Things to do today in London is sponsored by Westfield. Scroll down to discover why it's about more than the shopping.
Things to do
HYPER JAPAN: Hyper Japan has returned to the Tobacco Dock with its annual Christmas markets, selling all things Japanese from fashion to food. £15, book in advance, 25-27 November
THE ROYAL AFRICAN: It's the opening day of Museum of London Docklands' new collection on Britain and the slave trade. It follows the story of an African Prince called William Sessarakoo, who was tricked and sold into slavery when he travelled to England. Free, just show up, until 4 June 2017
JAZZ AGE SAVOY: Discover what life was like back in the glitzy Jazz Age in the Savoy Hotel. The Savoy's archivist Susan Scott is giving a talk that will recreate the glamorous scenes before your eyes. It takes place at the Fashion and Textile Museum in conjunction with the Jazz Age exhibition. The talk is included in the exhibition ticket (£9.90), book in advance, 11.30am
GLOW LIGHT FESTIVAL: Illuminate your night at Eastbury Manor House in Barking. Lights festival Glow will include a fire garden, a light up solar system model and one work made by lighting up thousands of festival wristbands. £5 for adults (kids go free), book in advance, 5pm-10pm
POEM NIGHT: The National Theatre presents the launch of a new poetry anthology curated by Allie Esiri, A Poem for Every Night of the Year. The event will feature recitals of some of the featured poems and will be followed by a book signing. Book in advance, £6, 5.15pm-6.15pm
CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKET: William Morris Gallery's Christmas Night Market returns in Walthamstow. Contrary to the plethora of other Christmas markets out there, this one only features items made by local designers. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm-10pm
FOLK AT THE FOUNDLING: Catch a soothing folk show at the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square. The project aims to showcase the best folk music from across the British Isles at the museum and they've lined up The Breath and Julie Murphy this week. £12/£14, book in advance, 6.30pm-10pm
UNICORN PIÑATA: Drink, Shop & Do in King's Cross is giving away free piñatas for anyone who buys a drink this evening. You can even enact every five year-old's dream and choose a unicorn one. Piñatas free with drinks, but sweets cost £3, just turn up, from 7pm
VICTORIAN ENTERTAINMENT: Ever wondered what a Victorian night on the town would be like? Find out at the British Library's late night event. Aptly titled Late at the Library: There Will Be Fun, you'll be dazzled by live circus acts, amazing costumes and a music hall mashup featuring Ida Barr. £15, book in advance, 7.30pm-11pm
SUPERHERO: House of Vans is putting on a free screening of the forgotten comic-book adaptation, Supergirl in Waterloo Tunnels. Free, just show up, 6pm/8pm
CEILIDH: It's time to dust off the old kilt. The Ceilidh Club is bringing Scotland to Cecil Sharp House in Camden. £18.50, advance tickets are sold out, but 70 are available on the door, 8pm-11pm
Eat, Drink, Shop And Be Merry At Westfield
How does a trip to Santa’s Grotto, a festive ice-skating session, and a slap-up turkey dinner sound for a Christmassy outing? This is exactly what you’ll get if you check out Westfield this festive season.
As well as all the best high-street, designer and department stores, London’s two favourite shopping centres have a whole host of special events and pop-ups to get you ready for the big day. Westfield Stratford City certainly will sound like Christmas as local choirs and carol-playing bands are on the agenda. Or perhaps you are on the lookout for somewhere to take the kids whilst you shop til you drop? If so, the Kung Fu Panda themed Santa’s Grottos at both sites are a recipe for success.
Special Christmas menus at many of the centres’ restaurants mean you can treat yourself after a whole day shopping – sit back, relax and feel all festive at Westfield.
Good cause of the day
LAST DAYS OF SHOREDITCH: Party your evening away at the Last Days of Shoreditch, with top-notch DJs, cocktails and street food. Remember is a non-profit organisation, all money raised goes to the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Tickets from £8, 5pm-12am
BEAUTIFUL GEMS: Stunning glass sculptures on walls and pedestals, as the natural meets the man-made. Don’t miss the hypnotic video in the back rooms as forms shatter and agglomerate. Flavie Audi: Cell(-estial) at Tristan Hoare, 6 Fitzroy Square, W1T 5HJ, free. 17 November - 10 January ★★★★☆
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue. Get tickets
Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet. Get tickets
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets
Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets