Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 20 October 2016

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Things to do in London today is sponsored by Vincent Dance Theatre.

Hear City Stories at Wilton's Music Hall

Things to do today:

RODIN AND DANCE: The first major exhibition to explore French sculptor Rodin and his relationship with dance opens today at the Courtauld Gallery. £9.50, just turn up, until 22 January 2017

FARRINGDON WALK: Find out how Farringdon, Smithfield and their streets got their names with a walking tour around the area. Meet at Farringdon Station. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Dr Carina Fearnley explores how we can better tackle fatal uncertainity (such as the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake) during her lunchtime lecture at UCL. Free, just turn up, 1.15pm-1.55pm

WAR PLAY: Theatre production Operation Crucible tells the tale of four ordinary men during the Sheffield Blitz. Q&A follows both performances at artsdepot. Age 12+. £13, book in advance, 1.30pm/7.30pm

CHLOROFORM AND CHOLERA: Find out how John Snow, a doctor of humble means, helped eradicate the plague of the 1800s in a talk at The Old Operating Theatre near London Bridge. £8, book in advance, 7pm

JEREMY REED: Having published over 40 books, poet and novellist Jeremy Reed performs with musical accompaniment from The Ginger Light at Keats House in Hampstead. £8, book in advance, 7pm-8.30pm

LONDON LOVE LETTER: Take a magical journey through London with James Phillips' cabaret drama City Stories featuring London's inhabitants and their interwoven love stories. The show takes place at Wilton's Music Hall. £12.50-£15, book in advance, 7.30pm

GROWN UP FAIRYTALES: Magical storyteller Ben Haggarty tells stories of dreams and magic at Crick Crack Club's event at ArtHouse in Crouch End. Age 14+. £10, book in advance, 8.30pm

AFICAN RHYTHMS: Head to Corsica Studios for a night of African rhythms to celebrate Awesome Tapes From Africa's 10th birthday. Other guests at the Red Bull Music Academy event include Ata Tak and DJ Richard. £15, book in advance, 9pm

COMEDY GIG: Sharzia Mirza explores life, love and jihadi brides in her Clapham Fringe Performance at The Conservatory. £8/£10, book in advance, 9.45pm

Vincent Dance Theatre brings ‘Virgin Territory’ to The Place

Vincent Dance Theatre, a company known for their trademark black humour, are bringing a brand new work ‘Virgin Territory’ to The Place, London’s boldest dance theatre. The cast of four adults and four children will explore how young people can develop feelings of self-worth in an overly digitised and sexualised world -  all through the medium of dance. This is dance to make you stop and think: exposed bodies, uncomfortable truths and stunning moves, prepare to be confronted with the stark reality of growing up in 2016.

Catch this moving performance at The Place November 2-5 - tickets are £12-16 and can be purchased here.

Good cause of the day

Sign up now to take part in ZSL London Zoo's Fire Walk on 10 November. Walk over hot embers and raise money for ZSL's conservation work in the UK and around the world. Details and registration here.

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