Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 7 November 2017

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A new VR arcade opens at Old Street Station today.

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VR ARCADE: When 2017 gets a bit too much, grab your mates and escape to this pop up virtual reality arcade and licensed bar in Old Street. Unit 8, Old Street Station, £10, book ahead, 11am-11pm, until 18 November

OXFORD ST LIGHTS: Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas light switch on. Rita Ora is doing the honours this evening. The snowflake-inspired decorations use 750,000 LED light bulbs. Oxford Street, free, just turn up, 5pm-11pm

GUARDIAN SHORTS: Human trafficking, migrating crabs and terrorism in suburbia are some of the subjects explored in this screening of five short documentaries, commissioned by the Guardian. Bertha DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £9/£7, book ahead, 6.20pm-8.20pm

DIRECTED BY WOMEN: See a screening of American Psycho, one of 52 films screened this year as part of the cinema's #DirectedbyWomen2017 season. Genesis Cinema (Mile End), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

RIBA LATE: Inspired by Pablo Bronstein's pseudo-Georgian architecture, RIBA has curated a late around the question: Have we reached peak pastiche? Expect talks, a life drawing marathon, and a spot the difference game with Georgian and Neo-Georgian buildings. RIBA (Portland Place), free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

CYCLE TALK: Interested in how cycling affects mental health? Join this panel discussion in which avid cyclists share their experiences and advice. Look Mum No Hands (Old Street), free, book ahead, 6.30pm

AUTHOR TALK: Hear Bailey's Prize-winning Ali Smith (author of How To Be Both and Autumn) chat about her newest novel, Winter, which will no doubt be a well-received Christmas gift for a fellow bookworm. Foyles (Charing Cross Road), £21.82/£9.01, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

CANDELABRA MAKING: Exposed pipework is in, as the interior of any Shoreditch bar will tell you. At this workshop, you'll learn enough metal work techniques to create your own copper candelabra. Fancy. Dead Dolls House (Islington), £55, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

POETRY SLAM: Bursting with poems, songs or rap and need a welcoming platform for your words? There are eight open mic slots available tonight, and the winner gets to open next month's slam. Also on the mic tonight are Birmingham rap artist TrueMendous and Brighton freestyle MC Gramski. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £5.69, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm

THE BLUE HOUR: Natalie Barney was certainly the hostess with the mostess — her lovers were the most beautiful women of the era, her friends the most celebrated artists and writers of the 20th century. This production, set in her Paris salon, tells her story. Arcola Theatre, £17/£14, book ahead, 8pm, until 11 November

Good cause of the day: auction against hunger

Foodies: get your hands on a ticket to this gourmet dining event, hosted by model Daisy Lowe, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger. Tuck into specially prepared dishes and get ready to bid on some impressive auction offerings. Borough Market, £60, book ahead, 6.30pm-11pm

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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

The London Cheese Crawl

Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Express

The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets