Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 30 November 2017

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BUG CLUB: Get back in touch with nature with these fun outdoor activities for pre-schoolers and their carers. Waltham Abbey Gardens, £4, book ahead, 1pm-2.30pm

CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER: For a scenic Christmas shop in the capital, it has to be this pretty river-side market, which launches today. Expect carols and a Christmas light switch on, plenty of market stalls and Eis Haus, a mini alpine resort for you to warm up in. London Bridge City, free, just turn up, 4.30pm-10pm

ILLUSTRATION FAIR: Looking for a stocking filler for an art lover? You're bound to find something to brighten you and your mates' walls at this illustration, print and graphic design fair. Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, £7.50, book ahead, 6pm, until 3 December

PAINTED HALL: It's well worth ascending the 20-metre (60ft) high scaffold (watch our video here) to get up close to this beautiful ceiling, and one of Europe's most ambitious 'open' conservation projects. Tonight a panel discussion will fill you in on the tech that's made the project possible. Old Royal Naval College, £15, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

GALLERY LATE: There's a drop in cross-stitch workshop for the nimble-fingered, a talk on contemporary embroidery and needlecraft and a performance from Flock Theatre Ensemble at this gallery late inspired by the life and work of William Morris's daughter May Morris. William Morris Gallery, free, just turn up, 6.30pm

Hear Director of Conservation, Will Palin, speak to leading experts about conserving The Painted Hall in Greenwich.

BATTERSEA LIGHTS: Did you know Battersea Power Station has its own community choir? See them perform tonight as part of this Christmas light switch on, which even sees those iconic chimneys get the festive treatment. Circus West Village, free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

OOMK ZINE: We introduced you to this awesome zine a couple of years back and its important work redefining the arts for women of colour. At the launch of its sixth issue you can expect lively conversations with contributors, food sculptures by Abeera Kamran, music and more. River Rooms, £8, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

MUVVAHOOD: Here's a stat for you. Single-parent families make up one in four households in the UK. Libby Liburd hopes to blow stereotypes of single mothers out of the water in her funny, frank one-woman show, created from the voices of real single mothers living in London today. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £12, book ahead, 7.45pm-8.45pm, until 1 December

THE INVISIBLE: Like a more authentic Lost in Translation for the stage, this play draws on the personal experiences of Yuyu Wang to explore what happens East Asian culture lands at Heathrow airport.  Blue Elephant Theatre, £8/£6.50, book ahead, 8pm, until 1 December

MIGRATION FILM FESTIVAL: This newbie to London's film festival scene launched last year with the aim of restoring humanity and dignity to stories about the refugee experience. Check out the full programme here. Various venues, various prices, book ahead, 30 November-5 December

Good cause of the day: Roar with Laughter

The likes of Alan Carr, Rob Delaney and Katherine Ryan will have you cackling like a hyena at this funny fundraiser for the Zoological Society of London.  Hammersmith Apollo, £19, book ahead, 7pm

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Psychology of Attraction


Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. Get tickets

The London Christmas Chocolate Tour


Looking for a yummy walking tour of London? Then you're in for a treat... this tour offers a glimpse round the high-end shopping district of Mayfair, to visit some of the finest artisan chocolatiers in the capital. And who better to show you round than former City cocoa and coffee trader, Paul Mansfield? There's plenty of free chocolates to go round too, with 7+ samples included and a 10% discount on the tour if you purchase from any of the shops. You might want to arrive on an empty stomach for this one! Get tickets

The London Christmas Lights Bike Tour


Wrap up warm and explore Christmassy London with a cycling tour through the city. From the bustling Christmas markets to spectacular light displays and Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, get into the festive spirit pedalling around town. With great guides and clear roads (and hopefully skies), explore London in a different light. Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets