Things To Do Today In London is sponsored by the Museum of London.
Things to do today:
INTERACTIVE ENGINEERING LECTURE: Engineers make cities safe; find out what they do when faced with challenges like heatwaves and flooding. The annual Brunel International Lecture takes place at the Institution of Civil Engineers. Free, book in advance, 8am
VINTAGE CLOTHING SALE: Overhaul your wardrobe at a vintage clothing sale in Peckham where you pay by the kilo. Free (£20/kilo), just turn up, all day from 10am (until 28 October)
HORSLEYDOWN: Uncover Horsleydown (aka London's first suburb), and find out why it is so special, with author Tom Bolton, an expert on London's secrets. £15, book in advance, 6.15pm
SUPPER CLUB: Fill your bellies with a hearty three-course meal created by brain-injury survivors, and be entertained with a one-man comedy show at Headway East London. £15, book in advance, 6.30pm
POETRY: Be inspired by both the love and light-hearted poetry of W H Auden, which author Melvyn Bragg is narrating with other actors at the British Library. £12, book in advance, 7pm
BRAIN STORY: Renowned neuroscientist Susan Greenfield and Man Booker Prize winner Ben Okri explore the mystery of consciousness through a day in the life of a brain. Cecil Sharp House. £30, book in advance, 7pm
PRE-MOBO AWARDS: Treat your ears to jazz, gospel, r'n'b and soul music, because they're in abundance at the Pre-MOBO Awards at Cadogan Hall. £20, book in advance, 7.30pm
SILENT FILM: Hop aboard The Old Ship in Hammersmith for an evening of Buster Keaton films with live musical accompaniment. £8, book in advance, 7.30pm
JAZZ CONCERT: Head to St James Theatre for a jazz-tastic evening of music fronted by multi-instrumentalist Jessica Radcliffe. £19/£25, book in advance, 8pm
CLIMBING MOUNTAINS: Curzon Soho's screening of Everest is introduced by mountaineer Edurne Pasaban, the first woman to climb the world's 14 tallest peaks. All proceeds go to charity. £12.50 (+booking fee), book in advance, 8.40pm
Get lost in the sounds and sights of London’s past
If you’ve ever wondered what London’s past sounds like, The Museum of Lost Sounds will cure your curiosity.
This is the first event at the Museum of London’s pop-up Night Museum mini-series of events, focusing on the secret and the illicit in London’s history.
The Museum of Lost Sounds will see experimental musicians creating pieces inspired by the city, as well as light displays, art and visuals based on stories from London’s past.
Try your hand at music making with the School of Noise before watching Forest Swords’ experimental dance performance to a soundtrack of breath and body sounds.
Or dance away in the smallest pub in London, the Deed and Prosper, which will feature Radio 3 DJ Nick Luscombe and his sonic installations as well as a secret session by jazz band Little Bread Big Jam.
The event kicks off at 7.30pm on 29 October, and entry is completely free, but book in advance here.
Good cause of the day
US POLITICAL COMEDY: You don't have to fly across the pond to see the farce of the US presidential elections firsthand — comedians Jon Brittain and Joz Norris play the roles of Trump and Clinton in a comedy show at The Camden Head. All proceeds go to MIND. £5, just turn up, 8pm
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