Things To Do Today In London: Monday 16 October 2017

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Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh brings her 21st century version of the famous ballet to Sadler's Wells on 16 and 17 October.

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PHOTOBOOK LONDON: Flick through high-quality photobooks from a range of photographers, publishers and art collectives. Old Truman Brewery F Block, free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

KIDS ACTIVITY: A hands-on drop-in session for little ones to get acquainted with the Natural History Museum's specimens, and ask questions to the experts. Natural History Museum, free, just turn up, 3.40pm-5pm

DOMESTIC DESIRE: Ever fallen in love with the impeccable homes that grace the pages of glossy magazines? This talk looks at the impact of mass media on our domestic spaces. Geological Society (Piccadilly), £6/£12, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

MOONLIGHT: This film tells the tale of a young, gay black man as he navigates 1980s Miami. The screening is followed by a talk on what it's like being a coloured, queer man in the UK. The Curtain Hotel (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-11.30pm

MUSIC TALK: Join Pitchfork editor Jenn Pelly and Observer journalist Emily Mackay as they chat about influential female musicians Bjork and the Raincoats. Foyles Charing Cross, £9.18, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

The Natural History Museum runs regular family drop-in sessions for kids to have a play with the specimens. © Natural History Museum

BALLET: Poetry, dance, history and a set design from Tom Piper (co-creator of Tower of London's poppy installation) combine to create this mesmerising show, a radical reimagination of Marius Petipa’s legendary ballet La Bayadère. Sadler's Wells, £12-£27, book ahead, 7.30pm

TRAUMA TALK: Surgery before the 16 October 1846 meant one thing: pain! This talk takes you on a journey through surgery's history, revealing why anaesthesia is so important. The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, £6.50-£8.50, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

NEON NAKED: Expect UV light and reactive body paint at this flamboyant life drawing class, which will challenge your skills to recreating light, colour and texture on the page. Duke of Wellington, £11.99, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

FORM: Reading this trapped in an office? Then you might identify with this show, which follows one bored office worker on a journey of escapism through mime, office equipment and 20,000 paper balls. Wilton's Music Hall, £10-£15, book ahead, 7.30pm

LIVE MUSIC: When was the last time you discovered new music that wasn't selected by a Spotify algorithm? Support live acts by heading to this excellent night of new music. The Half Moon Putney, £2.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

Good cause of the day: book a table at Blue Print Cafe

This Autumn, the Canary Wharf-based cafe has teamed up with the food waste warriors at Fareshare to create a menu using ingredients from supermarkets and food suppliers, which would have ended up in the bin. Book ahead, 16 October-19 November.

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A Secret London Tour


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Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   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

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets