Things To Do Today In London: Friday 18 November 2016

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Things To Do

FANTASTIC BEASTS: Muggles and wizards unite: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in cinemas today after a long-anticipated wait. Check out our guide on where to see it — some screenings start as early as 00.01...

SIMPLY CHRISTMAS: Help Santa out with the presents, and head to Simply Christmas at ExCel for all your festive needs. £12, book in advance, 10am-4.30pm (until 19 November)

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLISTS: What does it take to get a gold in cycling? Meet Olympic power couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny at Waterstones Leadenhall Market to find out. Free, just turn up, noon

KIDS' FESTIVAL: A workshop with illustrating legend Quentin Blake and a multilingual poetry slam are among the events happening at South Ken Kids Festival. Various prices, book in advance, various times (until 20 November)

LIFE DRAWING: Head to The Underdog in London Bridge for a mummy-themed (the Egyptian kind) life drawing class followed by a Q&A with writer Peter Milligan. £15, just turn up, 6.30pm

TRANSPORT LATE: Hear Londonist's Matt Brown explore the evolution of the roundel; discover what it takes to make a tube moquette and use prints of vintage transport maps to make your own envelopes at London Transport Museum. £12, book in advance, 6.45pm-10pm

PUNK DEBATE: What does punk mean? Punk professor Vivien Goldman chairs an uncensored debate at the Museum of London, about 40 years of subversive culture. Featuring former Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon and Guardian journalist Kate Hutchinson. £12, book in advance, 7pm

KILLER BUSINESS: Whether you love it or hate it, you'll have heard of the Cereal Killer Café. The brothers behind the phenomenon discuss how their idea became a business, in a talk at the British Library. £10, book in advance, 7pm

BATTLE OF THE SOMME: Over 400,000 Brits fought in the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Honour the dead, wounded and missing with a screening of The Battle of the Somme, accompanied by live music from the BBC Concert Orchestra. £7.50-£22.50, book in advance, 7.30pm

Good Cause

WILD COMEDY: Roar with laughter at the Hammersmith Apollo with sketches from Dara O'Briain, Seann Walsh and many other comedians, all in aid of conservation charity ZSL. £15-£35, book in advance, 7pm

Love Life by Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart, 2016. Photo: Peter White, FXP Photography

KNITTED BREASTS: A giant creepy baby walker and lots of ceramic feet in shoes... welcome to the surreal world of Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldock. Did we mention a pair of knitted breasts sticking out of a hi-fi? Bonkers and fun. Love Life: Act 1 at Peer, 97-99 Hoxton street, N1 6QL, free. 9 November-28 January ★★★☆☆ [Wednesday-Saturday]

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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

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

A Secret London Tour

How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Paint Ceramics and Bring Your Own Prosecco!

If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations.  Get tickets