Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 23 June 2016

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VOTE: In case you've been living under a rock, the EU referendum takes place today. If you're registered, don't forget to cast your vote. Polls are open 7am-10pm. Done that? OK, now move onto the rest of today's fun:

BP PORTRAIT AWARD: The BP Portrait Award 2016 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery opens today, featuring portraits painted by artists from all over the world. Free, just turn up, 23 June-4 September

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR: Book a place on Southbank Centre's Behind the Scenes Tour and experience life backstage at Royal Festival Hall, in areas normally off limits to the public. £8.50, book in advance, 1pm

ENGLAND '66: Contemporary specialist Mark Dunton looks back at the year 1966 in England's history. While the national footie team was winning the World Cup and the country was leading the way in music and film, it was also a time of wage freezes and industrial strife. Takes place at the National Archives in Kew. Free, book in advance, 2pm

RENT CEREMONY: The annual Rent Ceremony in Covent Garden sees a town crier and jazz band march around the square to pay a yearly rent of one apple and a posy of flowers. We've explained it all here, but if you're in the area, why not drop by and watch? Free, just turn up, 4.30pm

TRAVIS ELBOROUGH: London author Travis Elborough is at the Review Bookshop on Bellenden Road in Peckham to talk about his new book, A Walk In The Park. £5, book in advance, 6pm

DOROTHY BOHM: Photographer Dorothy Bohm hails from East Prussia, moving to Lithuania and finally being sent to Britain without her family, to escape the Nazis. She's carved a successful career as a photographer and tonight she's at the Jewish Museum in Camden to talk about her life and work. £10, book in advance, 6.30pm

EVENING KAYAK: Start in the light, finish in the dark on this night kayak in Richmond. Begin in Petersham and paddle along to Twickenham for a pub dinner before paddling back. £50, book in advance, 6.45pm

FREE COMEDY: There's a night of free comedy at Dogstar in Brixton, hosted by Jimmy Bird, with appearances by Nico Yearwood, Nathan Cassidy and Sunil Pater. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Good cause of the day

Sign up now to take part in the London to Cambridge bike ride on 3 July, raising money for Breast Cancer Now. The 6o mile route cuts through the countryside, with live music and refreshments at the finish line.

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Our daily pick of Funzing events

GAME OF THRONES: As season six of Game of Thrones comes to an end, take part in a quiz about the TV show, complete with a special food menu and a £100 bar tab prize. £5, 28 June

STREET ART TOUR: Fancy yourself as the new Banksy? Take this street art tour and workshop to learn your way around a spray can. All artistic abilities welcome. £35, 25/26 June

ICE CREAM MAKING: Try your hand at making your own ice cream (including a vegan option) and frozen yoghurt, and learn all about the history of frozen treats at this workshop. £29, 3 July