Things To Do Today in London: Tuesday 19 June 2018

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TOMORROWTOWN: It's your last chance to see Emina Čamdžić's Sarajevo-inspired art exhibition. Through her conceptual sketches and watercolour works she reveals a multicultural city — where east meets west — striving to surpass stereotypes of its war-torn past. 508 Gallery (Chelsea), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

ART DECO ARSENAL: Experience the glamour of the 1920s and 1930s in the north London neighbourhood of Arsenal. Footprints of London will take you on a walking tour to discover the art deco architecture of N4 and N5. Meet in Arsenal (precise location given on ticket), £12, book ahead, 11am-12.30pm

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: Think you know Covent Garden? Think again. This morning stroll will take you down its lesser known streets and alleyways, from the site of a burial ground to a former leper hospital and rookery. Cheery stuff, then. Meet outside Amba Hotel (Charing Cross), £12, 11am-12.30pm

ALLY PALLY DISCOUNT EVENING: Listen to swing, drink Pimm's, and meet the north London bee keepers at Alexandra Palace Garden Centre's summer discount evening. There's 10% off all in store purchases (or 15% if you sign up for a Capital Gardens Privilege Card). Alexandra Palace Garden Centre, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-8pm

PROTOTYPE: Prepare to be plunged into a sci-fi landscape that covers the aftermath of the Galveston Hurricane, the auto industry, the birth of cinema, and much more, as Genesis Cinema hosts the UK premiere of Blake Williams' experimental 3D feature Prototype. Genesis Cinema (Stepney Green), £7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm


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Sounds Like London: our picks today

June brings the Mayor of London's Sounds Like London campaign to the capital — a month-long celebration of both women in music and London's grassroots music scene. Here's our pick of today's Sounds Like London events:

SAMANTHA WHATES: Celebrity hangout and drinking den The Phoenix Artist Club reverberates with the spellbinding voice of Samantha Whates. It's a sound so rich and warm, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were out in the wind wrapped up in merino wool. Phoenix Artist Club, £10, 6.30pm-9.30pm


Part Brexit comedy show, part history lesson.

WIZARDRY QUIZ: If you've got a soft spot for Hogwarts' most evil misunderstood house, we've got the Harry Potter pub quiz for you. Spectacular Pub Quizzes are putting on a trivia night dedicated to all things Slytherin, so don some emerald and silver robes and let's put that preternatural sense of ambition to good use. Concrete (Shoreditch), £20, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

MICHAEL HURLEY: Septuagenarian alt-folk icon Michael Hurley crosses the pond to perform his vast catalogue of tunes. Expect odes to aliens, women and tea. Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, £8, book ahead, 7.30pm

LGBT ASYLUM SEEKERS: Members of the Actors for Human Rights network read first-hand accounts of LGBT+ people seeking asylum in the UK. Hear about their experiences in their home country and on arrival in the UK. The Old Library (Camberwell), free — donations encouraged, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

OLIVIA CHANEY: London-based musician Olivia Chaney has just released her second album, Shelter. It's produced by Thomas Bartlett, who has worked with the likes of David Byrne, Florence Welch, and Sufjan Stevens, so expect big things from this live folk performance. Hoxton Hall, £15, book ahead, 8pm-10pm

KIERAN HODGSON: A show about how politics can rip apart even the closest of relationships doesn't sound like a barrel of laughs, but character comedian Kieran Hodgson may just surprise you. In his new show, he dives into history to weave an epic tale of how Britain joined Europe in the first place. 2NorthDown (King's Cross), £6, book ahead, 9pm

Good cause of the day

Explore ideas of home, community, and identity with the help of four speakers at The Department Store. You'll also get to see the end result of the Giant Dolls' House project, a collaborative installation made out of cardboard with the help of local families. All proceeds from ticket sales to go to homelessness charity Shelter.

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Lost London Walking Tour


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...   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

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 Get tickets

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


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