Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 12 October 2016

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Todays Things To Do is sponsored by The London Canal Museum. Scroll down to find out out you can make the most of London's waterways.

Check out the new Caravaggio exhibition at the National Gallery. Photo: Sean Batten.

Things to do today:

CARAVAGGIO EXHIBITION: Explore the National Gallery's Carvaggio exhibition, the first major UK art exhibition to explore the impact of his work on others. £16, book in advance/just turn up, all day from 10am (until 15 January 2017)

DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY: See paintings by Adriaen van de Velde, one of the finest landscape artist of the Dutch Golden Age, at Dulwich Picture Gallery. £12.50, book in advance/just turn up, all day from 10am (until 15 January 2017)

HISTORIC LONDONERS: Londonist's very own Matt Brown MCs History in the Pub, an evening of London historians sharing their favourite historic Londoners through words and song. £5 (+booking fee), book in advance, 6.30pm

SIR BEN AINSLEY: Get an insight into Sir Ben Ainsley's quest for Olympic gold, at Ham Yard Hotel. After the successful sailor's talk with political commentator Alistair Campbell, there's a chance to ask your own question too. £60, book in advance, 6.30pm

CHARITY FASHION SHOW: Peruse this season's hottest clothes over a glass of prosecco at Barnes' Charity Fashion Show, featuring local designers and raising money for local charities. Tickets include entry to the after party. £25, book in advance, 7pm

NOBEL PRIZE CHEMISTRY: Nobel Prize winner Tomas Lindahl discusses his life and research at The Royal Institution. £14, book in advance, 7pm

FREEDOM FESTIVAL: Let's All Be Free Festival screens fiction, documentary and feature films from around the world, at five Shoreditch venues. Tonight is the launch party, and the rest of the festival also features discussions, a poetry evening and a bagel brunch. £7.50-£25, book in advance, 7pm (festival continues until 16 October)


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Experience London’s Canals at The London Canal Museum

London transport usually means the tube and big red busses. But it also has some wonderful canals, as documented by The London Canal Museum. A Victorian ice warehouse that's been repurposed as a museum, it is a lovely blend of history and beauty located alongside The Regent's Canal.

This Saturday (15 October) is the museum's Family Challenge Day. You can make balloon-powered vehicles or help create a massive collage for the museum wall to represent its local heritage.

For those who want to experience canals with their original use in mind, take an underground canal boat tour. There's even a special Halloween variation on this; journey on a canal through a spooky tunnel as ghost stories send chills down your spine.

London Canal Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, and is situated a five minute walk from King's Cross Station. Booking in advance is highly recommended for the Underground Boat Tours and Halloween Experience. The Family Challenge Day is part of The Big Draw 2016 #STEAMBDF16.

Visit www.canalmuseum.org.uk for more information


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COLOMBIA FIESTA: Journey through Colombia with cumbia music, live salsa performances, and a South American buffet at Floripa in Shoreditch. All proceeds go to Children Change Colombia. £10/£12.50, book in advance/just turn up, all night from 6pm


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London's Grime & Punishment Tour


Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.   Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour


Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour


Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour


Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets