Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 12 September 2018

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OUR FUTURE LIKES: Young people from Bethlem Adolescent Unit, Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and across south London explore the lives we live on and offline at this art exhibition. See photographs, sculptures, graphics, and other works that respond to social media and its impact on mental health. Bethlem Gallery, free, just turn up, until 16 November

STAMP OF APPROVAL: Good news for devotees of one of the world's most popular hobbies. The UK's largest philatelic exhibition comes to London with a vast array of postage stamps from all over the globe. Business Design Centre (Islington), free, just turn up, until 15 September

THAMES TRADESMEN: Back in the day, you could buy anything from a parrot to a tiger from the traders of the River Thames. Learn all about those who used to hustle on London's waterways at this illustrated talk. Guildhall Library, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm


Introducing Londonist Session IPA

Want to see if it tastes as good as it looks? Then come to our launch party at the Fourpure Brewery on 16 September (that's this Sunday!) For just a tenner you get an eight hour party, live music, the chance to win Londonist goodies, and four cans of one-off Londonist beer to take home. Find out more here, and book your tickets.


WHISK DESSERT BAR: If pudding is your favourite part of every meal, if you could never fully trust someone who'd choose a cheese board over a chocolate mousse, then you absolutely must visit Whisk's pop-up dessert bar. For today and tomorrow only you can enjoy their three-course dessert menu at 50% off. The Hive Wellbeing (Hackney), £14, book ahead, 5pm-10pm, until 22 September

FIND YOUR RICH: What does wealth look like? Find out on a multi-sensory journey that uses tech to build a personalised profile on what 'rich' means to you. Ok, so the experiment may be a bit of a PR stunt from San Miguel, but that does mean you get six specialty beers and some tapas-style dishes included in your ticket price. The Yard (Shoreditch), £17, book ahead, 5pm-11pm, until 13 September

An exhibition from young artists exploring social media and mental health. Pictured: The Lost City of Toys by Max Reeves

GIN DINNER: By now, food and wine pairings are old hat. But what about gin? Tuck into an Indian-inspired tasting menu, where each of the five courses is perfectly paired with a bespoke cocktail using Isle of Harris Gin. Highlights included spicy seared Scottish scallops and lamb shoulder rogan josh. Flora Indica (Kensington), £65, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

HUMAN NATURE: Take a tour of life on Earth with science writer Dr Adam Rutherford. He reveals that, when it comes to the qualities we consider exclusively human, we're not quite as special as we think we are. The Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

MEZCAL APPRECIATION SOCIETY: For this month's meet up dedicated to Mexico's less famous agave-based spirit, Phil Bayly leads a talk on terroir. You'll explore the impact local environmental factors have on the flavour of mezcal the only way you can — by sampling the stuff. Sin Gusano (Haggerston), £20, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

HIP HOP BOAT PARTY: Inua Ellams' Rhythm and Poetry (RAP) party takes to the Thames for a night of hip hop-inspired rhymes and spoken word. Climb aboard the Dixie Queen and prepare to set sail in style. Departs from Butler's Wharf (Bermondsey), £15, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.45pm

LAUGH TRAIN HOME: Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks funnyman Adam Bloom is the latest headliner at this boozer-based Battersea comedy night. He'll be tickling your funny bone alongside Matt Price, Hannah Azlan, and MC Robyn Perkins. The Four Thieves (Battersea), £7, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm

Good cause of the day

Wanna help some schoolkids from Herne Hill break a world record? 1500 4-17 year-olds will be hoping to set a new record for the “most contributions to a colour by numbers” by colouring in a newly-commissioned history-themed mural at Herne Hill station underpass. You can join them between 4pm and 8pm — it costs nothing but your time.

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

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Express


The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets

Secrets of the Square Mile


The City of London is home to spectacular skyscrapers, but it’s also home to some fascinating history. Join Matt on a tour of the Square Mile’s ancient alleyways, old churches and imposing architecture - including two sites associated with the occult, and one of the City's most haunting memorials to the power of the Blitz.  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