Things to do in London in October 2020

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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.

Top events in London Today

A talk by Nick Mayhew-Smith and Guy Hayward, authors of the new publication, Britain's Pilgrim Places.
clock 6:30pm to 8pm
 
location Southwark
Britain's Pilgrim Places  - A Talk by Guy Hayward and Nick Mayhew-Smith

Online events / webinars

Discover the rise, the fall and rise again of the remarkable career of John Singer Sargent, the leading portrait painter of his age – the age of elegance.
 2pm to 3pm
 
John Singer Sargent – Power of the Portrait
This event, jointly hosted with the British Society for the History of Mathematics, will focus upon the relationship between mathematics and money, from coinage through to cryptocurrencies.
 4pm to 7pm
 
Maths and Money: From Gold to Bitcoin
In his talk, Dr Troyer will explore the relationship of the dead body with technology through history, from nineteenth-century embalming machines to the death-prevention technologies of today.
 7pm to :
 
Technologies of the human corpse

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Top events in London tomorrow

Open afternoon in the garden of the South London Botanical Institute
clock 11am to 4pm
 
location Herne Hill
Open Garden afternoon
Visit Strawberry Hill at twilight and experience the home of the author of the first Gothic novel.
clock Starts at 7pm
 
location Twickenham
Gothic Twilight Tours

Online events / webinars

Bruce Daisley joins Alan Lockey of the RSA Future Work programme for a briefing on the great remote working experiment: what we learned, and how to prepare wisely for what comes next.
 1pm to 1:30pm
 
Making remote work good work
Architecture and travel writer Christopher Beanland, author of Lido, takes us on a tour around the very best outdoor swimming pools, from London and beyond in this illustrated talk.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Lido: A Dip Into Outdoor Swimming Pools
This lecture examines the centuries long presence of the African diaspora as an integral part of Britain’s history since Roman times.
 6pm to 7pm
 
The African Diaspora in Britain

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Friday 23rd October

Join Shrabani Basu as she recounts the riveting story of Noor Inayat Khan, who served as a British secret agent during the Second World War.
clock 12pm to :
 
location Chelsea
Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan
Jason Fox, veteran of the Special Boat Service, reflects on his military operations and explores how anyone can build the strength and resilience of an elite soldier.
clock 6:30pm to :
 
location Chelsea
Life Under Fire

Online events / webinars

In November 1633, a little boy telling tall tales about witches in his local community in Lancashire sparked a witch hunt so shocking that no lesser body than the Privy Council decided to investigate.
 2pm to 3pm
 
'A Huge Pack of Witches': A Witch scare in 17th Century Lancashire
Author Marie Le Conte talks Gossip Politics and Power in her latest book.
 7pm to 8pm
 
Haven’t You Heard?

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Saturday 24th October


Online events / webinars

The talk essentially takes the form of a guided tour of the house and church.
 6pm to :
 

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Sunday 25th October

Open days usually feature the restored engines in operation, a light railway trip, and walks around the Victorian buildings.
clock 10:30am to 4pm
 
location Abbey Wood

Online events / webinars

Join Alistair Hall, art director and author of London Street Signs, for an illustrated talk exploring some of the capital’s most beautiful and curious nameplates.
 1:30pm to 2:30pm
 
London Street Signs
Pageboy, courtier, civil servant and poet. Chose to write in English rather than Court French. A radical choice, but why?
 6pm to 7pm
 
Geoffrey Chaucer - Life & Times

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Monday 26th October


Online events / webinars

A lecture on the Caribbean migrants who came to the UK not to work in the buses and hospitals, but as artists and writers.
 6pm to 7pm
 
The Windrush Thinkers and Artists

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Tuesday 27th October


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An evening with James Rodgers who will be discussing his critically acclaimed book Assignment Moscow: Reporting on Russia from Lenin to Putin.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
Assignment Moscow: A talk by James Rodgers
This illustrated talk will discuss the life and work of the Penzance-born Humphry Davy and his rise from provincial obscurity to metropolitan fame.
 6:30pm to :
 
A Georgian Chemist: Humphry Davy
Let Ben Aaronovitch tell you about his new book in the "Rivers of London" series.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Professor Tracey Hill’s illustrated talk will discuss the traces of James and George Peele in the City archives, and reveal the many parallels between their civic pageants and the Elizabethan theatre.
 7pm to 8pm
 
James and George Peele -Elizabethan Pageant Poets for the City

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Wednesday 28th October

Join a performer as they guide you on a bone-chilling journey through the past.
clock Starts at 7pm
 
location Eltham
Ghost Tours at Eltham Palace
Audiences will be lead on an evening tour of Chelsea Physic Garden by Sir Derek Dustyreel - 1950's black and white film star.
clock Starts at 8pm
 
location Chelsea
The Haunting of Chelsea Physic Garden

Online events / webinars

The City is unique in having a wondrous cluster of Wren churches within its Square Mile.
 11am to 1pm
 
Walk: Wren Watching
A talk about the so-called Great Eruption of Eta Carinae which was for a time in the mid 19th century the third brightest object in the night sky.
 1pm to 2pm
 
