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.

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