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...

Festive Interactive Harry Potter Tour

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… 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

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

Forgotten Old London

Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets