Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 13 September 2018

10 very different modern artists explore surface tension

What we're reading:

  • Five charts to help you understand London's falling house prices.
  • Bill de Blasio and Sadiq Khan team up to call on cities to divest from fossil fuels.
  • Skepta is opening a London pop-up for his streetwear label, Mains.
  • Yet more ways TfL should change London's tube and rail maps (according to this guy).

Things to do:

START ART FAIR: Discover the art world's most exciting rising stars and maybe even nab yourself a masterpiece at START Art Fair. Over 50 artists for more than 25 countries will be showing off their work from now until Sunday. Saatchi Gallery (Chelsea), £12.50, book ahead, 11am-6pm, until 16 September

SURFACE TENSION: Ten very different modern artists push the boundaries of texture and tone in an exhibition that spans painting, printmaking, and 3D sculpture. Head to D Contemporary Art Gallery to see expressive landscapes, intimate interiors, abstract works, and much more. D Contemporary Art Gallery (Mayfair), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, until 11 October


Introducing Londonist Session IPA

Want to see if it tastes as good as it looks? Then come to our launch party at the Fourpure Brewery on 16 September (that's this Sunday!) For just a tenner you get an eight hour party, live music, the chance to win Londonist goodies, and four cans of one-off Londonist beer to take home. Find out more here, or go right ahead book your tickets.


FEELING BALLSY: We all know that Londoners love their ball pits, so you may have to form an orderly queue in order to swim a length of this pop up Thameside ball-filled lido. Yes, it's a PR stunt, but it's one that could land you a Virgin holiday for two in Barbados, if you're lucky enough to find a golden ball. Observation Point (Southbank), free, just turn up, 11am-7pm, until 14 September

MALAYSIA AIRLINES TASTE TOUR: For one day only, four world-renowned chefs are bringing their twists on Malaysian cuisine to Canary Wharf station. Sample Gizzi Erskine's peaflower Nasi Lemak, tuck in to Nud Dudhia's short rib tacos, devour Richard H Turner's meaty rump steak satay, and stuff your face with Jimmy Garcia's pulled pork sambal. There's even the chance to win flights every hour. Outside Canary Wharf station, just turn up, 12pm-7pm

RADICAL KITCHEN: To kick off its second season of foodstuff-inspired lunchtime discussions, the Serpentine welcomes chefs from roaming restaurant (and Radical Kitchen partner) Mazí Mas. They'll be presenting Radical Kitchen's 2017 cookbook. Serpentine Pavilion (Kensington Gadens), free, just turn up, 1pm

Feast on five courses of Australian delights at TT Liquor

TT LIQUOR X KINO VINO: Tuck in to an Aussie feast at TT Liquor's latest supper club collaboration. Film and food pairing experts Kino Vino dish up five courses of down-under delights, including crispy pork belly and buttermilk ice cream meringue — that's after you've taken in wacky Oz rom-com Love Serenade. TT Liquor (Shoreditch), £65, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

WHYTE HORSES: Enigmatic Mancunian psychedelic pop outfit Whyte Horses trot into the Southbank Centre to perform tracks from their debut album Pop or Not. If that's not enough for you, there's also special guest performances from Badly Drawn Boy, La Roux, members of The Go! Team and many more. Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre), £20, book ahead, 7.30pm

FREE FOLK: Enjoy some traditional folk tunes courtesy of accordianist Aine McLoughlin and violinist Maria Kroon. They will be bringing Celtic sounds with a Nordic twist to Deli Studios. Theatre Deli (Broadgate), free, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.30pm

CHICKENSHED COMEDY: Nathan Caton, Rick Keisewetter, and Prince Abdi will have you squawking with laughter at Chickenshed's comedy night. And you're in good hands with MC Joe Bor, who has warmed up for some of your favourite TV panel shows. Chickenshed Theatre (Cockfosters), £10, book ahead, 8pm

Good cause of the day

Get ready to roar with laughter at ZSL's annual charity comedy gala. The event is not until 16 November but with a stellar lineup including Rob Delaney, Ronni Ancona, and BGT winner Lee Ridley, early booking is highly encouraged. All ticket proceeds will support the Zoological Society of London's groundbreaking conservation work.

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

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

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Express


The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets

Secrets of the Square Mile


The City of London is home to spectacular skyscrapers, but it’s also home to some fascinating history. Join Matt on a tour of the Square Mile’s ancient alleyways, old churches and imposing architecture - including two sites associated with the occult, and one of the City's most haunting memorials to the power of the Blitz.  Get tickets

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets