Things to do today is sponsored by the Museum of London.
What we’re reading
- What lies under the offices of Regent Street?
- The Piccadilly Circus billboards have been switched back on... sort of.
- The India Club restaurant is at risk of closure. Sign the petition here.
- Remarkable images of London's evolution over 2,000 years.
- This is why there's now a campaign to save Matthews Yard in Croydon.
Things to do
CASS ART FESTIVAL: See five floors of fabulous artwork created by Cass Art staff artists, plus take part in creative workshops using acrylic, watercolours, mixed media and more. Barge House, Oxo Tower Wharf, free, just turn up, 19-22 October
ART & DESIGN WALK: Soak up all the art St James's has to offer on this tour from the arty crowd behind Wallpaper* magazine, which passes through the smaller galleries who are holding big works from the likes of Matisse, Barbara Kruger and Eduardo Paolozzi. St James's London, free, book ahead, 11am/noon
MADE LONDON: Browse ceramics, chat with the makers and come away with some artfully designed Christmas gifts at this contemporary craft and design fair. One Marylebone, £10-£20, book ahead, 10.30am-5pm, until 22 October
LONDINIUM IN VR: See Leadenhall Market morph into Roman London via this virtual reality experience created by the clever technical theatre students at Guildhall. Leadenhall Market, free, just turn up, noon-3pm
SURF CINEMA: This film festival is all about catching those waves. See inspiring documentaries, hear fascinating travelogues and don't be surprised if you leave the cinema with your next surf trip planned. Regent Street Cinema, £10/£17, book ahead, until 21 October
Meet Paddington bear at the Museum of London this half term
With Paddington 2 hitting the big screen this autumn, London takes centre stage as everyone’s favourite marmalade-loving bear adventures around the capital. To celebrate, the Museum of London is hosting a special behind the scenes display, and during half term, visitors will even get a chance to meet Paddington himself…
From 21 October - 29 October, fans can expect a whole host of family-friendly, Paddington themed special events and activities at the museum - including lively drama workshops and storytelling from Michael Bond’s daughter, Karen Jankel. And then there's the biggest highlight of all: the chance to meet the bear himself, as Paddington pays an exclusive visit on Tuesday and Thursday during half term.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it for a meet and greet, though - from 19 October - 19 December, visitors will also be able to get a unique behind-the-scenes peek at costumes and props from the upcoming film, in a special behind the scenes display. Costumes and props on show include Paddington’s very own outfit, costume designer sketches, and even the pop-up book that Paddington is trying so hard to buy for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday.
Behind the Scenes of Paddington 2 is on at the Museum of London, from 19 October - 19 December 2017. Half term activities run from 21 October - 29 October. Admission is free.
POETRY: Get your literary fix at this new poetry series, which brings emerging and established poets together. Tonight hear readings from Daniel Roy Connelly and Melissa Lee-Houghton. Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, £5, book ahead, 7pm
NURSING CUISINE: In the 1950s and 1960s students were recruited from the Caribbean, South Asia and Africa to train as nurses. Try the food that, for these nurses, became a way of overcoming cultural boundaries. The Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre, free, book ahead, 5.30pm-7.30pm
FUNK IT UP: Have you got what it takes to be London's funkiest music act? Tonight is the first of four heats before a winner is selected to play at Love Supreme in July. No matter if you don't have a band — you can still come along for a boogie. Yamaha Music London, free, just turn up, 6pm-8pm, every Thursday until 16 November
DRINK AND DRAW: A speed dating session where you draw your date. Even if you don't meet 'the one', you'll take home a sketchbook full of unique drawings of your face. The Scolt Head, £22, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
Good cause of the day: Roar With Laughter
Book ahead to see comedians including Alan Carr, Katherine Ryan, Rob Delaney and Sara Pascoe taking to the stage at the Hammersmith Apollo on 30 November. The event will raise money for the Zoological Society of London's wildlife conservation projects, both here in the UK and abroad.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
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
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
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