Things To Do In London This Weekend: 29-30 October

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Things to do in London this weekend is sponsored by Alexandra Palace.

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HALLOWEEN: From witch trial-inspired theatre to pumpkin carving, a ghost walk to a ghoulish afternoon tea, check out our spooktacular guide of how to make the most of Halloween in London.

OXFAM COSTUMES: Find haunting Victoriana and Gothic inspired clothing just in time for Halloween, at Oxfam's pop up shop in Boxpark Shoreditch. Free, just turn up, until 30 October

IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL: Iranian films including Palme d'Or winning Taste of Cherry are being screened as part of the London Iranian Film Festival. All in Farsi with English subtitles. £12-£21, book in advance 28 October-2 November

COMIC CON: Meet stars like The Doctor and Hogwarts' professors, explore some of film's most iconic props and purchase limited memorabilia at MCM London Comic Con. ExCel London. £15-£50, book in advance, 28-30 October

CANOPY MARKET: Munch on some of London's best food at King's Cross Canopy Market while you rifle through vinyl from independent labels and peruse artwork from University of the Arts London students and graduates. Free, just turn up, 28-30 October

LONDON WINE FAIR: Over 300 wines are available to taste at the this fair. There are workshops and even wine walks to pick from — but get your tickets soon because they're selling out quickly. £15, book in advance, 29-30 October

MOTORCYCLE SHOW: Not all motorbikes are created equal, but the best ones are on display at Kickback Motorcycle Show at Olympia London. Alongside the choppers and racers, there'll be vintage films, live bands, and even free parking for motorcyclists. £8.95, book in advance, 29-30 October

REGENT'S CANAL: Celebrate 200 years of The Regent's Canal by exploring London Canal Museum's temporary exhibition. £4, just turn up, until November 2016

PEARLY QUEENS: Be dazzled by the pearl-adorned outfits of East London's Pearly Kings and Queens in this display at the Museum of London. Free, just turn up, until 8 November

Saturday 29 October

Visit the past of the most diverse continent in the world through science fiction tales at Afrofuturism.

POSTER PARADE: From the 2016 Olympics to horse riding in London, explore 100 years of sports posters on the Underground at London Transport Museum. £17, just turn up, all day from 10am

TURKEY TALK: Meet journalists, activists and human rights campaigners at a day of talks discussing the situation in Turkey, from its recent failed coup to its battle for democracy. Free, book in advance, 10am-4.45pm

EYE CONTACT EXPERIMENT: Join 150 other cities and take part in the world's largest eye contact experiment to promote peace. Free, just turn up, 1pm

AFROFUTURISM: African storytellers and inventors unite for Afrofuturism, Afrokanist Magazine's evening event telling tales of Africa, both past and present. Free, book in advance, 5pm

BONES DISCOVERED: Find out why skeleton remains were discovered under the floor of Benjamin Franklin House near Charing Cross, with a talk by historian Braena Sykes. £5, book in advance, 6.30pm

HALLOWEEN BALL: Scary costumes are mandatory for The Mansion's Halloween Ball, where there are three floors of music, fire shows, fortune tellers and even a graveyard in the back garden... £35 (+booking fee), book in advance, 9pm-3am


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Celebrate 80 years of television at Alexandra Palace

Celebrate 80 years since the first TV broadcast with a special event at Alexandra Palace, the birthplace of television. With performances from improv-comedy troupe Do Not Adjust Your Stage, as well as Ted-style talks by industry experts and 1930s themed cocktails and canapés, this event is well worth a night away from the small screen.

80th Anniversary of Broadcast History takes place at Alexandra Palace on 2 November. Tickets, including a cocktail on arrival and themed canapés, cost £25 (plus a £2.50 booking fee) and can be purchased here. Choice of 6pm-7.45pm session (with Dr Hugh Hunt) or 8.30pm-10.15pm session (with Professor Danielle George).


Sunday 30 October

CLOCKS GO BACK! Don't forget that the clocks go back at 2am on Sunday, which means ONE EXTRA HOUR OF WEEKEND IN LONDON!

Tippi Hedren in The Birds.

FAMILY SCIENCE DAY: Take the kids to The Royal Institution to discover the limits of their senses through demonstrations and experiments. £14, book in advance, 11am-4pm

THE BIRDS: Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds is being shown at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. Journalist and bookworm Simon Savidge will speak after the screening about how both Hitchcock and writer Daphne du Maurier managed to make birds quite so scary. £6, book in advance, 1pm-4pm

FAMILY RAVE: Raves aren't just for adults — DJs from Koko and The Jazz Café are spinning the decks at BeBop Baby dance in Walthamstow. £4, book in advance, 1pm-4pm

FREUD MUSEUM SYMPOSIUM: Channel your inner Freud at a debate about 'thinking in cases' at the Freud Museum. £40, book in advance, 2pm-5.30pm

SUNDAY CONCERT: Delight your ears with music from Mozart and Beethoven at the Coriolan String Trio's recital at Conway Hall. If you're under 25, get your ticket for free. £10, book in advance, 5.30pm

SOMALI ENTERTAINMENT: Visiting and London-based musicians (like Yurub Geenyo and nasheed/spoken word artist Faysal Salah) perform at Somali Week Festival's closing event. £15 (+booking fee)< book in advance, 6pm

MUSICAL THEATRE: The Pheasantry in Chelsea is holding an evening of musical theatre, so get your tickets and let music set you free (à la Phantom of the Opera). £12, book in advance, 8pm


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

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