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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London's Grime & Punishment Tour

Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.    Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour

Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour

Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets