Things To Do Today In London: Monday 24 October 2016

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Things To Do In London Today is sponsored by the Museum of London. See below for details of an exciting programme of after-dark activities.

See Ben Haggarty's unique storytelling performance at Soho Theatre.

Things to do today:

FAMILY HALLOWEEN DAY: Don your scariest costumes and head to Eltham Palace for a day of costume competitions and pumpkin carving. £13.60, book in advance/just turn up, 11am-4pm (until 28 October)

EQUALITY LECTURE: Head to the British Library for a talk by Professor Andrew Sayer, who discusses how and why the rich became so powerful. £10, book in advance, 6.30pm

ASTRONAUT TALK: Ever thought about repairing the Hubble Space Telescope or looking at Earth from thousands of miles away? Hear NASA astronaut Mike Massimo at the Royal Institution as he discusses his 18-year career and what it takes to be a space explorer. £14, book in advance, 7pm

MACRAME WORKSHOP: Make a macrame wallhanging to jazz up your home with the London Craft Club at The Create Place. £29, book in advance, 7pm

BLUES COUNTRY CONCERT: Feel the vibes of music city Nashville at Servant Jazz Quarters where Mary Spender is headlining her first London show. £8, book in advance, 7pm

FUTURE OF LONDON: The Observer's architecture critic Rowan Moore explores why London should change slowly, and how the architecture of the city affects its inhabitants. All proceeds go to East End Preservation Trust. Donations encouraged, book in advance, 7.30pm

FAIRYTALES FOR ADULTS: Stories aren't just for kids — performance storyteller Ben Haggarty tells enchanting tales of the underworld, the patriarchy and things that live in the swamp. Soho Theatre. £10, book in advance, 8/9.30pm


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Explore a side of the city you've never seen before

Don your most glamorous outfit and explore the city after dark with an exciting mini-season of events at the Museum of London.

Discover the illicit, the hidden and the wild side of the city through parties, night walks, secret bars and live performances at the Museum of London, starting this weekend.

When the sun sets, the Night Museum comes to life in a week of special events dedicated to nightlife. The free events include experimental electronic music, talks, tours of the city's night sounds and a huge party celebrating the excitement, diversity and history of London's clubs scene.

See the museum as you've never seen it before, and uncover a new side to the city.

The Night Museum runs from 29 October-4 November. For full details and to book the events, see the website.  


Good cause of the day

FAMILY POP CONCERT: Sing away the half-term blues with performances from Nicole Scherzinger, DNCE and Shawn Mendes at Wembley SSE Arena. The concert is in aid of Rays of Sunshine, a children's charity granting wishes to seriously ill children across the UK.  £25 (+booking fee), book in advance, 7.30pm


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

A Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

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

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

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets