Things To Do Today In London: Friday 16 December 2016

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Christmas Jumper Day shark tank cleaning at the London Aquarium. Photo: Jeff Moore/Save the Children

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Explore Charles Dickens Museum by candlelight, and experience the house the way the author would have. Then enjoy a performance of A Christmas Carol, as actor Dominic Gerrard relives the classic ghost story. £22, book ahead, 3.30pm

BEAR HUNT: Head to Artsdepot in North Finchley for family fun with We're Going On A Bear Hunt. Expect catchy songs, adventure... and surprises. £14.50/£8, book ahead, from 4.3opm

MYSTERIOUS LONDON: Mystical societies and odd tales lie behind the closed doors and gates of the Strand. Discover them with the Wig and Knights in Mystic Temple guided walk. £6.98, book ahead, 5.30pm-7.30pm

LOVE ACTUALLY: Feel it in your fingers and feel it in your toes with Prince Charles Cinema's screening of Love Actually. With a free mulled wine and mince pie with every ticket, Christmas really is all around you. £11/£8.50 (members), book ahead, from 6pm

CHRISTMAS FOLK DANCING: Get moving with Fitty Gomash for the fourth annual Christmas Ceilidh. Expect folk-dancing, festive music, and a cockle-warming atmosphere at this Farmopolis shindig. £10, book ahead, 7.45pm-11.30pm

Prince Charles is screening Love Actually tonight. Photo: Universal Pictures

CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR: Celebrate the best of contemporary children's literature with Parasol Unit at The London Children's Book Fair. The day includes book signings, a live drawing session and workshops. Free, just turn up, until 17 December

DESIGN MUSEUM CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Head to the Design Museum Christmas Market, and feast your eyes on a selection of jewellery and ceramics, from over 40 leading contemporary designers. Free, just turn up, until 18 December

BRICK FLICKS: Wayne's World to West Side Story — all done in Lego. The Apthorp Gallery at artsdepot is hosting Brick Flicks, an exhibition bringing film's most iconic moments to life. Free, just turn up, until 31 December

ADVENT WINDOWS 2016: Celebrate the Christmas season with Advent Windows: 2016. Greenwich's St Alfege's Church is unveiling a newly decorated window in its living advent calendar every day until Christmas Eve. You can check the locations of each window here. Free, just turn up, until 2 January

ICE SKATING OBSESSION: Discover the story behind London's obsession with ice skating with the Museum of London. Skating On Ice tracks changing skate designs and sketches and paintings depicting skating history in London. It's on at their Show Space. Free, just turn up, until 8 February


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Cocktails with a Christmas twist at Schweppes pop-up

Wondering which drinks to serve up at your Christmas party? Head to Schweppes 12 Twists of Christmas pop-up bar in Covent Garden for a mixology masterclass, and find all the answers you need.

With experts from London favourites such as the Peg + Patriot, you can find out how to make your next cocktail extra special. Masterclasses, which cost £10 and include two drinks, must be booked in advance, but the bar is open from 2pm-10pm on Friday for anyone who fancies a cocktail from the Schweppes '12 Twists of Christmas' drink menu.

Schweppes knows how to wish Londoners a Merry Christmas.

The #Schweppes12Twists bar will be at 5 Great Newport Street on 16 December. Over 18s only. Tickets can be booked here.


Review: Ken Price's Pretty Ceramics

Ken Price owes a lot to Japanese culture, with his host of colourful ceramics and drawings. They are beautifully displayed across both of the gallery's Mayfair spaces. But however important Price was in making ceramics accepted in mainstream art, today they have nothing to offer beyond looking nice. Ken Price: A survey of sculptures and drawings at Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, W1S 3ET. Until 2 January, free. ★★☆☆☆ [Tuesday-Saturday]

Good cause of the day

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY: Get involved with the fun and and give to a good cause for Christmas Jumper Day 2016. Don your dodgiest, most cringey and festive jumper this Friday, and give back!

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

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