Things To Do Today In London: Friday 2 December 2016

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Things to do

Merchant Square is hosting Snow Days from 2-4 December

SWING DANCING: Swing around the dance floor with Swing Den — a social dance for beginners at the Bishopsgate Institute. A great chance to learn something new, meet people and have fun. From £5, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

LET'S GET NUTS: Let loose tonight with Let's Get Nuts, a DIY club night packed with pop music. With everything from Carly Rae Jespsen to David Bowie, get in on the dancing and sing-a-long fun in the basement of the Star of Kings, King's Cross. Free, just turn up, 7pm-1am

RELIVE THE SUMMER: Goldmaster Allstars headline The Silver Bullet. Other festival faves of the year include Rags Rudi, Eat The Evidence and DJ Orange. Free before 9pm, £6 before 10pm, £8 after 11, just turn up, 7pm-3am

SWEDISH SOUNDS: Boogie to ABBA, The Cardigans and The Wannadies with Scared to Dance's Swedish Special. Swedish music specialists Jenny Brink and Ylwa Wirling DJing at this event at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston. From £6, book ahead, 11pm-3am

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Prince Charles Cinema is hosting screenings of Gremlins (1984) with the film's star Zack Galligan live on stage. Photo: Warner Bros

GREMLINS SPECIAL SCREENING: Get into the creepy Christmas spirit with a screening of Joe Dante's Gremlins at Prince Charles Cinema. Meet Gremlins star and 80s heartthrob Zach Galligan for photographs, autographs and a Q&A before the screening. Members £11, non-members £13.50, book ahead, 6.15pm-9pm [runs 2-3 December, different times on 3 December]

PORTOBELLO WINTER FESTIVAL: The renowned vintage market on Portobello Road is getting a festive makeover for the Portobello Winter Festival. With designer and maker pop-up stalls, Santa's grotto, and live music from local musicians, it's a veritable winter wonderland. Free entry, just turn up, 10am-8pm [runs 2-4 December]

MERCHANT SQUARE SNOW DAYS: Enter a winter wonderland with Merchant Square's Snow Days. Have fun in the snowfall with snowman-building competitions, pop-up shops and special winter beverages for adults and children. Free entry, just turn up, 10am-6pm [runs 2-4 December]

PARADISE: Explore the fusion of spray-paint graffiti and oil paintings with Ant Carver's Paradise exhibition at The Hoxton Basement. His distinctive work depicts the lives of people from all around the world. Free, just turn up, 6pm-9.30pm [runs 2-4 December, different times for different days]

TOY STORY: Love Toy Story? A new, interactive exhibition at House of Vans in Waterloo explores all things to do with the film. Immerse yourself in the world of Andy's toys, to mark the launch of the new Vans X Disney Pixar Toy Story collection. Free, just turn up, until 11 December


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Don't miss this 90s themed Christmas party

For those of you from the Home Alone decade, we've found a Christmas party that may be just up your street.

I Love The 90s party, the city’s favourite night of nostalgia, which runs at Islington's 02 Academy every week, is getting all festive on 2 December. Gather your friends and get in the mood for the party season with classic tracks to take you back to the time when Spice Girls ruled, Nirvana rocked and all we wanted for Christmas was Mariah Carey.

Come and shake your tinsel to your fave 90s pop, dance, guilty pleasures and hip hop.

You'll get good vibes, Christmas hits and plenty of holly-jolly-ness that makes this 90s night even better than ever. Doors open at 10.30pm, with tickets starting at £4.


Good Cause of the Day

FIGHT HIV WITH MADONNA: Book ahead for a night dedicated to Madonna and all things sticky and sweet, at Eagle London. Madonna Celebrates 'Candy Shop' helps raise awareness and funds for people living with HIV and aids. From £8, book ahead, 6 December, 7pm-4am


Image courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts

ANIMAL FURNITURE: The French Lalannes are renowned for crossing art with interior design. Here various animals are used to function as over elaborate chairs and tables. Brilliantly playful. Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne at Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, W1K 4DG, free. 24 November-26 January ★★★★☆ [Tuesday-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