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The Great Exhibition Road Festival has lots of free events

EXHIBITION ROAD FESTIVAL: The cultural institutions around South Kensington are teaming up for the Great Exhibition Road Festival, a week-long program of free events celebrating art and science. Some of the events are personal, while others are online, and our selection includes a talk on seven species that are vulnerable to extinction, a family festival quiz and the pop-up South Ken Green Trail. 9.-15. October 2021

BANFF FILM FESTIVAL: Are you itching for an adventure with a high adrenaline content? Live deputy through the big screen while the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to London. Mountain biking, trail running, kayaking, mountaineering and arctic ascents are just some of the stories told in the film’s reach on the program. Union Chapel (Islington), £ 17.88, book in advance, 11-19 October 2021

Harry Potter wands arrive in Leicester Square on Wednesday

HARRY POTTER WANDS: From Wednesday this week, huge Harry Potter wands will appear on Leicester Square. Nine of the 4.5 meter high sculptures lie on the paths of the square to mark 20 years since the release of The Philosopher’s Stone, and they are lit every night (18: 00-20: 35) for a soundtrack by the Harry Potter score. October 13-25

MONTH OF THE DEAD: The London Month of the Dead Festival continues and explores topics of death and afterlife through an impressively varied program of events. This week, tickets are still available if you want to learn about the history of mummification or some of the strangest human testaments. Until October 31, 2021

Monday, October 11th

Julian Clary talks about her new book

PRIM BLACK Launch Party: Prim is a digital storytelling platform designed for black and queer people to make their voices heard. Its official launch party, a strictly inclusive event with zero tolerance for abuse or misconduct, takes place tonight with live performances and DJs. Boxpark Shoreditch, free, book in advance, 18.00-23.00

JULIAN CLARY: Hear from comedian and author Julian Clary as he launches his new book, The Lick of Love. It’s the story of his life focusing on the dogs that have been by his side at every step — including Albert, who helped him seduce his now-husband. Barbican Hall, 30-30 £ 44, book in advance, 20.00

Tuesday, October 12th

Find out how individuals can help in the fight against climate change

GPS: We have all come to rely on GPS in our daily lives, but how does it really work? Professor Richard Harvey is giving a Gresham College talk on technology, from its inception in 1977 to its presence in millions of units worldwide. Museum of London, free, book in advance in person or online, 18.00-19.00

CLIMATE CHANGE: The issue of climate change is becoming increasingly pressing, but who can do anything about it? The Royal Institution gathers an expert panel to discuss whether individuals can make enough change to lower our carbon production, or whether we need to trust the government and other leaders to impose the necessary changes. Online event, suggested donation of £ 10, book in advance, 19.00-20.30

SIMON REEVE: Pathfinder and travel writer Simon Reeve celebrates the release of his new memoir, Travels to Impossible Places. The book covers his most interesting experiences, including being arrested by the KGB and chased by cheetahs – hear him live in conversation as he discusses some of these memories. Barbican Hall, £ 29- £ 34, book in advance, 20.00

Wednesday, October 13th

Amazon opens at the Science Museum today. © Sebastião Salgado / nbpictures

AMAZON: The indigenous peoples and landscapes of Brazil are the subject of the new photo exhibition, Amazônia, which opens at the Science Museum today. Artist Sebastião Salgado spent six years working with indigenous communities, resulting in this display of over 200 black-and-white photos showing the Amazon at a turning point. Science Museum (South Kensington), £ 10, book in advance, October 13, 2021-March 2022

VAUXHALL AND NI ELMS: Join the London Metropolitan Archives for a hike exploring the history of Vauxhall and Nine Elms. 20,000 new homes are to be built on the riverbank, which has changed from pleasure gardens to railways and industrial quays in its time. Vauxhall, £ 16.50, book in advance, 11.00-13.00

NORTHERN LIGHT: Author and astronomer Tom Kerss falls into Stanfords to talk about his new book, The Northern Lights. The book is suitable for both aspiring astronomers and those with more knowledge and covers the formation and different types of auroras and the history and mythology of the Northern Lights. Stanfords (Covent Garden), £ 5, book in advance, 18.30-20.00

GREENHAM COMMON: 40 years after the protests at Greenham Common Military Base, author and historian Charlotte Dew is at the National Archives to talk about the design and craftsmanship of the banners used by women protesting nuclear missiles and the lasting legacy of those protests. Online event, suggested donation of £ 10, book in advance, 19.30

Thursday, October 14th

The National Army Museum is open late

Unexplained deaths: Have you ever heard of Frances Glessner Lee? She influenced forensics as we know it today by using on-site thumbnail dioramas to teach and train criminal investigators. Bruce Goldfarb, who has just written a book about his life and revolutionary work, gives a talk on the subject and on subsequent advances in forensic science. Online event, £ 5, book in advance, 18.00-19.00

