Things To Do This Week In London: 30 October-5 November 2017

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The Royal Ballet celebrates the life of legendary choreographer Kenneth MacMillan.

WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE: How many female architects can you name? Pay this exhibition a visit and you'll be able to reel them off. There's Zaha Hadid for one, whose oeuvre has earned her her own installation here.  AA Gallery (Bedford Square), free, just turn up, ongoing

HALLOWEEN: Looking for some spectacularly spooky Halloween events in London? Check out our guides to the best Halloween happenings and film screenings occurring this week.

BALLET: The Royal Ballet celebrates the life of the late, legendary choreographer Kenneth MacMillan in this series of poignant dance performances. Royal Opera House, £4-£70, book ahead, until 1 November

DADDY ISSUES: Of Kith And Kin is a highly watchable production following a bantering urban couple in what looks like a Terry and June sitcom with Habitat furnishings. Bush Theatre, £10-£20, book ahead, until 25 November.

SOUTINE PORTRAITS: Our reviewer didn't think much of these contorted, fleshy portraits of 1920s hotel staff but maybe you'll feel differently. The Courtauld Gallery, £10.50, book ahead, until 21 January

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: See Mel Brooks’ ingenious update of Young Frankenstein delivered as a spoof of both stage musicals and the horror movie genre. It’s ingenious, funny, clever and corny. Garrick Theatre, £20, book ahead, until 29 September 2018

Monday 30 October

Get creative at this witchy drawing session at the Tower of London.

ARCHITECTURE TOUR: Going behind the scenes at St Paul's Cathedral involves climbing 140 steps, negotiating a narrow passage and height restrictions, but the views will be worth it. St Paul's Cathedral, £10, book ahead, 3pm-4.30pm

DRAWN AT THE TOWER: Put your drawing skills to the test in this women and witchcraft-themed class, where dramatic costumed figures are your subjects. Tower of London, £25, book ahead, 6.45-9pm

TWISTED: Embark on an Oliver Twist-inspired adventure through the backstreets of Shoreditch, in which a young migrant has gone missing. Dress for the outdoors. Start at Rich Mix, various prices, book ahead, until 18 November

Tuesday 31 October

See the Wicker Man brought to life with a live soundtrack at the Union Chapel.

COOKERY CLUB: There's more to salads than limp lettuce and flavourless tomatoes, as you'll find out in today's salad and dressing session, (one of six if you feel like flexing your chef skills.) The Garden Museum (Lambeth), £20-£100 (for all six sessions), book ahead, 11am-1.30pm

VIKTOR WYND'S BIRTHDAY: Sip Hendrick's Gin while you take in the array of outlandish objects on display at this curiosity shop, which is celebrating its third birthday in true odd-ball style. The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities (Hackney), free, book ahead, 6pm-11pm

CHAPEL CHILLS: Settle in for a properly spooky night in this atmospheric venue, featuring cult classic The Wicker Man, accompanied by a live score. Hit the bar for creepy cocktails if it all gets a bit much. Union Chapel (Islington), £16.50, book ahead, 6.30pm

MUSEUM LATE: Spend Halloween surrounded by skeletons and skulls at the Grant Museum of Zoology's after-dark event. Grant Museum of Zoology, £6 (includes glass of wine), just turn up, 6.30pm-9pm

PSYCHO AT THE SHARD: Take your Halloween to new heights at this special screening of horror classic, Psycho from the top of The Shard, with a complimentary cocktail thrown in to steel your nerves. £40, book ahead, 8pm-11pm


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Wednesday 1 November

See Quarter Life Crisis for a fun portrayal of what it's like to struggle through your 20s in London.

RECYCLED FUTURE: Obsolete computers, broken everyday objects, unwanted toys and all forms of plastic are brought to life in this exhibition, which has taken five years of sculpting/hoarding to create. Oxo Tower Wharf, free, just turn up, 11am-8pm, until 5 November

DUTCH FILM FEST: Expand your film genre repertoire at this film festival dedicated to all things Dutch and Flemish. Dutch Centre, £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm (until 4 November)

IMPROV CLASS: Looking for a new hobby, new friends or new found confidence? This relaxed improv class should cater for all three. The Nursery Training Centre (Southwark), £16.32, book ahead, 7pm

QUARTER LIFE CRISIS: Follow this Londoner as she navigates Tinder, how to keep your student card and all the other things 20-somethings stress over. The Albany Theatre, £14/£10, book ahead, 7pm

Thursday 2 November

London's first rooftop ice skate rink opens today at Tobacco Dock.

