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

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