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

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

Lost London Walking Tour

London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners

Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets

A Secret London Tour

How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Paint Ceramics and Bring Your Own Prosecco!

If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations.  Get tickets