Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 2 November 2016

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Sir George Zambellas gives an Armistice Lecture.

ARMISTICE LECTURE: Royal Navy officer Sir George Zambellas discusses command and leadership at the The Royal United Service Institute's annual Armistice Lecture. £29.50 (+booking fee) (includes lunch), book in advance, 11am

CATHEDRALS OF SOUND: Find out how performing music has evolved to suit both acoustic space and recording. Jonathan Stockdale's talk focuses on the jazz recordings made at New York's 30th Street Studios during the 1950s and 60s. Free, book in advance, 6pm

DOC'N'ROLL: From Burmese punk to Norwegian disco, the Doc'n'Roll Film Festival covers a variety of music genres. The festival kicks off today at BFI Southbank with the world premiere of a documentary delving into the life of renowned jazz singer Gregory Porter. £14.50, book in advance, 6.10pm/8.45pm (until 13 November)

WINE CHAT: Wine connoisseur Hugh Johnson OBE reflects on over five decades of writing about (and drinking) the world's best wine. His talk at Foyle's Charing Cross Road includes a complimentary glass of wine (for education purposes, obviously). £10, book in advance, 7pm

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM: Ever watched Atonement with a Spitfire suspended above your head? Now you can at the Imperial War Museum's after-hours screening — and explore their new war film exhibition too. £25, book in advance, 7pm (film starts at 8.30pm)

CLASSICAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Journey to 18th century Spain through the music of Romantic composer Enrique Granados, who was inspired by artist Francisco de Goya. Virtuoso pianist José Menor and The Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra mark the composer's 100th anniversary, with their concert at St John's Smith Square. £10-£30, book in advance/just turn up, 7pm

SH1T MY SHORTS: Halloween may be over, but you don't have to stop celebrating — head to The Book Club for a selection of scary and mind-blowing shorts. Free, book in advance, 7pm

NAKED MOLE RATS: Sabre-toothed sausages, aka naked mole rats, are the talk of the town (or at Star of Kings anyway). Zookeepers, molecular biologists, comedians and journalists come together to share stories of the popcorn-loving creatures, and why they are underrated. £6/£8, book in advance/just turn up, 7.30pm

WILLIAM BLAKE: The works of William Blake combine with a new composition: Divine Madness: The Visions of William Blake, as well as various other readings and musical pieces, from the likes of Milton and Orlando Gibbons. Kings Place. £9.50-£39.50, 8pm


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There's Going To Be An Epic Party At The Night Museum

Still lamenting the loss of Fabric? Celebrate the clubs of London's past, present and future at the final event of the Night Museum season at the Museum of London on November 4. Titled 'The Museum of Last Parties', the evening will be dedicated to celebrating the history and diversity of the city's nightlife. Fancy a bit of time travelling? Don your flapper dresses and head to The Candlelight Club, a 1920s style pop-up, or go all Victorian with Carradine's Cockney singalong. Voice your opinions on the capital's clubs in a roundtable discussion with The Night Time Industries Association on the future of London's nightlife. Fashionistas should check out Beyond Retro's vintage station, where you can get dressed up to the nines and even make an 80s transfer t-shirt to take home. Of course there will be lots and music and plenty of dancing: end your night at The Disco Apocalypse for the ultimate last party.


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SAVE THE RHINO: Hear tales of life-threateningly close encounters from intrepid explorer Benedict Allen (who crossed the Namib desert by camel) and experts from the world of rhino conservation at The Royal Geographical Society. All in aid of Save The Rhino. £15-£25, book in advance, 7pm


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

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

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

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

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets