Things To Do Today In London is sponsored by the Museum of London.
Things to do today:
DAY OF THE DEAD: Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican festival which becomes more prominent in London every year. From storytelling to special meals, find out what's going on in London to mark Dia de los Muertos.
WINTER ART: Whether you're looking to add to your antique collection or want to hear from speakers from the Ashmolean and British Museums, there's something for all art enthusiasts at the Winter Art and Antiques Fair at Olympia. £20-£30, book in advance, until 6 November
CHRISTMAS FAIR: Halloween's only just over, but if you're embracing Christmas already, pick up present ideas and get in the festive mood at the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia. From £19.75, book in advance, until 6 November
SECRETS OF VICTORIA: Take a lunchtime stroll around the back streets of Victoria, led by Footprints of London guide Joanna Moncrieff, and discover the area's history of kings, soldiers and beer. £6, book in advance, 1.10pm-1.55pm
CHRISTIE'S LATES: Do you know your silver from your aluminium? Can you arrange a beautiful floral bouquet? Learn how from experts, and hear talks of treasure in the capital at Christie's after-hours event in South Kensington. Free, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm
IAN RANKIN: Get inside the brain behind Inspector Rebus with author Ian Rankin's talk at the British Library. The event marks 30 years of the character. £15, book in advance, 7pm
POLITICAL DISCUSSION: Think Question Time without the politicians; BAFTA award-winning comedian and journalist Heydon Prowse hosts a panel discussion about how current affairs, society and government can change and progress. Takes place at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. Free, book in advance, 7.30pm-9pm
ANIMATION FILM AND TALK: Stop motion expert Tim Allen discusses his life as an animator. He's worked on films including Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, a screening of which follows the talk. Takes place at Kafe 1788 in Poplar. Free, book in advance, 7.45pm
PERFORMANCE STORYTELLING: Storytelling experts Crick Crack Club are at Rich Mix in Shoreditch for a special Day of the Dead event. Three storytellers play the parts of God, the Devil and Death as they share magical tales. £8, book in advance, 8pm
Discover the dark side of London at the Night Museum
Curious about the dark and illicit history of the city? Look no further than the museum of dark places on November 2, the second event at the Museum of London's pop up Night Museum. From talks on post-apocalyptic London in literature, to listening tours through the capital's streets, this is an evening dedicated to dark tales and secret spaces. There will be plenty to see, hear and do, whether you fancy an atmospheric performance by experimental choir Musarc, a thought experiment through a pre-street-light London, or a history lesson on heroic self-sacrifice. If you are heading to the museum gardens, we suggest you keep your wits about you, as characters from sci-fi films and dystopian novels will be stalking the grounds. Or at least have a stiff drink beforehand at Gimlet Bar, which will be on hand with specially commissioned night-themed cocktails at the nearby St Botolphs without Aldersgate. All events are free, but some may require pre-booking. Performance and tour times available on the website.
CAMDEN COOKOUT: Eat (yes, eat!) in aid of Camden Arts Centre. The annual fundraising dinner will be followed by an auction to raise money for their exhibition and education programmes. Find out more details here.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
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
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
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