Things To Do Today In London is sponsored by The Camden Dining Group.
Things to do
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: HIDDEN ART POP-UP SHOP: Get a head start on your Christmas shopping as the Christmas Present: Hidden Art pop-up shop at launches the Geffrye Museum. It coincides the Geffrye's annual Christmas Past exhibition. Many products will be on sale including handmade baubles and wooden wreaths. Free, just turn up, 22 November - 11 December
CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION: The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in Waterloo gets into the festive spirit as it launches its Christmas exhibition. Works by Lisa Graa Jensen, Pamela Kay, Geoffrey Wynne and John Yardley, featuring depictions of landscapes, still life, figure scenes and townscapes will be exhibited. Free, just turn up, 22 November - 7 January 2017
CHRISTMAS JUMPER DECORATING: Fancy putting your own touch on this year's Christmas jumper? Drink, Shop & Do in King's Cross has a Christmas jumper decorating event, giving you free to reign to make your jumper as festive (or ugly) as you like. £28, book ahead, from 7pm
THE INVENTION OF SHOES: The Space in Mudchute is putting on a series of performances for its Bangla Drama season. Find out how the obsession with shoes first began with the family friendly The Invention of Shoes. From £8, book ahead, 7.30pm (repeated tomorrow)
MUSICAL THEATRE SCRATCH NIGHT: The Low Down scratch night takes place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, showcasing new musical theatre. £5, book ahead, 7.30pm
MUSIC NIGHT: There's evening of live music from singer-songwriter Andy White and his twelve string guitar at the Half Moon in Putney, with supporting band Ditto Locks. £10/£12, book ahead, from 8pm
TEMPLAR POETRY LIVE: Head over to Keats House for Templar Poetry Live and hear the new collections by Ruth Sharman and Michael Brown. Go on a journey exploring the yearning and lack of direction sometimes faced in love. Free, book ahead, 7pm - 8.30pm
MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE: Go to Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square to find about the world of the new-age religion Scientology. My Scientology Movie follows Louis Theroux, helped by ex-members of the Church of Scientology, as he tries to learn more about the religion. Various prices, book ahead, 2pm & 6.40pm
THOMAS MORE'S MAGNIFICENT UTOPIA: Thomas More's Utopia, published 500 years ago, continues to be a subject of fascination for mankind. The Museum of London hosts a lecture by Cambridge University's Dr Richard Serjeantson exploring the true meaning of the text. Free, just turn up, 6pm - 7pm.
STILL ENDANGERED: Just as David Attenborough's Planet Earth II makes its return, The Royal Institution of Great Britain hosts Still Endangered, a presentation of sobering pictures of wildlife captured by photographer and guide Paul Goldstein. £15, book ahead, 7.20pm
Book for Christmas with a twist at these Camden restaurants
If you're still wondering where to go for that celebratory Christmas meal, or after something a bit different for your annual office party, it's a good idea to head to Camden.
Camden Dining Group's restaurants Gilgamesh, The Cuban and Shaka Zulu, right by the famous Stables Market, are offering up festive menus and offers for a Christmas with a twist. Whether you're into Gilgamesh's pan-Asian chicken satay and teriyaki salmon, or three courses of South African fare with a glass of bubbly for just £29.95 at Shaka Zulu, you're in for a treat. Or maybe live music and Latino vibes at The Cuban to accompany honey and rum-glazed turkey (for a boozy take on Christmas) sounds more up your street?
Forget traditional turkey and stuffing, and get ready for exotic food to tickle your taste-buds this season — the only way is Camden.
Good Cause of the day
DICKENSIAN WALK: CoolWalks, a collaboration between CoolTan Arts, Southwark Libraries and Southwark NHS, is hosting Twists and Transformations: Dickens' London Borough. A guided tour of Charles Dickens' childhood, it will start at John Harvard Library, on Borough High Street. Visitors will revisit Victorian London South of the River, just in time for the Christmas season. Free, just turn up, 5pm - 6.45pm.
PORTRAITS, GRASS AND LIVE BUTTERFLIES: A fantastic portrait painter produces his best show yet. Inspired by the Orlando massacre these paintings reference masculinity in a gallery filled with artificial grass and live butterflies. A painterly garden of Eden. Andrew Salgado: The Snake at Beers London, 1 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU, free. 12 November - 17 December ★★★★★ [Tuesday-Saturday]
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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
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
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
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