Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 8 November 2017

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A new exhibition exploring the North through photography, fashion and art opens at Somerset House today. © Alice Hawkins

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MTV MUSIC WEEK: Get pumped up for the MTV Europe Music Awards by checking out all the talks, gigs and club nights happening this week, most of which are free. Tonight there's a Geordie Shore event and a talk with Tinie Tempah. Hackney House, free or £5, book ahead, until 11 November

NORTHERN FASHION & IDENTITY: The story of the north of England is told through fashion, social documentary films and images from top notch photographers, such as Gareth Pugh and Corinne Day. Somerset House, £7/£5, book ahead, until 4 February

ART AUCTION: See and even purchase art donated by big shot artists such as illustrator Quentin Blake, sculptor Cornelia Parker and the Chapman Brothers alongside work created by Freedom from Torture’s art therapy group. Oxo Tower Wharf, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, until 12 November

REMEMBRANCE LATE: Come and share your own poems in response to Remembrance, hear recitals from school children and hone your craft at writing workshops. National Army Museum, free, book ahead, 6pm

POET'S CORNER: Find a willing audience for your words at south London's only weekly poetry night. Black Cultural Archives (Brixton), £5.90, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

Hear rap artist Tinie Tempah chat about his work at Hackney House, as part of MTV Music Week.

THE GOOD IMMIGRANT: Author of The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla, chats race and immigration with Barbara Roche, chair of the Migration Museum Project. Jewish Museum (Camden), £8.50, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

LIFE DRAWING: A relaxed, untutored drawing class in a colourful Tottenham cafe. This week's theme is Mexicano/Frida Kahlo. Blighty India Cafe. £10, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

GIMME SHELTER LAUNCH: After a new place to chill out and listen to live music or a welcome space to vent your frustrations at the world? Do both at this new live music and mental health night. Nightclub Kolis (Archway), free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm

ITCH + SCRATCH: A scratch night where the scriptwriters have been given a house band, a brilliant cast and set loose on the theme 'Great Britain'. See the five productions tonight. Hackney Showroom, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm

CZECH & BRITISH JAZZ: Unwind with friends at this evening of  live music, featuring a UK-based jazz ensemble and a Czech trio, Fragile Bliss. Cafe in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the- Fields, £15/£13.50, 8pm

Good cause of the day: Get tickets for Shelterbox's dinner party on 12 November

Feast on a four-course dinner at this fundraiser for Shelterbox, a charity which provides aid and protection to families who have lost everything to natural disasters or conflict. Stepping up to the stoves tonight are Ravinder Bhogal, chef patron of Jikoni, Tom Oldroyd of the eponymous Islington restaurant and Dan Doherty. Magpie, £75, book ahead, 7pm, 12 November

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

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

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

Paint Ceramics and Bring Your Own Prosecco!

If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations.  Get tickets