Things To Do Today In London: Monday 11 November 2019

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Southbank Centre's winter cinema begins today

Things to do

WINTER CINEMA: Southbank Centre's Winter Pop-Up Cinema launches today, playing a variety of family films and festive classics in the run-up to Christmas. Kick things off with Home Alone, Moana or Dirty Dancing. Southbank Centre, various prices, book ahead, 11 November-29 December

TINY TROOPERS: Under-5s and their carers are invited to an activity session on the theme of poppies and Remembrance. Tiny Troopers is a monthly sensory experience, with a different theme every time. National Army Museum (Chelsea), £5, book ahead, 10am/11.20am

BYOB POTTERY: Take a spin on a pottery wheel at this beginner's pottery experience. Start with a tour of the studio to get an overview of the whole experience, then master the potter's wheel, and fire your creation. Finish up with a painting session. It's BYOB so stop by the shops on the way. Southwark (address provided on booking), £38, book ahead, 11am/1pm/4.30pm/6.30pm (sponsor)

Tiny Troopers at the National Army Museum

DAILY SHAKESPEARE: Shakespeare for every day of the year? It's possible. Poetry curator Allie Esiri's latest collection consists of Shakespearean scenes, sonnets and speeches highlighting key moments and dates through the year. Tonight's show features actors including Simon Russell Beale and Hattie Morahan reading from the anthology. National Theatre, £9/£6, book ahead, 6pm

THEATRE COSTUMES: Hear from staff in the National Theatre's costume department about how they create and care for the costumes used in productions. Aoife Monks, curators of the current costume exhibition, chairs a panel including the Head of Costume and Deputy Head of Costume. National Theatre, £9/£6, book ahead, 6pm

Go behind the scenes at National Theatre's costume department

COMEDY: Comedian James Veitch tests out new material at tonight's Angel Comedy. Expect slides, and maybe even a story he's written. The Bill Murray (Islington), £5, book ahead, 6pm-7.45pm

CHARITY GALA: The cast of musical Falsettos put on a gala performance in aid of HIV/AIDS charity The Make A Difference Trust. Begin with a drinks and canapé reception hosted by Claudia Winkleman, and finish the evening with a post-show Q&A with the cast, hosted by Gaby Roslin. The Other Palace (Victoria), £75, book ahead, 6.30pm

DOCKS AFTER DARK: Grab a lantern and your brave face and head out east to tour London's docks after dark. A Museum of London Docklands guide tells spooky stories of men, women and children who worked in the docks, as you visit some of most 'haunted' spots in the museum's 200-year old warehouse building. Tour is partly outside, so dress for the weather. Museum of London Docklands, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm

Docks after dark at Museum of London Dockalnds

FEMINIST PUB QUIZ: The north London branch of gender equality charity The Fawcett Society hosts its first feminist pub quiz. Turn up with a team of up to six, or fly solo and be put into a team on the night. There are prizes to be won, and money raised goes back to the charity. The Star of Kings (King's Cross), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

CRUICKSHANK'S LONDON: Historian Dan Cruickshank talks about his new book, Cruickshank's London. It's about historic walks covering all corners of the city, and tells little known stories including  the West Ham churches inscribed with the occult symbols of the Knights Templar, and the features of Tower Bridge that were included to appease Queen Victoria’s temper. £30/£8, book ahead, 7.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Tube mural, King's Cross

My Roundel of the Week is something I chanced across near King's Cross recently. This beautiful piece of street art decorates a wall on Cromer Street, and was created by artist Mohammad Ali for this year's Bloomsbury Festival. Who'd have thought a bin store could make such a perfect canvas? Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube

Good cause of the day

Book ahead for the ArtCan Christmas quiz and fundraiser on 20 November. The charity — for which Londonist Visual Arts Editor Tabish Khan is a trustee —supports up-and-coming artists, enabling them to establish their practice through a support network. The fundraising event involves trivia, raffle prizes and an art auction — find out more and book tickets.

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