WAHACA DAY OF THE DEAD: Expect reenactments of traditional ceremonies, plenty of tacos and all the tequila you can handle at the tunnels underneath Waterloo. It's as close as you're going to get to the traditional Day of the Dead celebrations without hopping on a plane to Mexico. Funds raised will support victims of the recent Mexico earthquakes. The Vaults (Waterloo), £27.50, book ahead, until 4 November

PERSONALISED PACKAGING: Do you secretly get excited when you find a Coke bottle with your name on it? Find out why in this exhibition, which is all about the power of personalisation in packaging. Museum of Brands (Notting Hill), £9, book ahead, until 7 January

HACKOUSTIC VILLAGE: Expect sonic experiments, sound installations you can play with and lots experimental instruments at this four-day event. Musical genius or a cacophony? You decide. The Old Truman Brewery, £10/£6, book ahead, 10am-6pm, until 5 November

SKYLIGHT: Pretty much any activity is made instantly more fun when it's plonked on a rooftop. That includes ice skating, especially when there's fondue, mulled wine and cocktails involved. Skylight, Tobacco Dock, free entry (charge for activities), 5pm-11pm (opens today for the winter season)

EXPERIMENTAL ART: This night keeps things excited with its mixture of video art, short films and live performances, which put Middle Eastern culture and politics into sharp focus. Iklectik (Waterloo), £7/£10 on the door, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm

IMMERSIVE COMEDY HOUSE PARTY: Wondering how you make comedy 'immersive'? Throw in some innuendo charades, tequila roulette and musical statues, of course. Old Queens Head (Islington), £6, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm

Friday 3 November

ALLY PALLY FIREWORKS: We reckon you've chosen well if you end up here tonight: think spectacular fireworks, fire shows, parades, live music and more street food stalls than you can shake a sparkler at. Alexandra Palace, various prices, book ahead, until 4 November

BALL PIT BIRTHDAY: There's nothing like the childhood glee that comes with jumping into a giant pit of multicoloured balls. All kidults are most welcome at Ballie Ballerson's first birthday shindig. Ballie Ballerson (Shoreditch), £22.03-£27.47, book ahead, 6pm

CRIME SCENE IMPROV: Dream up bizarre murder mystery cases in your spare time? Then you'll find this event, in which the Chandeliers crime scene/comedy act perform your suggestions, a doddle. Museum of Comedy, £10, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

LIVE ROOFTOP MUSIC: If you fancy getting glammed up and unwinding to live music tonight, Kensington Roof Gardens is a fine choice. Singer songwriter Tina Toplak headlines the evening. The Roof Gardens (Kensington), £22, age 21+, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

STARGAZING: Perfect your lunar photography at this stargazing event,  for anyone who enjoys looking at the moon but is always disappointed by their blurry iPhone snaps of it. Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, £22, book ahead, 8pm-10pm

Saturday 4 November

Wimbledon Park fireworks in 2012. Photo: ken_tsuda

LONDON FIREWORKS: London's whizzing, popping displays are among the best in the country. This year's offerings range from council displays to children’s fireworks, ticketed-only events and fundraising conflagrations. Check out our London fireworks guide to make sure your bonfire night is a banger.

MORNING GLORYVILLE: Start your day with a face full of biodegradable glitter and a sober rave in a Mayan jungle as part of Morning Gloryville and Wahaca's Day of The Dead celebrations. The Vaults, £21.49, book ahead, 7am

PLAGUE TALES: Get suitably grossed out on this gory tour, telling the story of the plague. It is Hallo-week after all. (Your tour guide is the guy holding a stick with a rat on it). Tower Hill tube, £10/£9, book ahead, 2pm

KILO SALE: £15 could nab you an entire outfit if you choose carefully at this vintage sale, where you pay by weight. Pop Brixton, free entry, just turn up, 11am-5pm, until 5 November

Sunday 5 November

Get sloshed as you paint at Brush and Bubbles.

LONDON PHOTO FAIR: Since the 1980s this Sunday fair has been a meeting place for vintage photography dealers, collectors, curators and the camera curious. Bloomsbury Holiday Inn, £10/£5/£2, just turn up, 10am-4pm

SUNDAY SERMON: Hear human rights activist Shami Chakrabarti speak about the many benefits that would be brought about by women's equality. Cecil Sharp House, £20, book ahead, 11am

BRUSH AND BUBBLES: Get creative and let your hair down at this boozy painting class. Just don't dip your paint brush in the prosecco. View94 (Putney), £29.99, book ahead, 11am-1.30pm and 2.30pm-5pm

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Discover the Secret History of the London Underground


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

Talk: Psychology of Love Making


Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. Get tickets

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies


Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet.   Get tickets

Love Actually


Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue.  Get tickets