Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 11 August 2016

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Things to do today:

LOST PALACE: Explore Whitehall — Europe's largest palace — 300 years after it burnt to the ground. Hear, touch and feel the past using new immersive technology. £12 adults, £6 children, includes entrance to Banqueting House, all day from 10am, until 4 September

LAGOS CREATIVE SYMPOSIUM: Learn from influential speakers what can be done to make creative industries in Lagos prosper for the next 50 years. Network with other professionals, eat authentic Nigerian food and enjoy live performances from Afroshoots. Free, book in advance, all day from 1pm

BRIXTON CITY FESTIVAL: Discover theatre in unexpected-yet-everyday locations in Brixton... Why not get your face drawn on the currency of your choice, or watch live acrobatics in the pub. Free, just turn up, all day from 1pm (until 14 August)

PHOTOGRAPHING TREES: Explore the Black Poplar tree in Hackney Wick and how best to capture it with a camera, with urban nature writer and photographer Peter Coles. £15, book in advance, 6pm

Visit the lost palace of Whitehall.

CHAMPAGNE TASTING: Sample five types of Moet & Chandon champagne accompanied by canapés at McQueen. £25-£40, book in advance, 6.30pm

POP UP RESTAURANT: Have a glass of rum punch (or three) and enjoy a four-course Afro-Caribbean fusion meal at Long White Cloud, Hoxton, with a menu featuring jollof quinoa salad and stuffed red bream. £27-£30 (+booking fee), book in advance, 6.30pm

WINE TASTING QUIZ: See how well you know your vinos at a wine quiz with tastings along the way at Out The Box Wines. Bring up to three of your most wine-savvy friends because the winning team gets a magnum of Italian red. £25-£30, book in advance, 7pm

HOME BREW PARTY: Have two half pints from Home Brew Depot and boogie to live music from DJ Nansjamz. Watch the beer you drink being live brewed in front of your very eyes (and mouths) at Brew Club in Clapton. Free, book in advance (for free beer), all night from 7pm

CLAPHAM COMEDY: Giggle your night away with an Edinburgh Fringe preview at Clapham Comedy Club, £8 (+booking fee), book in advance, 8.30pm

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Good cause of the day

Thirsty? Have a pint (or three) at The Still & Star in Aldgate, which is under threat from demolition. Opened in 1820, it's one of London's last slum pubs.

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Our daily pick of Funzing events

ROOFTOP PARTY: Head to exclusive Kensington Roof Gardens for a party to start your Friday night properly. £15, 12/26 August

POTTERY MASTERCLASS: Learn how to use a pottery wheel and make your own ceramics with a pottery expert. £35, 13/20 August