Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 21 November 2013

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Does like look fun to you? Get pelted with popcorn at Shoreditch Studios, details below.


SKATING: Westfield Shepherd's Bush opens its indoor ice rink for those who want to skate in a slightly warmer environment. Take a look at our London ice rink round-up for more options.

XMAS: Lower Grosvenor Gardens in Victoria sees ice sculpture carving, Christmas tree decorating, a wishing well and even a giant snow globe inside its walls today. Free, just turn up, from 10am

INVESTIGATING TREASURE: Timed to coincide with The Cheapside Hoard exhibition at the Museum of London, a talk at The Goldsmiths Centre shows how laser-scanning, modelling and computer design can reveal the work of 16th and 17th century jewellery craftsmen. Free, prebook, 11.30am-12.30pm

PIG IDEA: Get porked in Trafalgar Square today as The Pig Idea, a campaign encouraging the feeding of waste food to pigs, holds a Feast to support the initiative. Complimentary pork dishes will be served to those who manage to snuffle them out before they all disappear. Free, just turn up, 12-4pm

CUTTY SARK: Explore the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and get an insight into the ship's history with curator Jessica Lewis. £15/£12, prebook, 3.30-4.30pm

POPCORN: This event has divided us at Londonist towers, but if the idea of getting pelted by one metric ton of popcorn from giant cannons sounds like your idea of fun then you should definitely check out For One Night Only at Shoreditch Studios. £20 (includes three cocktails), prebook, 6pm and 9pm

GHOST TRAIL: Join Trails of the City for a guided walk through the cold, dark streets of Westminster — encountering dead celebrities, headless wraiths and mysterious doppelgängers. £8/£6, just turn up, 6.30pm

INSTALLATIONS: A talk at the Institute of Contemporary Arts considers the term 'installation' and what it means in a contemporary art context. £10/£8, prebook, 6.45pm

GIG: Today’s music tip (we have a selection of them this week), as recommended by our friends at LondonGigGuide, is Edit/Select and The Others at The Water Rats in King's Cross. £10,RSVP online, 7pm

BRAINS: Director of the Human Brain Project, Henry Markram is at Wellcome Collection to discuss his plans to harness the power of supercomputers to build a virtual replica of the human brain. Wow. Free, prebook, 7-8.30pm

COMEDY: Marcel Lucont hosts an evening at the Comedy Cafe Theatre with stand up, music and performance from guests Arthur Smith, Felicity Ward, Jonny and the Baptists, Le Foulard and The Lounge Room Confabulators. £10/£8, prebook, 7.45pm

Good Cause of the Day

Daybreak and Toys “R” Us are running a Toy Box Appeal with charity Help the Hospices, asking the public to donate brand new toys to UK hospices this Christmas. This week, until 25 November, if you put a new, unopened toy in specially marked collection trollies in Toys “R” Us stores nationwide, it will then go to a UK hospice to make a child's christmas that little bit more special.

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far have been JOHN BETJEMAN and WILLIAM WEBB ELLIS. Today's addition is MICHAEL BALCON. Think you've got the connection? No need to email in, as we already have a winner. A fourth clue tomorrow.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Ah, that winning combination of rain, wind and chills. Not a good day to attempt the "Guinness World Record for building an outdoor house-of-cards beneath a leaky drainpipe while naked", just in case you were planning such a feat. It will brighten up later on but, by then, the moment will have passed.