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Things to do in London in October 2019

Things to do in London in October 2019

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


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Tuesday 1st October

Watch a parade of the UK's highest judges to Westminster Abbey for their annual service.
 10:30am to 11:30am
 
 Pimlico
Judges Service at Westminster Abbey
Why do apparently irrelevant details such as a person’s height, their relative wealth, or their Facebook photo influence whether or not we trust what they are saying?
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
Through readings, song, stories and discussion, this event chaired by Juliet Stevenson explores how asylum seekers are represented in fiction, poetry and storytelling.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden

More London events on Tuesday 1st October

Wednesday 2nd October

This talk will explain how the speed of light was first measured, and how an obscure but brilliant patent clerk in Bern, Switzerland by the name of Albert Einstein deduced that the speed of light is the upper speed limit for everything in the Universe.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
In this lecture, V&A Director Dr Tristram Hunt explores the architectural, intellectual and political history of the Victorian town hall and asks what that sense of municipal patriotism might offer city life today.
 1pm to 1:45pm
 
 South Kensington
A talk about the downfall of the London Charterhouse monastery.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
The World Falls Apart
In this event about his new book Guy Standing leads us through a new appraisal of the commons, stemming from the medieval concept of common land reserved in ancient law from marauding barons, to his modern reappraisal of the resources we all hold in common.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
Sir Roland Jackson will discuss John Tyndall. In collaboration with the Institute of Physics.
 7pm to 9:30pm
 
 Hanover Square
John Tyndall: Provocative Victorian Physicist
Military historian Max Hastings vividly describes the evolution of Barnes Wallis’ bomb, and of the bravery of the squadron which broke the dams.
 7pm to :
 
 Marylebone High St
Max Hastings Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943

More London events on Wednesday 2nd October

Thursday 3rd October

A note that the Energy Observer, an experimental boat powered by hydrogen will be visiting London and will pass under Tower Bridge.
 6pm to 6:10pm
 
 Southwark
Hydrogen powered boat to pass through Tower Bridge
A talk and glass of wine with author Philip Parker, as we celebrate the publication of his new book The A-Z History of London.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
The A-Z History of London by Philip Parker

More London events on Thursday 3rd October

Saturday 5th October

All day conference to discuss all thinks pottery related.
 All Day
 
 Islington
1000 years of ceramic innovation
Artists and crafts people across the borough of Lambeth will be opening their studio and work spaces to the public.
 10am to 6pm
 
A bookfair and day of talks, workshops and screenings, exploring contemporary feminism and technology.
 10:30am to 5:30pm
 
 Barbican
New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival
A delightful old barn now packed full of "clutter" that's oddly enjoyable to visit.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Upminster
 Occasional open day at the Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
£10.00 Apple Weekend
Annual celebration of all things apple in Fenton's beguiling walled gardens and 300 year-old orchard.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Hampstead
Stalls of local produce, heritage apples to try and buy, an apple press, hot mulled cider and a host of children's activities and trails
 11am to 5pm
 
 Bexleyheath
Drop in to explore the collection of magazines, pamphlets, posters, ephemera, t-shirts and artefacts from these collections at your own pace.
 1pm to :
 
 City of London
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Tooting

More London events on Saturday 5th October

Sunday 6th October

Artists and crafts people across the borough of Lambeth will be opening their studio and work spaces to the public.
 10am to 6pm
 
Celebrate the orchard in the walled garden at an apple day celebration.
 11am to 3pm
 
 Fulham
Apple day celebration
£10.00 Apple Weekend
Annual celebration of all things apple in Fenton's beguiling walled gardens and 300 year-old orchard.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Hampstead
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
Stalls of local produce, heritage apples to try and buy, an apple press, hot mulled cider and a host of children's activities and trails
 11am to 5pm
 
 Bexleyheath
Occasional open day at the heritage windmill in Croydon.
 12pm to 5pm
 
 Croydon
Shirley Windmill open day
Hundreds of Londoners will gather on Hampstead Heath’s Parliament Hill this Sunday to battle it out in the UK’s largest annual conker championships.
 2:30pm to :
 
 Kentish Town

More London events on Sunday 6th October

Monday 7th October

A programme that bends time and brings together a century of feminist film experiments in honour of lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer (1939–2019).
 6:15pm to :
 
