Things To Do Today In London: Monday 6 November 2017

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Fall in love with Portugal at The New Douro festival at the Vinyl Factory.

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NEWHAM WORD FEST: A new literary festival unfolds in Newham this week. Today you can hear family favourite So Much read out, try your hand at Arabic calligraphy, and join a scriptwriting class. Various venues and prices, book ahead, 6-19 November

WINE TASTING: Once you've sampled tapas, wine and port from the Douro Valley, you'll understand why Portugal is becoming a bit of a hip destination of late. Phonica Records (Soho), £30-£100, book ahead, 5pm-9pm

THE SOCIAL: A relaxed evening of storytelling, live music and poetry featuring musicians Marisa Anderson and Toby Hay, plus poetry from Martha Sprackland. The Social (Little Portland Street), £11, book ahead, 7pm

FUTURE OF TECH: What's next in the world of tech? Space elevators? fusion-powered toasters? Find out at this talk on the dangers and benefits of emerging tech. Royal Institution, £16, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Crowley & Co.'s resident variety showcase at Brasserie Zédel returns with a spooky Halloween special.

RUSSIAN POETRY: Hear poems written by Russian poets who were imprisoned, exiled or perished in prison camps, first in English, then in Russian. Pushkin House (Bloomsbury), £7, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

FAT GAY VEGAN: Make some new mates or treat your old ones at this multi-course feast from Mexican vegan chef Mariana Blanco and Fat Gay Vegan aka Sean O'Callaghan. Vegan HQ (Ealing), £40, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

SAVE THE HONEYBEE: Did you know Britain is home to around 250 bee species, so why does the honeybee occupy all of our conservation efforts? Unpicking this sticky subject is ecologist and writer Rebecca Nesbit. The Monarch Bar (Camden), £3, just turn up, 7.30pm

PIZZA EXPRESS LIVE: A new night of stand-up comedy in the recently refurbed basement of the Holborn branch of Pizza Express. Tonight's the turn of Suzi Ruffell, Paul McCaffrey and Ed Gamble. Pizza Express (Holborn), £10, book ahead, 8.30pm

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Pretend it's still Halloween at this spooky special with a varied line up of comedy, jazz and storytelling, which promises to be funny, sexy and scary. Brasserie Zédel, £10, book ahead, 9.15pm-10.45pm

Good cause of the day: Gig fundraiser for Cardboard Citizens on 11 November

Doing your good deed today can be as easy and as enjoyable as buying a ticket for a live music gig. This one is raising money for the homeless charity Cardboard Citizens. The Victoria, £5.82/£10 suggested donation on the door, book ahead, 8pm-11pm, 11 November

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Discover the Secret History of the London Underground


The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets

Talk: Psychology of Love Making


Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. Get tickets

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies


Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet.   Get tickets

Love Actually


Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue.  Get tickets