Cosmic Vision: Witnessing Fireworks
This paper examines how spouses, cultural commentators, and legal practitioners addressed the problem of unwanted sex--even rape--in marriage, from the 1700s to the 1820s.
 5:15pm to 7:15pm
 
Whose Body Is It?: Coverture and Consent in Eighteenth-Century English Marriage
This lecture will focus on the nightclub and its associated audiences and cultures, and the ways that clubs and music venues generate particular forms of social infrastructure.
 6pm to 8pm
 
Night Clubbing
From the former director of GCHQ, learn the methodology used by the British intelligence agencies to reach judgements, establish the right level of confidence and act decisively.
 6pm to :
 
Professor Sir David Omand: How Spies Think
Professor John Mullan will explore the tradition of factuality in the English novel, ending with the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro and examples of recent auto-fiction.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Convincing Fiction
Film historian Pamela Hutchinson talks about the life and legacy of 1920s star Louise Brooks
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Lulu and Beyond with Pamela Hutchinson
Join Alexandra Epps, Arts Society Lecturer and Art Guide to learn more at this online Lecture.
 7pm to 8pm
 
As Good as Gold
Nick Groom’s talk will approach the coronavirus pandemic from a cultural perspective, suggesting how supernatural agents such as vampires can help us to make sense of the crisis.
 7pm to :
 
The Vampirology of Covid-19

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Thursday 29th October

A talk about the property speculator and developer, Nicholas Barbon who made his fortune rebuilding after the Great Fire of London.
clock 7pm to :
 
location City of London
Wren Talk: Jeremy Melvin discusses Nicholas Barbon, the man who transformed London
Follow a lantern-lit tour amongst the tombs of the East End's famous and infamous dead!
clock 7pm to 8pm
 
location Bow
All Hallow's lantern-lit Tours by Cemetery Club
Visit Strawberry Hill at twilight and experience the home of the author of the first Gothic novel.
clock Starts at 7pm
 
location Twickenham
Gothic Twilight Tours
A talk by award-winning journalist and author Peter Ross on his latest publication A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards.
clock 7pm to 8:30pm
 
location Southwark
A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards - Peter Ross Talk
Audiences will be lead on an evening tour of Chelsea Physic Garden by Sir Derek Dustyreel - 1950's black and white film star.
clock Starts at 8pm
 
location Chelsea
The Haunting of Chelsea Physic Garden

Online events / webinars

Join Joe Studman for a virtual history walk around Kentish Town.
 2pm to 3pm
 
History of Kentish Town
Join a panel of experts as they discuss the so-called just transition and, as society emerges into the “new normal”, the opportunity we are presented with for a fair green recovery.
 6pm to 7pm
 
You and the planet: the new normal
Professor David Edgerton will survey British policy for British aviation after 1945 arguing that many really did believe that the UK’s future lay in leadership in aeronautics.
 6pm to :
 
‘No more Concordes’? Aviation, industrial policy and the future of the British Nation, 1945-1980
Evelyn’s preoccupation with apparently contemporary environmental problems, and his suggested solutions, are a remarkable legacy and one to be celebrated in 2020.
 6pm to 7pm
 
John Evelyn: Britain’s First Environmentalist

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Friday 30th October

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along by Iain Dale is part-memoir, part-polemic about the state of public discourse in Britain and the world today
clock 7pm to 8:30pm
 
location Southwark
Iain Dale - Why Can't We All Just Get Along
Join a performer as they guide you on a bone-chilling journey through the past.
clock Starts at 7pm
 
location Eltham
Ghost Tours at Eltham Palace
Haunting ghost stories, live music, and food and drinks available from the Painted Hall Café and the Old Brewery.
clock Starts at 7pm
 
location Greenwich
Audiences will be lead on an evening tour of Chelsea Physic Garden by Sir Derek Dustyreel - 1950's black and white film star.
clock Starts at 8pm
 
location Chelsea
The Haunting of Chelsea Physic Garden
Follow a lantern-lit tour amongst the tombs of the East End's famous and infamous dead!
clock 8:30pm to 9:30pm
 
location Bow
All Hallow's lantern-lit Tours by Cemetery Club

Online events / webinars

For Black History Month 2020 we explore BAME leaders in nursing, past and present.
 5pm to 6pm
 
Nursing Whilst Black

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Saturday 31st October

Discover some of the Natural History Museum's scariest specimens with a spooky self-led trail around the hallowed halls at night.
clock 6:30pm to 10pm
 
location South Kensington
Late opening at the Natural History Museum
Haunting ghost stories, live music, and food and drinks available from the Painted Hall Café and the Old Brewery.
clock Starts at 7pm
 
location Greenwich
Follow a lantern-lit tour amongst the tombs of the East End's famous and infamous dead!
clock 10pm to 11pm
 
location Bow
All Hallow's lantern-lit Tours by Cemetery Club

Online events / webinars

Alec Tritton tells us about resurrection men - they supplied fresh corpses in the 19th century to Anatomical Schools.
 2pm to 3pm
 
Death and Resurrection: The Resurrection Men

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