Todays Things To Do is sponsored by The London Canal Museum. Scroll down to find out out you can make the most of London’s waterways.
Things to do today:
CARAVAGGIO EXHIBITION: Explore the National Gallery’s Carvaggio exhibition, the first major UK art exhibition to explore the impact of his work on others. £16, book in advance/just turn up, all day from 10am (until 15 January 2017)
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY: See paintings by Adriaen van de Velde, one of the finest landscape artist of the Dutch Golden Age, at Dulwich Picture Gallery. £12.50, book in advance/just turn up, all day from 10am (until 15 January 2017)
HISTORIC LONDONERS: Londonist’s very own Matt Brown MCs History in the Pub, an evening of London historians sharing their favourite historic Londoners through words and song. £5 (+booking fee), book in advance, 6.30pm
SIR BEN AINSLEY: Get an insight into Sir Ben Ainsley’s quest for Olympic gold, at Ham Yard Hotel. After the successful sailor’s talk with political commentator Alistair Campbell, there’s a chance to ask your own question too. £60, book in advance, 6.30pm
CHARITY FASHION SHOW: Peruse this season’s hottest clothes over a glass of prosecco at Barnes’ Charity Fashion Show, featuring local designers and raising money for local charities. Tickets include entry to the after party. £25, book in advance, 7pm
NOBEL PRIZE CHEMISTRY: Nobel Prize winner Tomas Lindahl discusses his life and research at The Royal Institution. £14, book in advance, 7pm
FREEDOM FESTIVAL: Let’s All Be Free Festival screens fiction, documentary and feature films from around the world, at five Shoreditch venues. Tonight is the launch party, and the rest of the festival also features discussions, a poetry evening and a bagel brunch. £7.50-£25, book in advance, 7pm (festival continues until 16 October)
Experience London’s Canals at The London Canal Museum
London transport usually means the tube and big red busses. But it also has some wonderful canals, as documented by The London Canal Museum. A Victorian ice warehouse that’s been repurposed as a museum, it is a lovely blend of history and beauty located alongside The Regent’s Canal.
This Saturday (15 October) is the museum’s Family Challenge Day. You can make balloon-powered vehicles or help create a massive collage for the museum wall to represent its local heritage.
For those who want to experience canals with their original use in mind, take an underground canal boat tour. There’s even a special Halloween variation on this; journey on a canal through a spooky tunnel as ghost stories send chills down your spine.
London Canal Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, and is situated a five minute walk from King’s Cross Station. Booking in advance is highly recommended for the Underground Boat Tours and Halloween Experience. The Family Challenge Day is part of The Big Draw 2016 #STEAMBDF16.
Visit www.canalmuseum.org.uk for more information
Good cause of the day
COLOMBIA FIESTA: Journey through Colombia with cumbia music, live salsa performances, and a South American buffet at Floripa in Shoreditch. All proceeds go to Children Change Colombia. £10/£12.50, book in advance/just turn up, all night from 6pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
A Secret London Tour
Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. See the world’s smallest police station and visit London’s most superstitious hotel on a walking tour covering everything weird, wonderful and London. £12 Book now
Anyone Can Throw on the Potter’s Wheel with Vinni
Inspired by THAT Patrick Swayze scene in Ghost?
Discover the essentials of pottery and have a go at making your own pot.
Expert Vinni will guide you through the history of pottery and clay, before you get a chance to use a pottery wheel to make your own pot.
Discover the Delicious World of Dim Sum with Will
Fancy some Dim Sum Fun?
Learn how to make restaurant-quality dim sum under the guidance of the main instructor at the London Cookery School, William Wong.
William will also teach you about different Chinese teas, and how to find one you love.
If that’s not enough, you’ll also pick up some Cantonese, so you can order the authentic way the next time you’re in China Town.