Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 5 December 2017

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The Postal Museum is unwrapping its first ever late, featuring postal pop songs, exhibition talks and a letter writing station. Photo: Matt Brown (2017)

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PIGS EAR BEER & CIDER FEST: Raid your piggy bank for this beer-soaked festival showcasing 230 of the finest beers and ales. Round Chapel (Hackney), £5/£3 with a CAMRA card, just turn up, 5-9 December

BRITISH LIBRARY SHOPPING: Planning a trip to the library tonight? You might find yourself sidetracked by an array of festive gift stalls and serenaded by carol singers on the way in. Plus, get 20% off in the library shop today, because it's Christmas. British Library, free, just turn up, 4pm-8pm

IMPERIAL FRINGE: Find out the ill effects of that Oxford Street dash from the School of Public Health's air quality busters, bottle clouds with an atmospheric physicist and hold onto your head when you enter one of Europe's longest wind tunnels at this event making science fun again. Imperial College London, free, book ahead, 5pm-8pm

AUTHORS EVENING: Bookworms should wrap up warm and head to Waterstones to meet the authors behind some of the best releases of 2017, from Rivers of London author Ben Aaronovitch to English novelist Victoria Hislop. Get your books signed and gift-wrapped in time for present giving season. Waterstones (King's Road), free, just turn up, 6pm-8pm

POSTAL MUSEUM LATE: The Postal Museum has delivered its first ever after-hours event. The festive package includes a letter writing station, the first known Christmas card and performances from the Royal Mail Choir. Postal Museum, £12/£9, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

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I AM NEXT: There's more to the UK's music scene than Ed Sheeran (sorry Ed). At this rave, you'll discover some of the most hyped names in UK drill, grime, trap, hip hop, afro trap and RnB, without a Spotify advert in earshot. Village Underground, £5-£8, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

ART OF BRIXTON: See Brixton portrayed in all its wonderful, messy, colourful diversity through screen prints, photography, oil paintings and more at this fundraiser for Brixton Soup Kitchen & Support Centre. At the exhibition's launch night tonight, there will be spoken word, acoustic music and a DJ. The Ritzy (Brixton), £5, book ahead, 7pm-11.30pm

POETRY AT THE PRINT ROOM: Sinéad Morrissey, Michael Symmons Roberts and Maria Stepanova are on the Print Room lineup tonight. These lyrical wordsmiths have more literary awards between them than you can shake a pen at. The Print Room (Notting Hill), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm

NEW ROOTS: LOW CHIMES: New Roots gigs are always an intimate affair, where the quality of the songwriting and musicianship takes centre stage and the audience have come here to listen (not talk loudly about what their boss did at the Christmas party). Alt folk, five-piece band Low Chimes perform tonight. The Sebright Arms (Bethnal Green), £9.35, book ahead, 7.30pm

Good cause of the day: Go to a candlelit carol service

This candlelit service featuring readings, the lighting of the Advent Candle and special performances from the English National Opera Chorus and Soul Symphony Choir will have even the gloomiest of grinches humming Silent Night by the end of the evening. All funds are donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities and its work supporting families with children in hospital. St Martin in the Fields, £20/£9, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

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London's Grime & Punishment Tour

Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.    Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour

Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour

Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets