Things To Do In London Today is sponsored by the Museum of London. See below for details of an exciting programme of after-dark activities.
Things to do today:
ARGENTINIAN WINE FESTIVAL: Sample over 40 of Argentina's best wines accompanied by snacks, live Argentinian music, a contemporary art exhibition, and more at this Argentinian wine festival in Shoreditch. £30-£100, book in advance, until 28 October
BUSHY PARK: Explore the autumnal beauty of Bushy Park, and discover the trees and seeds that the animals depend upon over winter at this family-friendly activity morning. £15 (per family), book in advance, 10.30am-12.30pm
LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Find out how and why reading for pleasure is good for your health in Professor Alice Sullivan's lunchtime talk at UCL. Free, just turn up, 1.15pm
MEDICAL MISADVENTURES: Historian and author Tessa Harris discusses the biggest medical misconceptions of the 18th century at the Old Operating Theatre, including the bed that allegedly helped fertility. £8, book in advance, 7pm
POETRY DISCUSSION: To mark the 25th birthday of the Forward Prizes for Poetry, prize recipients Don Paterson, Emily Berry and Jackie Kay are performing works from their collections, as well as discussing the challenges of contemporary poetry. British Library. £10, book in advance, 7pm
COSY SCIENCE: Head to the Cittie of Yorke pub in Holborn to learn what meteorites can tell us about the solar system, and win prizes at the quiz hosted by Cosy Science. Free, just turn up, 7pm
BRIXTON COMEDY: Brixton's experimental comedy night at The Ritzy features Ken Cheng and Michael Stranney among others. Proceeds go to local Brixton causes. Pay-what-you-can, book in advance for guaranteed entry, 7pm
CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT: Pianist Sunwook Kim performs the sounds of Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven in his recital at Wigmore Hall. Get a ticket for £5 if you're under 35. £5-£36, book in advance, 7.30pm
Explore a side of the city you've never seen before
Discover the illicit, the hidden and the wild side of the city through parties, night walks, secret bars and live performances at the Museum of London, starting this weekend.
When the sun sets, the Night Museum comes to life in a week of special events dedicated to nightlife. The free events include experimental electronic music, talks, tours of the city's night sounds and a huge party celebrating the excitement, diversity and history of London's clubs scene.
See the museum as you've never seen it before, and uncover a new side to the city.
The Night Museum runs from 29 October-4 November. For full details and to book the events, see the website.
Good cause of the day
COMEDY GROTTO: With a line up including Sarah Kendall, Lou Sanders and Tom Rosenthal from Channel 4 show Friday Night Dinner, The Comedy Grotto takes place at The Star of Kings in King's Cross tonight. Proceeds go to the Mainspring Arts charity, an organisation making the arts accessible to everyone. £8, book in advance, 8pm
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