Things To Do Today In London: Monday 17 October 2016

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There are not one but two events at the British Library today. Photo: Darrell Godliman

Things to do today:

HALLOWEEN TEA: Frankenstein macarons and bloodied finger éclairs are on the menu at Lancaster London Hotel's Halloween-themed afternoon tea. £35, book in advance, until 31 October

LUNCHTIME TALK: Explore the evolution of the English language with a lunchtime lecture at the British Library. £5, book in advance, 12.30pm-1.30pm

9TH CENTURY BRITAIN: Learn about Britain in the 9th century with a talk about Nennius, the author of History of the Britons, at the British Library. Free, just turn up, 6.15pm

POST-BREXIT DIPLOMACY: Former foreign policy adviser Tom Fletcher discusses the future of European and global policy in the post-Brexit context. Lecture takes place at London School of Economics. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8pm

COSMOS TALK: Scientist and writer Sean Carroll explains how the laws of physics control the cosmos and human life in a talk at the Royal Institution. £14, book in advance, 7pm-8.30pm

VEUVE CLICQUOT TASTING: Sample three Veuve Clicquot and two Cloudy Bay wines in a tasting at Vivat Bacchus in London Bridge. £20, book in advance, 7pm-10pm

IMPROVISED COMEDY: Live TED-style talks inspire comedy sketches take place in Waterloo's Vaults. The guest expert speakers inspiring the acts of this week's Wunderkammer are pianist Colin Sell and comedian Jay Foreman. £7, book in advance, 7pm

SCARE SLAM: Storytellers share their scariest tales at Blackshaw's Scare Slam at The Old Lion Red Theatre. £7, book in advance, 9.30pm


Good cause of the day

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Help students from non-selective schools develop their confidence, CVs and employability skills by donating to Access Aspiration's crowdfunding campaign. The charity needs to raise £25,000 before 26 October to help prepare 280 young Londoners prepare for life after school.


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

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

A Secret London Tour


Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. See the world's smallest police station and visit London's most superstitious hotel on a walking tour covering everything weird, wonderful and London. £12 Get tickets

Paint Ceramics and Bring Your Own Prosecco!


If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations.  Get tickets