Tower bridge: David Laird, a learning officer at Tower Bridge, gives a free speech on the world-famous river crossing. Find out more about its construction and history, and hear a few fun stories followed by a Q&A session. Online event, suggested donation of £ 1, book in advance, 18.30-19.30

BLACK HISTORY LATE: The National Army Museum is open late for an evening of events shining focus on African and Caribbean soldiers. Servicing and veteran soldiers tell of their lives in the armed forces, and there is a chance to dive into the archives and see photos and documents regarding former service personnel. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book in advance, 18.30-21.00

CRICK CRACK CLUB: Women Who Gave No F * cks is the theme of Crick Crack Club’s latest spoken word evening. Narrators Alys Torrance, Lucy Lill, Nell Phoenix, Wendy Shearer, Laura Sampson and Sarah Rundle each take a trip to spin yarns about superwomen and imperfect goddesses. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £ 12.50, book in advance, 19.30

Friday, October 15th

This year’s Wildlife Photographer returns

BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL: Shining Light is the theme of this year’s Bloomsbury Festival, which celebrates the area’s people, places and creativity. It starts tonight with a party on Cromer Street with neon sculptures, light protrusions and kinetic dance tigers – it’s free and everyone is welcome. Events later in the festival include a celebration of 50 years of independence in Bangladesh and a free photo exhibition. See the entire program. 15.-24. October 2021

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: One of our favorite annual exhibits, Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum for its 57th incarnation. See photos of animals and the natural world, taken by photographers across the globe, including the overall winners (announced October 12). Natural History Museum (South Kensington), from £ 15.50, book in advance, October 15, 2021-June 2022

BYPOLITI: Police historian Rebecca Walker gives an insight into some of the buildings the City of London Police have occupied since 1839, from pubs to police stations. Learn more about the history and architecture of these buildings and the people associated with them. Online event, free, book in advance, 13.00-14.00

Learn how to build a satellite with the Royal Institution

BUILD A SATELLITE: Log on to the Royal Institution’s family-friendly event to get a rundown on how to build a satellite. Space scientist Stuart Eves covers the technology required to build them and how much of our modern life on Earth depends on them. Recommended age 13+. Online event, proposed donation £ 15, book in advance, 18.00-18.50

RIPPING: Social historian Haille Rubenhold discusses her best-selling book The Five with author Lara Maiklem. It takes a deeper look at the lives of the five women who fell victim to serial killer Jack the Ripper, in addition to the basic (and often incorrect) facts that are most often covered. Southwark Cathedral, £ 6, book in advance, 19.00-20.30

BOOGIE In a brewery: Brockley Brewery’s Hither Green taproom hosts an outdoor boogie to the sounds of ’70s and’s 80s soul, funk and disco. Expect sun loungers, gazebos, street food from Taco Collective and of course good beer. Brockley Brewery: Hither Green Taproom, £ 16.50, book in advance, 19.00-23.00

Saturday, October 16th

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Somerset House

AFRICAN ARTISTIC: Browse and purchase contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora at the ninth edition of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. 48 galleries from 19 countries are present this year, and a program of talks, film screenings and panel discussions is running alongside the fair. Somerset House, £ 25, book in advance, October 16-17

LITERARY SOHO: Join the Footprints of London guide Alan Fortune for a walk around the literary Soho. Visit former homes and haunts for people like William Blake, George Orwell and Dylan Thomas, as well as the tomb of William Hazlitt and the birthplace of the horror film genre. Piccadilly Circus, £ 12 / £ 9, book in advance, 11.00-13.00

THE IMMIGRATION VARIETY SHOWS: Karaoke, moral philosophy and immigration control are just some of the things one can expect on this immigration program. Actor Sergio Maggiolo and playwright Amy Ng are among the creatives whose work is used in an exploration of why the British public feel the way they do on the subject of immigration. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), 10-10 £ 15, book in advance, 19.30

Sunday, October 17th

See a V&A exhibition without setting foot in V&A

HORNIMAN MARKET: Did you know that the Horniman Museum hosts a market in its gardens every Sunday? Get fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread and cakes directly from the producers plus clothes, jewelery, handicrafts and other products – all with a fantastic view of the London skyline. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), free admission, just show up, 10-15

SEA TRIP: Join a garden team member for a guided tour of the Fulham Palace Gardens. Find out how the bishops who lived in the palace each helped shape the gardens and gain insight into the projects the gardeners are currently working on. Fulham Palace, £ 8 / £ 6, book in advance, 12.30-13.45

CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER: Haven’t you been to V & A’s excellent Alice in Wonderland show yet? Today you can get a glimpse of it from the comfort of your (cinema) chair, at the viewing of a private viewing tour. The guided tour, filmed with a distant audience in mind, is led by V&A curator Kate Bailey and presenter Andi Oliver. Barbican Cinema, £ 20, book in advance, 14.00

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