Things To Do Today In London: Monday 21 November 2016

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If you like gin, Graphic Bar in Soho is the place to be tonight.

Things to do

CHURCH EXHIBITION: Artist Ian Brice is putting on an exhibition at St Dunstan's Church in Stepney. Go along to see 27 colourful, framed acrylic on canvas boards featuring architectural details from the church. All the works are for sale. Free, just turn up, until 31 January 2017

BACH AND BABY: Take the kids to hear the sounds of the bass, tuba and cello with a classical concert for children in Walthamstow. £12 (children go free), book in advance, 10.30am

LEE CHILD: Meet Lee Child, the crime author behind Jack Reacher, at Waterstones in Leadenhall Market. Free, just turn up, 12.45pm

GIN OFF: After eight long months, 16 brands become two. Sample bespoke cocktails from the finalists of this year's Gin Off at Graphic Bar Soho and vote for your favourite. £10, book in advance, 6pm

30 YEARS OF PUBLISHING: Nigel Newton, the man behind Bloomsbury Publishing which has published books including the Harry Potter series and The Kite Runner, is at the British Library discussing the key moments of the company's publishing history. £10, book in advance, 6.30pm

CHEEKY CHRISTMAS CRAFTING: Explore the naughty side of Santa at Drink, Shop & Do where you can add a cheeky twist to your Christmas gifts — we're talking mugs with naughty words and rudely enhanced stockings. £5, book in advance, 7pm

NECROPOLIS: Head to The Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise for a screening of Necropolis by 1000 Londoners. The film is a documentary, made on Halloween, documenting the lives of Londoners. The film makers went to a Japanese Halloween party and went trick or treating with eight year olds over the course of the evening — sounds like it makes for an intriguing watch. £7, book in advance, 7pm

COMEDY SHOW: Take a humorous look at breast cancer with a stand up show from cancer survivor Beth Vyse at Soho Theatre. £10, book in advance, 7.30pm

ADULT STORYTELLING: Storytelling isn't just for kids. Find out what Rapunzel and a cabbage have in common with tales from the Crick Crack Club at Soho Theatre. £10, book in advance, 8pm


Good cause

CHARITY SCREENING: Book now for Crystal Palace International Film Festival's screening of Half Way, a documentary about a family living in a hostel. The screening is in association with Shelter, with all proceeds going to the housing charity. £7.50, book in advance, 26 November


Copyright: Claudio Rasano

PORTRAITS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Trump, Brexit, the refugee crisis and celebrity deaths aplenty — 2016 has been quite the rollercoaster. So why does this exhibition of the best portrait photography from across the world feel so dispassionate? They may be beautifully composed, but are all rather dull. Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize, National Portrait Gallery, £5. 17 November - 28 February ★★☆☆☆ [Monday - Sunday]


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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