Things To Do Today In London: Friday 28 October 2016

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Things to do today:

FAMOUS DEAD BODIES: Did you know the skins of executed criminals were used to bind books? Robert Stephenson discusses what happened to some of London's famous bodies — including a dead pope who was put on trial. Free, book in advance (email archives@westminster.gov.uk), 6pm

TATE LATE: Doodle classes, 10 minute talks, DJ sets and a film following footballer Zinedine Zidane in real time take over Tate Modern for its late night event in partnership with Uniqlo. Free, just turn up, all night from 6pm

GEFFRYE MUSEUM: Expect talks, dancing, love songs and a shedload of glitter at Geffrye Museum's late as part of And What? Queer Arts Festival. Grab a cocktail (or three) and find out what home means to some of the UK's most famous LGBTQI artists. £5, book in advance, 6pm-11pm

LITTLE AMERICA: Discover the history of London's US embassy before it moves, in a documentary featuring snippets from Tony Blair, William Hague and other politicians. The screening is introduced by a short lecture exploring the building's architectural importance. Free, book in advance, 6.30pm

UNBELIEVERS' GHOST WALK: Whether you're a sceptic or not, take a walk with Londonist writer Scott Wood and hear tales of carpet-lifting pub ghosts and maybe even meet the ghost of Scratching Fanny on Cock Lane. £5 (+booking fee), book in advance, 6.30pm

V&A LATE: Live grime music, a twerkshop (yep, a twerking workshop) and West African-inspired cookery classes take over the Victoria and Albert Museum's night event, in partnership with gal-dem, an online magazine and collective. Free, just turn up (some events are ticketed), 6.30pm-10pm

POLITICAL COMEDY: It's said laughter is the best medicine, so giggle away the Brexit blues, the woes of the NHS, and the existence of Boris Johnson, with David House's political satire at SLAM King's Cross. £10 (+booking fee), book in advance, 7pm

HALLOWEEN AT SEA: Step on board the Cutty Sark for a candlelit tour to discover what terrible misfortunes waylaid her crew, before watching 1931 classic Dracula with a (necessary) shot of whisky. £25, book in advance, various times from 7pm

HISTORICAL BANQUET: Join Henry VIII and his court of jesters, contortionists, magicians and strongmen for a theatrical, four-course feast. £50, book in advance, 7.15pm

HALLOWEEN BALL: Adorn yourself with your finest spooky attire for a Halloween Ball at Clapham Grand Theatre where freakish circus acts and enchanting live blues and jazz music await you. £20, book in advance, 8pm-3am


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Good cause of the day

DEAR HOME OFFICE: Eight refugees combine physical theatre, spoken word, live music and intimate film footage to tell their stories of living in the UK. The performance at Pleasance Theatre is followed by a Q&A. £10, book in advance, 7.30pm


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