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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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