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Things to do today in London: Saturday November 2 2019

Angela Hui

Sparks are flying and fireworks are banging, which means November's here, bringing us heaps of new things to do. Light up your Saturday with these five marvellous events. Practise your ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ at Blackheath Fireworks, laugh your head off at a sex comedy night or keep the scares coming at a rare screening of a classic vampire film. 

1. Blackheath Fireworks

See the night sky light up at this colourful display. Stick around for the funfair, food stalls and bars. Family-friendly bangs and sparks all around. Blackheath. Blackheath rail. Sat Nov 2. Free. 

2. Patti Smith in Conversation

Join the Godmother of Punk for an evening of stories about loss and ageing from her new memoir ‘Year of the Monkey’. Then go ape for her short live set with long-time bandmate Tony Shanahan afterwardsCentral Hall Westminster. Tube: Westminster. Sat Nov 2. From £50. 

3. Sex Standing Up Comedy

SEX! That got your attention, right? Get ready for an evening of lols and listen to funny stories about people getting the clap at this comedy night held in a sex toy emporiumSh! Women's Erotic Emporium. Tube: Old Street. Sat Nov 2. £12.50. 

4. The HallowQueen Ball: ‘The Hunger’

Go for a rare screening of Tony Scott’s cult vampire favourite and be sure to stick around for the epic HallowQueen Ball afterwards. The Fox and Firkin. DLR: Lewisham. Sat Nov 2. Sales have ended online but tickets still available on the door. £5 entry, £5 cinema. 

5. ‘Albert Oehlen’

You know when something’s not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good? Well, that’s certainly the case with artist Albert Oehlen, who makes terrible paintings on purpose. See and decide for yourself, and if nothing else, try his coffee-tea hybrid: it’s absolutely revolting. Serpentine Gallery. Tube: Hyde Park Corner. Until Sun Feb 2. Free. 

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