Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 15 November 2017

Get your skates on at Somerset House. Photo: Michael Hewson (2012)

What we’re reading

  • As many as 41,000 homes could be built on London's roofs, research finds.
  • Brutal London: the capital's housing crisis – in pictures.
  • Winning design revealed for new library at London's brutalist Thamesmead estate.
  • Every London borough ranked by house price growth in the next three years.

Things to do

ICE RINK: Somerset House ice rink opens today to provide keen gliders another opportunity to show off your skating skills. If your two left feet can't handle the ice, you can always grab a mulled wine and watch the action from the Skate Lounge. Check out London's other seasonal ice rink offerings here. Somerset House, from £7.50, book ahead, until 14 January

CURATOR'S TALK: Most museum visits are vastly enhanced when you know the story behind the objects. This afternoon hear about items relating to migration, journeys, and shelter from curator Dr Kathrin Pieren. Jewish Museum (Camden), included in museum admission (£8), book ahead, 3pm-3.30pm

KNITTING KITTENS: If, like the whole of the internet, your heart melts at the sight of kittens, you can spend a purrrrfect afternoon knitting cosy blankets for the feline residents. Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, £2 (bring your own wool and needles), just turn up, 5pm-8pm

ART TALK: Children's author Michael Rosen chairs a discussion about the history of East End art collective East London Group. Nunnery Gallery (Bow), £5/£3, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

No dinner plans? How about filling your face with Moroccan food in London Bridge?

FEMALE SOLDIERS: A chance to put your questions to a badass panel of female soldiers from South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the UK. National Army Museum, £7.50, book ahead, 7pm

"What does protesting actually achieve?" Hear Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, co-founder of UK Black Pride, explore how campaigning has brought about change, as part of UK Parliament Week. Bishopsgate Institute, £9, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

MOROCCAN SUPPER CLUB: Tuck into a vegetarian mountain meze, mechoui roasted lamb, rich, paprika-infused royal lamb tagine; and a pomegranate molasses chocolate cake. Ah, we're drooling just reading the menu, which takes guests on a culinary journey through Morocco. Great Guns Social (Borough), £40, 7pm-11pm, until Sunday 19 November

LIVE JAZZ: Grab a drink and hit the dance floor as musicians Zara McFarlane and Thabo ease you into Thursday, as part of EFG London Jazz Festival. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £21.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

CABARET: When the weekend can't wait, there's always this raucous, unruly cabaret night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, one of London's oldest venues serving the LGBT+ community. £8, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

Good cause of the day: sign up to Run in the Dark

First time jogger or lithe, lycra pro? As everyone else hits the sack, join 25,000 people in 50 cities around the world on a five or ten-kilometres run, which is raising money for the Mark Pollock Trust. Every £28 raised covers one day of clinical research fees. Battersea Park, £26, book ahead, 8pm-10pm


Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies

Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet.   Get tickets

How to Remove Negative Memories

Is a real life Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind actually possible? Can you really erase your past to have a better present and future? Can you go as far as altering your identity by changing your memories? If we are the sum total of our experiences then our memory defines us. What if we were able to change or even remove our past memories, what impact would that have on our present state of mind? Join Matt, a clinical hypnotherapist and IEMT practitioner, in this no-nonsense talk, designed to help you solve your problems. Get tickets

Love Actually

Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue.  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