Things To Do Today In London: Monday 6 November 2017

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Fall in love with Portugal at The New Douro festival at the Vinyl Factory.

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NEWHAM WORD FEST: A new literary festival unfolds in Newham this week. Today you can hear family favourite So Much read out, try your hand at Arabic calligraphy, and join a scriptwriting class. Various venues and prices, book ahead, 6-19 November

WINE TASTING: Once you've sampled tapas, wine and port from the Douro Valley, you'll understand why Portugal is becoming a bit of a hip destination of late. Phonica Records (Soho), £30-£100, book ahead, 5pm-9pm

THE SOCIAL: A relaxed evening of storytelling, live music and poetry featuring musicians Marisa Anderson and Toby Hay, plus poetry from Martha Sprackland. The Social (Little Portland Street), £11, book ahead, 7pm

FUTURE OF TECH: What's next in the world of tech? Space elevators? fusion-powered toasters? Find out at this talk on the dangers and benefits of emerging tech. Royal Institution, £16, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Crowley & Co.'s resident variety showcase at Brasserie Zédel returns with a spooky Halloween special.

RUSSIAN POETRY: Hear poems written by Russian poets who were imprisoned, exiled or perished in prison camps, first in English, then in Russian. Pushkin House (Bloomsbury), £7, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

FAT GAY VEGAN: Make some new mates or treat your old ones at this multi-course feast from Mexican vegan chef Mariana Blanco and Fat Gay Vegan aka Sean O'Callaghan. Vegan HQ (Ealing), £40, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

SAVE THE HONEYBEE: Did you know Britain is home to around 250 bee species, so why does the honeybee occupy all of our conservation efforts? Unpicking this sticky subject is ecologist and writer Rebecca Nesbit. The Monarch Bar (Camden), £3, just turn up, 7.30pm

PIZZA EXPRESS LIVE: A new night of stand-up comedy in the recently refurbed basement of the Holborn branch of Pizza Express. Tonight's the turn of Suzi Ruffell, Paul McCaffrey and Ed Gamble. Pizza Express (Holborn), £10, book ahead, 8.30pm

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Pretend it's still Halloween at this spooky special with a varied line up of comedy, jazz and storytelling, which promises to be funny, sexy and scary. Brasserie Zédel, £10, book ahead, 9.15pm-10.45pm

Good cause of the day: Gig fundraiser for Cardboard Citizens on 11 November

Doing your good deed today can be as easy and as enjoyable as buying a ticket for a live music gig. This one is raising money for the homeless charity Cardboard Citizens. The Victoria, £5.82/£10 suggested donation on the door, book ahead, 8pm-11pm, 11 November

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

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

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets

The British Museum Tour - Ideas That Made Our World


Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets

Couple Painting - Dating With a Difference


Get creative with your partner in this date night with a difference. Between you, you’ll get to create your very own piece of artwork on a large canvas. Help is on hand if you need it, but freestyle pieces are always encouraged… Get tickets