Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 30 November 2017

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BUG CLUB: Get back in touch with nature with these fun outdoor activities for pre-schoolers and their carers. Waltham Abbey Gardens, £4, book ahead, 1pm-2.30pm

CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER: For a scenic Christmas shop in the capital, it has to be this pretty river-side market, which launches today. Expect carols and a Christmas light switch on, plenty of market stalls and Eis Haus, a mini alpine resort for you to warm up in. London Bridge City, free, just turn up, 4.30pm-10pm

ILLUSTRATION FAIR: Looking for a stocking filler for an art lover? You're bound to find something to brighten you and your mates' walls at this illustration, print and graphic design fair. Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, £7.50, book ahead, 6pm, until 3 December

PAINTED HALL: It's well worth ascending the 20-metre (60ft) high scaffold (watch our video here) to get up close to this beautiful ceiling, and one of Europe's most ambitious 'open' conservation projects. Tonight a panel discussion will fill you in on the tech that's made the project possible. Old Royal Naval College, £15, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

GALLERY LATE: There's a drop in cross-stitch workshop for the nimble-fingered, a talk on contemporary embroidery and needlecraft and a performance from Flock Theatre Ensemble at this gallery late inspired by the life and work of William Morris's daughter May Morris. William Morris Gallery, free, just turn up, 6.30pm

Hear Director of Conservation, Will Palin, speak to leading experts about conserving The Painted Hall in Greenwich.

BATTERSEA LIGHTS: Did you know Battersea Power Station has its own community choir? See them perform tonight as part of this Christmas light switch on, which even sees those iconic chimneys get the festive treatment. Circus West Village, free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

OOMK ZINE: We introduced you to this awesome zine a couple of years back and its important work redefining the arts for women of colour. At the launch of its sixth issue you can expect lively conversations with contributors, food sculptures by Abeera Kamran, music and more. River Rooms, £8, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

MUVVAHOOD: Here's a stat for you. Single-parent families make up one in four households in the UK. Libby Liburd hopes to blow stereotypes of single mothers out of the water in her funny, frank one-woman show, created from the voices of real single mothers living in London today. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £12, book ahead, 7.45pm-8.45pm, until 1 December

THE INVISIBLE: Like a more authentic Lost in Translation for the stage, this play draws on the personal experiences of Yuyu Wang to explore what happens East Asian culture lands at Heathrow airport.  Blue Elephant Theatre, £8/£6.50, book ahead, 8pm, until 1 December

MIGRATION FILM FESTIVAL: This newbie to London's film festival scene launched last year with the aim of restoring humanity and dignity to stories about the refugee experience. Check out the full programme here. Various venues, various prices, book ahead, 30 November-5 December

Good cause of the day: Roar with Laughter

The likes of Alan Carr, Rob Delaney and Katherine Ryan will have you cackling like a hyena at this funny fundraiser for the Zoological Society of London.  Hammersmith Apollo, £19, book ahead, 7pm

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