Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 1 August 2018

Secret passages and hidden doors at Sir John Soane’s Museum.

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WELSH LAMB SEASON: Borough Market is celebrating the start of Welsh lamb season in style — with a meaty cookery demo from Masterchef quarterfinalist Imran Nathoo. As well as discovering just how versatile lamb can be, there’s a load of other Welsh goodies for you to purchase, including Halen Môn, Radnor Preserves, and buttery Welshcakes. Borough Market (London Bridge), free, just turn up, 10am-5pm, until 3 August

SECRET DOORS: Let the kids loose at Sir John Soane’s Museum, where secret passageways, wondrous objects, and mysterious doors are just waiting to be discovered. After their expedition, they’ll design a hidden room inspired by all they’ve seen. Basically, it’s a mini intrepid explorer’s dream. Sir John Soane’s Museum (Covent Garden), £15, book ahead, 11am-3pm

SHAKUHACHI CONCERT: You may not have heard of the shakuhachi, but you probably have heard it before. The Japanese bamboo flute has featured in tons of film soundtracks, including Harry Potter, and now you can see it performed live. Choose between golden oldies, new sounds, and solo programmes as part of The World Shakuhachi Festival. Goldsmiths (New Cross), £8/£12, just turn up, 1pm/5pm/8pm, until 4 August

WE THE CREATORS: Struggling to stand out from the crowd? Let industry experts from the worlds of art and design show you how to cultivate a brand your audience won’t be forgetting in a hurry at the latest in WeWork’s series of panel discussions. WeWork Waterhouse Square (Holborn), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

CHEERS TO YOUR HEALTH: It might feel a little odd to discuss health care over a couple of pints, but that’s exactly the kind of niche, science-adjacent topic PubSci’s monthly meetups specialise in. Tonight’s guest speaker is Dr Erin Walker, talking about patient involvement in health care and research. The Old King’s Head (Borough), free, just turn up, 7pm

Affordable Art Fair Director Linda Costello shares her tips for building a memorable brand.

SILVERSMITH WORKSHOP: Become a silversmith for the evening with the help of our media partner, Funzing. Craft your own exquisitely unique silver ring, learning techniques of annealing, hammering, stamping, filing and finishing along the way. Crosland Place (Clapham), £55, book ahead, 7pm

BEER IN SOUTHWARK: For centuries, the south east London borough of Southwark has been a hub of brewers and inns. But did you know that the local beer industry used to be closely linked to Southwark Cathedral? Hear how the history of St Saviours is interwoven with the history of beer while enjoying a cheeky snifter or two. Southwark Cathedral (London Bridge), £10, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

LOST PROPHECIES: Remember when the world was supposed to end in 2012, according to some dicey interpretations of the Mayan calendar? What about the Y2K panic? Spoiler alert, we’re still here — but what of those who whole-heartedly believed in them? Alternative religions author Dr David V Barrett examines such doomsday prophecies and how their prophets recover from their failure to come true. The Star and Garter (Greenwich), £3, just turn up, 7.30pm

SON OF MAN: Described as part ancient kitchen sink drama, part epic mystery play, Son of Man depicts a Jesus torn between Roman and Jewish influences, whose experience of being an illegitimate child leads him to believe that he is the son of God (hey, we’ve all been there). The Monkey House (Holloway), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm

KOSMOS ENSEMBLE: Blending tango, gypsy, Balkan, and Japanese music, Kosmos Ensemble’s fearless improvisation and virtuoso technique is truly something to behold. Let the trio regale you on the violin, viola, and accordion as part of a fundraiser for their new album. St Mary’s Church (Rotherhithe), £14, book ahead, 7.45pm

Good cause of the day

It’s your last day to browse the goodies on offer at ethical and eco-friendly design pop up A Circle Back. Consider buying a gift from their One for One range today — for each of the Hope & Fortune organic cotton baby blankets they sell, one will be gifted to a mother and child in Uganda. Plus, in partnership with Edukid, 5% of every sale also goes towards sponsoring children’s education in the same area.

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing…

Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you’ll be standing up and paddling solo, and there’s plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets

The afterlife is an intriguing subject, but how close to ghosts do we truly want to get? For those with a fascination of all things spooky, test your limits with The Westminster Ghost Walk. You’ll explore this deeply historic and fascinating area of London and hear tales of ghosts, poltergeists and body snatchers along the way. Your experienced guide will lead you through dark alleyways, haunted buildings and human burial grounds – sharing the chilling secrets London has long been hiding in its past.  Get tickets

London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man’s best friend, you’ll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you’ll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books…
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Have you visited London’s Roman ampitheatre? What about London’s Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you’ve lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you’re sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets

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2018-07-31 15:45:06 – Source: londonist.com