Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 17 November 2016

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Things to do

TASTE OF LONDON: Four days of eating, drinking and festive cheer — what could be better? Get your tickets for Taste of London. £15-£19, book in advance, 6-10.30pm (until 20 November)

ICE SKATING: Somerset House's seasonal ice rink opens today. Skate in the (satisfyingly symmetrical) surrounds of the courtyard, before dining in the Fortnum's Lodge, or getting your Christmas shopping done in the Fortnum's Arcade. Keep an eye on the website for details of the special club nights at the rink. Various prices, book in advance, 17 November-15 January

FREE DOUGHNUTS: Doughnut connoisseurs Bread Ahead are giving away 100 free doughnuts to celebrate the launch of their chocolate orange doughnut. The first 100 people to turn up to the Seven Dials bakery after 5pm get one. Doughnuts are then available to buy 18 November-24 December. Free, just turn up, from 5pm

CHINESE LONDON IN THE JAZZ AGE: Chinese people were drawn to the decadent side of 1920s London. Historian Lauren De’Ath tells fascinating stories of how they studied, worked, partied and adapted to London life. Westminster City Archives. Free, book in advance, 6.15pm

FEMALE RAPPERS: Girl Gang take over Boxpark Shoreditch for a night of entertainment — the all-female lineup of rappers and singers includes Alicai Harley and Portia Ny. Free, book in advance, 6pm-9pm

EDWARD SNOWDEN: Take a look at the life of controversial figure Edward Snowden, with a screening of Snowden at Picturehouse Central. It's followed by a Q&A with lead actor Joseph Gordon Levitt. £16, book in advance, 6.30pm

IMPROV COMEDY: Have a giggle or two with a night of sketches, games, music and impressions (all improv of course) with Left Foot Forward at The Miller in London Bridge. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm (show starts at 8pm)

SHORT FILMS: From an ageing drag queen to sexual orientation in the Turkish army, explore both the marginalised and 'out and proud' LGBTQI identities, with a selection of shorts at ArtHouse Crouch End. 18+. £10, book in advance, 8.30pm

THEATRE FESTIVAL: ImpFest, a three-day contemporary performance festival, kicks off at Hornsey Town Hall with live art pieces and interactive satire. Highlights include a contemporary reimagining of Ophelia, and Amy Gwilliam who gives guided tours of the hall as a property developer. £10, book in advance, 7.30pm (until 19 November)

Credit: © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

ELTON JOHN’S PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION: A collection of black and white photography of people, places and objects are beautiful and subtle. That's more than we can say for the frames, as these gaudy monstrosities nearly ruin the show. The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography at Tate Modern, £15. 11 November-7 May ★★★☆☆ [Monday-Sunday]

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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