Things To Do Today In London: Monday 25 September 2017

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MULTIMEDIA 1900: Learn about how media gadgetry was experienced by early users, and imagine a day in the life of some early Londoners in Edwardian Britain. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

CHRISTIE'S LATES: This evening will celebrate the life and career of one of Hollywood's most famous icons. Through the objects she collected and used, gain insights into what made Audrey Hepburn tick. There's also a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Christie's, free, just turn up, 6pm-9.30pm

LONDON DRONE: Drones aren't just the angels of death that you hear about on the news. This film festival showcases the work that can be accomplished using drone technology. Institute of Contemporary Arts, £19, book ahead, 6pm-11pm

ANGLICAN ATHROPOLOGIES: In the third lecture of a four part series celebrating excellent women, join Dr Jane Williams for a discussion on the poetry of Barbara Pym. Westminster Abbey, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

SWASHBUCKLING COURSE: Finally a place where you can really let loose with your Kill Bill impression. This three week sword course will have you ready for your enemies in no time. Haggerston School, £60, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm, until 11 October

Learn how to swashbuckle Samurai style

PARTY PIRATES: Aussie rock band Lagerstein are back in Blighty for their Young Dumb and Full of Rum tour. Expect a heavy pirate theme, Australian accents, mayhem, chaos, and any other inverted superlatives you can think of. Star of Bethnal Green, free, just turn up, 7pm-11pm

DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS: Join philosopher AC Grayling as he examines what has gone wrong with representative democracy and what he thinks needs to be done to fix it. British Library, £12, book ahead, 7pm

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET: Put on your blue suede shoes, walk the line, and head on over to Hornchurch for this smash hit musical inspired by a famous recording session that brought together Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, £30, book ahead, 7.30pm

COMEDY NIGHT: Have a laugh with 100 Wardour Street tonight in the heart of Soho. The club is steeped in history and had welcomed musical icons such as Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. Sadly Hendrix and the Stones could not be here tonight, but there's a decent line up of comics to make up for it. 100 Wardour Street, £15, book ahead, 7pm

WAR CHILD FEST: Celebrate Spice World, check out Plan B's new single, watch movies, attend Q&A's and let loose at a host of special events and parties during this two week festival; all to raise money for children affected by war. Multiple London locations, £10, book ahead, various times, until 6 October

Art review: a clothes peg creature

A curved seemingly organic form appears to emerge from a collection of clothes pegs and a bronze head looks vulnerable as holes have been punched out of it, while a Howard Hodgkin painting hangs between them. These are just a few of the works in this intimate group show, in a small gallery in Soho. Discovering a new gallery is always a treat for us and we’re glad to report it’s got a strong show on. Becoming & Dissolving at Alice Black, 47 Berwick Street (1st floor), W1F 0PH. Until 16 November, free. ★★★☆☆ (Wednesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: Rupert Murdoch on the West End

James Graham’s Ink, transferring from the Almeida, explores Rupert Murdoch’s buying of The Sun newspaper in 1969. Both owner Murdoch (a splendid Bertie Carvel) and editor Larry Lamb (an excellent Richard Coyle) want to use it to ‘bring down’ the establishment, but Murdoch’s aim is to create his own, while Lamb simply remembers how it slighted him. Intriguingly, however, it is Lamb who, if anything, becomes the more ruthless as they chase sales. This relevant, dark and yet humorous examination of democracy and populism lasts nearly three hours (including interval) but never once drags. Ink, Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG 9 September 2017 – 6 January 2018 ★★★★★ Sam Smith

Good cause for the day

PROTEIN BLOCK PARTY: This Block Party is a celebration of the Protein Community, where you can bring together friends and family to enjoy the best local food, music, drinks and vibes. All profits on the day go towards Amnesty International. Protein Studios, free, book ahead, 30 September, 12pm-8pm

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Take a Fascinating Tour Beneath the Pubs and Pavements of London


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

Go Off the Beaten Track With 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