 Barbican
Cyberfeminism on Film: Transfigurations – A Barbara Hammer Tribute
Could a radical rethink of low-rise housing help successfully densify London’s suburbs?
 7pm to :
 
 Barbican
Revolutionary Low Rise

More London events on Monday 7th October

Tuesday 8th October

This lecture examines the mathematics behind computing, starting with the history of the explosive growth of computer technology, from code breaking through to all aspects of modern communication and security.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
Focussing on experiment and travel, this lecture describes the aims and activities of the early Royal Society almost two centuries before the word ‘scientist’ was invented.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
Playing host to the UK’s most fabulous women in STEM, ALD Live! is an entertaining evening of geekery
 6:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Strand
Ada Lovelace Day Live! 2019
Join a panel of experts as they explore if it really is too late to save our oceans.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Hanover Square
Join Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie for a showcase of his Field Guide to the English Clergy; a compendium of diverse eccentrics, pirates, prelates and adventurers; all Anglican, some even practising.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
A Field Guide to the English Clergy - A Talk by Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie
The first of its kind: an exploration of one of the most mysterious countries in the world, as told by one of the first outsiders to access the country in its entirety.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
A Savage Dreamland: Journeys in Burma by David Eimer

More London events on Tuesday 8th October

Wednesday 9th October

Space psychologist Iya Whiteley discusses how we can prepare individuals for the immense mental challenges of space trips.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Camden
Space Psychology
In the current discussion concerning the Parthenon (sometimes called the Elgin) Marbles, the core issue is whether they should remain in the British Museum or be sent back to Athens.
 6pm to 8pm
 
 Clerkenwell
This is your chance to tour the world of science; from new, low-cost prosthetics engineered in Mozambique and diet monitoring wearable tech trialed in Ghana, to oil-spill clean-up sponges developed in India.
 6pm to 9pm
 
 South Kensington
Imperial Lates: Science without borders
The illustrated lecture will examine Bazalgette’s achievement and the work involved in building this latest addition to it.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
The Grantham Research Institute hosts a debate about what works in climate politics, and what role street protests can play.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
This talk will discuss the purpose of Leonardo’s drawings, and the experience of curating a nationwide exhibition of these drawings for a mass audience.
 6:45pm to :
 
 Shoreditch
A Field Guide to London Transport Moquette Patterns
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
Seats of London by Andrew Martin
Join Eleanor Crow and Krissie Nicolson, Director of the East End Trades Guild, for an evening chat about the enduring culture of Britain’s small shops and their inventively designed fronts.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Forest Gate
In praise of small neighbourhood shops

More London events on Wednesday 9th October

Thursday 10th October

Monthly late night opening at the modernist HQ of the ancient Royal College Of Physicians.
 5:30pm to 8pm
 
 Camden
Museum Lates at the Royal College Of Physicians
For World Mental Health Day Nathan Filer, mental health nurse and award-winning writer, will take us on a journey into the psychiatric wards he once worked on.
 5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Harley Street
The Heartland: Finding and losing schizophrenia
A talk about the evolution of cities from ancient times to the present. Monica L Smith is an archaeologist and anthropologist based at UCLA. This event is a screening of her Long Now talk given in San Francisco in August.
 6pm to 10pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
Long Now London:
Free Dis-ease
The film explores how pop-culture images and the language we use to talk about disease affect the ways we treat people who are sick and how we respond to epidemics.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
Dis-ease
Comedian and writer Nick Hall lifts the lid on a treasure trove of forgotten people and fascinating stories from history
 7pm to 8pm
 
 Southwark
Nick Hall presents 'The Good, the Bad and the Weird' - Quirky characters from history

More London events on Thursday 10th October

Friday 11th October

Photographer Tara Darby and editor Peter Chadwick present an illustrated talk about the history and residents of Thamesmead including insights and photography from there recently published book.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
Thamesmead; The Town of Tomorrow
Hear about leading Infrastructure projects happening in London right now; get hands-on with creative activities, explore ICE's Water Exhibition, listen to live music and entertainment, take a tour of our Grade II listed building.
 6pm to 10pm
 
 Pimlico
Engineering Late Autumn 2019
A street party at night to mark the opening of the annual Bloomsbury Festival.
 6pm to 9:30pm
 
