Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 5 November 2019

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The Wimbledon fireworks display takes place tonight

Things to do

JULIET & ROMEO: Juliet & Romeo turns Shakespeare’s classic on its head (see what they did there), imagining what would have happened if they’d lived beyond their untimely deaths. The action takes place when the star-crossed lovers are in their 40s, battling midlife crises in a not-so-happily ever after. Wilton’s Music Hall (Limehouse), £10/£25, book ahead, 5-9 November

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: See hard-hitting photos by Giulio Piscitelli in new exhibition Wounds: When War Comes Home. The shots come from his time visiting surgical centres in Kabul and Lashkar-Gah, Afghanistan in 2018, meeting war victims and hearing their stories. Old Truman Brewery (Brick Lane), free, just turn up, 5-10 November

FIREWORKS NIGHT: Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Even though there was an abundance of firework displays at the weekend, a couple of London firework events take place tonight, including displays in Wimbledon Park and Southwark Park.

Juliet & Romeo opens at Wilton's

AI WEAPONS: We'll be honest, we didn't know that fully autonomous weapons existed. Find out what they are, and the advantages and issues of their existence, from artificial intelligence expert Yorick Wilks. Barnard's Inn Hall (Holborn), free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

PIONEERING WOMEN: Find out about the pioneering women involved in the passing of the Nursing Registration Act in 1919. Dr Alison O’Donnell delves into the Royal College of Nursing archive to share the stories of College secretary Mary Rundle, co-founder Sarah Swift and founding member Rachael Cox-Davies, who fought to improve the education, status, working conditions and pay of nurses. Royal College of Nursing (Marylebone), free, book ahead, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Watch a screening of Yeh Freedom Life

LET'S GET QUIZZICAL: No Olivia Newton John dance moves required for monthly pub quiz Let's Get Quizzical. Instead, grab your most knowledgable mates to tackle rounds including sport, music and general knowledge. There's a £50 bar tab to be won, so worth giving it your best shot. Deli Bar (Broadgate), £3, book ahead, 6.30pm

PERIODIC TABLE: Babble Talks are lectures aimed at parents with young babies — but they’re not about parenting, and adults without babies are also welcome. Today, attention turns to the periodic table, which is now 150 years old. Find out how its design changed science forever, how the elements are named, and how it is being used to build quantum computers. George IV (Chiswick), £10, book ahead, 11am-12pm

AUTUMN WALK: Join Lucy Hart, head gardener at Fulham Palace, for an autumnal walk through the grounds. See the trees and shrubs in their seasonal colours, and learn about the history of the garden and plans for its future. Fulham Palace, £6, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

Take a guided walk of the Fulham Palace garden

YEH FREEDOM: gal-dem — a publication by and for women and non-binary people of colour — hosts  a film club, with a screening of Yeh Freedom Life. Taking place in a South Delhi neighbourhood over a year, the documentary follows two women, Sachi and Parveen, as they live their 'freedom lives'. Followed by a Skype Q&A with director Priya Sen. Bertha DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £9/£7/£5, book ahead, 6.30pm

COBHAM DAIRY: Hear representatives from the Landmark Trust talk about the rescue and renovation of the Grade-II listed Cobham Dairy. Find out how the original plaster vaults, corbels, ceiling bosses and oak leaf clusters were recreated, and learn about historical uses of the building. Goldsmiths’ Hall (City of London), £25, book ahead, 6.30pm

DEATH IN PARADISE: Actor and comedian Ardal O’Hanlon — most recently known for playing DI Jack Mooney in Death in Paradise — brings his stand-up comedy show to London. In the #MeToo era, he’s desperate to prove that his gender, race, age and class don’t necessarily define him, covering topics such as avocados and £15 G&Ts to do so. New Wimbledon Theatre, from £26.15, book ahead, 8pm. He's also at Ally Pally tomorrow night.

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Lego tube driver

Just a picture of a smiling, lego tube driver, to brighten your day. This fellow is one of numerous plastic creations in the Lego Store (Leicester Square) with a transport theme. You can also board a Lego train, sit next to a Lego Shakespeare, browse a Lego tube map, and spot a Westminster roundel (made of Lego). Lego!

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Good cause of the day

Homelessness charity Glass Door has now opened the doors to its shelters for the winter, but needs support to ensure that it can keep providing the valuable service. Find out about volunteering roles, or consider making a donation — £23 provides someone with a hot meal and shelter for the night.

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