Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 16 January 2018

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Create your own light graffiti at Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival. © Lichtfaktor

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FIRST AMONG EQUALS: Highflying women such as Maria Balshaw (first female Director of Tate), Moira Cameron (first female ‘Beefeater’) and Francesca Hayward (first black female principal dancer at the Royal Ballet) pick out their favourite objects from the Foundling Museum for this exhibition. Foundling Museum, £11, book ahead, until 13 January 2019

SODA SESSIONS: Looking for a school night-friendly shindig to satisfy your craving for company, which doesn't interfere with Dry January? Hit up a Tuesday night soda session, you can sip mocktails, eat by-the-slice pizza and dance to 90s hip hop — all without fear of the next-day hangover. Nine Lives (London Bridge), free, just turn up, 5pm-late

CANARY WHARF WINTER LIGHTS: Light graffiti, interactive light bubbles and floral light drawings are transforming the cold, hard surfaces of Canary Wharf into a twinkling extravaganza of high tech, illuminated artworks. Estate Wide, free, just turn up, 5pm-10pm, until 27 January

THINK SPACE LECTURES: If you're a science nerd lucky enough to live in London, make a beeline for the Think Space lectures, where you can hear astrophysicists chat about the latest cutting-edge research in space science. Royal Observatory, £10/£8.50 conc, book ahead, 5.15pm-6.15pm

THE EXCREMENT FACTOR: Dr George McGavin talks a load of crap (literally) in this lecture explaining what we can learn from animal dung. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

Racheal Ofori’s So Many Reasons is an exploration of motherhood and generational divides told through the eyes of a British Ghanaian woman.

THE FUTURE BOOKSHELF: Got a tonne of empty notebooks and a resolution to do more creative writing this year? Kickstart your thought doodles with top tips from published authors and the commissioning editor at Sceptre. Waterstones, £4.48, book ahead, 6.30pm

DISCOVER TUESDAYS: See the best films from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival condensed into seven shorts and 95 minutes of footage. East Dulwich Picturehouse, £8/£5, book ahead, 6.30pm

DID MATRIARCHY EVER EXIST?: Join The Radical Anthropology Group for one of their regular Tuesday evening talks. This lecture looks into the ethnographic and genetic evidence behind sexism to ask if stories of matriarchy are just myths. UCL, Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, free, just turn up, 6.45pm

SO MANY REASONS: Don't miss the headliner of the sass-fuelled feminist theatre festival Calm Down Dear. So Many Reasons depicts how a mother influences the outlook of a first generation British Ghanaian woman – for better or worse. Camden People's Theatre, £12/£10, book ahead, 7.15pm, until 3 February

AUSTEN THE MUSICAL: Austen fans are gifted a new take on the author's life in the form of a musical from award-winning playwright and BBC Radio 2 Golden Oldie Nominee, Rob Winlow. Bread and Roses Theatre (Clapham), £16/£14 conc, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm, until 20 January

Good cause of the day: Go to an acoustic gig fundraiser for Rethink Mental Illness

Expect a lovely acoustic set from Nina Fine, raffles and more at this fundraiser for Rethink, who put the work in changing attitudes and policy towards mental health, so people who are struggling get the support they need. The Social, free (but donations encouraged), just turn up, 7.30pm-11.30pm

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

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

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

A Secret London Tour


Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. See the world's smallest police station and visit London's most superstitious hotel on a walking tour covering everything weird, wonderful and London. £12 Get tickets

The Westminster Ghost Walk


The afterlife is an intriguing subject, but how close to ghosts do we truly want to get? For those with a fascination of all things spooky, test your limits with The Westminster Ghost Walk. You'll explore this deeply historic and fascinating area of London and hear tales of ghosts, poltergeists and body snatchers along the way. Your experienced guide will lead you through dark alleyways, haunted buildings and human burial grounds - sharing the chilling secrets London has long been hiding in its past.  Get tickets