Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 8 November 2016

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RED LIGHTS OF SOHO: Wander through sexy Soho, discovering the area's connections to the founder of communism, Casanova's mistress, and the UK's most successful pornstar. All proceeds to Stonewall. £10, book in advance, 6.30pm

POLICE AND FRAUD: Fraud affects not only bank accounts, but confidence too. Chris Geany, City of London Police’s Commander, explores the various faces of fraud and its increasing threat from cyber crime. £5 (+booking fee), book in advance, 6pm

POST MORTEM: Warning: if you're easily squeamish, look away now. Dr Lishman uses a live model at the Old Operating Theatre to show how post mortem examinations have changed over the years and what you can find out from a dead body. (There will be no real blood or body parts.) £6.50, book in advance, 6.30pm

EVOLUTION OF GENES: Wonder why you got your mum's intelligence but not grandad John's dashing looks? In her talk at the Royal Institution, geneticist Aoife McLysaght explores how genes evolve. £14, book in advance, 7pm

SHAKESPEARE'S GARDEN: How was Edward VII's mistress Daisy connected to Shakespeare and his garden over two centuries later? Find out in garden historian Sir Roy Strong's talk about the restoration of Shakespeare's garden at the Royal Geographical Society. All proceeds to the National Gardens Scheme. £20, book in advance, 7pm

BACKYARD COMEDY CLUB: Joel Sanders probes the mind of Adam Bloom, the man comedians go to when they want to improve their jokes. Backyard Comedy Club £10 (+booking fee), book in advance, 8.45pm


Tonight (well the early hours of Wednesday morning) is when we finally see who the next US president is. Here are a couple of Hillary V Trump events:

MAKE AMERICA SLAAAAY AGAIN: Grab an American beer and pretzel, and see comedians from both sides of the pond perform standup about the impending doom state of the US of A. The show is followed by a more serious panel discussion, and Hackney Showroom will be open late, showing a live stream of election news coverage. £8, book in advance, 8pm until late

PRESIDENTIAL PARTY: Play Trump Tower Jenga, feast on an American-inspired all-you-can-eat buffet, and watch the election drama and results unfold at Dinerama in Shoreditch. Have a pint of Obama's favourite beer and spend nine hours partying presidential-style with Brits and Americans (and maybe even women and Mexicans too...) £50 (+booking fee), book in advance, 8pm until 5am

TRUMPAGEDDON: Head to Kings Head Theatre to hear satirist Simon Jay explore the apocalyptic vision of the US if Trump becomes the next POTUS. £18, book in advance, 8.45pm


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STAND UP FOR REFUGEES: Frankie Boyle, Sara Pascoe and Richard Herring are among the line-up of comedians performing at Conway Hall in aid of Help Refugees, a charity providing assistance to refugees in Calais, Lesbos and Athens. £15, book in advance, 7pm (show starts at 7.30pm)


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