 Euston
xplore Hogarth: Place and Progress after normal opening hours, accompanied with a Gin & Tonic.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Holborn
Soane Lates: Hogarth After Hours
Guests to the opening night will be among the first to see this latest exhibition which explores untold stories from the past and the many secrets that lurk beneath our streets
 6:45pm to 10pm
 
 Covent Garden
Friday Late: Hidden London exhibition launch
Join a panel as they honour 50 years since the completion of the Barbican Estate with architects, designers and writers.
 7pm to :
 
 Barbican
The Barbican Estate at 50

More London events on Friday 11th October

Saturday 12th October

Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend
The Extraordinary Life of Marchesa Casati
 10:30am to :
 
 West Brompton
The ultimate femme fatalle
Damien Lewis reveals the story of a Second World War mission to destroy a supposedly impregnable Nazi fortress.
 10:30am to 11:30am
 
 Chelsea
 SAS Italian Job: The Ultra-secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress
In his talk Matt Brown will inform and surprise with strange and obscure stories of how the capital has accidentally seen off large numbers of its inhabitants.
 1pm to :
 
 West Brompton
Acts of God - Catastrophe in the capital
Author Sonia Purnell tells the story of 'the most dangerous of all Allied spies'.
 1:30pm to 2:30pm
 
 Chelsea
 A Woman of No Importance
Annual walking tour around The Prisoner TV locations.
 2pm to :
 
This 52-minute documentary tells the story of Rev. Bernárd J. Lynch and his ministry to people with AIDS in New York.
 5pm to 7pm
 
 Clerkenwell
Historian Helen Parr brings to life the experiences of the paratroopers who fought in the Falklands War
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Chelsea
The Story of a Falklands Paratrooper
Researchers become stand-up comedians for one night only and share with us the successful failures in their careers so far.
 7pm to 9:30pm
 
 Farringdon

More London events on Saturday 12th October

Sunday 13th October

Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend
Expect 55 top vintage dealers dotted around the ground floor of midcentury architect Ernö Goldfinger’s only brutalist school.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Bethnal Green
Midcentury East
Visit the walled Kitchen Garden on one of its open days. Visitors will be able to purchase Kitchen Garden produce, herbs and plants.
 11am to 3:30pm
 
 Chiswick
Kitchen Garden Open Day
In this talk, Dr Barnett traces the remarkable influence of these lurid, punitive fantasies in contemporary politics, literature and pop culture.
 1pm to :
 
 West Brompton
A History of the Apocalypse
Open day at a restored and working water mill.
 2pm to 5pm
 
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill
Professor Strange’s talk explores the secret history of the UK’s earliest pet cemeteries.
 3pm to :
 
 West Brompton
The Secret History of Pet Cemeteries
In her illustrated talk Holly Carter-Chappell will discuss the ethical issues surrounding the display of images of the dead
 5pm to :
 
 West Brompton
Post Mortem Photography
A torchlit walk through the cemetery and puppet show at Brompton Cemetery
 7:30pm to :
 
 West Brompton
The dark, the devious and the dead

More London events on Sunday 13th October

Monday 14th October

A Gun Salute of 41 rounds will be fired from the Tower of London for the State Opening of Parliament.
 1pm to :
 
 Tower Hill
Gun salute for the State Opening of Parliament
Using memory scholarship, Professor Olivette Otele will examine how the history and memory of enslavement shaped questions of identity and citizenship in Europe.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
Slavery, Memory and Reparations
Charles Moore will speak about the third and final in his series of biographies of Margaret Thatcher, focusing on her last period in office.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
Black holes are amongst the most extraordinary objects that are known to exist in the universe.
 7pm to :
 
 South Kensington

More London events on Monday 14th October

Tuesday 15th October

Prof. Andrea Pieroni discusses the ethnobotany of wild foods and their role in the Mediterranean diet.
 5pm to 6pm
 
 Richmond
Shifting geographies of ethnobotany: How Iraqi is the Mediterranean Diet?
In this talk Stephen Wilkins will discuss the astrophysical origins of the chemical elements, almost all of which have an origin ranging from the big bang to exploding white dwarfs and the merger of neutron stars.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Picadilly
Origins of the Periodic Table
Who is protecting London's historic buildings; the Mayor, London boroughs, government ministers, MPs or the voluntary movement?
 6pm to 8pm
 
