Things to do in London in October 2012

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


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Sunday 14th October

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

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Monday 15th October

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

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Tuesday 16th October

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

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Wednesday 17th October

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

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Thursday 18th October

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

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Friday 19th October

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

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Saturday 20th October

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

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Sunday 21st October

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

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Monday 22nd October

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

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Tuesday 23rd October

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

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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.
1pm to 2pm
 
Poplar
The City of London's Guildhall Library has an extensive collection of iconic documents and valuable books,
1pm to 2pm
 
The talk will anaylse brands and branding within the film industry, asking questions about what this might bring to the industry.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Notting Hill
A series of seminars by expert archaeologists working on the Crossrail project
6:30pm to :
 
Soho
A talk by the Chairman of the Cutty Sark on the restoration project since its fire.
7:30pm to 9pm
 

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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,
8:30am to 9:30am
 
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.
6pm to 9pm
 
An evening of discussion focusing on the influence digital media has had on the book.
6:30pm to :
 
Nobody can hear you scream in space. So, isn't space an unlikely place to look for music?
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Enjoy a glass of wine, meet our experts and see items not normally on display at this 1930s modernist home designed by Erno Goldfinger.
7pm to 8pm
 
A baby’s brain changes dramatically in its first year. Can we accelerate this development?
7pm to :
 
Director John Krish presents his life and work, from sci-fi features to his much-loved reflection on the demise of London’s trams,
7:30pm to 10:30pm
 
Dr Niall McCrae presents an historical account of the lunacy concept and discusses research issues.
8pm to 10:30pm
 
Whitechapel

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Friday 26th October

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

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Saturday 27th October

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

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Sunday 28th October

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

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Monday 29th October

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

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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.
10am to 12pm
 
Kensington
A talk about the history of 'the pox' from its arrival in Europe in the 15th century.
6pm to :
 
Monthly open evening at the HQ of the UK's architecture group with talks and tours throughout the evening.
6pm to 10pm
 
At this event, Jonathan Glancey will chair a discussion concerning the themes surrounding the publication of this new book.
7pm to :
 

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Wednesday 31st October

Professor Mervyn Heard will conjure up the black art of Phantasmagoria with his 19th Century Magic Lantern.
All Day
 
There will be a 41 gun salute fired from the Tower of London, for a state visit to the UK.
12:20pm to :
 
Professor Chris Johnson presents the 2012 Imperial College London - The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust lecture.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Where better to spend Halloween than in a room of scary skeletons and skulls?
6pm to 8pm
 
This lecture will go back to the vampire of folklore and legend, tracing its steps from the far East into Western society.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
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.
6:45pm to 10pm
 
Anne de Courcy explores the reality of life during the Raj for countless young women in search of romance and adventure in India,
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Whitehall

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