Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 23 November 2016

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UCL's Petrie Film Club is hosting a screening of 1931's Dishonoured at The Petrie Museum

UNICEF EXHIBITION: War has a devastating impact on the lives of children. Learn about it at The Strand Gallery's Children of War exhibit. Features images and films from Unicef's dramatic archive. Free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

CHILTERN STREET CHRISTMAS: For one night only, enjoy a host of special offers and promotions, including free customisations on clothing and jewellery, wreath-making workshops, and the chance to win a Christmas hamper worth £900 at the Chiltern Street Christmas Event. Free, just turn up, 5pm-9pm

UCL FILM SCREENING: UCL's Petrie Film Club is hosting a screening of the 1931 film Dishonoured, starring Hollywood legend Marlene Dietrich. Donation required, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

CANDLELIT CATHEDRAL TOUR: Brighten up a dark winter night with Southwark Cathedral's candlelit tour. Located five minutes from London Bridge station, the hour-long tour explores over 900 years of history. £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

WHAT WILL TRUMP DO?: Wondering how Donald Trump is going to run the United States? Head over to Conway Hall for How To: Academy's special event What Will President Trump Do?. Speakers break down the president-elect's pledges and promises, to see what he can realistically achieve. £12.50 (students)-£25 (+booking), book ahead, 6.45pm-8.15pm

Fancy yourself as a poet? Head to Jawdance.

JAWDANCE: Rich Mix hosts poetry open mic night, Jawdance. Whether you're a full-time poet, an aspiring poet, or even just thinking about writing poetry, head over to Rich Mix for the chance to perform live for three minutes. Or simply enjoy some spoken word. Free, just turn up, from 7pm

GETTING THINGS DONE: A panel of world-class experts from science and industry explore the secrets of effectiveness. At the Royal Institution. From £7, book ahead, 7pm - 8.30pm

ROLAND MOURET: Countless international celebrities and dignitaries have been dressed by Roland Mouret. Join the luxury womenswear designer at the V&A, as he discusses his era-defining designs. £15, book ahead, 7pm-8.45pm

WRIT IN WATER: Water is often used as an inspiration for writers, both literally and metaphorically. Emma Fitness, creative writing tutor at Brunel University, runs a two-hour workshop, at the Royal Asiatic Society called Writ in Water. Free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

CHRISTMAS AT KEW: Get into the Christmas spirit with Kew Gardens as it launches Christmas at Kew. A botanical wonderland, visitors can visit Santa and his elves, go on vintage rides, shop for Christmas gifts and enjoy the plant life. Various prices, book ahead, 23 November-2 January


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More than shopping at Westfield this Christmas

If you've not yet started your Christmas shopping, we suggest you get on it pronto. Westfield is the ultimate destination for all of your favourite shops under one roof, so you're guaranteed not to get caught out in the rain. With Shepherd's Bush and Stratford City locations, Westfield is about much more than shopping this Christmas: take the little ones to Santa's Grotto, available at both locations, and show off your moves and skate in style at Westfield London’s ice rink.

Thirsty? Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some bubbles at Searcy's Champagne Bar. Or check out the festive feast menu at Jamie's Italian with fizz and crackers on arrival — a trip to Westfield is guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit.


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WANDSWORTH WELLBEING: Wandsworth's Southside Shopping Centre hosts a wellbeing event where Samaritans and other local organisations offer the public advice on where to get mental health support. Running from 10am-6pm, take advantage of a listening ear from the 'We Listen' campaign trailer, located outside Costa Coffee in the High Street Piazza.


Rachel Maclean at Tate exhibition. Copyright Rachel Maclean

ABSURDITY OF THE INTERNET: Trolls, our obsession with data and being liked are mocked in this clever video by Rachel Maclean. It's intense and often disturbing, much like the Internet itself. Rachel Maclean: Wot U :-) About at Tate Britain, free. 15 November - 2 April ★★★★☆ [Monday-Sunday]


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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