Things To Do Today In London: Friday 2 March 2018

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JEWELLERY FAIR: Professionals jewellers, silversmiths and makers are exhibiting their wares at this three day jewellery fair, which focuses on unique, British-made products. Kensington Town Hall, £6, just turn up, 2-4 March

ENFIELD PAINTINGS: Last couple of days to see this exhibition of paintings by local Enfield artist Barry Maltz. His watercolour and acrylic paintings depict local Enfield scenes, as well as subjects from his travels abroad. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), free, just turn up, until 3 March

CERAMICS MARKET: There will be odd-shaped plant pots covered in funky patterns and weird art your grandmother probably wouldn't get but that's part of the fun of this ceramics market, showcasing the creative endeavours of more than 60 innovative ceramicists, and DIY potters. Abney Hall (Hackney), free, just turn up, 2-3 March

EVE IN KHAKI: The roles that women played during both world wars is the topic of this talk by Professor Lucy Noakes. Although there was need for female labour, there was also resistance by those concerned for the patriarchy. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am-12.30pm

Last chance to catch Enfield artist Barry Maltz's local work

DIPPER MALKIN: Slack off your soggy sarnies and head to Southbank Centre for a free lunchtime concert. Today's the turn of folk music duo Dipper Malkin. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 1pm

FEMINIST BOOK CLUB: You've probably heard of 'mansplaining', and tonight, the book that helped to popularise the term is being discussed. Head to Tottenham Court Road for a debate about Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things To Me — it's bound to get heated (which is useful in this cold weather). Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, free, book ahead, 7pm

THE ORIGIN OF LIFE: Not to get too deep on a Friday night, but biochemist Nick Lane is discussing how life on earth originated. The Royal Institution, £16/£10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

SWING TIME: Grammy nominated American pianist, vocalist, songwriter and Judy Carmichael performs the music of Fats Waller, with an evening of gems from the Great American Songbook. Watermans (Brentford), £15/£14, book ahead, 8.30pm

SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES: Nostalgic for the summer of 1967 or wish you were old enough to be? Let the Zoots take you back with their covers of 1960s tunes, from The Beatles to the Beach Boys. The Tropic, Ruislip Social Club, £14, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm

Good cause of the day:

Got a head for heights? Sign up to abseil down the side of St Thomas' Hospital, and get views of the London Eye, Big Ben and other landmarks while you raise money for an excellent cause. £30 plus £150 sponsorship, book ahead, 11 May

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

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

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   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

The Alleyways and Shadows - Old City Ghost Walk


At night, the City of London is at its creepiest... discover the area's most haunted locations with paranormal writer Richard Jones, London's longest established ghost walk guide - he's been at it since 1982! You'll visit hidden passages, ancient burial grounds, haunted alleyways and ghostly passageways - all places where people have been known to capture ghostly images on their cameras. Get tickets