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


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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...

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