Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 26 October 2016

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Explore autumnal Greenwich Park. Photo: ChristinaGrieve.

Things to do today:

AUTUMN EXPLORATION: Keep the kids occupied this half-term by taking them to Greenwich Park to investigate the trees, and the seeds and animals that depend on them during the winter. £15 (per family), book in advance, 10.30am

ODDLY DRAWN OBJECTS: Head to Haunt Gallery's new exhibiton to see objects take unexpected forms, and placed in unusual settings. Free, book in advance, all night from 5pm

G&T WORKSHOP: A gin and tonic isn't just for summer... learn how to make delectable gin-based cocktails at The Hoxton. £5 (+booking fee), book in advance, 6pm

SMILEY AND ME: MC (and former sparring partner to late reggae star Smiley Culture) Asher Senator is at the Barbican, mixing book discussion with musical performance to bring you the vibes of the 70s and 80s. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

BAFTA MASTERCLASS: Britain's Got Talent is in its 10th year and has won best entertainment programme three times — Picturehouse Central is holding a panel discussion so you can find out what it takes to make an award-winning entertainment programme. £16, book in advance, 6.30pm

BAKE OFF FINALE: Whether you're team Andrew, Jane or Candice, head to The Clapham Grand for outrageous amounts of cake, a soggy bottom competition, and a screening of the Great British Bake Off finale. There's even an afterparty until midnight. £1 (or free if you bring a cake), book in advance, 6.30pm

SCIENCE OF STRESS: Find out how stress affects us and how it impacts our mind, with neuroscientist Vincent Walsh and a panel of experts. Royal Institution. £14, book in advance, 7pm

DANISH FILM: Travel to 1970s Denmark at Stanley's Film Club in South Norwood with a screening of The Commune, directed by BAFTA-nominated Thomas Vinterberg. £8, book in advance, 7pm (film starts at 8pm)


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Last chance to get your tickets to Alexandra Palace's spectacular fireworks display

Time is running out to get your tickets for the ultimate firework night at Alexandra Palace.

For the first time, the popular display will take place over two nights (4 and 5 November), and promises to be much more than just fireworks — this is a full-on festival.

Ally Pally will have ice skating to wear you out, and bonfires to warm you up, as well as a full-scale German Bier Festival inside the palace and a fully immersive Day of the Dead Parade. Fill up on street food and craft beer, and indulge in a glass of mulled wine to take the November chill away.

A high tech laser display will take place before the start of the show — an incredible firework spectacular against the beautiful London skyline.

Adult tickets are £11, children under 10 go free – book yours here to avoid disappointment.


Good cause of the day

CHARITY FEAST: Three of London's best chefs are uniting at Tower Bridge's Blueprint Café to create a delicious feast in aid of children's charity Coram. There'll be an exclusive auction too, with items including a trip to Champagne and even the chance to raise Tower Bridge. £80, book in advance, 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