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Star Trek Convention

Some people call them geeks, some call them weirdos, but one thing’s for sure, Star Trek fanatics are here to stay.

They will be out in force this month at the annual ‘Trekkie’ convention at ExCel arena, with obligatory dressing up and interactive exhibitions based on the series.

Guests lined up include superstars of the franchise, including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Scott Bakula.

Oct 19-21, Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-6pm, £29
Excel, London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL
Tube | Royal Victoria


Hunterian Museum

Come here to see  body parts – lots of them – in vats, jars and displays. Attached to the Royal College of Surgeons, the museum is the home to more than 3500 grisly anatomical and pathological specimens.

Check out ‘Irish giant’ Charles Byrne’s 7ft 7in tall skeleton, and the tooth donated by Charles Darwin – from a huge extinct mammoth sloth.

You’ll bump into biology students, who spend hours gawking at severed hands, feet, animal corpses, foetuses and brains. Just don’t tuck into lunch before heading here if you’re of a weak disposition.

Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, free
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3PE
Tube | Holborn


La Bodega Negra

Am I in the right place? That’s what your mates will ask when they meet you outside this Mexican restaurant.

You’ll find it tucked away behind a sex shop-esque facade (neon ‘Adult Video’ signs), in Soho’s kinky Old Compton Street.

Be rewarded when you finally get inside with fresh guacamole and tasty barbecued octopus.

For a sneak preview, check out the weird and wonderful images (spiders, churches and women in precarious positions) on its website.

Mon-Sun 12pm-1am, £15
10 Old Compton St, W1D 4TA
Tube | Tottenham Court Road


The Wapping Project

Tuck into modern European cuisine at an old hydraulic power station at this incredibly bizarre restaurant.

Munching on sea bream fish broth and crab dumplings or a lavender panna cotta among the concrete slabs and old machinery really works as a concept.

It’s even become a trendy hangout for architects and media types.

Mon-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 10am-12pm, Sun 10am-6pm, £15
Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, E1W 3SG
Tube | Wapping

London Taxidermy

Visit this unusual shop for an insight into the world of taxidermy.

The place is filled with stuffed animals, some more obscure than others, from game heads and beetles to pickled specimens. Nice.

Open by appointment only, free
The Factory, 265 Merton Road, SW18 5JS 
Tube | Southfields


The Room

Never heard of The Room? It’s billed as the biggest cult film since Rocky Horror, and its appeal is that it’s so bad, it’s good.

Its status was made after audience members stormed out in disgust.

Watch it at this niche venue – don fancy dress and take along plastic spoons (all will be revealed).

Next screening: Nov 8, 8.45pm, £12.50
7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY
Tube | Leicester Square

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