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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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