Things To Do Today In London: Friday 9 December 2016

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Hosts Paula Varjack and Dan Simpson taken aback by some truly awful poetry at Anti-Slam

ILLUSTRATING THE 60s: Smoking Guns: Illustrating the Sixties focuses on illustrators who thrived in film and advertising during a boom period in the 60s. It's also the first exhibition at the new Lever Gallery on Goswell Road. Free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

FIRKIN HELL: The Elephant and Castle pub is hosting their very own beer festival, where you can kick back after a long week with delicious craft beers. Firkin Hell will also see brewers from Southwark and Bexley on hand to answer all your beer trivia needs. Free, but obviously the beer will cost you, noon-2am

CHRISTMAS CARD DAY: Christmas Card Day dates back to 1843 — celebrating the sending of the first Christmas card by civil servant Sir Henry Cole. To commemorate it, Mouth and Foot Painting Artists are painting live in the middle of Spitalfields Market. Go along, watch, even and send one of their cards to a loved one for free. Free, just turn up, noon-3pm

WHERE DO YOU WORK?: Ever stopped to spend a minute and think about that office building you work in every day? This talk by New London Architecture invites you to look up at the office blocks that dominate the city's skyline. Free, register online in advance, 1.15pm-1.45pm

PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE: A play that explores gender identity using the real words, voices and stories of today's young people. Produced by Floods of Ink at the Half Moon Theatre Ages 13+. Book in advance, £7, 1.30pm and 4.30pm

DULWICH WINTERLIGHTS: We recommend getting a hot chocolate (or mulled wine) to warm you up as you enjoy the scenery. We found ourselves enchanted by the multicoloured orbs underneath the tree on the main lawn. Various ticket prices, book in advance, Tuesday-Sunday until 18 December

THE BEATLES & WWII: A film of previously unseen second world war footage with a twist. It's set to the sound of The Beatles. Except that's not quite right either, it's set to some of the most popular artists of the 1970s covering Beatles classics. Regent Street Cinema, book in advance, £12, 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS MAGIC SHOW: An evening of family-friendly winter fun at the British Library. Be amazed by illusions, cabaret magic and ventriloquism with a special Christmas twist. 7pm-8pm

AWFUL POETRY: Always wanted to try poetry, but doubted your own abilities? How about you head along to The Anti-Slam Apocalypse at Hackney Picturehouse, where the aim is to be the most atrocious poet on the night. Gather inspiration from some of the worst poets the nation has to offer. Advance booking recommended, £7, 7.30pm

AN ANATOMY ACT: Anna Furse is a true polymath, as proven by her one woman show, An Anatomy Act. This performative lecture covers diverse topics such as the anatomy theatres of Renaissance Europe, and Lady Gaga. Book in advance, £12, 7.45pm

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Fun, food and festivities at Westfield

Still got gifts to get before the big day? Head to Westfield for your Christmas shopping — it's a hub of festivities this December. With all the high street and designer stores you could ever want, and plenty of places to eat, drink and be merry, a trip to Westfield is a whole day out.

Take the kids to Santa's grotto, or get your skates on if you fancy a spin on the rink. Why not sample a festive Bailey’s from the pop-up bar. Or check out Beyond the Waterfall: A Cocktail Odyssey, launching today. The perfect post-shopping reward, this experience will see you will step aboard a small boat to reach an enchanted fairy tale island featuring mythological beasts and undersea cocktails.

Making Nature, © Trustees of the Natural History Museum London

TAXIDERMY AND TAXONOMY: How do we classify animals and what separates them from humans? Taxonomy can be quite taxing, but the Wellcome Collection tries to liven it up with taxidermy dioramas. However, the rest of the exhibition is all very dry and academic with heaps of historic reference material. A mixed affair and below the Wellcome's usual high standards. Making Nature: How we see Animals at Wellcome Collection. Until 21 May, free. ★★★☆☆

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HELP REFUGEES RAFFLE: All aboard The Good Ship in Kilburn, for a night of celebration in aid of Help Refugees. The host, Daria Polovina, is an immigrant herself leaving Bosnia because of civil war. She's throwing the best birthday party ever, to help with the current refugee crisis. Prizes include drum lessons, cinema tickets and more. Also there will be bands, comedy acts and DJs to make sure that even if you're not a prize winner, you'll still have a great time. Advance booking recommended, £5, 7.30pm-3am

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