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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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