Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 24 October 2017

Looks like this article is a bit old. Be aware that information may have changed since it was published.

Browse seasonal produce and plants at the RHS Autumn Garden Show.

What we’re reading

Things to do

MASK MAGIC: Get your Halloween outfit sorted at this workshop where you create your own hand-painted mask using inspiration from different cultures. Blackhorse Sideshow, £10.84, book ahead, 10am-noon

GIBBON FEST: Create a giant rainforest, learn about endangered apes and take part in specimen-based activities to celebrate International Gibbon Day. Grant Museum of Zoology, free, just turn up, noon-4pm

BEING A MAN: Lad culture, gang culture and male suicide are some of the topics unpicked in this three-day festival which asks 'What makes a man?' China Exchange, £10, book ahead, 6pm

SPARKLING PUMPKIN CARVING: Do Halloween the sophisticated way — with a glass of champers in hand. Drink, Shop & Do, £12, book ahead, 6pm and 8.30pm

TUSK TRAFFICKERS: Hear about the important and often dangerous work the Environmental Investigation Agency is doing to uncover the illegal ivory trade and save Africa's elephants. Frontline Club, £12.50/£10, book ahead, 7pm

WILDLIFE DRAWING: Bored of drawing still lifes? At this drawing class, you'll be sketching snakes from a local reptile sanctuary while learning about the risks of keeping exotic pets. Protein Studios, £26, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

ART GOSSIP: Get the lowdown on this year's Frieze Art Fair from art collector and Sky Arts presenter Kate Bryan, who'll be talking about who exhibited/who didn't and filling eager culture vultures on behind the scenes stories. The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

AUTUMN: Expect pumpkin carving, live music and get first dibs on plants at the opening evening of the RHS Autumn Garden Show, open until 26 October. The first 200 green-fingered gardeners through the door can enjoy a complimentary drink. RHS Horticultural Halls, £5, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

RU PAUL'S DRAG WINNER: At a loss after exhausting every episode of Ru Paul's Drag Race? See Ru Paul winner Jinkx performing all your favourite Broadway songs in the flesh with just her improv skills, memory and fabulous outfit to see her through. Leicester Theatre, £25, book ahead, 9.15pm, until 28 October

LONDINIUM: It's your last chance to see Leadenhall Market as it was in Roman times when an ancient Basilica occupied this site. How? Through a new virtual reality experience created by the clever Guildhall technical theatre students, of course — it is 2017 after all. City of London, free, noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm, until 24 October

Good cause of the day: Become an archaeologist for the day and support MaesTherapy

Kids are invited to become an archaeologist for the day at Greenwich Market and learn how to make their own amulet using moulds from the National Archeological Museum in Naples. Profits go to Maes Therapy, which supports children with neuro-developmental conditions and movement disorders. Greenwich market, £5, just turn up, 10am-noon

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

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