Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 24 August 2016

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Have a go at pond dipping in Hyde Park

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Things to do today:

TUDOR BUILDING TOUR: Canonbury Tower in Islington is normally closed to the public, but there's a rare chance to explore the building and its 360° panoramic views on a 90-minute guided tour. £15, book in advance, 10am

WILD WATER FUN: Take the kids to Hyde Park for activities including pond dipping and nature-themed crafts. Free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

LONDON'S PALACES: Discover the palaces of London in a free talk at Guildhall Library by Pete Smith. Free, book in advance, 2pm

ROBOT STORYTELLING: A robot will be telling classic fairytales and interacting with the children at Westfield Stratford City's indoor summer park. Free, just turn up, 4pm

SURGEON HISTORY: New York Times bestselling author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz talks about the life of flamboyant surgeon Thomas Dent Mütter at Barts Pathology Museum. £9.99, book in advance, 6.30pm

BOOK NIGHT: Waterstones Tottenham Court Road hosts comedian Steve Cross and eight book fanatics for an open mic night. Topics include the secret history of 17th century children's books, and why one lady keeps Joan Collins's autobiography next to her bed. £5, book in advance, 7pm

90S POP HORROR: Watch a cabaret show featuring horror film mash-ups, 90s pop, and gore at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern - all for a fiver. £5, book in advance, 7pm

DRAWING WORKSHOP: Whether you're a pro or a complete beginner, join a relaxing still life workshop in Brixton, suitable for everyone. £25, book in advance, 7.30pm

PINTS & LAUGHS: Watch a variety of comedy shorts followed by Q&As with their directors at Shorts On Tap's latest event in Shoreditch. £3, book in advance, 7.30pm

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SINGING SAMARITANS: Treat your ears to live music and watch out for the special guest at a night of songs dedicated to raising awareness of Central London Samaritans at The Piano Works in Farringdon. Free, just turn up, 5pm

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Our daily pick of Funzing events

ISLINGTON SUMMER STROLL: View beautiful Georgian townhouses, a secret canal, and discover the crime and punishment history of Islington on this guided walk. Get your tickets here. £10, 18 September

BLOGGERS' BRUNCH: Reserve your place at Qbic Hotel for a buffet and hot breakfast with a top blogger. Learn secrets and techniques for devleloping your own blog while you sip a glass of prosecco. £30, 11 September