Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 17 October 2017

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Unannounced readings of Orwell's texts are popping up at London Bridge station. Photo: Simon & His Camera

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POETRY SHOWCASE: Hear words arranged into pleasing sentence structures at this Poetry Society event, which is celebrating 19 years of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award with readings and chat from the award judges. Clore Ballroom, Southbank, free, just turn up, 2pm-3.30pm

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING: In need of a wardrobe update? Browse vintage garments with a free glass of wine in hand and enjoy 20% off your purchase at this cute little boutique. Paper Dress Vintage (Hackney), free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm

CURIOSITY SHOP: Does Halloween costume shopping come before Christmas gift shopping in your house? Then head to Carnaby Street for two weeks worth of spooky happenings, including workshops in floral Day of the Dead inspired headdress making, cocktail potion mixing and perfecting that ghoulish makeup. Free, register ahead, until 31 October

COLLECTED CREATIVE: See a screening of The Composer to mark Black History Month, followed by a celebration of African, Caribbean and diaspora communities through art, painting, music and dance. Peckham Pelican, free, just turn up, 7pm

LOLITICS: Finally, a comedy night where the stand up doesn't spend the first half of the show taking the piss out of the audience. Expect optimism, passion and hopefully a few laughs at this "friendly lefty political" comedy club. The Black Heart (Camden), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm

FEMALE GAZE: A feminist scratch night with a bewitching theme, as part of Girls On Fire: a new season about women gaining, losing, and maintaining power in contemporary society. The Cockpit, £8, book ahead, 7.30pm

Bookworms get over to the London Literature Festival taking place at the Southbank Centre. © Belinda Lawley (2015)

BEING A WRITER: Whether you dabble in the odd scrawled half-thought or you've got a hard drive's worth of novel at home, you can hear the writer's tricks of the trade at this book launch with the editors of new illustrated anthology: Being a Writer: Advice, Musings, Essays and Experiences From the World's Greatest Authors. Pages of Hackney, £4, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

NERD NIGHT: Expect quickfire talks on the basis of memory, the history of ampersands, and ‘bad ass feminists of nature’. The Backyard Comedy Club, from £6, Book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

ORWELL READINGS: Hang around London Bridge long enough and you might just stumble across George Orwell's stepson Richard Blair reading extracts from Orwell's books. Check the #LBLiveStation hashtag for more details. Free, just turn up, until 18 October

OOH LA LA: A frisky soufflé of a play from acclaimed French writer Florian Zeller. The Lie presents a portrait of two couples and their extramarital activities. Menier Chocolate Factory, £32.50, book ahead, until 18 November

Good cause of the day: Go vegan for dolphins

Tuck into a lavish three-course vegan fest in aid of Dolphin Freedom UK, which is working to free the creatures from dolphinariums. Black Cat, £20, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

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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