Things To Do Today In London: Monday 5 December 2016

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Things to do

Hammer & Tongs in Farringdon

WORLD FOOD MARKET: Monday marks the start of Devonshire Square's week long World Food Market, hosting a diverse mix of food from every corner of the globe. Free entry, just turn up, 5-9 December

BJÖRN BORG POP-UP: Christmas is the time of year where people kick back, relax and inevitably pile on the pounds. If you want to try and fight that trend, then get the right gear for a winter workout at sports clothing brand Björn Borg's Covent Garden pop-up store, open for the next two weeks. Free entry, just turn up, 5-18 December

HAMMER & TONGS: Hammer & Tongs restaurant opens today on Farringdon Road. Expect outdoor-style eating, when you're indoors and cosy. Taste traditional Namibian and South African food, cooked over the largest wood-fire grill in London, without being at the mercy of temperamental British weather.  Booking recommended, 11am-12am

VICTORIAN IMMIGRATION: Fears of immigration are by no means a new thing and Ruth Byrne has been investigating how the Victorian media reacted to the trend. She's giving a talk on her research at the British Library, about some of Britain's most popular immigrants. Refreshments (tea and coffee) provided. £5, book in advance, 12.30pm-1.30pm

HELP REFUGEES TALK: The charity Help Refugees is taking over Libreria bookshop off Brick Lane, for a series of talks by speakers with personal experience of dealing with refugees in crisis. This is part of a Help Refugees' Choose Love campaign, which aims to raise awareness over the refugee crisis. £3, book in advance, 6pm-8pm

TS ELIOT POETRY PRIZE: Have your say in who you think deserves the prestigious TS Eliot Poetry Prize at Southbank Centre. The talk will be hosted Ruth Padel, the chair of the judging panel, as they rattle through each of the 10 shortlisted poets. Audience members can raises queries, criticisms and praise, to make sure their voices are heard in the final decision. Free, book in advance, 6.30pm

FAIRYTALE FASHION: Step into a pair of (possibly proverbial) diamond shoes and live out a fairytale fantasy. Lucy Adlington and Meredith Towne from The History Wardrobe will guide you through their collection of dazzling replica gowns at Strawberry Hill. Tickets come with a glass of fizz. £25, book in advance, 7pm

DANIEL SLOSS: Comedian on the rise Daniel Sloss is bringing his new show, So?, to the Soho Theatre. The way things are going for him, he'll soon be playing much larger venues, so this might be the last chance to see him in such an intimate setting. £10, book in advance, 7.15pm

THE COMING WAR ON CHINA: BAFTA award winning director John Pilger examines the terrifying possibility of an upcoming war between America and China. The screening takes place at Picturehouse Central on Shaftesbury Avenue and will be followed by a live satellite Q&A from Pilger. £16, book in advance, 8pm

CHRISTMAS CABARET: Some of the top West End performers in London are taking a night off from their regular shows, to put on this Christmas spectacular. Hear all your favourite Christmas tunes, sung by someone with a little more talent that family member who refilled their glass one too many times during Christmas dinner. Hippodrome Casino, book in advance, from £15, 10.30pm-12.30am


Good cause of the day

KNITATHON: The last few weeks have shown that this is a dangerously cold winter period, and although that may improve Christmas cheer for some, for others it takes a terrible toll on their lives. See Fashion are partnering with North London Action for the Homeless, to put on a Knitathon in to help everyone survive the freezing weather. Supplies will be provided alongside a mini-workshop at The Bridge Cafe. Donation required upon entry, 6pm


Image Courtesy Of The Saatchi Gallery

(We weren't huge fans of this, but maybe you'll like it).

DULL PAINTINGS: 'Painting isn't dead' is the scream often heard from those sick of everyone thinking the leading edge is all about video and performance. So we get bright colours, collage and minimalism. But the only think linking these works is they are all remarkably dull, with the exception of Dexter Dalwood's evocative interiors and landscapes. A poor showing from the Saatchi gallery. Painters' Painters at Saatchi Gallery. 30 November - 28 February, free. ★★☆☆☆


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