Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 4 October 2017

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MAKERS MINI MARKET: They say great things come in small packages. Find out at this pop up mini-market selling goodies from east London’s up-and-coming designers and artists. Finsbury Avenue Square, free entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm, until 7 October

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: The 61st BFI London Film Festival kicks off today. Highlights throughout include a film about Velvet Underground icon Nico and Manhunt, a new thriller from John Woo screening on the last day of the festival. Various venues and prices, book ahead, until 15 October

BIG LONDON BAKE: Think you could do better than this year's GBBO contestants? Get your apron on and compete with other cookery fiends in this timed 90-minute contest. The Castle Tooting, £36.50, book ahead, until 19 November

SUFFRAGETTE WALK: On this day in 1903, the Women's Social and Political Union was founded. Join this suffragette walking tour to mark the anniversary and help fundraise for a statue of leading suffragette Annie Kenney. St James Park Tube Station, £15, book ahead, 6pm*

MOONCAKE PARTY: You know summer is over when the Mooncake comes out. To celebrate China's mid-autumn festival Soho's Bun House is throwing what's been billed as London's first Mooncake party. Get your fill of the traditional pastry alongside cocktails and vinyl tunes. Tea Room, £12, book ahead, 6pm-2am

CRAP FILM CLUB: You know those films that are so bad they're good? That's what Crap Film Club is all about. Tonight see 1984 post-apocalyptic thriller Rats: Night of Terror for a terribly cheesy pre-Halloween treat. The Book Club, £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

Ring in the Autumn with a Mooncake party.

STRIKE A POSE: House of Ghetto is a Manchester-based female collective who love to vogue. See them in action tonight alongside a new video installation as part of And What? Queer Arts Festival. Rich Mix, free, just turn up, 6pm

ARTIST TALK: She's the pioneering bad-ass performance artist constantly pushing her body (and our squeamishness) to its limit. Tonight Marina Abramovic chats about her work with Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries. Tickets are sold out but more are released in a sweepstake. Failing that, the event will be streamed live on Facebook. Serpentine Sackler Gallery, book ahead, 7pm

ROCK N ROLL BINGO: Who said Bingo was for oldies? Join Jade for a night of music-themed Bingo, where the prizes include booze (not Werther's Originals). Star of Bethnal Green, £1 per round, just turn up, 7.30pm-11.30pm

GLORIOUS NOISE: Poetry from the diaspora is tonight's theme in celebration of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. Come hear five South Asian poets share their varied life experiences through spoken word. National Poetry Library, free, book ahead, 8pm

LAUGH TRAIN HOME: Phil Kay, Jasper Cromwell-Jones, Jenny Collier and MC Robyn Perkins are on the bill at Laugh Train Home stand-up comedy night tonight. The Four Thieves (Battersea), £7, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm


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Art review: Glittery Insects

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Eight photographers come together in this eye-catching group show with the x-ray lightboxes of Toni Gallagher and the sumptuous abstract landscapes of Eleanor Cunningham. The standouts for us are the dead insects that are made to sparkle by Carolyn Brown, using items like syrup and glitter. Strange Lands at Shotgun Studios, 37 Churchfield Road, Acton Central, W3 6AY. Until 13 October, free. ★★★☆☆ (Wednesday-Saturday)

Theatre review: More of a whimper than a bang

What should be a fascinating examination of the motivations of terrorists is actually a crashing bore in Chilean writer Guillermo Calderon’s short play. Two women plan a protest with a bomb designed to instil fear with noise alone, but end up engaging with a man who presents them with a nail bomb. The humour falls flat and the piece is hindered by the fact that the cast have their faces covered for most of the play. For an 80-minute piece, this limps along relentlessly. B, The Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS, £12-38, until 31 October ★★☆☆☆ (Tuesdays to Saturdays at either 7pm or 9pm) Chris Bridges

Good cause of the day: Help Fat Macy's open a permanent restaurant

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Fat Macy's doesn't just run any old supper club. It uses its elaborate pop up dinner parties to train young Londoners living in temporary accommodation and help them save up for their own home. Now the social enterprise is crowdfunding to open its first permanent restaurant and it's offering a range of goodies, from supper club tickets to cookery classes in exchange for your dosh. Donate via Space Hive.

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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

*correction: the Suffragette Walk takes place on 10 October (next Tuesday).