Things To Do Today In London: Friday 24 November 2017

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Award winning cheese is grilled, melted and served up with the best British artisan charcuterie at Canopy Market.

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MINDFUL DRINKING: Ditching the booze but fed up of with limited fizzy, surgery options? Expand your alcohol-free repertoire at Club Soda's Christmas festival, full of options to make the transition to low booze/no booze easier. Spitalfields Market, free, book ahead, noon-6pm today, until 25 November

WORLD CHEESE AWARDS: Does your diet consist of cheese, cheese and more cheese? Then get yourself to this market, which is flogging a range of brielicious award winners, including Bath soft cheese, White Lake Cheese and Caws Cenarth. Canopy Market(King's Cross), free entry, just turn up, 11am-8pm today, until 26 November

MAGIC LANTERN FESTIVAL: Prepare to leave Chiswick House Gardens with a serious lantern obsession as its 65 acres are packed with more than 50 stunning, handmade installations. Chiswick House & Gardens, £17, book ahead, until 1 January

HAMPTON COURT PALACE: Head to Henry VIII's backyard for a right regal skating experience. Arrive early to explore spectacular State Apartments and 65 acres of formal gardens and a maze and stick around to see the palace's facade all lit up with pretty lights. Hampton Court Palace, £14, book ahead, until 7 January

STAR GAZING: Fascinated with the night sky? Explore the Observatory after hours, meet and chat with astronomers and feast your eyes on the stars at a Planetarium show. Royal Observatory Greenwich, £20, book ahead, 5.25pm-6.50pm

Darcie & May Green, this colourful new floating bar, offers canal side dining, nine craft beers on tap and live music.

FLOATING BAR BARGE: That wonderfully colourful barge you've spotted on the Grand Union Canal opens for business today. Pick up your morning flat white or hit up the lovely wine bar for waterside drinks. Paddington Central, just turn up, 7.30am-11pm

PIT PARTY: A Pit Party involves plonking a 360 degree stage in the middle of a venue and letting the crowd loose. Punk rock band Black Lips is ripping up the stage tonight alongside support from The New Fat White Family, childhood supergroup Warmduscher, all girl gang Madonnatron and DJ sets. Coronet Theatre, £22.50, book ahead, 6pm-12pm

E17 NIGHT MARKET: If you've got Christmas shopping to do tonight, make sure it's somewhere with entertainment, festive food, mulled wine and a trail with prizes for kids. Luckily, E17 Designers Night Market ticks all the festive boxes. William Morris Gallery (Walthamstow), free, just turn up, 6.30pm-10pm

V&A LATE: See a specially commissioned performance from Chinese artist Rui Xu, try your hand at crafting the perfect dumpling and build your own robot from the electronics of Shenzhen in this Friday Late exploring the art, design, sounds and states of China in flux. V&A, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-9pm

JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX: A fabulously eclectic night blending jazz musicians with spoken word. Hosted by broadcaster & vocalist Jumoké Fashola. Hoxton Hall, £9, book ahead,7.30pm

Good cause of the day: Sign up for the Chasing Elves 10k

Whether you're on a fitness thing or just want to raise money for a cause, you can walk, jog or run around this brand new festive 10k course, starting and finishing at Hainault Forest. Sign up now and you should have enough time to get some training in and get used to those elf hats. Hainault Forest Country Park, £15 + suggested £50 sponsorship, book ahead, 10am-12pm, 10 December