Things to do in London in October 2012

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The ianVisits guide to October's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


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Top events in London on Mon 1st Oct 2012

A chance to see the famous 'jail cells' under the Viaduct Tavern
clock 11am to 11pm
 
location Barbican
Annual procession by judges in full regalia to Westminster Abbey
clock 11:30am to :
 
location Pimlico
ulian Bird will be talking about the history of London theatre and its relative strengths in the world today.
clock 1pm to 2pm
 
location Barbican
Telling stories about covert activities during the Cold War could have landed us in prison only a few years ago.
clock 7pm to :
 
location Bloomsbury

More London events on Monday 1st October

Tuesday 2nd October

A chance to see the famous 'jail cells' under the Viaduct Tavern
clock 11am to 11pm
 
location Barbican
Monthly evening opening of the museum with the rooms lit by candles.
clock 6pm to 9pm
 
location Holborn
Join a knowledgeable National Trust volunteer on an atmospheric evening guided tour of this magnificent Tudor house,
clock 7:30pm to :
 
location Barking

More London events on Tuesday 2nd October

Top events in London on Wed 3rd Oct 2012

This evening’s lecture will give you the opportunity to hear from three key members of the Shard’s design team,
clock 6pm to :
 
location Strand
A series of seminars by expert archaeologists working on the Crossrail project
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Soho
Evolutionary biologist and author of Wired for Culture Mark Pagel discusses language, communication and exchange on the London tube.
clock 7pm to :
 
location Whitechapel
This talk recovers the case of Thomas Douglas Murray, the man who bought the fateful 'Unlucky Mummy' in 1865.
clock 7:15pm to 9pm
 
location Euston

More London events on Wednesday 3rd October

Thursday 4th October

Come and judge for yourselves at a show of genuine Victorian moving slides projected on a Victorian magic lantern.
clock 6pm to :
 
location Clerkenwell
Sarah Wise discusses her latest book, 'Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England'.
clock 7:30pm to :
 
location City of London
A talk about the notorious murderer.
clock 8pm to :
 
location Clerkenwell

More London events on Thursday 4th October

Friday 5th October

Bakery foods for sale from a range of stalls, along with regular talks and demonstrations.
clock 11am to :
 
location Southwark
Monthly tour of the legal Inns of Court includes visits to the Old Hall, Great Hall and Chapel.
clock 2pm to 3pm
 
location Holborn
Len Riley, local historian and archivist, will lead a tour of Lambeth Archives, the borough's record office and local history library.
clock 2pm to :
 
location Camberwell

More London events on Friday 5th October

Saturday 6th October

An open weekend at the Transport Museum's overflow depot with special display of heritage taxi cabs.
clock All Day
 
location Acton
A steam train will run a tour from Paddington Station and return in the evening.
clock All Day
 
location Acton
Small rustic villa built to Turner's own design, with inspiration from John Soane, for his own use as a rural retreat.
clock 10am to 1pm
 
location Twickenham
Tower visits, Living Churchyard Walks, organ recital, history talks and much more.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Dartford
Poet, Niall McDevitt, takes a revealing walk in London's East End, discussing Shakespeare and his relationship with the Anglo-Jewish feminist poet,
clock 11am to :
 
location Acton
See where the Museum of London's artefacts are cleaned and sorted, then handle some of these rarely-seen objects.
clock 11am to 12:30pm
 
location Islington
Bakery foods for sale from a range of stalls, along with regular talks and demonstrations.
clock 11am to :
 
location Southwark
Vintage bus trips around Theydon Bois and local transport fair.
clock 11am to 3:30pm
 
location North Weald
Discover the rich history of Walthamstow and of its people on this series of free guided walks
clock 2pm to :
 
location Walthamstow
David Hoffman who has specialised in social issues photography for more than 30 years gives the first talk in the Radical London in Focus series.
clock 2:30pm to :
 
location City of London

More London events on Saturday 6th October

Sunday 7th October

An open weekend at the Transport Museum's overflow depot with special display of heritage taxi cabs.
clock All Day
 
