Things To Do Today In London: Friday 5 January 2018

Looks like this article is a bit old. Be aware that information may have changed since it was published.

You and your team of sleuths will roam the Natural History Museum, looking for clues to establish when, where and how the crimes occurred. Photo: Bousure (2009)

What we’re reading

  • Plan to sell part of London Underground fleet branded ‘quite mad’.
  • Inside London's only college for young people with autism.
  • Kensington Roof Gardens to close after more than 35 years.

Things to do

NEW LONDON MODEL TALKS: Head along to this lunchtime talk to get the lowdown on the latest developments and architectural achievements shooting up in London. It's also an opportunity to check out New London Architecture's very cool interactive model of central London. New London Architecture, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1pm, (every Friday until December 2018)

BEER ADVENTURES: Screw dry January, download the Beer Adventures App and make your way around east London's brewpubs, a great bottleshop and some lovely little boozers serving the very best in modern craft beer. Various venues, £3.99, book ahead, 2pm-6pm

CRIME SCENE LIVE: Live out all your CSI career dreams in the stunning surrounds of the Natural History Museum, where a pricey stone has been stolen and a killer is on the run. After a welcome drink, you must play detective to bring the criminal to justice. Natural History Museum, £60, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm

SUPERHEROES AND THE LOST FAIRYTALE: Platinum Performing Arts' annual urban pantomime sees Batman and his superhero mates battle the dark forces to save the lost fairytales. Oh yes you will! Laughter guaranteed. Millfield Theatre, £12, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm, until 21 January

POETRY: Poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims are inviting you to toast the last of the twelve days of Christmas with seasonal tipples, Georgian games, readings of Keats's poems and letters and a Twelfth Night cake if you get peckish. Keats House, £10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Hop aboard the floating comedy club for guaranteed good times.

RURAL SYRIA: The lovely Good Hope Cafe brings the rural delicacies of Syria to south London every Friday. The four-course feast includes flame-grilled aubergine and an endless supply of hummus to start. Check out the mouthwatering menu here.  £14.92-£29.27, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: Settle in for a night of classical opera from St Martin's soloists, who will be performing well-loved arias by Mozart, Puccini and Bizet. St Martin-in-the-fields, various prices, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

FLOATING COMEDY CLUB: Let The Boat Show Comedy Club liven up this bleak January, then boogie your blues away at Popworld Nightclub on-board the Tattershall Castle. Bottoms up. R.S. Hispaniola/Tattershall Castle (Victoria Embankment), £11-£16.50, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

BOWIE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY: Don't forget to request your favourite Bowie tunes on the Facebook event wall before rocking up to this party in celebration of the legendary late singer. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, £5-£7, book ahead, 9pm-3am

PIRATE RADIO PARTY: This late night jam takes punters back to a time when stations such as Rinse FM were at risk of closure from both the police and rival stations. Camden Assembly, £5-£15+bf, book ahead, 10.30pm-3am

Good cause of the day: Charity concert for Grenfell Tower Fire Aid

Treat your ears to the sounds of the Knightsbridge Philharmonic Orchestra, who are performing at this charity gala to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The event is free but donations are very much appreciated. The money will be donated via the British Red Cross. St Stephen's Church, donation, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


Tales of torture and plagues await you on a historical walk around London -- see bombed out ruins, discover Medieval markets and even visit a Roman ampitheatre. £12 Get tickets

A Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets