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

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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