location Acton
A day of talks, open sessions and events based around the work of the New Radiophonic Workshop,
clock All Day
 
location Southwark
Celebrate the rich diversity of life sustained by the nation's hedgerows.
clock 10am to 5pm
 
location South Kensington
Ever sampled a Merton Wonder apple, made your own apple juice or wondered what the nearest orchard in London to you is?
clock 10am to 7pm
 
location Kings Cross
Bakery foods for sale from a range of stalls, along with regular talks and demonstrations.
clock 11am to :
 
location Southwark
Meet the fire fighters, see some of the equipment & learn about fire safety.
clock 11am to 5pm
 
location Woodford Green
Monthly open day at the museum of materials testing in Southwark. One very big machine and lots of small ones.
clock 11am to 3pm
 
location Southwark
Gatton Park is the core 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
clock 1pm to 5pm
 
location Reigate

More London events on Sunday 7th October

Top events in London on Mon 8th Oct 2012

What does the emerging field of visual urbanism look like today? What is the current status of the visual within urban research?
clock All Day
 
location Camden
Is the survival of the theatre now really threatened? If so, how should the challenge be met?
clock 1pm to 2pm
 
location Barbican
Explore the museum's fire station, once part of the original Southwark fire station in the 1870s
clock 2pm to :
 
location Barbican
The wide variety of stalls will offer: beekeeping equipment; hives; garden decorations; food; drink; arts and crafts; beauty products and much more.
clock 6pm to 9pm
 
location Paddington
Criticised by many as mere propaganda, Poetry of the Taliban offers an unfettered insight into the wider worldview of the Afghan Taliban,
clock 6:45pm to 8pm
 
location Harley Street

More London events on Monday 8th October

Tuesday 9th October

The best of the season's harvest is celebrated at this year's RHS London Harvest Festival Show 2012, in the heart of London
clock All Day
 
location Pimlico
Dan Snow, author and TV presenter, brings the Middle Ages back to life as he embarks on a history of castle warfare.
clock 7pm to :
 
location Chelsea

More London events on Tuesday 9th October

Top events in London on Wed 10th Oct 2012

The best of the season's harvest is celebrated at this year's RHS London Harvest Festival Show 2012, in the heart of London
clock All Day
 
location Pimlico
Just how far along the path to knowing why people of that time made images, many deep underground, can researchers go?
clock 6pm to :
 
location Euston
Simon Thurley lectures on his survey of English building from the Saxons to the present day.
clock 6pm to :
 
location Barbican
Professor Julia King will look at how we can deliver personal mobility, in developed countries and globally
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Belgravia
A series of seminars by expert archaeologists working on the Crossrail project
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Soho
This discussion at Pushkin House looks in depth into the cultural context of Pussy Riot’s activity.
clock 7:30pm to 9pm
 
location Bloomsbury
What can the 80s tell us about keeping the peace in troubled times?
clock 7:30pm to :
 
location City of London
Biographer Stephen Jacobs + special guest Karloff’s daughter Sara reveal the gentleman behind the image.
clock 7:30pm to 10:30pm
 
location Kennington
There will be a firework display from barges positioned mid-stream in Lambeth Reach, adjacent to Millbank Pier.
clock 9pm to :
 
location Kennington

More London events on Wednesday 10th October

Thursday 11th October

Peter Hennessy will examine the special considerations that apply to writing the history of one’s own times.
clock 6:30pm to 8pm
 
location Holborn
Prof James Gow discusses the Trial of General Ratko Mladic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Russell Square
A discussion on the ethical, moral and spiritual questions raised by end-of-life issues
clock 6:45pm to 9pm
 
location Strand
Founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, shares his passion and his fascination with clouds, in all their glorious forms.
clock 7pm to :
 
location Richmond
The screening will include a guest talk by Elain Harwood, English Heritage's leading expert on 20th century architecture.
clock 7pm to :
 
location Russell Square
Exploring active citizenship in Victorian Britain, a pervasive ideal which aimed to bridge the gap between academia and slum.
clock 7pm to :
 
location City of London
Gary Lachman will be giving a talk on the celebrated occultist, Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s time as a resident of London.
clock 7:30pm to :
 
location Southwark

More London events on Thursday 11th October

Friday 12th October

Over 45 stalls offering cheese and wine tasting events - along with talks and demonstrations.
clock 11am to :
 
location Southwark
RSC Director Roxana Silbert discusses power and leadership in the 21st century through the lens of her World Shakespeare Festival.
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Russell Square

More London events on Friday 12th October

Saturday 13th October

Examine the fascinating history of army medicine and its evolution from leeches to lasers in two unmissable in-depth speaking events.
clock All Day
 
location Chelsea
A steam train will leave Victoria Station in the morning and return to Waterloo in the evening.
clock All Day
 
location Chelsea
This event with a medieval theme commemorates King Harold, the last Saxon King of England, who rebuilt the church and was buried in the grounds.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Waltham Abbey
Separate the poster-boys from the pirates and the martyrs from the megalomaniacs in an entertaining stroll around Greenwich
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Greenwich
Creative event mixing exhibitions, performances, workshops, crafts, film screenings, as well as food and handicrafts stalls.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Euston
An arch to arch walk. Including James Bond, Hedge Funds, Bomber Command and the Duke of Wellington.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Euston
The consumer exhibition features around 70 exhibitors, including top British chocolatiers and chocolate companies.
clock 10:30am to 7pm
 
location Covent Garden
Three halls packed with working Meccano models of trains, planes, cranes, fairground rides and much more
clock 10:30am to 4:30pm
 
location Eltham
A bygone age of cobbled streets, gaslight and horse-drawn vehicles brought to life.
clock 11am to :
 
location Richmond
Join this walk and discover who was agitating and rioting and refusing to accept injustice and inequality.
clock 11am to :
 
location City of London
Over 45 stalls offering cheese and wine tasting events - along with talks and demonstrations.
clock 11am to :
 
location Southwark
This two-day conference presents papers exploring the relationship and interaction between archaeology & folklore around the world, with exhibitions
clock 8pm to 9pm
 
location Euston

More London events on Saturday 13th October

Sunday 14th October

The consumer exhibition features around 70 exhibitors, including top British chocolatiers and chocolate companies.
clock 10:30am to 7pm
 
location Covent Garden
Over 45 stalls offering cheese and wine tasting events - along with talks and demonstrations.
clock 11am to :
 
location Southwark
This two-day conference presents papers exploring the relationship and interaction between archaeology & folklore around the world, with exhibitions
clock 8pm to 9pm
 
location Euston

More London events on Sunday 14th October

Monday 15th October

Occasional guided tour of the sumptuous interior of this City of London Livery Hall.
clock 12pm to :
 
location City of London
Stuart Laidlaw will give a talk highlighting current research at the Institute.
clock 4pm to :
 
location Euston
A panel debate on which animals society should strive to save from extinction.
clock 6pm to 8pm
 
location Picadilly

More London events on Monday 15th October

Tuesday 16th October

In this lecture he discusses his own art, and that of other artists who include the Thames in their art.
clock 5:30pm to :
 
An illustrated journey through England, exploring its historic churches and drawing inspiration from Lycett Green's ‘Unwrecked England’ column.
clock 6pm to :
 
location Picadilly
A talk about the socialist ideals held by Aneurin Bevan and their post-war disappointment.
clock 6pm to :
 
location Barbican
This lecture examines why digital information and complex networks make policymaking especially difficult.
clock 6:30pm to 8pm
 
location Holborn
A fairly rare chance to visit the Government Art Collection for this themed tour.
clock 6:30pm to 8pm
 
location Tottenham Court Road
An adult themed walk around hipsterville looking at its Theatrical heritage.
clock 7pm to :
 
location Islington
Author of the definitive biography of Charles Laughton, Simon Callow gives a talk about the actor.
clock 7:30pm to 10:30pm
 
location Kennington

More London events on Tuesday 16th October

Wednesday 17th October

This early morning tour of the City's Historic Smithfield Market takes place monthly on a Wednesday at 7am.
clock 7am to 8:30am
 
location Barbican
Ex-Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, the Hon. Michael Chertoff, delivers the 2012 Vincent Briscoe Annual Security Lecture.
clock 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
location South Kensington
A lecture on why Darwin dropped his theory about the sex ratio in monogamous relationships.
clock 6pm to :
 
location Picadilly
A look at the 50-year old Maglev technology.
clock 6pm to :
 
location Strand
Nigel Lawson will discuss his career and life in the front line of British politics over the course of four decades.
clock 6:30pm to 8pm
 
location Holborn
This talk will introduce Alan Turing as someone who combined a wide range of mathematical advances with far-sighted application,
clock 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
location St James
A series of seminars by expert archaeologists working on the Crossrail project
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Soho
Prof Eve Rosenhaft visits The Wiener Library to discuss her research as part of Black History Month.
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Russell Square
Find out what makes a successful blog from some of London's most influential bloggers.
clock 7pm to 8:30pm
 
location Barbican
A talk about the USA to UK activist who amongst many things, was instrumental in establishing the Notting Hill Carnival.
clock 7pm to :
 
location Highgate
Can executions ever be humane? Should medicine have any kind of role to play in capital punishment?
clock 7pm to :
 
location Highgate

More London events on Wednesday 17th October

Thursday 18th October

Find out about one of the most seminal events of the 19th century,
clock 2pm to 3pm
 
location Richmond
This panel will re-evaluate the impact of the crisis on relations both within the Americas and between the superpowers.
clock 6:30pm to 8pm
 
location Holborn
In this talk Rosemary Ashton brings to life the educational, medical and social reformists of Victorian Bloomsbury.
clock 7:30pm to :
 
location City of London
An illuminated talk by Adriana Díaz Enciso - Where and, most importantly, what is William Blake’s Golgonooza?
clock 8pm to 9pm
 
location Strand

More London events on Thursday 18th October

Top events in London on Fri 19th Oct 2012

Tour the remains of the western gate of London's Roman military fort, located beneath the streets next to the Museum.
clock 2pm to :
 
location Barbican

More London events on Friday 19th October

Top events in London on Sat 20th Oct 2012

A national competition and displays by the various rescue services.
clock All Day
 
location Victoria Dock
A guided walk around the area focusing on its political and literary residents
clock tba
 
location Russell Square
These guided tours include access onto the 2nd floor podium level and the communal walkways.
clock tba
 
location Clerkenwell
You are invited to visit Senate House Library, in the iconic Senate House at the heart of Bloomsbury,
clock All Day
 
location Euston
Join City Highlights guide, Chris Everett, for a daytime 'pub crawl' around holsteries past and present.
clock 11am to :
 
location Barbican
Displays on how researchers are converting data about London transport into visual displays
clock 11am to 5pm
 
location Euston
Walking tour around the area looking at its political history.
clock 11:30am to :
 
location Russell Square
This reflective walk ties all the pieces together and is led by an expert in the field, Dr Roger Bowdler.
clock 12pm to :
 
location Clerkenwell
Explore the normally closed wildlife area and discover its fauna and flora.
clock 12pm to 4pm
 
location Kensington
This tour will take you through the beautiful private garden at the centre of Mecklenburgh Square.
clock 2pm to :
 
location Clerkenwell
Witness the fourth estate mature from a vicious puppy into the 'feral beast' we know and love today.
clock 3pm to 4:30pm
 
location City of London
This event explores the darker side of the natural world through one-night only exhibition labels and specimen-based activities.
clock 6pm to 8pm
 
location Euston
Pick up a free Gothic Trail to explore the macabre receptions of Ancient Egypt from the late nineteenth century on.
clock 6pm to 8pm
 
location Euston

More London events on Saturday 20th October

Sunday 21st October

Large displays of historic London buses and taxis, commercial, emergency & military vehicles with horse-bus rides
clock All Day
 
location Weybridge
A guided walk around the area focusing on its political and literary residents
clock tba
 
location Russell Square
A note that a low-flying helicopter will be carrying out filming work by the Old Naval College in Greenwich.
clock 7am to 11:15am
 
