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


Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

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

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

Take a Walk Through London's Most Historic Spots

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

Talk: Is Monogamy Dead?

Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets