Things To Do Today In London: Monday 14 November 2016

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Things to do

The Phil Meadows Project plays at Foyles

LONDON HISTORY FESTIVAL: London History Festival begins today with events including author appearances and history talks at Kensington Central Library. Various prices, book in advance, 14-24 November

ROYAL GUN SALUTE: If you're in the vicinity of Green Park this lunchtime, brace yourself for lots of noise — there's a Royal Gun Salute to mark the Prince of Wales's birthday. Free, just turn up, 11.45am

LIVE MUSIC: The Phil Meadows Project plays a live set influenced by jazz, classical and hip hop music at Foyles on Charing Cross Road as part of the London Jazz Festival. £5, book in advance, 6pm

BIOETHICS: Discover what bioethics are and the role they play in the media, research and policies of science and health. The talks at the Institute of Contemporary Art are followed by drinks and canapés. Free, book in advance, 6pm

UNLEASHING DEMONS: Hear from David Cameron’s former Director of Politics and Communications, Craig Oliver, at LSE. He's talking about his book, Unleashing Demons, which tells the story of the campaign to keep Britain in the EU. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

PERSONAL POLITICS: Award-winning Norwegian writer Brit Bildøen reads from her latest book Seven Days In August, about the 2011 Utøya Island terror attack, at Free Word Centre. £5, book in advance 6.45pm

WRITERS AND READERS: Best selling authors consider descriptions of violence and discuss how to turn prose into books at Words at Kings Place. £9.50, book in advance, 7pm

IMPROVISED MUSICAL: Ever fancied yourself performing at the West End? Check out improvised musical Showstopper! which turns the audience into the cast. Half the proceeds go to freedom of speech charity Index on Censorship. £50, book in advance, 7.30pm

GENDER FEST FILMS: What does it mean to be male, female, or neither? See a selection of short, international films at Rich Mix discussing gender and sexuality. The screening is part of Gfest 2016. Age 18+.  £8.50-£10.50, book in advance, 8.15pm

CANDY GIGI: Comedian and actress Candy Gigi is performing her show If I Had A Rich Man at Soho Theatre. She talks (and sings) the story of her upbringing as an Orthodox Jew. £10, book in advance, 8.45pm


Good cause of the day

BOOZERS WITHOUT BORDERS: Sample everything from Imperial Russian stout to barleywine at a craft beer night at Draft House Hammersmith in aid of the refugees in Calais. £28, book in advance, 7pm


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

London's Grime & Punishment Tour


Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.   Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour


Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. 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

The Ultimate Harry Potter London 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