Things To Do In London: Friday 24 June 2016

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Things to do today:

GELATO FESTIVAL: The Gelato Festival arrives at Old Spitalfields Market today, with gelato masters from all over Italy bringing specially converted gelato trucks selling unique flavours. Book in advance, 24 June-3 July

FREE FESTIVAL: Greenwich + Docklands International Festival begins today with events inEltham, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Woolwich and Bethnal Green. Events include dance and music performances, and a pyrotechnics show. Most events free (check programme for details), 24 June-2 July

PADDINGTON COVERS: No ticket to Glastonbury? No problem. Soak up the best of the festival — minus the mud, hopefully — at Norfolk Square Gardens in Paddington. The fun kicks off at lunchtime with an Adele tribute act and continues until 7pm, with Adele, Rihanna and Coldplay tribute acts, plus a plethora of food stalls, face painting and more. Free entry, 12pm-7pm

FLORA AND FAUNA: Join a free guided walk around Dulwich and Sydenham Woods, keeping an eye out for bat habitats, and finishing among the dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park. Free, just turn up, 2.30pm-4.30pm

NOSHVILLE: Street food experts KERB bring a taste of the States to King's Cross with American street food market Noshville (see what they did there?). 16 traders will be selling the likes of fried chicken, bourbon wings, ice cream floats and cajun lemonade. Live acts will provide a soundtrack of Americana music. Free entry, just turn up, 5pm-10.30pm (and Saturday, 11am-8pm)

TEST YOUR LIFESTYLE: Head to St Thomas' Hospital for an interactive life science exhibition where you can test how your lifestyle and environment affect your health, including a chance to test your lung function. Free, book in advance, 6pm-8pm

COURTYARD LATES: Burlington House on Piccadilly holds Courtyard Lates, with the six surrounding societies (including Geological Society and Royal Astronomical Society) offering an insight into what they do. Free (fee for some activities), 6pm-9pm

SICILY: Head to the British Museum for a lecture by Dr Michael Scott about how the communities of ancient Sicily were represented over the centuries in writing and in stone. Ties in with the current Sicily: Culture and Conquest exhibition. £5, book in advance, 6.30pm-7.30pm

BOOKS SHOWOFF: Comedian Steve Cross brings eight readers to the stage at Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road to share their thoughts about books in an open mic style night. £5, book in advance, 7pm

SPACE ODYSSEY PARTY: The Royal Geographical Society hosts a space odyssey themed summer party  inspired by astronaut Tim Peake. £46/£44, book in advance, 7.30pm

Good cause of the day

Book now to take part in the London Air Ambulance charity abseil in September, launching from the highest helipad in Europe. There's a £35 registration fee and a fundraising target of £300.

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TRAMPOLINE FITNESS: Take part in a 50 minute low impact, high energy workout class on a small trampoline. Increase your stamina without damaging your joints with this fitness method developed in the Czech Republic. £12, 30 June/7 July/24 July

POP-UP PAINTING: No experience is needed to take part in this art workshop in a graffiti tunnel, led by street artists who will teach you tricks of the trade. All art supplies included. £42, 29 June

DR WHO VS HARRY POTTER: Potter or the Doctor? Pick your side on this interactive tour which visits filming locations from both franchises. The tour will be split into teams - Dumbledore's Army vs UNIT, which will compete for points along the way. £7/£6, 24 July/21 August/18 September