Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 19 October 2016

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The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers tells the story of their 75-year dancing career.

Things to do today:

NEW EXHIBITION: UCL's Grant Museum of Zoology opens a new exhibition today. Natural Creativity: Sex and Trickery is an exhibition of drawings by artist Clara Lacy which show some of the behavioural tactics that animals have developed in order to survive. Free, just turn up, 19 October-23 December

BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL: The annual Bloomsbury Festival begins today, along the theme of Language. Today's events include a tour of the Wiener Library, a musical celebration of Europe and a performance of Under Milk Wood. See individual event pages for details. 19-23 October

TUNNEL THROUGH TIME: The London and Middlesex Archaeological Society hosts Gillian Tindall (author of A Tunnel Through Time) for a talk in Farringdon. She'll be discussing the route of the newly laid Crossrail, followed by a wine reception. £12, book in advance, 6pm

ENGLISH HERITAGE NIGHT: Learn about the history of Apsley House through a series of talks, and admire its art collection at this after hours event. £12, book in advance, 6pm

FABULOUS NICHOLAS BROTHERS: Rare film clips and photographs are used to tell the story of the Nicholas Brothers' 75-year dancing career. The screening of The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers at Picturehouse Central is introduced by New York Film programmer Bruce Goldstein. £8, book in advance, 6.30pm

WOMEN IN REVOLT: Shorts On Tap at 93 Feet East in Brick Lane screens a series of short films directed and produced by women. £3, book in advance, 7pm

IMPORTANCE OF THE 90S: Guests including Observer columnist Miranda Sawyer discuss the success of the nineties — everything from New Labour to Spice Girls Feminism — at The House of St Barnabas in Soho. £15, book in advance, 7pm

THE BOOKSHOP BAND: Join The Bookshop Band for an evening of stories and music inspired by authors Kate Mosse, Ben Okri and Eleanor Catton at Browns Covent Garden. The event was due to be at Foyles Charing  Cross Road but has been moved due to flooding. £12, book in advance, 7pm

STANLEY KUBRICK: See the life of reclusive film director Stanley Kubrick through the eyes of his driver, in award-winning Italian documentary S Is For Stanley at Regent Street Cinema. £12, book in advance, 7.30pm

FILM CLUB: Head to the film club at Stanley Halls in South Norwood to watch Precious, a film about the human ability to tackle obstacles. The film is preceded by tasty Caribbean food. The event is part of Black History Month. £8, just turn up, 8pm


Good cause of the day

ST PAUL'S SERVICE: Two specially commissioned anthems will be performed at St Paul's Cathedral's evening interfaith service, to commemorate 150 years of Barnado's Children's Charity. Free, just turn up, 7pm


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

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