Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 16 June 2016

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There's a floating market in Paddington today. Details below. Photo by Fabio Lugaro in the Londonist Flickr pool

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AFFORDABLE ART FAIR: The Affordable Art Fair opens its doors in Hampstead today, with over 100 galleries descending on the Heath to exhibit and sell work by a range of artists. New to art fairs? Let our art critic Tabish Khan show you how it's done. £10-£15, book in advance, 16-19 June

FLOATING MARKET: A floating market pops up on the Merchant Square Canal in Paddington today, with independent traders selling fashion, art, vinyl and more — from 12 traditional canal boats. Free entry, just turn up, 16-19 June, 10am-6pm

LIFE DRAWING: Atelier Tammam in Bloomsbury offers life drawing and fashion illustration classes in a relaxed setting. Drawing materials are provided, but you'll need your own sketch pad. £8-£15, book in advance, from 6pm

ITALIAN FASHION: Head to the Fashion and Textile Museum to take a look back at Italian fashion from the second world war until the present day. The evening involves a special viewing of the Missoni Art Colour exhibition. £15/£12, book in advance, 6pm-8pm

FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE: Head to UCL's Grant Museum of Zoology to hear from researchers who will explain their projects in a bid to win a grant to take them further. At the end, vote for your favourite. Free, book in advance, 6.30pm-9pm

KAYAK THE CANAL: Take a 6km canoe ride from Limehouse to Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick. Never canoed before? Don't worry, it's suitable for beginners, and you'll deserve the pizza and beers at the end. £36, book in advance, 6.30pm

THE SERVANT PROBLEM: Expect drama, songs and anecdotes at The Geffrye Museum, as the stories of London's servants are brought to life. Focus is on the 18th to 20th centuries, with specific focus on the etiquette expected of servants. £16/£13, book in advance, 6.30pm-9pm

PECHAKUCHA: PechaKucha is Japanese for chit chat, and tonight's event at Protein Studios in Shoreditch involves participants showing 20 images and talking about each image for 20 seconds. £8, book in advance, 6.30pm-9.30pm

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London Croydon Airport, built in 1928, was the world's biggest and most innovative airport when opened. Grade II listed, it features the world's oldest air traffic control tower which now contains a popular museum.

Following a £10k Heritage Lottery Fund Project, the Historic Croydon Airport Trust are looking to establish a team of hands-on trustees to lead the museum through its next stage of development. They're especially keen on finding people with a background in business or museum management, recruiting volunteers, fundraising, communications, legal expertise and heritage conservation.

Find out more about the trustee role and get involved today — deadline for applications is 27 June 2016.

Things To Do In London is sponsored by the Historic Croydon Airport Trust.

SAILOR'S LATES: The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is open late for a sailor-themed evening. Have a go at designing your own navy uniform, listen to first world war experts or just dance the night away. £8/£6, book in advance, 6.30pm-10pm

STAR TREK: Mark the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Star Trek at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich with an evening discussing how technology brought the story to life and whether there's any truth behind the science. £8/£7, book in advance, 7pm

MARS EXPLORATION: Anita Sengupta, one of the lead NASA engineers who developed the system to land Curiosity on Mars, is at the Royal Institution to talk about the challenges of the mission. £14/£10, book in advance, 7pm-8.30pm

STREATHAM FEAST: Head to The Standard on Streatham High Road for a pop-up restaurant serving up a twist on some British classics. Brixton People's Kitchen runs the event, raising money to deliver hot meals to those in need. £25, book in advance, 7pm-9.30pm  

>LOVE IN THE LIFE OF SHAKESPEARE: The Music Club of London presents an evening concert, accompanied by a talk by Robert Mansell about the life of Shakespeare. Takes place at St Gabriel's Church, Pimlico. £28, book in advance, 7.30pm COMEDY: Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Bridget Christie and wild-haired Mock The Week star Milton Jones co-headline the June edition of Show and Tell at the 100 Club, with fresh-faced support bringing up the rear. £12+bkg, book in advance, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Good cause of the day

Stewart Lee is among the big name comedians performing at Islington's Union Chapel tonight, raising money for The Loss Foundation, a charity which helps people through bereavement. Kerry Godliman, Andy Parsons and Felicity Ward are also on the bill. £28, book in advance, 7.30pm

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Learn how to take great shots of London at night.

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY: Ever wished you could take better photos after night falls? Get yourself to this night photography workshop to learn how to use manual mode for night photography, as well as understanding composition and exposure. £50, 18 June, 7pm

Discover the secrets of Fleet Street.

FLEET STREET SECRETS: Take a walking tour from Temple station to the original Temple Bar, hearing scandalous stories of Fleet Street's past as you go, encountering tales of disgruntled writers, murderous villains and pet parrots. £12/£10, 16 June/27 June, 6.30pm

Tuck into some Sri Lankan grub.

SRI LANKAN SUPPER CLUB: Tuck into a four course menu of traditional Sri Lankan food at this supper club in Farringdon. Try items including mutton rolls, vegetable rolls and fish patties. £40, 18 June, 8pm