Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 18 May 2017

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Embark on a journey through Victorian London at the Guildhall Library

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BEAM ME BACK: Teleport yourself back to the zany era of space fiction, and discover toys, comics and artwork from classics such as Doctor Who, Star Trek and Thunderbirds. Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, Ladbroke Grove, £9, until 20 August, just turn up, 10am-6pm

ON YER BIKE: Croydon is staging an all day Cycle Fest, with events ranging from talks, charity racing and professionals darting through south London's streets. Croydon, free, just turn up, 11am-9pm

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: London's an expensive place to live, we all know that — but did you know that PwC predict that only 40% of Londoners will own their own home by 2025? Discover more about 'generation rent' and what we can learn from other countries, at this bite-sized lecture. Cruciform Building, Lecture Theatre 1, UCL, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

CAPITAL CONDOMS: Hear the story of the London Rubber Company, a condom company established in London in the 20th century, at a time when marketing of contraceptive products was heavily restricted. Wellcome Collection, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm

VICTORIAN LONDON: The city was a behemoth, the world's largest and most exciting. Embark on a virtual tour of London in Victorian times, weaving in and out of the city's wharves, workhouses, rookeries and the revolutionary London Underground. To really take you back, you'll end the evening in song with a glass of gin in hand. Guildhall Library, City of London, £6, 6pm-8pm

Explore the zen world of quilting at Drink Me Eat Me

MUSEUM LATE: Forest Hill's Horniman Museum is open late for a Museums at Night. Browse the exhibits after hours, enjoy storytelling in the garden, take part in craft sessions and hear talks about the garden and museum. Age 18+. Horniman Museum, £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

GHOST SIGNS: Discover the secrets behind those faded apparitions with ghost sign expert Sam Roberts as he shares 11 years of accumulated knowledge on the very best historic advertisements the city has to offer. Southwark Cathedral, £7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

LIFE DRAWING: Sketch gods and goddesses against the incredible backdrop of the Old Royal Naval College's Painted Hall. Old Royal Naval College, £20, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

MINDFULNESS: Calm your senses with a friendly introduction to the zen world of quilting. With an expert on hand and all the equipment you'll need, you're only one step away from mastering this traditional craft. Drink Me Eat Me, Hammersmith, £39, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

IMPROV COMEDY: Two teams of award winning comedians battle it out in a hilarious no-holds-barred improv smackdown, fighting for one thing, and one thing only — your approval. The Dogstar, Brixton, £5, book ahead, 8pm-9pm

Art review: street art old masters

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Street artist Bradley Theodore takes on the Old Master with his trademark multi-coloured skull motifs. So we get Theodore’s interpretations of Velazquez and Munch's The Scream in a riotously colourful exhibition. Bradley Theodore - The Second Coming at Maddox Gallery, 9 Maddox st, W1S 2QE. Until 20 May, free. ★★★☆☆

Food review: all day Americana

Focus is very much on all-day dining at the recently spruced up The Diner in Camden. Whether you’re just getting started, or looking for a recovery from the night before, The Diner Breakfast Burger will sort you right out. The Freakshow Chicken with hot sauce will blow away a few cobwebs — and leave you craving more, and the roof terrace is an ideal sun trap on those balmy summer days, whether you're on the milkshakes, or something a little harder (Bacon Mary, anyone?). The Diner Camden, 2 Jamestown Road, NW1 7BY ★★★★☆ Laura Reynolds

Theatre review: dead funny

These are the skeletons you WANT in your closet. In Addams Family Musical, Samantha Womack brings unexpected warmth to Morticia (is that a good thing?) and Cameron Blakeley's Gomez, Carrie Hope Fletcher's sensational Wednesday and Les Dennis's baleful romantic Uncle Fester are all prime turns. Like a classical goddess, ghoulish Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with a mortal. From Ohio. The conflict is slight, and the plot obvious if buoyed by some good songs but it's Alastair David's graveyard limb-jerking choreography performed by a committed ensemble of newcomers that brings it all together. Catch it now at Wimbledon before it moves on to haunt the rest of the nation until November. Addams Family Musical, New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, £15-£40, until 20 May ★★★★☆ [Tuesday to Saturday] Johnny Fox

Good cause of the day

VEGGIE WORKSHOP: Celebrate National Vegetarian Week in style with a series of intimate cooking demos, hosted in a swanky Shoreditch studio kitchen with Strictly star, musician and vegetarian Jay McGuiness. Come armed with your veggie-cooking questions, and a hungry stomach. All proceeds go to Hackney Foodbank. Studio 11, Perseverance Works, 25-27 Hackney Road, £10, book ahead, 5pm-6pm


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Food Psychology and Cravings

Have you ever wondered why you can't control yourself around specific foods? Sugar, coffee, chocolate, crisps? Do you find yourself overeating when stressed and tired? It's time to understand your mind and body's needs and stop beating yourself up for it. Learn about your cravings, what triggers them and why you can't stop eating specific foods with health coach and plant-based chef Denisa Ratulea. You will learn why you crave specific foods, how your cells, as well as emotions, are strongly connected to the way you eat and vice-versa and what you can do about it.   Get tickets

Neuroscience of Powerful Habits

Every January you do the same thing. You make a New Year's resolution to lose weight, be thriftier, quit smoking or possibly even to start exercising. Yet how many of us find ourselves in the exact spot we started in once the month is up? This talk by Dr Gabija Toleikyte, explains why the brain resists changing habits of a lifetime. She'll also explain how to create long lasting change, by working with your brain rather than against it. Get tickets

Blitzed - Drugs in Nazi Germany

To mark the release of his new book 'Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany' - Norman Ohler hosts an exclusive talk to discuss the sensational account of the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the third reich - from Hitler and his entourage to ordinary troops and housewives. Get tickets