Things to do today is sponsored by Crisis.
What we’re reading
- A baby has been born at Waterloo station.
- Grenfell Tower neighbours are being encouraged to return home.
- London's deputy mayor for transport avoids early morning meetings because she can't rely on Southern Rail.
- The Old Vic has released a statement after its investigation into the conduct of Kevin Spacey while he was Artistic Director.
Things to do
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
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
Are you brave enough to support Crisis this winter?
Winter is the most dangerous time of year for homeless people, which is why Crisis is calling on Londoners like you to help end homelessness.
Brave the chilly waters of London's lidos and swim a wintery width to fundraise for the charity. You can take part on your own or with a team. Either way, your registration fee could cover the cost of reserving a place for a homeless person at Crisis at Christmas or help support Crisis’ year-round services.
Homelessness is devastating for a person’s health and wellbeing; the average age of death for someone who’s homeless is just 47.
Up for the challenge? Sign up now for one of these London events — either on your own or with your friends — and help end homelessness for good.
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...
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
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
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
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