Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 8 November 2017

A new exhibition exploring the North through photography, fashion and art opens at Somerset House today. © Alice Hawkins

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MTV MUSIC WEEK: Get pumped up for the MTV Europe Music Awards by checking out all the talks, gigs and club nights happening this week, most of which are free. Tonight there’s a Geordie Shore event and a talk with Tinie Tempah. Hackney House, free or £5, book ahead, until 11 November

NORTHERN FASHION & IDENTITY: The story of the north of England is told through fashion, social documentary films and images from top notch photographers, such as Gareth Pugh and Corinne Day. Somerset House, £7/£5, book ahead, until 4 February

ART AUCTION: See and even purchase art donated by big shot artists such as illustrator Quentin Blake, sculptor Cornelia Parker and the Chapman Brothers alongside work created by Freedom from Torture’s art therapy group. Oxo Tower Wharf, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, until 12 November

REMEMBRANCE LATE: Come and share your own poems in response to Remembrance, hear recitals from school children and hone your craft at writing workshops. National Army Museum, free, book ahead, 6pm

POET’S CORNER: Find a willing audience for your words at south London’s only weekly poetry night. Black Cultural Archives (Brixton), £5.90, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

Hear rap artist Tinie Tempah chat about his work at Hackney House, as part of MTV Music Week.

THE GOOD IMMIGRANT: Author of The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla, chats race and immigration with Barbara Roche, chair of the Migration Museum Project. Jewish Museum (Camden), £8.50, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

LIFE DRAWING: A relaxed, untutored drawing class in a colourful Tottenham cafe. This week’s theme is Mexicano/Frida Kahlo. Blighty India Cafe. £10, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

GIMME SHELTER LAUNCH: After a new place to chill out and listen to live music or a welcome space to vent your frustrations at the world? Do both at this new live music and mental health night. Nightclub Kolis (Archway), free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm

ITCH + SCRATCH: A scratch night where the scriptwriters have been given a house band, a brilliant cast and set loose on the theme ‘Great Britain’. See the five productions tonight. Hackney Showroom, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm

CZECH & BRITISH JAZZ: Unwind with friends at this evening of  live music, featuring a UK-based jazz ensemble and a Czech trio, Fragile Bliss. Cafe in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the- Fields, £15/£13.50, 8pm

Good cause of the day: Get tickets for Shelterbox’s dinner party on 12 November

Feast on a four-course dinner at this fundraiser for Shelterbox, a charity which provides aid and protection to families who have lost everything to natural disasters or conflict. Stepping up to the stoves tonight are Ravinder Bhogal, chef patron of Jikoni, Tom Oldroyd of the eponymous Islington restaurant and Dan Doherty. Magpie, £75, book ahead, 7pm, 12 November


Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

Lecture: How to Remove Negative Memories

Is a real life Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind actually possible? Can you really erase your past to have a better present and future? Can you go as far as altering your identity by changing your memories? If we are the sum total of our experiences then our memory defines us. What if we were able to change or even remove our past memories, what impact would that have on our present state of mind? Join Matt, a clinical hypnotherapist and IEMT practitioner, in this no-nonsense talk, designed to help you solve your problems. Get tickets

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Tour

The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it’s seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank’s Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon’s screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground.

You’ll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets

Visit London’s Back Alleys and Historic Pubs on This Secret London Tour

How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London’s most superstitious hotel. On Matt’s tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Forgotten Old London

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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