Come and celebrate national Apple Day at Forty Hall Farm, with a windfall of apple-related fun and games.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Enfield Town
Guided walk based around the 1960s TV show - will also include an afternoon Prisoner walk.
clock 10:45am to :
 
location Enfield Town
Displays on how researchers are converting data about London transport into visual displays
clock 11am to 5pm
 
location Euston
October Plenty is an Autumn harvest celebration held annually in Southwark.
clock 12pm to :
 
location Southwark
This tour will take you through the beautiful private garden at the centre of Mecklenburgh Square.
clock 2pm to :
 
location Clerkenwell
Guided walk see see the various locations filmed in the 1960s TV show, The Prisoner.
clock 2pm to :
 
location Marylebone
Discover historic Bloomsbury's newest architecture on this guided walking tour.
clock 2pm to :
 
location Euston

More London events on Sunday 21st October

Top events in London on Mon 22nd Oct 2012

talk about the future of the London Theatre, as business or matter of faith.
clock 1pm to 2pm
 
location Barbican
Lady Joan Reid, will uncover Franklin’s far-reaching views on America’s monetary system.
clock 6pm to :
 
location Trafalgar Square

More London events on Monday 22nd October

Tuesday 23rd October

A film following the work of the artists who design the changing covers on the tube maps.
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Covent Garden
This talk will be delivered by Lord Ashdown, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats and UN High Commissioner for Bosnia,
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Richmond
A critical reflection on the politics of secularism and human rights following the “Arab Spring” and the challenges posed for progressive thinking.
clock 6:30pm to 8pm
 
location Holborn
With our panel of speakers consider the changing climate of industrial relations in Britain.
clock 7:30pm to :
 
location City of London

More London events on Tuesday 23rd October

Wednesday 24th October

Author Kevin d'Arcy uses his book, London's 2nd city, to explore the orgins of the new financial centre of the world.
clock 1pm to 2pm
 
location Poplar
The City of London's Guildhall Library has an extensive collection of iconic documents and valuable books,
clock 1pm to 2pm
 
location Barbican
The talk will anaylse brands and branding within the film industry, asking questions about what this might bring to the industry.
clock 6pm to 7:30pm
 
location Notting Hill
A series of seminars by expert archaeologists working on the Crossrail project
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Soho
A talk by the Chairman of the Cutty Sark on the restoration project since its fire.
clock 7:30pm to 9pm
 
location Barbican

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Thursday 25th October

A talk that will examine how London is working to reconnect the capital’s river channels with their natural floodplains,
clock 8:30am to 9:30am
 
location Euston
This event takes a playful glimpse at the science behind our fears, from brains to pandemics via the science of sleep and a Zombie apocalypse.
clock 6pm to 9pm
 
location South Kensington
An evening of discussion focusing on the influence digital media has had on the book.
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Clerkenwell
Nobody can hear you scream in space. So, isn't space an unlikely place to look for music?
clock 6:30pm to 8pm
 
location South Kensington
Enjoy a glass of wine, meet our experts and see items not normally on display at this 1930s modernist home designed by Erno Goldfinger.
clock 7pm to 8pm
 
location Hampstead
A baby’s brain changes dramatically in its first year. Can we accelerate this development?
clock 7pm to :
 
location Hampstead
Director John Krish presents his life and work, from sci-fi features to his much-loved reflection on the demise of London’s trams,
clock 7:30pm to 10:30pm
 
location Kennington
Dr Niall McCrae presents an historical account of the lunacy concept and discusses research issues.
clock 8pm to 10:30pm
 
location Whitechapel

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Friday 26th October

A show recalling some of the capitals most wretched murderers, evil villains and sorrowful victims.
clock tba
 
location Charlton
A chance to see inside the Pathology Museum - for a display of anatomically correct cakes
clock 11am to 7pm
 
location Shoreditch
Celebrate the horror movie genre and join the V&A this Halloween for the best in fabricated fright.
clock 6:30pm to 10pm
 
location South Kensington

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Saturday 27th October

To mark the end of British Summer Time, the Foundling Museum is celebrating all things horological.
clock All Day
 
location Clerkenwell
The London Ghost Conference is a day dedicated to talks covering many hauntings in the London.
clock 10:30am to 6pm
 
location City of London
Meet an array of amazing rainforest minibeasts including snakes, giant millipedes and whip spiders, and find out more about them.
clock 10:30am to 4pm
 
location Barnes
Learn the art of paper cutting in this workshop for adults led by artist Claire Brewster whose work is inspired by the natural environment.
clock 11am to 1pm
 
location Fulham
A chance to see inside the Pathology Museum - for a display of anatomically correct cakes
clock 11am to 7pm
 
location Shoreditch
Free entry to the Old Operating Theatre to mark the 50th anniversary of its discovery and restoration.
clock 11am to 4pm
 
location Southwark
Hear about some of Simon’s epic adventures filming his captivating BBC TV travel documentaries,
clock 4pm to 5:30pm
 
location Barnes

More London events on Saturday 27th October

Sunday 28th October

A show recalling some of the capitals most wretched murderers, evil villains and sorrowful victims.
clock tba
 
location Charlton
To mark the end of British Summer Time, the Foundling Museum is celebrating all things horological.
clock All Day
 
location Clerkenwell
A packed afternoon of entertainment including magical lighting displays, music, dance, food, stalls and more
clock tba
 
location Trafalgar Square
Meet an array of amazing rainforest minibeasts including snakes, giant millipedes and whip spiders, and find out more about them.
clock 10:30am to 4pm
 
location Barnes
A chance to see inside the Pathology Museum - for a display of anatomically correct cakes
clock 11am to 7pm
 
location Shoreditch
a two hour stroll around brixton led by your guide barrie greene who worked there for 25 years.
clock 2pm to 4:15pm
 
location Belmont
An Introduction to the town's rich history from the ancient Green with 18th century house and remains of a Tudor Palace
clock 3pm to :
 
location Richmond

More London events on Sunday 28th October

Monday 29th October

During the event, Robert and the authors will discuss some of the more notable moments in the history of the Tube.
clock 6:30pm to 7pm
 
location Covent Garden
This talk explores how the paradoxical realm of the atomic was ‘materialised’ on TV during the Cold War.
clock 7:30pm to :
 
location Camden

More London events on Monday 29th October

Tuesday 30th October

Learn about these nocturnal creatures and make a cosy bat box for one of the many different species that live in London.
clock 10am to 12pm
 
location Kensington
A talk about the history of 'the pox' from its arrival in Europe in the 15th century.
clock 6pm to :
 
location Barbican
Monthly open evening at the HQ of the UK's architecture group with talks and tours throughout the evening.
clock 6pm to 10pm
 
location Regent Street
At this event, Jonathan Glancey will chair a discussion concerning the themes surrounding the publication of this new book.
clock 7pm to :
 
location South Kensington

More London events on Tuesday 30th October

Top events in London on Wed 31st Oct 2012

Professor Mervyn Heard will conjure up the black art of Phantasmagoria with his 19th Century Magic Lantern.
clock All Day
 
location Hackney
There will be a 41 gun salute fired from the Tower of London, for a state visit to the UK.
clock 12:20pm to :
 
location Tower Hill
Professor Chris Johnson presents the 2012 Imperial College London - The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust lecture.
clock 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
location South Kensington
Where better to spend Halloween than in a room of scary skeletons and skulls?
clock 6pm to 8pm
 
location Euston
This lecture will go back to the vampire of folklore and legend, tracing its steps from the far East into Western society.
clock 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
location Barbican
Whether you enjoy a glass of red wine or prefer a pint, there’s plenty to sample as Science Museum explores the science of alcohol this Halloween.
clock 6:45pm to 10pm
 
location South Kensington
Anne de Courcy explores the reality of life during the Raj for countless young women in search of romance and adventure in India,
clock 7pm to 8:30pm
 
location Whitehall

More London events on Wednesday 31st October

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