 City of London
SAVE Annual Lecture with Simon Jenkins
In his talk, Chris Wilkinson will explore the principles though which engineering excellence combines with innovative architecture to create exciting buildings.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Euston
Dyson Design Series: Chris Wilkinson on Innovation in Architecture and Engineering
An evening of rarely screened archive film and discussion, celebrating London’s most beloved and iconic LGBTQ+ venues, many long gone.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Barbican
Queer Erasure? London’s LGBTQ+ Nightlife on Film
Panel debate on the politics, philosophy, and poetry of home, exploring the fundamental connection between home and human well-being.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn

More London events on Tuesday 15th October

Wednesday 16th October

Dr David Allen will discuss the history of the Company including its most famous son, Ben Jonson, as well as three of its masters who designed and built cathedrals
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
A History of The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers
Dr David Allen will discuss the history of the Company including its most famous son, Ben Jonson, as well as three of its masters who designed and built cathedrals, and the Company’s present-day role supporting the craft.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
A History of The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, Dr David Allen
This lecture tells the full story for the first time, showing why Britain was the perfect sanctuary from rumoured assassination by Nazi agents.
 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
 Russell Square
This is a chance to photograph the Cathedral as it would have been lit in the past.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Southwark
Autumn Candlelit Photography Evening

More London events on Wednesday 16th October

Thursday 17th October

Peter Clarke gives this talk based on his experience in the City of London Police and IRA during the 1970s to 1990s.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
How the IRA Campaign changed Policing in the City and the Rest of the World
The launch of a new exhibition celebrating 100 years of nursing registration.
 5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Harley Street
Fighting for Recognition: The History of a Health Profession
Dr Kaufmann tells the intriguing tales of three Africans living in Tudor England.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Holborn
Black Tudors: Three Untold Stories
The third in a series of talks exploring the stories of London's animals - past, present and future
 6:30pm to :
 
 Barbican
London's livestock: the meat of the matter
Hear about London's celebrity detectives and gangsters, and find out what happened to a rowdy group of builders drinking on a rooftop in 1806.
 6:30pm to :
 
 City of London
Archives Tour - London Collections
For 4 evenings, an installation made by artist Richard Sharples will be shown in St. George’s Gardens, together with the short film Imagining Mountains, which will be projected in the Chapel of Rest.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
A talk that explores the new science of de-extinction, proposing to bring species like the passenger pigeon or the wooly mammoth back from the museum and fossil record.
 7pm to :
 
 Bethnal Green
Ghosts of extinction
This talk will discuss Nineteenth Century ‘popular’ (often conflicting) attitudes towards infanticide, by examining the transcripts of court cases tried at London’s Central Criminal Court.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
Matrophobia (Fear of Motherhood): Murdering Mothers in 19th Century London
The conditions of the Cold War - from nuclear anxiety to technological optimism - infiltrated fashion and design in numerous ways in the period. This talk will explore how Cold War attitudes shaped the body, home and environment.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Richmond
Fear, fashion and design in the Cold War

More London events on Thursday 17th October

Friday 18th October

Historian Stephen Bourne explores the lives of black servicemen and Britain's black community during the First World War.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
 Black Poppies
A festival focused on Sicilian food, with art, exhibitions and food demonstrations.
 4:30pm to 10pm
 
 Whitechapel
Sicily Fest
Sex, drugs and debauchery on the dance floor – this restoration of the 1998 disco drama has it all.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Barbican
54: The Director’s Cut (15)
Join astronomer Dr Robert Massey and art historian Dr Alexandra Loske for an illustrated talk about how our obsession with the Moon has manifested itself in the sciences and visual arts,
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
For 4 evenings, an installation made by artist Richard Sharples will be shown in St. George’s Gardens, together with the short film Imagining Mountains, which will be projected in the Chapel of Rest.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
£10.00 Lunar Dreams
Join four of London’s most exciting storytellers for a multicultural voyage around the moon’s myth and folklore.
 7:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Euston

More London events on Friday 18th October

Saturday 19th October

A festival focused on Sicilian food, with art, exhibitions and food demonstrations.
 11am to 10pm
 
 Whitechapel
Sicily Fest
Arts and science collide in a fun, engaging day exploring all things moon-related.
 11:30am to 5pm
 
 Euston
The Barbican Archive Residency is a weekend of free talks, workshops, films and pop-up installations in the foyers of the Centre.
 12pm to 6pm
 
