Things To Do Today In London: Friday 13 July 2018

Seaside shenanigans at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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DONALD TRUMP: In case you hadn't heard, a certain President of the USA has crossed the pond for a two day visit, and plenty of Brits aren't best pleased about it. Here's the low-down on today's anti-Trump events, plus everything you need to know about that giant baby blimp.

A LONDON MINUTE: Look beyond the hustle and bustle of city life at an exhibition that captures quiet, transient, and stolen moments in London. A selection of images from Yamam Nabeel's photographic survey of the city are hanging up at Studio 7 for just one more day. Studio 7 (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 9am-5.30pm

MADE FOR THE TABLE: Even if you don't know a fish knife from a steak one, you're sure to get some dinner party inspiration at an exhibition that charts the evolution of silver tableware from 1600 to today. From 17th century silver tankards to contemporary glass pieces, there are plenty of treasures for you to gawk at. The Goldsmiths' Centre (Clerkenwell), free, just turn up, 9am-6pm, until 31 August

CARTE BLANCHE FREEBIES: Go ahead, try to name a more iconic duo than fried chicken and... caviar. Ok, so the fishy French delicacy might not be the most obvious side to pair with the fast food classic, but you can munch on both for free at Andy Taylor's new restaurant, so long as you're one of the first 100 customers through the door this evening. Carte Blanche (Hackney), free, just turn up, 5pm-12am

DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY LATE: If you do like to be beside the seaside, look no further than Dulwich Picture Gallery. For their last Late of the season, they're going coastal, with a vintage end-of-the-pier singalong, Punch and Judy life drawing, and spiked ice cream. Dulwich Picture Gallery, £12, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

No fake news — the 'yuge' Trump baby blimp is happening.

NIGHT SKY GUIDED TOUR: Join Jon Culshaw, one of the judges for Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year, for a curated trip around the cosmos. He's coming to the Royal Observatory to wow you with a symphony of celestial delights. The Royal Observatory (Greenwich), £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

TEYR AND THE TWISTED TWENTY: A double bill of spellbinding tales, folksy melodies and musical journeys awaits at a Hampstead Church. See The Twisted Twenty and TEYR present two very different takes on British folk tonight. Heath Street Baptist Church (Hampstead), £12, book ahead, 7pm

CASTLES IN THE AIR: Inspired by the dreamlike films of Studio Ghibli, this improv show is here to bring you tales of friendship and transformation. You can also catch hot new short form group GÄMEZ and The Verbs. The Nursery Theatre (Broadgate), £5, book ahead, 8pm

DIANE SHAW: UK Soul Chart-topper Diane Shaw will be belting out the classics as well as some brand new material that has the Craig Charles seal of approval. Hideaway Jazz Club (Streatham), £15, book ahead, 9pm

MOTORCITY: What's better than all your favourite motown, soul, funk, disco, and rock'n'roll hits being spun in the same place? Hearing them played live by quality covers acts, of course. Expect the likes of The Kinks, James Brown, Diana Ross and many more. The Borderline (Soho), £5, book ahead, 11pm-4am

Good cause of the day

Broadcasting legend Dame Esther Rantzen is chatting to multi-award winning Miriam Margoyles, and you're invited to eavesdrop. With a over 100 years' worth of combined experience in the biz, there's plenty to chew over — plus, all of the proceeds will go to The Silver Line, the UK's only free, confidential, 24/7 helpline for vulnerable and isolated older people.

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets

A Secret London Tour


Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. See the world's smallest police station and visit London's most superstitious hotel on a walking tour covering everything weird, wonderful and London. £12 Get tickets

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets