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


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Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


Tales of torture and plagues await you on a historical walk around London — see bombed out ruins, discover Medieval markets and even visit a Roman ampitheatre. £12 Get tickets

Become Robin Hood for the Day in an Archery Class


See if you can hit bullseye with an archery lesson in London Bridge. Maybe you'll be the next Robin Hood... £25 Get tickets