Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 24 October 2017

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Browse seasonal produce and plants at the RHS Autumn Garden Show.

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MASK MAGIC: Get your Halloween outfit sorted at this workshop where you create your own hand-painted mask using inspiration from different cultures. Blackhorse Sideshow, £10.84, book ahead, 10am-noon

GIBBON FEST: Create a giant rainforest, learn about endangered apes and take part in specimen-based activities to celebrate International Gibbon Day. Grant Museum of Zoology, free, just turn up, noon-4pm

BEING A MAN: Lad culture, gang culture and male suicide are some of the topics unpicked in this three-day festival which asks 'What makes a man?' China Exchange, £10, book ahead, 6pm

SPARKLING PUMPKIN CARVING: Do Halloween the sophisticated way — with a glass of champers in hand. Drink, Shop & Do, £12, book ahead, 6pm and 8.30pm

TUSK TRAFFICKERS: Hear about the important and often dangerous work the Environmental Investigation Agency is doing to uncover the illegal ivory trade and save Africa's elephants. Frontline Club, £12.50/£10, book ahead, 7pm

WILDLIFE DRAWING: Bored of drawing still lifes? At this drawing class, you'll be sketching snakes from a local reptile sanctuary while learning about the risks of keeping exotic pets. Protein Studios, £26, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

ART GOSSIP: Get the lowdown on this year's Frieze Art Fair from art collector and Sky Arts presenter Kate Bryan, who'll be talking about who exhibited/who didn't and filling eager culture vultures on behind the scenes stories. The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

AUTUMN: Expect pumpkin carving, live music and get first dibs on plants at the opening evening of the RHS Autumn Garden Show, open until 26 October. The first 200 green-fingered gardeners through the door can enjoy a complimentary drink. RHS Horticultural Halls, £5, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

RU PAUL'S DRAG WINNER: At a loss after exhausting every episode of Ru Paul's Drag Race? See Ru Paul winner Jinkx performing all your favourite Broadway songs in the flesh with just her improv skills, memory and fabulous outfit to see her through. Leicester Theatre, £25, book ahead, 9.15pm, until 28 October

LONDINIUM: It's your last chance to see Leadenhall Market as it was in Roman times when an ancient Basilica occupied this site. How? Through a new virtual reality experience created by the clever Guildhall technical theatre students, of course — it is 2017 after all. City of London, free, noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm, until 24 October

Good cause of the day: Become an archaeologist for the day and support MaesTherapy

Kids are invited to become an archaeologist for the day at Greenwich Market and learn how to make their own amulet using moulds from the National Archeological Museum in Naples. Profits go to Maes Therapy, which supports children with neuro-developmental conditions and movement disorders. Greenwich market, £5, just turn up, 10am-noon


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