Things To Do Today In London: Friday 16 September 2016

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Sotheby's Late features an Anya Hindmarch-curated collection (and champagne). Photo: Treble2309

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Things to do today:

HAIR BRAIDING: To kick off London Fashion Week, get your hair braided for free at The Braid Bar on Carnaby Street. Free, just turn up, noon-4pm

MUSIC AND ART: It's Portobello Film Festival's 21st and Westway Trust's 45th. Head to Acklam Village for DJs, live street art, the Golden Trellick Awards and a free drink. Free, just turn up, all night from 4pm

GARDENING: Try your hand at gardening and making seed balls on Coin Street Rooftop. If you don't fancy getting your hands dirty, watch the screening of Finding Nemo instead — there's free wine and popcorn. Free, just turn up, 6pm

HOP UP: The grade II listed former chapel Peckham Asylum is hosting a fine beer and film night. £12, book in advance, 6pm (film starts at 7pm)

PLEASURE IN LABOUR: Cultural historian professor Robert Hewinson explores Victorian giants William Morris and John Ruskin at a talk at Holy Trinity Church. £10, book in advance, 6pm

ART AND ADVOCACY: Challenge prejudice, fear and violence towards the body in society — with artists' talks, discussions and presentations at Autograph ABP. £3, book in advance, 6pm

SOTHEBY'S: View Anya Hindmarch-curated contemporary art, sip champagnes at a tasting and view Jimmy Nelson's photographic project at Sotheby's. Free (some events charge), book in advance, 6pm

SECRET DINNER PARTY: Meet other creatives at the UnSchool and Herb Lab's supperclub at a secret location. Expect good food and excellent chat. £59, book in advance, 7pm

SEA SHANTYOKE: Karaoke, performances from Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir, and tracks from DJ Captain Pete Truin make up the nautical night on Battersea Barge. £10/£12, book in advance/just turn up, 7.30pm

SPOOKY STORYTELLING: Vanessa Woolf's enchanting stories will captivate your mind as you listen in the Peckham woodlands — bring a torch. £3, book in advance, 7.30pm

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TRAVEL FESTIVAL: Hear talks and meet adventurers, explorers, wildlife conservationists and travel writers at Steppes Travel's Beyond Festival at the Royal Geographical Society. All proceeds go to wildlife, environmental and humanitarian charity partners. Free-£50, book in advance, 17-18 September

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Our daily pick of Funzing events

DIM SUM WORKSHOP: From making the dough to creating tasty fillings, learn the art of dim sum making in a half-day workshop — get your tickets here. £35, 18/20/21/27/28 September

SOUTHWARK'S SAUCY SECRETS: Do you know about the raunchy, bear-baiting past of Southwark? Award-winning history blogger Katie will guide you around the area regaling you with tales of its saint and scandal-filled history. 18/21 September/9 October