Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 15 November 2017

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

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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...

LOVE Dim Sum? Learn to Make Delicious Dim Sum!

Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets

Interviews With British Serial Killers

Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer.  Get tickets

Become Robin Hood for the Day in an Archery Class

Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets

Sex, Death and Shopping: The Soho Tour

We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again.  Get tickets