Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 23 November 2017

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ILLUMINATE ROTHERHITHE: To mark the 400th-anniversary commemorations of the 1620 sailing of the Mayflower Ship to America, Rotherhithe-dwellers are hosting five-days of festivities, including a lantern procession and church concert tonight. Various venues, free, just turn up, until 26 November

THE WINTER HOUSE: This stunning Grade II listed Soho chapel has been given the festive treatment by style-savvy bar Bourne & Hollingsworth. Stay for a seasonal supper or just grab a cocktail and explore this beautifully dilapidated building. The Welsh Chapel (Soho), £55 dining experience, book ahead, until 23 December

EALING CHRISTMAS MARKET: West Londoners needn't brave Oxford Street for a slice of Christmas — pick up gifts from fairy-lit cabins, and check out an ice cave covered with ginger bread-flavoured Ealing landmarks at the Ealing Christmas Market, which opens today. Ealing Broadway Centre, free, just turn up, until 24 December

WINTERVILLE: Winter Wonderland's edgier cousin has relocated to Clapham but rest-assured you can expect the same quirky Christmas market, complete with crazy golf, the Big Wheel, a whole load of street food and Clapham Common's first ever ice rink. Clapham Common, free, just turn up, until 1 January

NME LIFE HACKS: It just takes one inspirational person to change the course of life for a young person. And this event has two. Hear Chelsea and England footballer Eniola Aluko and 2017 Mercury Prize nominee Loyle Carner chat to NME about ‘how to find your motivation’. Islington Metal Works, £10, book ahead, 4pm-11pm

Get in the festive spirit at Winterville in Clapham.

THANKSGIVING: Anyone celebrating the American holiday might like to book a table at this Steak House, which is serving up 12.6kg three-bird roast (!), followed by classic homemade pumpkin pie. Prepare for the meat sweats. Heliot Steak House, £12, book ahead, 5pm-12pm

OUR HEALTH, OUR PLANET: Despite what the news says, us humans have done pretty well for ourselves, but at what cost to the planet? Join professor Kate Jones as she presents the 21st Annual Grant Lecture and mull over what she says at the free post-talk drinks. Grant Museum of Zoology, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-9pm

FILMING UNDER FIRE: Ever wondered what it's like for journalists working in hostile environments? Get stuck in at this training session responding to trauma, adapting camouflage techniques and unlearning everything you know about weapons from Hollywood movies. IWM London, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

COMEDY CLUB: Try not to spit out your birthday cake as you burst into fits of giggles at Camden Comedy Club's third birthday celebrations. On the bill is Garrett Millrick, Mae Martin and Marcel Lucont. 100 Camden High Street, £15, book ahead, 8pm-10.30pm

Good cause of the day: Head to this Children's Celebration Sale

London's little bakers are setting up shop at Borough Market to sell their foodie creations, which have been influenced by their own heritage. All proceeds go to charity FareShare, which turns food waste into meals for vulnerable people. Market Hall, free, just turn up, 11am-1.30pm

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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

Forgotten Old London


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

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

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