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City of London Guide Alexandra Epps holds a free talk about the architecture of the City of London, focusing on joint works between sculptors and architects. Takes place at Barbican Library. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm
60 Untold Stories is a photography exhibition at Goldsmiths University in New Cross. Through photos, it tells the stories of the "first black middle-class" — the first children of Caribbean origin to successfully pass through the British education system into the professions. Part of Black History Month. Free, just turn up, 1-30 October
Opening today is Grant Museum of Zoology's new exhibition, Glass Delusions. Work by artist Eleanor Morgan will be on display, inspired by the Grant Museum's collection of intricate glass sponges — animals that naturally build themselves out of glass — they are formed of 90% silica. Free, just turn up, until 19 December
SHORTS ON TAP:
WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY:
Unleash your inner pop/rock star at The Phoenix in Cavendish Square. Rockaoke lets you belt your heart out to the backing track of a live band. £4, 7.30pm
Is your knowledge of Mexican food limited to burritos and fajitas? Let Kitchen Theory expand your knowledge at this Mexican dining experience — a modern interpretation of Mexican gastronomy without a nacho in sight. From £32, 7.30pm
Christoph von Dohnányi is bringing Schubert's Symphony No. 9 to Royal Festival Hall. Hear the emotional piece performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra. £16.50, 7.30pm
HOME NATIONS COMEDY:
Head to the Rugby World Cup Fanzone in Richmond to see comedians Scotland’s Danny Bhoy, Ireland’s Ardal O'Hanlon, Wales's Lloyd Langford and England’s Zoe Lyons battle it out for title of Home Nations Champion. £20, 8pm
Comedian Michael McIntyre has a 10 day residency of his latest show, Happy + Glorious, at the O2. He currently holds the record for the biggest selling comedy tour in the whole world in 2012, so we're expecting good things. £40.75, 8pm
Good cause of the day
Tonight, Coram children's charity hosts a fundraising screening of 1981 cult film Gregory's Girl, followed by a live Q&A with actress and star of the film Clare Grogan. It takes place at the Warner Bros. Screening Room, with a minimum donation of £70 to attend. More information here.
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