Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 3 January 2017

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Get Down at the Royal Festival Hall

Things to do

BACKSTAGE TOUR: Find out about the work that goes into making a production at The National Theatre, through a backstage tour. Rehearsals, prop- and costume-making all happen on site, so you have the chance to see the next big hit take shape, months before its run. £9.50, book in advance, at 10.30am, 1pm and 4.30pm

THE NUTCRACKER: It's the last chance to see the V&A's pop-up performances of The Nutcracker. Free, just drop in, 11am, 1pm and 3pm

SECRET ROYAL ALBERT HALL: Ghost hunters, gangsters and Suffragettes all feature as you discover the secret past of the Royal Albert Hall. The tour reveals all the gossip of the legendary venue's past. £13, book in advance, 1pm

RAPUNZEL AND GOLDILOCKS: The final day to see the stories of Rapunzel and Goldilocks at the Natural History Museum. Not only are these puppet shows brilliant fun, but they'll encourage children to think about the strength and structure of hair, and give them the chance to handle some samples from the museum's collection. Free, book in advance, noon-12.30pm and 1.30pm-2pm

Rapunzel and Goldilocks

LANCASHIRE CLOG DANCING: Bring a touch of the north down to London and learn Lancashire clog dancing at Cecil Sharp House. Beginners welcome and you don't even need to bring a partner. £4, just turn up, 6.45pm-9pm

GET DOWN: The self-proclaimed "ultimate dance marathon" is here to kick off the new year at the Royal Festival Hall. DJ DBO will be mixing hip-hop, house, soul and more to soundtrack your wicked moves. Free, book in advance, from 7pm

JAYDE ADAMS: Jayde Adams turned 31 and realised that her route to happiness was being herself... in her own words: a total dickhead. 31 is her new comedy show at The Soho Theatre where Jayde Adams is totally herself. £14, book in advance, 7pm-8pm

HEADS AND BODIES: Ever play Heads and Bodies as a kid? You draw a monstrous head, fold it over and pass it on. Then the next person does the same with a torso and so on. This is all done until some ungodly composite creature is formed. Well now you can make the creations even more wild with the help of a drink or two down at the Queen of Hoxton. Free, just turn up, 7pm-8.30pm

HAMMER & TONGUE: Head down to The Book Club to participate in an open mic slam. Hammer & Tongue Hackney will also host poetry sets from Gemma Weekes and Steve Larkin. £6, just turn up, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Johan van Mullen's swirling expressionism

© Johan van Mullen, Courtesy of The Unit

EXPRESSIVE PORTRAITS: Swirling colours form barely recognisable faces and bodies in these energetic portraits by Johan Van Mullem. These dense paintings are waiting to be unravelled by visitors. Johan van Mullem: De Anima at The Unit London. Until 6 January, free. ★★★☆☆  [Monday-Sunday]

Good cause of the day

LONDON ZOO STAMPEDE: Don't worry, the animals aren't on the loose. You could be though. Book in advance for either the 5k or 10k run to raise funds for wildlife, in the London Zoo Stampede. £34 registration fee and you need to pledge to raise £50, first come first serve, 26 March 2017 and 17 September 2017

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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