Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 13 October 2016

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Grab a free burger at Birthdays in Dalston.

Things to do today:

FUTURE OF WELLBEING: Alain de Botton is among speakers at Eudaimonia! — a TEDx-style event at Central YMCA, exploring our understanding of wellbeing. It looks at factors beyond health and fitness, such as social inclusion, employment, environment, access to healthcare and economic stability. £60, book in advance, 4pm

FREE BURGER: Grab a free burger and beer to celebrate Le Bun's new residency at Birthdays in Dalston. There are only 250, so get there early. Free, just turn up, all night from 5pm

AFTER HOURS HORNIMAN: Join the Horniman Museum for sorcery, mystery and folklore after dark. Take a candlelit tour, view the charms exhibit and discover the power of wands. £5, book in advance/just turn up, 6.30pm

CHOCOLATE DATING: Chocolate is the food of love, so see if it enhances your love life with a cacao dating night at Farmopolis in Greenwich. £15-£18 (+booking fee), book in advance, 7pm

ORIGAMI WORKSHOP: Professional origami artist Michael Trew has worked with Pandora and Jo Malone, and is sharing his tips in an intimate class in Hackney Wick. £50, book in advance, 7.15pm

VICTORIAN MAGIC: Time-travelling Victorian magicians Morgan and West combine illusion and impossibility for their show at The Georgian Theatre Royal. £7-£15 (+booking fee), book in advance, 7.30pm

FRENCH ROMEO AND JULIET: Calling all Francophiles, Picturehouse Central is screening a live performance of Shakespeare's classic tale of love and hate, performed in French. Be warned: there are no subtitles. £22, book in advance, 7.30pm

THEATRE: Zest Theatre's new show Thrive confronts death, dying and other difficult experiences. By taking case studies for inspiration, the play is both honest and emotional. The promenade performance at artsdepot is followed by a Q&A. £9, book in advance, 8pm

ROAR WITH LAUGHTER: Cackle like a hyena with comedians at ZSL London Zoo — Josie Lawrence, Andy Smart and many others will use the audience's suggestions to create the show. £15-£25, book in advance, 8pm

MIME AND MUSIC: Daniel Ridolfi tells the story of a modest man with big dreams through mime and physical theatre at Greenwich Theatre. Kester Hynds accompanies with cello, percussion, voice and other instruments. £16, book in advance, 8.45pm


Good cause of the day

BOOZY PUB QUIZ: Bring your cleverest and most alcohol-savvy friends to The Big Boozy Pub Quiz at The Water Poet. Expect blind drinks tastings, general knowledge questions and boozy prizes. All proceeds go to Cancer Research UK. £25 per team of six, book in advance, 6.30pm (quiz starts at 7.15pm)


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