Things to do today in London is sponsored by Westfield. Scroll down to discover why it's about more than the shopping.
Things to do
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
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
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.
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.
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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