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...

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