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...

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

The British Museum Tour - Ideas That Made Our World

Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets

Couple Painting - Dating With a Difference

Get creative with your partner in this date night with a difference. Between you, you’ll get to create your very own piece of artwork on a large canvas. Help is on hand if you need it, but freestyle pieces are always encouraged… Get tickets