Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 7 December 2016

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Things to do

Make your own Christmas jumper at The Northcote in Clapham

AUSTRALIA'S IMPRESSIONISTS: Hop over to the other side of the world and take in these gorgeous Impressionist paintings, showing landscapes bathed in light. It's opening day for this exhibition at the National Gallery. £7.50, booking recommended, 10am-6pm

CONSERVING THE FIRE: London will never forget its Great Fire, but there is a fear the evidence of its destruction will be lost. Museum of London conservator Rebecca Lang, talks about the methods of preserving the priceless proof of the past. Free, book in advance, 3pm-4pm

VIRTUAL REALITY EXHIBITION: This clever exhibition at the ICA takes a look at how virtual reality could be used as alternate method for emerging artists to exhibit. Viewers will enter a virtual reconstruction of a studio-kitchen that contains the work and hang around to chat to the artists about their work and the possible future for virtual reality. Free entry with day membership (£1), just turn up at the ICA bar, 6pm

FORBIDDEN SONGS: Music is a powerful tool of expression and opposition. Norwegian musician Moddi will perform songs that have been censored across the world, by artists including Kate Bush and Pussy Riot. The concert takes place by candlelight in the beautiful Victorian Hoxton Hall. £15, book in advance, 7pm

FLOATING CHRISTMAS CINEMA: St Katharine Docks' floating Christmas film festival continues with the winter classic, White Christmas. Watch the film snuggled under a blanket on a floating platform. £11, book in advance, 7pm-9pm

BEER AND BRATWURST: Coal House in north London celebrates its first holiday season with its Winter Warmers series. The first event highlights the best seasonal beers. Combined with the bratwurst and and the fact you're in an old coal house, you'll have the perfect escape from that winter chill. £25, book in advance, 7pm-10pm

GREATEST TELEVISION SHOW NEVER SEEN: This comedy podcast, comes from the wacky mind of Adam Riches and other top comedians. The Sword of Maximum Damage is a popular TV show, so why not check out The Pod of Maximum Damage, a fan podcast about the show. Takes place at King's Place. £7.50, book in advance, 7.30pm-8.30pm

SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER: Find out about the poetic works of one of Britain's most under-appreciated poets, Sylvia Townsend Warner, at the Southbank Centre. She once claimed, 'I intend to be a posthumous poet!', and her prediction has come true, finding much more success in the afterlife. Free, book in advance, 8pm

DESIGN YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS JUMPER: It's December which means Christmas jumpers are so in right now. Why not prove your dedication and go that extra mile to make your own? Take part in this workshop run by The Crafty Bunch at The Northcote in Clapham. £35, book in advance, 8pm-10.30pm


Good cause for the day

SHOWSTOPPER! IMPROVISED MUSICAL: Book in advance for this improvised musical at Shaftesbury Avenue's, Lyric Theatre. Half the proceeds head to the charity Index on Censorship, who fight all forms of censorship around the world. £50, book in advance, 12 December, 7.30pm


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FAKING IT: Gavin Turk is famed for playing with the perception of what's real. His graduate show piece was a fake blue plaque dedicated to himself. He places himself on the cover of Hello magazine and creates his own Warhols and Pollocks. He's not a new artist but this show is perfect for the post-truth era. Gavin Turk: Who, what, when, where, how and why at Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, SE11 6AJ, free. 23 November - 19 March ★★★★★


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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