Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 13 June 2018

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A alfresco evening of literature on The Bookbarge.

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GETAHEAD FESTIVAL: Beat midweek burnout with the help of not for profit Getahead Festival. They're kicking off 24 hours of fun with a sober sunrise rave, and there's massage, stand up, and live music to follow. Omeara (London Bridge), from £10, book ahead, 6am-6am

PING PONG PICNIC: Pack some snacks, a blanket, and get ready to show off your ping pong prowess as Ping! returns to our fair city. Don't forget to pick up a goodie bag. Whitehall Gardens (Westminster), free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

WORDS ON THE WATER: Authors Caroline Brothers (The Memory Stones) and Oliver Cable (Fresh Air and Empty Streets), bring you an evening of canalside readings, live music and book signings from atop a floating bookshop. The London Bookbarge, Granary Square (King's Cross), free, just turn up, 5pm-9pm

NICE AND TOASTY: Calling all lovers of baked goods — House of Toast's carby quiz-slash-dance party is back. Assemble a batch of fellow gluten gluttons for a toast-ally awesome quiz and construction competition and watch your competition crumble. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £5, book ahead, 7pm

Comedy and origami from Ian Smith.

HERBACEOUS SUPPER CLUB: Feast on a three-course menu of foraged delights within Bluebird Chelsea's idyllic courtyard. The restaurant has partnered with The Botanist gin to present a supper club that's bursting with spring flavours (and gin). Bluebird Chelsea, £45, book ahead, 7pm

NEW MOON DANCE: For a decade, women have been gathering to dance under the light of a full moon at St Peter's Church in celebration and support of one another. Now, all self-identifying women are invited to celebrate the beginning of a new lunar cycle as part of Rhythm Village's festival of movement. No need to feel left out, boys — there's a dance for you too. St Peter's Church/Bolney Meadow Community Centre (Vauxhall), by donation, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

THE MUSIC QUIZ: Show off your music knowledge at the Half Moon's pub quiz. There's a £75 bar tab up for grabs, as well as free tickets to the gig of your team's choice. Half Moon (Putney), £5, book ahead, 8pm

PROTEST ANTHEMS: For decades, activists have used music to call out injustices and inspire change. Celebrate protest songs old and new at a jazz-inflected evening hosted by music journalist Paul Morley. Aures London (Waterloo), from £5, book ahead, 8pm

BEAR FUNNY: Themes of confidence, companionship, and origami in multi-award winning comedian Ian Smith's new show, Craft. See it alongside Sarah Callaghan's new set before they both hit the Fringe. The Finsbury (Manor House), free, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm

Good cause of the day

Prepare to be pummelled by a rainbow of colour  as you run 5k across London. The NSPCC is The Color Run's official charity partner this year, and they ask that you raise £100 in sponsors ahead of event on 8 July.

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

The London Cheese Crawl

Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   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

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Express

The Underworld collides with the Underground in more ways that one -- from the angel that saved a tube worker from death to the ghosts of King's Cross, discover the ghoulish history of the Undergound on a tour around the city. £10 Get tickets