 Barbican
The Barbican Archive Residency
Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car show/meet in central London.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
Monthly Waterloo Classic car display
Two days of sake tastings bringing together four breweries from Japan’s rural prefecture of Kochi, on Shikoku island.
 1pm to 6pm
 
 Kensington
Tosa Nakama Sake Fair
£12.00 Morbid Ink
Dr Troyer will talk about the implications of marking a living body with representations of death and discuss current innovations in memorial tattooing
 1pm to :
 
 West Brompton
Morbid Ink
Naomi Ryan will discuss some of the strangest acquittals in legal history and explore how a system that strives for rationality and objectivity tackles some of the weirder and darker claims made by defendants.
 5pm to :
 
 West Brompton
Elstree Studios, where many of these shows were made, will play host to this very special event to celebrate the fantastic programmes we all remember and love.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Elstree
A celebration of ITC' inc 'Randall and Hopkirk at 50
For 4 evenings, an installation made by artist Richard Sharples will be shown in St. George’s Gardens, together with the short film Imagining Mountains, which will be projected in the Chapel of Rest.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
Join Steve Cross and eight hilarious geeks from the local area for a chaotic evening of stand-up about science and the lives of scientists.
 7:30pm to 10pm
 
 Euston
A visual and emotional treat with unique live church organ improv from David Hinitt.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Southgate
Nosferatu -  on a screen, in a church, with organ music

More London events on Saturday 19th October

Sunday 20th October

Annual Transportfest which this year, includes a special emphasis on commercial vehicles as well as the extensive bus displays and rarely-seen early examples
 10am to 5pm
 
 Weybridge
London Bus Museum Transportfest
An opportunity to have a look at the buildings and engines, to take in the exhibition and learn something of the Victorian sewer system.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Abbey Wood
Crossness Engines open day
A festival focused on Sicilian food, with art, exhibitions and food demonstrations.
 11am to 8pm
 
 Whitechapel
Sicily Fest
Annual harvest festival parade - this year in Lambeth -- with the Corn Queene and Berry Man.
 12pm to :
 
 Kennington
 October Plenty
The Barbican Archive Residency is a weekend of free talks, workshops, films and pop-up installations in the foyers of the Centre.
 12pm to 6pm
 
 Barbican
The Barbican Archive Residency
Two days of sake tastings bringing together four breweries from Japan’s rural prefecture of Kochi, on Shikoku island.
 1pm to 6pm
 
 Kensington
Tosa Nakama Sake Fair
Campbell Price’s talk will explore why we are so fascinated with the ancient Egyptian dead and whether it reveals more about our own anxieties and prejudices than it informs us about ancient Egypt.
 3pm to :
 
 West Brompton
Mummies, magic and medicine
For 4 evenings, an installation made by artist Richard Sharples will be shown in St. George’s Gardens, together with the short film Imagining Mountains, which will be projected in the Chapel of Rest.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Euston

More London events on Sunday 20th October

Monday 21st October

Natalie Fiennes invests in a radical, inclusive and honest sex education, taking us beyond learning about the ‘birds and the bees’, to identifying inequality that stands in the way of sexual freedom.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Holborn
Behind Closed Doors: Sex Education Transformed

More London events on Monday 21st October

Top events in London on Tue 22nd Oct 2019

An evening of conversation with climate diplomat Christiana Figueres and Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, chaired by BBC Countryfile presenter Tom Heap.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 St James
2019-10-22
2019-10-22
State of the Earth
This panel discussion explores how cabarets and clubs have always been spaces of creativity, considering moments in history to ask when and how club culture started to influence our wider society.
 7pm to :
 
 Barbican
2019-10-22
2019-10-22
The Influence of Cabaret and Club Culture

More London events on Tuesday 22nd October

Wednesday 23rd October

This talk will also review the dramatic consequences on what we observe in the night sky that arise purely from the consequences of light-travel time effects.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
A special talk from Alec Tritton, a featured Speaker at RootsTech London 2019, on the old and 'new' Poor Laws and how they affected the people.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Clerkenwell
The Old Poor Law Before 1834
The event will focus upon mathematical expeditions, outlining how the use of mathematics has been instrumental to the success of historical voyages of exploration.
 4pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
From collaborations with artists, forays into drawing and her role as a campaigner, a panel debate on Rossetti’s extraordinary life and legacy.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 St James
Thinkers for our time: Christina Rossetti
From the edgelands to the beating heart of the clamorous 21st century megacity, a wealth of anecdotes, fascinating details, cultural and social history awaits.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
London is a Forest by Paul Wood
From walking across Afghanistan to becoming Deputy Governor of Iraq, advising Hillary Clinton to tutoring Prince William, the breakout political star of 2019 has led an extraordinary life to date.
 7:30pm to 8:45pm
 
