Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 18 October 2016

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Find out how Piccadilly Circus has changed. Photo: Gary S. Crutchley

Things to do today:

FORENSIC CRIME CONFERENCE: Crack FBI codes and discover the science of gunshot residue at the day-long forensics conference at The Royal Institution. £42, book in advance, 10am-4pm

LUNCH HOUR LECTURE: How do we understand what words mean? That's the subject up for debate at today's lunch hour lecture at UCL, led by Psychology and Language Sciences expert Dr Jenni Rodd. Free, 1.15pm-1.55pm

FILM QUIZ: Head to Hackney Attic for You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat film quiz, and test your knowledge of the flicks. £5, book in advance, 6.30pm

ARCHITECTURE TALK: Architectural critic Jonathan Glancey discusses the changing appearance of Piccadilly Circus over the last 100 years in his talk at London Transport Museum. £10, book in advance, 7pm-8.30pm

ASTROLOGICAL HERBALISM: Explore the astrological herbalism of famous herbalist Nicholas Culpeper in a talk to mark what would be his 400th birthday, at the Old Operating Theatre near London Bridge. £8, book in advance, 7pm

MAP TALK: Novelist Geoff Nicholson, whose works include Bleeding London, speaks about his lengthy career. He is joined by musicians and spoken word artists. Takes place at The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury. £5/£6.50, book in advance, 7pm

COMEDY FUNDRAISER: Laugh Till It Hurts in aid of Save The Children. The line up for the charity comedy night at Bloomsbury Theatre includes Tiffany Stevenson, Bob Mills and Marcel Lucont. £15, book in advance, 7.30pm

PAUL FOOT INTERVIEW: Joel Sanders hosts Backyard Comedy Club in Cambridge Heath and brings one of his favourite comedians, Paul Foot, to the stage. £10, book in advance, 7.30pm

Good cause of the day

NERDY PUB QUIZ: Harry Potter, Star Wars and Dr Who all feature in the nerdy pub quiz at Doggetts Coat & Badge tonight. All proceeds go to Stonewall Housing. £10, book in advance, 7pm-10.30pm

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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