Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 30 November 2016

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Things to do

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Mr Popper's Penguins is playing at artsdepot

TOWN HALL TALKS: Can you name London's first black mayor? Find out all about him at Made By Migrants: Battersea and Beyond. This collection of talks at Battersea Arts Centre also covers the Windrush generation, and the need for a new migration museum in the UK. Free, book ahead, from 6pm

SHAKESPEARE'S ASTRONOMY: Astronomy featured heavily in Shakespeare's plays. Head to the Museum of London for Shakespeare's Astronomy, an exploration of the Bard's use of the night sky in his work. Free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

HISTORY OF ANATOMY: Learn about Medieval anatomy, body-snatching and the Church's relationship with body parts. Professor William Ayliffe is at Barts Pathology for Anatomy Museums: Past, Present and Future. £9.99, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

LONDON FOOD LINK: Get healthy with Winter Warmer in Covent Garden. Hear inspiring stories from the people trying to make London's food even better, get some great grub and enjoy a vegetarian dinner. From £11.01, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: Search hard drives and venture into the dark web with this month's Lates at the Science Museum. Virtual reality crime scene with A Night of Crime and learn whether cyber crime can be eliminated. Free, just turn up, 6.45pm-10pm

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Barts Pathology Museum is hosting 'Anatomy Museums: Past, Present and Future' today

BUILD A LEGO ROBOT: Put your Lego-building skills to good use at Drink, Shop & Do in King's Cross. With a group of five, build a Lego robot, give it a name and a skill, and see who wins. Free when you buy a drink, just turn up, from 7pm

COMEDY AT KINGS PLACE: Give yourself a giggle with The Pod of Maximum Damage. It's Adam Riches' Game of Thrones spoof — with endless theories about/dissections of the popular show and likewise formats. From £7.50, book ahead, from 7pm

MR POPPER'S PENGUINS: Get the kids in the festive mood with Mr Popper's Penguins at artsdepot. With music, puppets and a family of performing penguins, here's a gorgeous adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book. Various prices, book ahead, 30 November-4 December

ROBERT ADAM'S LONDON: Robert Adam peppered London with his neoclassical architecture. Sir John Soane's Museum launches Robert Adam's London today, displaying beautiful, and unseen, designs for Adam's projects in London. Free, just turn up, 30 November 2016-11 March 2017

LADYBIRD LIFE OF DICKENS: Ladybird Books launches The Ladybird Life of Dickens: An Illustrated Adventure at the Charles Dickens Museum today. John Kenney's original gouache-on-board illustrations appear alongside Lawrence du Garde Peach's words. Each illustration shows a scene from Dickens's life. Free with admission, book ahead, 30 November 2016-1 April 2017


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Good cause of the day

LAUGH TILL IT HURTS: Book ahead for Laugh Till It Hurts in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. With comedy from the likes of Kevin Day, Mae Martin and Felicity Ward, have a laugh and give to a great cause at the same time. £15, book ahead, 30 November, from 7.30pm


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GENOCIDE INSPIRED: War artist John Keane creates dark paintings on the Rwandan genocides. Paintings of skulls and ones where clothes are embedded in the canvases serve as a reminder of the human life now gone. Powerful and uneasy viewing. John Keane: If you knew me, if you knew yourself, you would not kill me, Flowers East, 82 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP, free. 4 November-10 December ★★★★☆ [Tuesday-Saturday]


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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