Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 2 January 2018

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It's your last chance (until next year) to ice skate at the Tower of London.

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TOWER OF LONDON ICE RINK: Although some of London's rinks stay open into spring, today's your last chance to glide around the Tower of London's moat. Head there this evening when the castle walls will be illuminated by hundreds of pretty snowflakes. Tower of London, £15, book ahead, 11am-9pm

KEW GARDENS: Make your way to Kew Gardens for a morning storytime session, winter flower making, or brush up on your nature knowledge on a group tour of the Davies Alpine House. Today is the last day of Kew's winter programme, which means we're one step closer to Spring. Hurrah! Kew Gardens, £13, book ahead, 10am-3.30pm

THE CITY IS OURS: It's your last chance to catch this engaging exhibition exploring the challenges faced by cities around the world and some of the solutions being implemented. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

WESTMINSTER TREASURE HUNT: See the London sights on this treasure hunt. Once you've booked you'll receive your treasure hunt pack. Complete the route on your own, in a couple or as a group and don't forget to let the organisers know what time you start so they can book you a table at the finishing Treasure pub, where you'll get 20% off your bill. Big Ben, £14.99-£34.99, book ahead, 10am-10pm (and various other dates)

CROYDON WINTER FESTIVAL: Croydon Winter Festival packs up its fairground rides, Bavarian bar, grotto and ice rink after today so you'd better get a move on. Ashburton Park, £9.95/£7.95, book ahead, noon-10pm

See how and why cities are changing and what urban communities around the world are doing to improve city life in this interactive exhibition at the Museum of London.

RAPUNZEL: Puns abound, but no cliches can be found in this theatre performance of Rapunzel. Today is a relaxed performance, designed to welcome people with an Autism Spectrum, sensory or communication disorder or learning disability. Read our four star review here. Theatre Royal Stratford East, £10-£32, book ahead, 1.30pm-4.30pm today, until 13 January

VEGAN TAKEOVER: If you're going vegan for 2018 (or just for January) head to Walthamstow Village, where Plant Dawgs is serving up its plant-based take on the hot dog. The Nag's Head, (Walthamstow), just turn up, Mondays throughout January

AFTERTHOUGHT: Give your mental health a little TLC at this meditation session led by AfterThought. Once you're feeling suitably relaxed, local clinical psychotherapist Becca Allgood-May will chat about the benefits of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). R.A.W Lab (Royal Albert Wharf), £5 (cash only), just turn up, 7pm

MUNDO LINGO: Made a New Year's Resolution to learn a new language? This couldn't be easier in London, where around 300 people from all over the world meet regularly to learn each other's lingo. Join the Mundo Lingo Facebook group to be in the know about future events. Tonight's meeting is at Edgars Bar (Broadway Market). Free, just turn up, 7pm-11pm

JOSEPH MORPURGO: Better snap up tickets for this monstrously funny, multimedia comedy performance from Joseph Morpurgo. They won't hang around for long. Read our four-star review of Hammerhead. Soho Theatre, from £9, book ahead, 8pm, until 6 January

Good cause of the day:"Rebuild, Rise Up!", a Hurricane Benefit

Hurricanes Irma and Maria left Caribbean cities and islands devastated. The issues might seem far away but the help doesn't have to be. In fact, you only need to go as far as Ronnie Scott's. On Sunday (7 January), musicians are coming together for a night of blues and soul, with all proceeds going towards the Anguilla Foundation, in partnership with Anguilla Red Cross. Ronnie Scott's, £100-£150, book ahead, 6.30pm, 7 January

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

Festive Interactive Harry Potter 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

A 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

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Express


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

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