Things To Do Today In London: Friday 5 January 2018

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You and your team of sleuths will roam the Natural History Museum, looking for clues to establish when, where and how the crimes occurred. Photo: Bousure (2009)

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Things to do

NEW LONDON MODEL TALKS: Head along to this lunchtime talk to get the lowdown on the latest developments and architectural achievements shooting up in London. It's also an opportunity to check out New London Architecture's very cool interactive model of central London. New London Architecture, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1pm, (every Friday until December 2018)

BEER ADVENTURES: Screw dry January, download the Beer Adventures App and make your way around east London's brewpubs, a great bottleshop and some lovely little boozers serving the very best in modern craft beer. Various venues, £3.99, book ahead, 2pm-6pm

CRIME SCENE LIVE: Live out all your CSI career dreams in the stunning surrounds of the Natural History Museum, where a pricey stone has been stolen and a killer is on the run. After a welcome drink, you must play detective to bring the criminal to justice. Natural History Museum, £60, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm

SUPERHEROES AND THE LOST FAIRYTALE: Platinum Performing Arts' annual urban pantomime sees Batman and his superhero mates battle the dark forces to save the lost fairytales. Oh yes you will! Laughter guaranteed. Millfield Theatre, £12, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm, until 21 January

POETRY: Poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims are inviting you to toast the last of the twelve days of Christmas with seasonal tipples, Georgian games, readings of Keats's poems and letters and a Twelfth Night cake if you get peckish. Keats House, £10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Hop aboard the floating comedy club for guaranteed good times.

RURAL SYRIA: The lovely Good Hope Cafe brings the rural delicacies of Syria to south London every Friday. The four-course feast includes flame-grilled aubergine and an endless supply of hummus to start. Check out the mouthwatering menu here.  £14.92-£29.27, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: Settle in for a night of classical opera from St Martin's soloists, who will be performing well-loved arias by Mozart, Puccini and Bizet. St Martin-in-the-fields, various prices, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

FLOATING COMEDY CLUB: Let The Boat Show Comedy Club liven up this bleak January, then boogie your blues away at Popworld Nightclub on-board the Tattershall Castle. Bottoms up. R.S. Hispaniola/Tattershall Castle (Victoria Embankment), £11-£16.50, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

BOWIE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY: Don't forget to request your favourite Bowie tunes on the Facebook event wall before rocking up to this party in celebration of the legendary late singer. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, £5-£7, book ahead, 9pm-3am

PIRATE RADIO PARTY: This late night jam takes punters back to a time when stations such as Rinse FM were at risk of closure from both the police and rival stations. Camden Assembly, £5-£15+bf, book ahead, 10.30pm-3am

Good cause of the day: Charity concert for Grenfell Tower Fire Aid

Treat your ears to the sounds of the Knightsbridge Philharmonic Orchestra, who are performing at this charity gala to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The event is free but donations are very much appreciated. The money will be donated via the British Red Cross. St Stephen's Church, donation, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm

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

The Harry Potter Christmas 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

Therapeutic Potential of Magic Mushrooms


Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London.  Get tickets

The Original London Loo Tour


We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets