Things To Do Today In London: Friday 23 November 2018

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Things To Do Today In London: Friday 23 November 2018
Super-Christmassy bar Miracle pops up in Covent Garden

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MIRACLE BAR: Probably the most Christmassy bar in the world, an outpost of New York's Miracle on 9th Street opens in London today. Miracle is decked out in nostalgic Christmas decor, with an abundance of fairy lights, and stockings hanging from the fireplace. Christmas themed cocktails are designed by Experimental Cocktail Club, and Alpine-inspired bar snacks are available. Henrietta Hotel (Covent Garden), free entry, booking required, 23 November-23 December

WINTER WONDERLAND: As of today, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is fully open for the the festive period. Browse the market stalls, tuck into street food, get giddy on the funfair rides, take to the ice rink, snuggle down for film screenings, view London from the big wheel, watch circus, comedy and Christmas shows and much more. Find out more about Winter Wonderland and other Christmas festivals in London. Hyde Park, free entry (charge and booking required for some attractions), 23 November 2018-6 January 2019

SESSIONS IN SOUND: An exhibition showcasing photographs of musicians including Johnny Cash, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell and the Rolling Stones, all taken by South African photographer Norman Seeff. Proud Central (Embankment), free entry, just turn up, until 13 January 2019

Photos by Norman Seeff go on display at Proud Central

VICTORIAN CHILDREN: During Victorian times, attitudes towards children changed. Rather than being thought of as mini adults who should be heard and not seen, society began to view them as in need of protection, regardless of social class. Find out more at this new exhibition of artworks from the period, opening today. Guildhall Art Gallery (Bank), £8/£6, just turn up, 23 November 2018-28 April 2019

CITY HISTORY: It's impossible to tell the entire history of the City of London in two hours, but that won't stop tour guide Mark Rowland giving it a go. Romans, livery companies, coffee houses, the Great Plague and the Great Fire are just some of the topics covered in this walking tour. Tower Hill stations, £9-£12, book ahead, 1pm-3pm

MEET TIM PEAKE: Astronaut Tim Peake signs copies of his book, The Astronaut Selection Test. Your ticket includes a copy of the book and chance to get Peake to sign it. Waterstones Piccadilly, £17, book ahead, 5.30pm

PENNY LECTURE: Pay just a penny to attend this lecture about soldier photographers of the first world war. It focuses on 10 soldiers who took their cameras to the front line to record their military service — their works are now part of the Imperial War Museum's collection. Morley College (Lambeth), 1p, book ahead, 6pm-7.30pm

GALLERY LATES: Dulwich Picture Gallery is open late for an evening of events linked to the current Ribera: Art of Violence exhibition. Dance performances, live music, curator's tours, food and drink are all part of the evening, as well as access to the exhibition itself. Age 18+. Dulwich Picture Gallery, £10, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland opens today

CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKET: E17 Designers sell their wares William Morris Gallery's Christmas market. Choose from jewellery, soaps, calendars, prints and more, and take the opportunity to explore the museum's galleries too. William Morris Gallery (Walthamstow), suggested donation £1, just turn up, 6.30pm-10pm

LEAVE NO TRACE: This film tells the story of a man and his teenage daughter when they’re ripped from their self-proclaimed home in the wild in the remote woods of Portland, Oregon, and put into social services. Harris Academy South Norwood, £8.50, book ahead, 7.45pm-10.30pm

Good cause of the day

To mark Black Friday, Pieminister is adding a twist to two of its bestsellers — they'll be baked in a black charcoal pastry for lunchtime service today. Purchase one of these special pies for a fiver, and every penny of it will be donated to homelessness charity Shelter. Beats queuing up all night to fight over cheap TVs.

Last Updated 22 November 2018