Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 16 November 2017

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Beyond the rink, unique musical installations and activities will take place on a number of evenings at Somerset House.

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DIGITAL ART: Artists are putting down the paintbrush and picking up the laptop in this digital exhibition where you can hang out in a virtual reality fantasy land, sing to a projection of a clock and play a digital arcade game. Catch this tech-centred show before it teleports to Beijing. Winns Gallery (Waltham Forest), free, just turn up, 16-21 November

INSIDE PUSSY RIOT: Step into the shoes of Pussy Riot and live the realities of imprisonment through this interactive theatre experience. Londonist readers can save on booking fees on all late performances (Thursday-Saturday, 5.30pm-8.30pm) using code RIOTNBF. Offer valid from 14 November - 28 November. Saatchi Gallery, from £21.50, book ahead, until 24 December

WINTER VILLAGE: If you're not jetting off this winter, the next best thing is obviously dressing up in retro ski gear, getting cosy under a blanket, sipping hot booze and attempting to crack open some roasted chestnuts at Vauxhall's 'ski village'. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, free entry, just turn up, until 22 December

SEVEN DIALS CHRISTMAS: Enjoy a glass of Glög from Nordic Bakery’s pop-up bar, tacos by Monmouth Kitchen for free, as well as taking advantage of 20% off in participating stores during this Christmas light switch on. And throughout November sign up for workshops in wreathmaking, bauble calligraphy, cracker rolling and more. Seven Dials, free entry, book ahead, 5pm-9pm

REGENT STREET SWITCH ON: More than 300,000 twinkling LED lights will once again light up the whole of W1, plus the switch on is accompanied by music from Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe and discounts in the surrounding stores. Regent Street, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

Don retro ski gear and snap pics in the cable car photo booth at Vauxhall Winter Village.

PEOPLE'S FILM FESTIVAL: Tonight Sonic Sea explores the impact man-made ocean noise is having on the world's oceans, as part of We The People's Film Festival. Sad but necessary viewing. Ace Hotel (Shoreditch), £5, book ahead, 6pm-9.30pm

PAGES OF PROTEST: How can books influence politics? Hear four authors published by socially engaged small presses, Influx Press, Dead Ink Books and Commar Press discuss the link between politics and the written word at London's radical bookshop. Housmans (King's Cross), £3, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

WAVE CAFE: Get your cowboy boots on and head to Palm Court for an evening of line dancing to live music, a magic show by Brendan Patricks and a street food stall and bar providing refreshments. Alexandra Palace, £5/£3, book ahead, 7pm-9pm  

BIG CHEESE FEAST: A cheesetastic night of unlimited raclette, charcuterie, gerkhins, potatoes, accompanied by a soundtrack of cheesy music. Ticket includes a glass of wine. £30, book ahead, 7pm-11.45pm

MOB TOWN: Get to know the motley crew of villains, anti-heroes and criminals who made the East End their home at this talk from author John Bennett. The Bell (Aldgate), £5, book ahead, 8pm-9.30pm

SKATE LATES: Helping you get into the rhythm on the ice are guest DJs curated by Peckham-based record shop and music venue Rye Wax. Somerset House, £18, book ahead, 3 sessions between 8pm and 11.30pm.

Good cause of the day: An exhibition marking World Toilet Day opens today

Out of Order is an exhibition marking World Toilet Day on the 19 November, featuring work created by female illustrators, artists and singers from the UK and Sierra Leone, who reckon it's pretty out of order that women around the world lack access to a decent toilet. Old Truman Brewery, free (donations encouraged), just turn up, 16-19 November

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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