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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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