Things To Do Today In London: Friday 26 May 2017

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Celebrate all things geeky at MCM Comic Con

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COMIC-CON: Fans of movies, TV, comics, gaming, anime or cosplay will love this convention celebrating all things geeky. Expect celebrity signings, on-stage panels and, of course, epic costumes. ExCel, £17, book ahead, 26-28 May

DEAR DIARY: This King's College exhibition explores the role of diaries in our lives, dating back as far as 1400BC, and considers whether modern equivalents such as blogging can be considered as descendants of the original diary. Somerset House, free entry, just turn up, 26 May-7 July

BAKING CLASSES: Various baking classes take place over the course of the day at the Bread Ahead school. Workshops on Italian baking, Nordic baking and pizza making are all on offer — you'll be an expert by the bank holiday weekend. Various locations, £80, book ahead, various times

TEA TRIP: Which tea house did Margaret Thatcher work at? Find out on this walking tour detailing the history of tea, how it came to England and where it was consumed, stored and sold. Included are cups of the stuff for you to taste yourself. Borough Market, £15/£20, book ahead, 11am-1.30pm

PADDINGTON COVERS: Adele, The Beatles, Lionel Richie and The Beatles cover bands are performing for free at this mini-festival in Paddington this afternoon. As well as the live music, there are food and drink stalls nearby to replenish you. Other events take place later in the summer. Norfolk Square Gardens (Paddington), free, book ahead, midday-7pm

Brush up on your tea history on this walking tour

SOMEBODY TO LOVE: To mark the release of his new book about the legacy of Queen, Brian May is heading down to Waterstones Piccadilly for a free signing. First come first served, so get down early. Waterstones Piccadilly, free, just turn up, 6pm

TATE LATE:Take everything you love about Tate, and throw late opening hours, pop-up talks, hands-on workshops and great food and drinks offers into the mix — and you have a Tate Late. Tate Modern, free, just turn up,6pm-midnight

TO THE RESCUE: The MCM Comicon is in town. Celebrate with a night of superhero cosplay and an eclectic mix of EDM, 80s and dance music to keep you bopping until 2am. Best dressed wins a prize. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), free entry until 10pm, £3 after, just turn up, 7pm-2am

BAT HABITAT: A lot of nocturnal wildlife calls Woodberry Wetlands its home. Under the cloak of darkness, learn about bats and other wildlife which plays a crucial role in the ecosystem of this urban wetland oasis. Woodberry Wetlands, £16.50, book ahead, 9pm-11pm

Art review: a wooden history

Image courtesy Bow Arts

This exhibition explores the history of the Lea Valley's industry through its use of raw materials. Specific focus is on wood including items from historical archives such as furniture, and new commissions such as a giant Lego brick made from wood. A nice mix of history and contemporary creativity. Raw Materials: Wood at The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, E3 2SJ. Until 4 June, free. ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Sunday)

Food review: new day, new poké

London's love of a Hawaiian raw fish dish shows no sign of slowing down… Honi Poké is a counter service joint, offering signature mixes based on salmon, tuna, octopus or tofu, or build-your-own bowls. Served cold, their bowls have the same food-you-crave-in-summer vibes as barbecue or ceviche, combined with the speed and DIY-ability of a burrito bar. The mix of salty mango with chilli and chunks of raw salmon is as compelling as it is weird. Throw in some kimchi and it's sweet, salty, singing with vinegar and refreshing in one swoop. Prices start at £7.90 for a fish poké — so on the high side for your daily lunch. But the speed it's served up with and the fact it's actually filling makes this a great pre-theatre option. A fast food that's genuinely fast, surprisingly satisfying and even feels like it might be good for you? Sold. Honi Pokē, 82 Dean Street, W1D 3SP. Open Monday to Saturday, 11.30 am to 7.30 pm.★★★★☆ Lydia Manch

Theatre review: horrifying, in a good way

Jakop Ahlbom's Horror was such a hit when it appeared at the Peacock Theatre as part of the London International Mime Festival that it has been invited back to frighten more people. The stage magic and creepy music will give anyone the willies and, while this is more Hitchcock than Hammer, there are plenty of cheeky nods to more modern scary movies (including Evil Dead, The Ring and Paranormal Activity). Some of the drama is a tad hokey but isn’t that part of the fun of every great horror flick?Horror, Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, WC2A 2HT. £15-£32. Until 10 June. ★★★★☆

Drink review: Sunshine Ray's

The Koku - a twist on your classic Aviation

As the sun finally shows up in London, so does Ray's Bar's summer menu: Tropic Thunder is a suave take on the pina colada (the milk is clarified and tastes like posh Malibu — in a good way); while the Koku turns the Aviation on its head, by swapping gin for sake. A couple of the concoctions are decidedly wintry; Smoking Jacket, for instance (mezcal, sweet vermouth and Fernet-Branca) makes you want to curl up in front of a fire and read a Narnia book. Still, it's bloody delicious. If you're having more than two drinks, make sure you order in some pizza from upstairs. Ray's Bar, 95 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB. ★★★★☆ Will Noble

Good cause for the day

PROSTATE CANCER: Prostate cancer affects 1 in 8 men nationally, and those of black African and Caribbean descent are twice as likely to be affected. This roadshow aims to educate men on the signs, symptoms and risks — key to tackling the disease. Brixton Station Road Market, free, just turn up, 9am-4pm

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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