Things to do in London today is sponsored by Museum of London .
What we’re reading
- Rappers and bloggers join London mayor's campaign against knives.
- Living in these parts of London is cheaper than moving to the commuter belt.
- Zimbabwean exiles gathered outside the country's embassy in London to celebrate the arrest of Robert Mugabe.
- Why were students marching on Wednesday?
Things to do
TO MY YOUNGER SELF: What would you tell your younger self? Jot down your worldly advice at Ingeenium’s letterbox installations at four Newham libraries. Your letters will be displayed at Canning Town Library on Saturday, as part of Newham Word Festival. Newham, free, just turn up, until 19 November
WRITE IDEA FEST: London aficionado The Gentle Author is launching a photography book tonight alongside talks on female sexuality and the secret life of London's waterways, as part of this free literary festival. Idea Store (Whitechapel), free, book ahead, until 19 November
BEING HUMAN: Sunken ships, pregnancy history and George Orwell all feature in today's London events as part of the nationwide Being Human festival, which encourages the public to get involved in humanities research. See the full programme here. Until Saturday 25 November
IWM SHORT FILMS: Watch hard hitting films exploring global issues, from the Syria conflict to suffragette surgeons at the annual IWM Short Film Festival, which begins today. Pay attention as you'll get to cast a vote for your favourite. Imperial War Museum, free, book ahead, until 26 November
DISABILITY HISTORY MONTH: If poetry is your thing, head to a visual poetry exhibition by Sean Burn, or a pop-up Poetry Café at the Museum of London Docklands, as part of this festival dedicated to Disability History Month. Various venues, free, just turn up, until 15 December
SONIC SENSORIUM: Eating out just got that bit more exciting at this dining experience where the taster menu is paired with live musicians, creative cocktails and, weirdly, perfume. Studio 7 Shoreditch, £25, book ahead, 7pm-9pm, until 18 November
Sing like a sailor at Museum of London Docklands
Sea shanties and pirate hats are on the bill at Museum of London Docklands' Maritime Music Festival this weekend.
Take your little pirates along to the family-friendly festival for two days of free fun and games. Learn how to sing like a sailor under the guidance of sea shanty crews from across the country, including Hughie Jones of The Spinners, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham.
Elsewhere in the museum, poetry performances and pirate hat making classes will be taking place. And when your little ones get hungry, remember that they can eat for free in Rum & Sugar, the museum's Caribbean restaurant.
WINTER WONDERLAND: This Hyde Park festive extravaganza started life in 2006 as a Christmas market next to an open-air ice rink, now comes complete with gift-filled huts, funfair rides, food stalls and a German-style beer hall. Hyde Park, free entry, just turn up, 5pm opening today
PAINTED LADIES: Get a whiff of 18th century perfume, become a courtly artist or printmaker and get your jig on surrounded by paintings of power play at this late night opening at the Old Royal Naval College. The Painted Hall (Greenwich), £12, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
RIOT DAYS: Imagine being strip-searched and placed in solitary confinement after performing a punk song in a church. Hear what happened that fateful day in Moscow, as recounted by Pussy Riot member Masha Alyokhina. Islington Assembly Hall, £20, book ahead, 8pm
CHEESE & SEX PARTY: The bar's open, the make-up's on, and Anna Mann's had 17 coffees to keep her awake past midnight. Join her and guests Zoe Coombs Marr and Steen Raskopoulos for some dairy-related debauchery. Soho Theatre, from £11, book ahead, 11.30pm
Good cause of the day: Join a litter picking and creative recycling tour
Stock up on Tetrapak boxes from juice or other liquids (washed and squeezed), and bring them to this litter picking session and home recycling workshop. Lordship Hub Co-op (Tottenham), free, book ahead, 3.30pm-5.30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
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
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
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