Habits
Every January you do the same thing. You make a New Year's resolution to lose weight, be thriftier, quit smoking or possibly even to start exercising. Yet how many of us find ourselves in the exact spot we started in once the month is up? This talk by Dr Gabija Toleikyte, explains why the brain resists changing habits of a lifetime. She'll also explain how to create long lasting change, by working with your brain rather than against it. Get tickets

LDN Talks@Night |Insights of a War Crime Investigator
What would you say face-to-face to Saddam Hussein? How would you feel digging up the mass graves of Kosovo? Jonathan Tait-Harris will share experiences from his jobs as a policeman, soldier, war-crimes investigator and adviser to UK and Iraqi governments. £10 Get tickets