Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 26 October 2017

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Things to do today is sponsored by Imperial War Museum London.

Expect an evening of freaky fun at this Addams Family concert, accompanied by a live orchestral score.

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FAMILY TOUR: While you leave your kids to the fun interactive tour, you can get all culturally sophisticated on the adult tour exploring the works of Turner and the pre-Raphaelites. Tate Britain, £15, book ahead, 10.30am

STICK EM UP: 'Paste up' art is fast becoming the go-to medium for street artists (you only need to walk around Shoreditch to see its proliferation). Now a group exhibition brings these artists and their various styles together. Well Hung Gallery, free, just turn up, (PV 6pm-9.30pm) until 25 November

BEATLES' HAIRDRESSER: He was the guy who transformed the Beatle's shaggy bowl haircuts into summer of love psychedelic styles; hear Leslie Cavendish recounts personal stories from his rock n roll years. The Book Club, £5.60, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

ADDAMS FAMILY CONCERT: Dress up like everyone's favourite kooky clan and make yourself comfy at the world premiere of The Addams Family accompanied by a live orchestra. Royal Albert Hall, £45, book ahead, 7pm

AUTUMN WINE TASTING: Is there a better combo than cheese and wine? Swill eight varieties of Italian wine accompanied by cheese, meats, single estate olive oil and plenty of bread for dipping. Go on, treat yourself. £20-£25, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

Hear classic tales of terror at London's gothic castle and inspiration behind the first gothic novel The Castle of Otranto. Photo: Steve Keiretsu (2015)

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION: Hear the stories of two Royal families whose families suffered during the uprisings and a talk on the importance of the Trans-Siberian Railway, as part of events marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution. Royal Geographical Society, £15, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm  

RUDIE'S CINEMA CLUB: Snack on jerk chicken with scotch bonnet peanut sauce, saltcod fritters and sugar rum mini doughnuts as you watch the Jamaican classic The Harder They Come. Rudie's Restaurant (Dalston), £24.23, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

HORROR FILM: Into classic horror movies and historic buildings? See F.W Murnau’s 1922 Dracula film Nosferatu in a grade I listed building on Old Street, accompanied by a live score from The Cabinet of Living Cinema. St Luke's, £16.50, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

LIBRARY OF SCREAMS: Halloween just wouldn't be complete without hearing macabre tales in a gothic castle (yes London has a gothic castle and it's well worth the trip to leafy Twickenham). Strawberry Hill House, £20, book ahead, 8pm-9.30pm

MORRIS IN ICELAND: William Morris was an extensive traveller and Iceland was somewhere he returned to again and again. See his souvenirs, listen to live Icelandic folk music and hear about his trips via writer and poet Lavinia Greenlaw, who'll be reading from her book Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland. William Morris Gallery (Walthamstow), £12/£8, book ahead, 8pm-10pm


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See artists' responses to war and conflict since 9/11

The catastrophic events of 11 September 2001 shocked the world and altered the course of history. Since then the fight against Terrorism has infiltrated every facet of our lives — from the way we travel to the way we communicate — and it's artists who have been at the forefront of communicating the varied reactions to global conflict.

In the first major UK exhibition of its kind, the Imperial War Museum London invites visitors to consider our own response to war and conflict, by using art to challenge our perceptions. Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 brings together more than 40 artists, including Ai Weiwei and Jenny Holzer, who will be exhibiting works that comment on the complex issues surrounding the nature of modern warfare, and the continued state of emergency in which we find ourselves living.

The 50 works of art, including film, sculpture, installations and photography — with some work commissioned especially for the exhibition — provides a unique take on these catastrophic events and the global consequences. The exhibition runs from 26 October 2017 - 28 May 2018. Book tickets here.


Good cause of the day: Fund this Kickstarter to support writers of colour

After the success of The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays by writers of colour and their experiences of race and immigration in the UK, Nikesh Shukla aims to launch a quarterly journal featuring more brilliant stories, poems, extracts and illustrations as told from a range of perspectives - but he needs £40,000 to do it. Make your pledge via the Kickstarter to support exciting, diverse voices (and you'll be rewarded with a range of goodies too).

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

The Harry Potter Christmas 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

Therapeutic Potential of Magic Mushrooms


Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London.  Get tickets

The Original London Loo Tour


We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets