Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 7 November 2017

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A new VR arcade opens at Old Street Station today.

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VR ARCADE: When 2017 gets a bit too much, grab your mates and escape to this pop up virtual reality arcade and licensed bar in Old Street. Unit 8, Old Street Station, £10, book ahead, 11am-11pm, until 18 November

OXFORD ST LIGHTS: Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas light switch on. Rita Ora is doing the honours this evening. The snowflake-inspired decorations use 750,000 LED light bulbs. Oxford Street, free, just turn up, 5pm-11pm

GUARDIAN SHORTS: Human trafficking, migrating crabs and terrorism in suburbia are some of the subjects explored in this screening of five short documentaries, commissioned by the Guardian. Bertha DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £9/£7, book ahead, 6.20pm-8.20pm

DIRECTED BY WOMEN: See a screening of American Psycho, one of 52 films screened this year as part of the cinema's #DirectedbyWomen2017 season. Genesis Cinema (Mile End), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

RIBA LATE: Inspired by Pablo Bronstein's pseudo-Georgian architecture, RIBA has curated a late around the question: Have we reached peak pastiche? Expect talks, a life drawing marathon, and a spot the difference game with Georgian and Neo-Georgian buildings. RIBA (Portland Place), free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

CYCLE TALK: Interested in how cycling affects mental health? Join this panel discussion in which avid cyclists share their experiences and advice. Look Mum No Hands (Old Street), free, book ahead, 6.30pm

AUTHOR TALK: Hear Bailey's Prize-winning Ali Smith (author of How To Be Both and Autumn) chat about her newest novel, Winter, which will no doubt be a well-received Christmas gift for a fellow bookworm. Foyles (Charing Cross Road), £21.82/£9.01, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

CANDELABRA MAKING: Exposed pipework is in, as the interior of any Shoreditch bar will tell you. At this workshop, you'll learn enough metal work techniques to create your own copper candelabra. Fancy. Dead Dolls House (Islington), £55, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

POETRY SLAM: Bursting with poems, songs or rap and need a welcoming platform for your words? There are eight open mic slots available tonight, and the winner gets to open next month's slam. Also on the mic tonight are Birmingham rap artist TrueMendous and Brighton freestyle MC Gramski. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £5.69, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm

THE BLUE HOUR: Natalie Barney was certainly the hostess with the mostess — her lovers were the most beautiful women of the era, her friends the most celebrated artists and writers of the 20th century. This production, set in her Paris salon, tells her story. Arcola Theatre, £17/£14, book ahead, 8pm, until 11 November

Good cause of the day: auction against hunger

Foodies: get your hands on a ticket to this gourmet dining event, hosted by model Daisy Lowe, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger. Tuck into specially prepared dishes and get ready to bid on some impressive auction offerings. Borough Market, £60, book ahead, 6.30pm-11pm

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

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

Paint Ceramics and Bring Your Own Prosecco!

If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations.  Get tickets