Things To Do Today In London: Monday 20 November 2017

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Join a panel discussion on the role of work in our lives and our search for meaning in the 21st century at St Paul's Cathedral.

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WASHING LINE ART: This exhibition celebrates the world's diversity through the prism of its er... laundry. Around the World in 80 Washing Lines offers a fresh perspective on what our daily rituals reveal about identity. Menier Gallery (Southwark), free, just turn up, until 2 December

A LONDON TALE: London and its arty types take centre stage in this exhibition and accompanying series of workshops. Throughout the week you can take part in a lyric masterclass, live screen printing and hear a talk about the role of art in healthcare. Theatre Delicatessen (Broadgate), free, just turn up, until 26 November

CLOTHES SWAP: Got a wardrobe full of clothes you don't wear? Bring them to this clothes swap, where you can drop into clothes-mending sessions and pick up style tips. Rocket Bar (Islington0, free, book ahead, 10am-4pm

Bring your unwanted garments to a clothes swap.

BASIC INSTINCTS: Spend the day exploring how women and sexuality were depicted in 18th century culture drawing on the Foundling Museum's current exhibition, Basic Instincts, which you can also tour as part of the symposium. Foundling Museum, £40/£30, book ahead, 10am-5pm

EMOTIONAL OBJECTS: Forget the minimalist trend for a moment, this session is all about objects and our emotional attachment to them. Bring your talismans for display and hear short talks (evening only) covering everything from fetishes to hidden household items. Royal College of Nursing, free, book ahead, 2pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm

WEARABLE PROTEST: From 'pussy hats' to slogans emblazoned on t-shirts, this talk asks: how can fashion influence politics? The Design Museum, £10, book ahead, 6.15pm-7.45pm


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Parliament Hill Lido: Saturday 25 November 2017
Brockwell Lido: Saturday 9 December 2017
Tooting Lido: Saturday 20 January 2018


WORK ETHIC TALK: What is the role of work in our lives? Artificial intelligence, outsourcing, robotics and the ‘gig’ economy all factor in this talk on the Protestant work ethic. St Paul's Cathedral, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Some of the world's most endangered species have posed for photographer Tim Flach. Here he talks about the stories behind the images, accompanied by the insight of ZSL’s own zoologists and field conservationists. ZSL London Zoo, £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

ALBUM LAUNCH: This heartfelt album from Maya Youssef, launching tonight, details her personal journey through six years of war in Syria. Plus, enjoy Syrian food during the album signing. Rich Mix, £11.50, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

MONDAY MARQUEE: Reckon you've got the X-Factor? Join this open mic singing class for 'rising stars'. 100 Wardour St, free, book ahead, 8pm-10pm

Good cause of the day: Just Breathe

Channel your inner yogi at this group meditation session, hosted by Michael James Wong. Once you're all zenned out, there's a chilled out concert featuring spoken word artists Kimba Bush and Tanya Loretta Dee, harpist Catrin Meek, vocalist Kate Lister and a Mindful Market. Proceeds go to the British Heart Foundation and Kindness.org. Old Truman Brewery, £9, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

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

A Secret London Tour


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Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   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

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets