EALING FILMS: BFI Southbank today starts a programme celebrating Ealing Studios and its much loved output, with films such as The Lavender Hill Mob, Passport to Pimlico and The Ladykillers. Tonight’s film is Next of Kin, but check out the full programme. Times and prices vary
ROGER! ROGER!: Meet former Bond Sir Roger Moore at the HMV Oxford Street, who’ll be signing his memoirs this evening. You need to be one of the first 300 in the queue to get a wristband from 9am this morning, to see the knight at 5.30pm. Free, 9am
GIVE BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate are at the West End Donor Centre on Margaret Street (8am-7.30pm), Friends House on Euston Road (9.15am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm), and Battersea Arts Centre (2-4.30pm and 5.30-8pm).
SWEDISH FOOD: Taste the tastes of western Sweden at a special Red House pop-up restaurant in the Truman Brewery. The eaterie will stick around for three days, with changing menus reflecting different regions. Prebook, noon-2pm
BOOK SLAM: Two members of the League of Gentlemen, Mark Kermode and other notables share the stage at this month’s Book Slam at the Grand, St John’s Hill to celebrate the launch of Jeremy Dyson’s The Haunted Book. £8/£6, 6.30pm
CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Royal Institution is normally noted for its scientific talks, but tonight gives way to the Heath Quartet who will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Haydn. The event is organised by Brompton’s Auctioneers, with proceeds going to the National Children’s Orchestra. £10, 6.30pm
CANDLELIT TOURS: The ever-so-beautiful Leighton House Museum in Holland Park holds two candlelit tours tonight. £25, book in advance, 6.30pm an 8pm
BOOKS: An evening of “riotous literary entertainment” at the Tabernacle in Powis Square for this month’s Unbound Live. Speakers include Katie Brand, Robert Llewellyn and Tamasin Day-Lewis. £20, 7pm
Random London Fact of the Day
What would 13th Century hardman Fulk Le Bréant have said, if you’d told him his name would one day be associated with a horseless carriage, some saucy pleasure gardens and Russian train stations? The mercenary soldier was granted land south of the Thames by King John, where he established an estate known as Fulk’s Hall. Over time, this became Fawke’s Hall and eventually Vauxhall. The car manufacturer of same name was originally based in the area, and took for its logo Fulk’s device of a griffin, as well as his name. The Russian word for train station is ‘Vokzal’, which is also adopted from Vauxhall, although it’s not clear whether the inspiration came from our station or the famous Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
Greyer than Lady Jane Grey’s grey mood on the grey winter morning of her execution, but not too cold. BBC Weather.
Secret Hidden False Rumour Of The Day
Boris Johnson uses the same book of stupid long words that we do, and habitually works his way through the pages at the same rate as us. Both his and our word of the day is syzygy.