 Pimlico
An Evening with Rory Stewart  |  with Hannah MacInnes

More London events on Wednesday 23rd October

Thursday 24th October

Meet the Gibbonologists and find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the world from a gibbon’s point of view.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Euston
International Gibbon Day
Delve into London's dark past of death and disease in this practical workshop.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Barbican
Close to the bone: death & disease
Dr Helen Fry uncovers the story of the German and Austrian refugees, most of them Jewish, who fought for Britain in the Second World War.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Chelsea
 Churchill's German Army
Art critic William Feaver discusses the first volume of his new work of biography of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.
 6:45pm to 8:30pm
 
 St James
William Feaver on the Lives of Lucian Freud
A talk about the authors and writers who have committed suicide.
 7pm to :
 
 Highgate
 Literary Suicides with Gary Lachman
An alternative view of the North West of England that delves into its stranger past.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
I Hate The Lake District by Charlie Gere
In this talk, discover the story of Richmond’s rail links with Central London and the design and development of the two Stations that served them.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Richmond
173 years of railways to Richmond and beyond…

More London events on Thursday 24th October

Friday 25th October

Celebrate science fact and science fiction at Lates.
 6pm to 10pm
 
 South Kensington
Inspired by original poetry, video projections will illuminate the outside of St Paul's Cathedral.
 6:30pm to 10pm
 
 City of London
Where Light Falls
Get ready for a spooky Halloween in this literary panel talk with authors of contemporary Gothic fiction.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Clerkenwell
Contemporary Gothic
A late opening of the garden museum with a gin and events.
 6:30pm to 9pm
 
 Southwark
Up Late: Autumn Wilds

More London events on Friday 25th October

Saturday 26th October

A local fete type event, but with a focus on timer and woodland management.
 10am to 4pm
 
See working models of cars, cranes, trains, funfair rides and more, all built from Meccano
 10:30am to 4:30pm
 
 Eltham
Meccano Show 2019
Visit the c.1397 Grade 2 listed ‘threshing’ barn, over 100ft x 40ft in size, with a fine crownpost roof.
 10:45am to 1pm
 
 Rickmansworth
Celebrate the lunar festival, Diwali, with dance, music, art and a celebration of light at the National Maritime Museum.
 11am to 4:30pm
 
 Greenwich
An exhibition of Acorn / BBC / Archimedes / RISC OS computers and software.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Hatton
RISC OS London Show
Enjoy a seasonal ceilidh, craft market, food, and autumnal workshops.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Bethnal Green
Seasonal Shindig: An autumn celebration
Monthly open day at a wood and nature reserve that's next to the railway at Forest Hill.
 1pm to 4pm
 
 Forest Hill
Monthly open day at the Dacres Wood nature reserve
£12.00 Count Dracula
This talk will explore Stoker's time in London and the capital's appearance in his fiction, most famously in Dracula and The Jewel of Seven Stars.
 1pm to :
 
 West Brompton
Explore and handle medical objects from centuries past from London’s most intriguing medical museums - all in one place.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Wapping
Love it or hate it, the concrete landscape of Europe’s largest art centre has been dividing opinion for generations.
 Starts at 2pm
 
 Southwark
Southbank Centre architecture tours
Come with us, rend the veil and raise the spirits.
 5pm to :
 
 West Brompton
Spiritual Vampires
Inspired by original poetry, video projections will illuminate the outside of St Paul's Cathedral.
 6:30pm to 10pm
 
 City of London
Where Light Falls
Matthew Sadler, Natasha Regan and Fan Hui discuss their world-first experiences with AI and DeepMind, an organisation at the forefront of artificial intelligence research.
 7:15pm to :
 
 Southwark
AlphaZero's Game Changer: The Promise of AI

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Sunday 27th October

A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
A local fete type event, but with a focus on timer and woodland management.
 10am to 4pm
 
In an age in which we find ourselves 'ghosted' by potential internet friends, this talk will provide a whistle-stop tour of the way that technology has transformed our spiritual lives.
 1pm to :
 
 West Brompton
Voices in the ether
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney
£12.00 Dead Hand
Why would someone choose to write or draw and then claim not to be the author of those words or images?
 3pm to :
 
 West Brompton
David Robert Grimes shows how we can be lured into making critical mistakes or drawing false conclusions, and how to avoid such errors.
 3pm to 4:30pm
 
 Holborn
The Irrational Ape: How Critical Thinking can save the World
Join Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels as he reflects on his time playing one of the most famous droids in cinematic history.
 7pm to :
 
 Southwark
 Anthony Daniels: My Life as C-3PO
Inspired by original poetry, video projections will illuminate the outside of St Paul's Cathedral.
 8pm to 10pm
 
 City of London
Where Light Falls

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Monday 28th October

Inspired by the exhibition 'Urban Bodies', presentations and a panel discussion, with Willi Dorner, exploring the links between architecture and performance.
 6:30pm to 9pm
 
 City of London
Performance in the Public Realm

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Tuesday 29th October

After winning the Cold War, did the West lose the peace? Political scientist Ivan Krastev sheds light on the East/West divide, thirty years on.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
Tours of Croydon Old Palace
Hear about the Egyptian Society, the first of its kind, which emerged during the 18th century as interest in antiquarian study peaked.
 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
 Camden
Artist talk with British painter Lisa Wright and artist Tom Piper, who have been commissioned to create the installation, Future Forest, in Thetford Forest, to mark the Forestry Commission’s centenary year.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Fitzrovia
Infinite Forest: Artist talk with Lisa Wright and Tom Piper
Hosted by architect and technologist Xavier De Kestelier, this discussion will speculate on the future of architecture beyond planet Earth.
 6:15pm to 8pm
 
 Kensington
Space Architecture
Join Eric Parry and Richard Deacon to learn more about their collaboration on One Eagle Place, a seminal building in the heart of Piccadilly.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Euston
Eric Parry and Richard Deacon in Conversation
For all tea lovers, Nazani Tea will host an evening bridging the tea and infusion traditions of the East and West.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Aldwych
Nazani Tea Time from Ancient Greece to Mugicha

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Wednesday 30th October

Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
Tours of Croydon Old Palace
Featuring a never-been-seen-before interview with Leonard Kleinrock, hear first-hand testimonies from some of the people who were there at the very beginning.
 6pm to 8pm
 
 Olympic Park
50 Years of the Internet
£13.48 The East Edge
A nocturnal walking tour through one of east London's most atmospheric landscapes.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Bow
The East Edge
This lecture will also consider one of the fastest moving areas of cancer treatment, stimulating the immune system to attack cancers.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
This discussion will address underlying issues around black, Asian and minority ethnic diversity in both academia and the creative and cultural industries.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Whitechapel
'Are the Humanities for Us?'
Philosophy often presents itself as founded on logic and rationality, but even the most rigorous of us must concede that the world can be a strange place.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
A leading thinker on the crossover between design, technology and business, reveals how essential it is that we educate ourselves about the laws of our digital age, and how to do just that.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
On this, her first visit to LSE, Lady Black will speak about her work as a judge, reflecting on her career in the law.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
In a series of gruesome activities not for the faint-hearted, visitors can test their ‘attractiveness’ to blood-sucking mosquitoes or embark on a medical journey through the bloodstream in study of cuts, scabs and bruises.
 6:45pm to 10pm
 
 South Kensington
Professor Paul Watt presents a talk on post-Olympics East London with a focus on housing and homelessness.
 7pm to :
 
 City of London

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Thursday 31st October

Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
Tours of Croydon Old Palace
How the history of technological revolutions can help us better understand economic and political polarization in the age of automation.
 6:15pm to 7:30pm
 
 Euston
The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation
An evening of ghost stories and the supernatural at Charles Dickens home.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Clerkenwell
Dickens After Dark: A Halloween Special
Join historian and curator Dr Peter Johnston as he launches his new book, the authorised history of the British military's time in Germany.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Chelsea
British Forces in Germany, 1945-2019
This engaging history reveals what was really at stake in the overthrow of Catholic culture and the reshaping of the English Church.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation

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