Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 3 November 2016

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Things to do:

TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE: Technology is taking over the world, so get advice on how to stay ahead of the game with talks from over 50 fascinating speakers at Wired2016 at Tobacco Dock. If you run a start up, you get your ticket half-price. Quite expensive, book in advance, until 4 November

ROAD CYCLING: Calling all cycling fanatics: meet cycling legends, preview the latest developments in bike technology and pick up new merchandise at The Road Cycling Emporium. £40-£135, book in advance, until 5 November

LUXURY TRAVEL: We don't know why you'd ever want to leave London, but if you fancy a short break from the Big Smoke, do it in style — get top tips at the Luxury Travel Fair. £14.50/£15.50, book in advance, until 6 November

1937 FILM: Get comfy inside a church and transport yourself to the 1930s with the iconic style of Spencer Tracy in the film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous. £5, book in advance, 6.30pm

PSYCHOLOGY OF FILM: Head to a hellish vision of New York in gripping thriller Se7en, and discuss the psychology behind the film after the screening with psychotherapists and clinical psychologists. Regent Street Cinema. £12, book in advance, 7pm

STORYTELLING FOR ADULTS: Storytelling isn't just for kids... Shiver, gasp, cry and laugh at astounding tales of Jewish demons and Japanese visitations at Canvas & Cream. £8, just turn up, 7.30pm

SONGS FOR LONDON: Mark 150 years of the iconic blue plaque that adorns famous London residences with an evening of folk music. £15, book in advance, 7.30pm

SCIENCE STORIES: Science journalists, PhD-owning pharmacologists and fusion energy experts share personal stories all about science at Hackney House £9, book in advance, 7.30pm (stories begin at 8pm)

SCREAMATHON: Head to Rich Mix to see the best short horror films Britain has to offer. There's everything from ghost stories to lo-budget gore fests — don't blame us if you can't get to sleep after. £5-£10, book in advance/just turn up, 8pm

DAY OF THE DEAD: From lucha libre wrestling to live music, art exhibitions to Mexican shrines, grab some street food at Waterloo Vaults and celebrate Day of the Dead properly. £25, book in advance, 8pm (until 5 November)


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GALA BALL: Walk a red carpet lined with dogs (yes, dogs!), be dazzled by dance troupe SpelBound, and join some of the biggest names in showbiz for a glittery gala celebrating (and raising money for) Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. From £350, book in advance, 3 November


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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