Things To Do Today In London: Friday 23 December 2016

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ICE SKATING: Looking to hit the ice before the big day? Check out our list of London's best spots.

MOOMINLAND: Head to the Southbank Centre for an interactive adventure in Moominland. We had a whale (or a surreal hippo-like creature) of a time. £13.50-£16.50, book in advance, until 23 April

BACKSTAGE TOUR: Find out about the work that goes into making a production at The National Theatre, through a backstage tour. Rehearsals, prop and costume making all happen on site, so you have the chance to see the next big hit take shape, months before its run. £9.50, book in advance, 10am-11.15pm and 1pm-2.15pm

LUNCHTIME JAZZ: Head down to The Royal Festival Hall to see the Shanghai Syncopated Orchestra perform jazz classics from the 1920s and 1930s. Free, book in advance, 1pm

V&A CAROLS: Pop into the V&A for the last of its lunchtime carols series. There'll be Yuletide classics and some more modern fare, so you're sorted, no matter your taste. Free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

Die Hard at Prince Charles Cinema

A PUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL: Movingstage Marionette Company retell Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with puppets. It's happening at the Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice. £12 for adults, £8.50 for children, book in advance, 3pm

JAYDE ADAMS: Jayde Adams turned 31 and realised that her route to happiness was being herself... in her own words: a total dickhead. 31 is her new comedy show at The Soho Theatre where Jayde Adams is totally herself. £10, book in advance, 7pm-8pm

KEVIN!: Watch Macaulay Culkin defend his home from Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern after his family accidentally abandon him at Christmas. Head to The Grand in Clapham for your annual Home Alone fix. From £3, book in advance, 7pm-11pm

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT: The story of men broken by the brutality of war. The Pleasance Theatre is hosting this performance of Remarque's classic tale, which had a sellout run at the Edinburgh Fringe. £12, book in advance, from 7.30pm

YIPPEE KI-YAY: One man wrecking crew, John McClane (Bruce Willis), is the only man who can save Christmas. The Prince Charles Cinema is screening the classic action flick Die Hard in 70mm for all the purists out there. £12.50, book in advance, from 8.45pm

Zaha Hadid takes on abstraction

© Zaha Hadid Foundation, Image: © Hugo Gelndinning

ZAHA HADID GETS ABSTRACT: The early drawings and paintings by the late Zaha Hadid are not as expected. Her structures may be smooth and curvy, but these works are all very angular. They are so far removed from architectural plans that they look more like abstract paintings. Zaha Hadid: Early paintings and drawings at Serpentine Sackler. Until 12 February, free, ★★★☆☆ (closed 24-26 December and 31 December - 1 January)

Good cause of the day

MINCE PIE EATING CONTEST: Cheer on mince pie chomping champions, to help raise money and awareness for black mental health issues. Afrwecan is putting on this event at The BBQ Shack in Acton; you'll also have the chance to meet Santa at his grotto and win some prizes. Free entry, book in advance, 12pm-2pm

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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

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

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

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets