Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 14 December 2016

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Prince Charles is screening Home Alone (1990) as a part of its Christmas programme. Photo: 20th Century Fox

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ACROBATIC ARTS: As a part of Devonshire Square's Art for Love Christmas Festival, two aerial artists are performing a breathtaking acrobatic art show inside a giant winter globe. Free, register in advance, from 12.30pm

WASTE LAND CITY: Explore TS Eliot's The Waste Land as you walk through the city, seeking out the places that inspired the poet. £12/£9, book ahead, 2pm-4pm

KEVIN!: Watch Macaulay Culkin defend his home from Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern after his family accidentally abandon him at Christmas. Head to Prince Charles Cinema for your annual fix of Home Alone. £8/£4 members, book ahead, from 4.10pm

PENNY LECTURES: London is full of little curiosities and unknown stories. Join author Henry Eliot for a discussion about his amazing book Curiocity: In Pursuit of London... for just a penny! Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm

STARGAZING: Get stargazing with Print the Moon: Stargazing and Lunar Photography. Astronomer Paul Hill guides you on a tour of the night sky. You can take away your very own unique photograph of the moon. £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm

The House of St Barnabas is hosting West End Up Close... at Christmas

CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT: Jump into Victorian London at the Charles Dickens Museum with Christmas By Candlelight. Explore Dickens's home as he would have known it, in flickering candlelight and 'ruddy, homely... glow'. £20, book ahead, from 6.40pm

WEST END UP CLOSE: Head to the Chapel of St Barnabas for West End Up Close... at Christmas. Enjoy intimate acoustic sets from favourite musicals, performed by West End stars with a festive twist. £30, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

SHERLOCK HOLMES: Go on an adventure with Holmes and Watson at the Tower Theatre Company's production of Sherlock Holmes. Follow the deer stalker-ed one as he tries to escape the rut he's, all the while knowing that Moriarty is out there waiting for him... £14/£12, book ahead, from 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Get that festive feeling with the Paternoster Square Christmas Market. Enjoy mulled wine, delicious food and boutique shopping. Free, just turn up, until 15 December

BRICK FLICKS: Enjoy large-scale images of LEGO recreations of your favourite scenes and films on Monday. Head over to the artdepot's Apthorp Gallery for Brick Flicks, an exhibition bringing film's most iconic moments to life in LEGO, by Warren Elsmore. Free, just turn up, until 31 December


Good cause for the day

GRIMM BEGINNINGS: Learn the dark past behind fairy tales (now usually sanitised), in the atmospheric surroundings of The Brunel Tunnel. The event supports the fantastic work of Great Ormond Street Hospital. £20, book in advance, 7.30pm


Image Courtesy and © 2016 Lucy Raven

STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE: Flashing test cards, stop motion, 3D and spinning spotlights. There is plenty of visual stimulus here... unfortunately it doesn’t have the substance to back it up. Lucy Raven: Edge of Tomorrow at Serpentine Gallery. Until 12 February, free. ★★☆☆☆


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

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. 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