Things To Do Today In London: Monday 2 October 2017

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PIETASTIC: Who ate all the pies? Well you will have, when you visit the Hope Fitzrovia today. They have award winning pie makers in their special pie kitchen. This isn't just pie in the sky, it's real, so go grab a pie. The Hope Fitzrovia, just turn up, noon-2pm

MONKEY SHOULDER BLOCK PARTY: Shake off the beige cobwebs of the monotonous 9-5, douse yourself with whisky cocktails and pretend the working day never happened at this block party, part of London Cocktail Week. Old Spitalfields Market, £5, book ahead, 5pm-9.30pm

BRITISH POWS: How much of the holocaust did British Prisoners of War see? It was long assumed that British POWs saw little of the horrors that were being inflicted upon Europe's Jewish population. But in this talk Russell Wallis argues that they saw and understood more than what we have hitherto realised. The Wiener Library, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

EXCELLENT WOMEN: Why are there so many fine Anglican women novelists? From Charlotte Brontë to PD James, from Dorothy L. Sayers to Barbara Pym, from Rose Macaulay to Elizabeth Goudge… who were these women and what inspired them? Join the final talk in this lecture series on excellent women to find out. Westminster Abbey, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

HOSPITALITY ACTION: To celebrate its 180th birthday, Hospitality Action is hosting an evening with a host of chefs who have seven Michelin Stars between them. Park Plaza, £150, book ahead, 6.45pm- 11pm

Pies and beer... nuff said

IN OTHER WORDS: Have you ever wondered what role translation plays in international theatre? Well Join actor Simon McBurney as he discusses just that. The British Library, £12, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

THE LAST LONDON: Join Ian Sinclair as he talks about the final chapter of his exploration of London. He is the award-winning writer of numerous critically acclaimed books on London, including Lights Out For The Territory and London Orbital. Kings Place, £14, book ahead, 7pm

LABOUR OF LOVE: This new political comedy, starring Martin Freeman (The Office, The Hobbit) as Labour MP David Lyons, explores the clash of philosophies inside the Labour Party over 25 years from the days of Neil Kinnock to New Labour to Jeremy Corbyn. Noel Coward Theatre, £40, book ahead, 7.30pm, until 2 December

CORK DORK: With humour, science, and no-nonsense, Bianca Bosker will be on hand to lift the lid on unknown parts of the wine world. Planet of the Grapes, free, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

THE NIGHT: Join the Night Company for an evening of comedy poetry, music, theatre and more. Each night will boast a stellar lineup of guest acts including Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and other acclaimed acts. Piccadilly Circus, £10, book ahead, 9.15pm-10.45pm

Art review: ambiguous sculpture

Reeds seem to bend in a non-existent breeze, an amorphous shape is folding in on itself and what is that cage on wheels for? Martin Puryear’s large sculptures are striking but never clear what they’re for. It’s his first solo exhibition in London, covering a career of 40 years. There are drawings upstairs but it’s the sculpture that’s his strongest work. Martin Puryear at Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Rd, N1 7RW. Until 6 December, free. ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Sunday) Tabish Khan

Food review: rustic roasts hit the right notes

A playlist of smooth jazz sets the tone for a chilled Sunday as we sit under filament bulb lamps draped with cloth — an interesting decor choice but we dig it. Two plates arrive at the nearby kitchen hatch and we’re staggered by the tower of food that is brought towards us. If there’s one word that describes the look of this roast, it’s probably ‘epic’. A huge Yorkshire pudding sits atop medium cooked beef, roast potatoes, parsnips, kale, and carrots, and a small personal jug of gravy is placed to the side. The nut roast looks and proves to be equally delicious and filling. The carrots are sweet and practically caramelised, and you can tell it’s a fabulous roast by the fluffy potatoes cooked in goose fat. We did try to think about dessert, but there was just no room by the time we got to the bottom of our plates. Oslo Hackney, 1A Amhurst Road, E8 1LL ★★★★★ [Available Sundays] Eleana Overett

Theatre review: take your own trip to Wonderland

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the Royal Ballet only premiered in 2011, but it's already acclaimed as a modern classic. Innovative, colourful and to an excellent score by Joby Talbot, there is everything from a tap dancing Mad Hatter to a Cheshire Cat with ‘detachable’ limbs. Casts vary, but Laura Morera as the Queen of Hearts stands out as she humorously parodies the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty. Suitable for children and adults alike, the evening serves up a huge dollop of good quality fun. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E, £6-125 27 September – 28 October 2017 ★★★★★ Sam Smith

Good cause for the day

The Remembering Rhinos charity book launch will be introduced by Will Travers OBE, President of Born Free Foundation, and include talks by Saving the Survivors founder, vet and photographer Johan Marais and former Wildlife Photographer of the Year Steve Winter. Some of the images from the book will be auctioned this evening and you'll be able to buy one of the books and get it signed by on of the photographers. Royal Geographical Society, from £25.07, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

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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