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


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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