Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 12 September 2013

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Enjoy a concert in the atmospheric Thames Tunnel Shaft, details below. Photo: Vickie Flores

Enjoy a concert in the atmospheric Thames Tunnel Shaft, details below. Photo: Vickie Flores

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at City Temple, Holborn Viaduct. Free, see site for terms and conditions

DIG: An old Odeon site on Grafton Way is the setting for a new piece by sculptor Daniel Silver, called Dig. Free, just turn up, until 3 November

FESTIVAL: Streatham’s Little Big Peace Event is back for a third year, with the aim of inspiring people to be more peaceful through talks, concerts and various sessions. Free, just turn up, until 21 September

WALK: Explore the regeneration and transformation of Walworth and Kennington on a walk with CoolTan Arts. Free, just turn up (at East Street Library), midday

INTERNET: Discuss the internet in a Peckham treehouse at TREE|HUB project, part of the London Design Festival. Free, prebook, 5pm

MEN’S FASHION: Carnaby Street is running Men’s Style Night tonight, on the eve of London Fashion Week, with shopping, live music and DJs. Free, sign up online, 5-9pm

ME: This month’s Imperial Fringe event asks “what makes me?” then seeks to find out with a diverse programme covering neuroscience, DNA and fertility. Free, just turn up, 5.30-8.30pm

IDEAS FOR LONDON: Join the waiting list for a chance to attend tonight’s Ideas For London salon, where innovative thinkers discuss how they believe they could change the capital. Free, prebook, 6pm

ART: The PUMA Twentyone store at Boxpark, Shoreditch presents the final instalment of its 21daysofsummer artwork project. Free, just turn up, 6-9pm

BAD DEATHS: What was a bad death according to the Victorians? What exactly did they consider a good death? This lecture at the Old Operating Theatre looks at these questions while considering Victorian visual representations of death. £7, just turn up, 6.30pm

BOOK: Thomas Glave launches and reads from his book Among the Bloodpeople at Gay’s the World bookshop tonight. Poet Dorothea Smart will also read at the event. £2, just turn up, 7pm

WINE TASTING: If you’re feeling flush, celebrate the 40th anniversary of Riedel’s Sommeliers collection with a special tasting tonight at Vinopolis, so you can see how much of a difference the right glass can make. £125/£175, prebook, 7-8.30pm

KNITTED DISCO: Beki Rymsza, author of new book The Knit Parade, celebrates its release k(n)itting out The Great Eastern Bear Gallery, covering the room with colourful knitted panels and disco ball mirror covered mannequins. Why not. Free, RSVP, 7-10pm

PLAY: Release your inner child with Antidote at Interchange Studios in Belsize Park, through an evening of word, physical, creative and rhythm games. £15/£10, prebook for cheaper tickets, 7.30-9pm

SPACESpace Showoff is a anarchic space-themed cabaret night celebrating the European Planetary Science Congress at University College London. Join top space experts, comedians and performers for a night of space-y goodness. £10/£7, prebook, 7.30pm

TUNNEL MUSIC: A season of concerts in the atmospheric Thames Tunnel Shaft starts today at the Brunel Museum. Tonight, enjoy traditional Gypsy and Balkan tunes interspersed with jazz improvisation. £12/£10, prebook for cheaper tickets, 7.30pm

FILM: Watch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in a 1000-seat open-air amphitheatre next to City Hall, thanks to the More London Free Film Festival. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

GROWN-UP FAIRYTALE: Be lured into the evocative world of grown-up fairytale with live storytelling at The Forge in Camden. £9/£7, prebook, 7.30pm

ROMCOM: Get giggly and weepy at Fulham Palace tonight with a screening of Four Wedding and a Funeral, courtesy of Nomad Cinema. £8.50-£12.50, prebook, 7.45pm

BBCQT WATCHALONG: If you like politics/opinions/shouting at the television then head to Hackney Attic for a BBC Question Time Watchalong on a big screen. £5/£4, prebook, 8pm

Good Cause of the Day

Two possible good causes for you today:

Singer-songwriter Melissa James performs a specially planned Gig in a Gallery tonight to raise money for the Small Steps Project — a charity dedicated to supporting children around the world who live on rubbish dumps and survive through scavenging. The performance will take place at House in Camberwell. £5, prebook, 7pm

Oxjam Brixton raises money for Oxfam tonight by hosting Musical Bingo at the Dogstar, Brixton. £6, prebook, 7pm

London Connection Puzzle

Your cluewords so far have been PRINCE GEORGE and BUCKINGHAM. Today’s addition is HAMPTON COURT. Clearly a royal connection, but we’re looking for something much more specific and Londony. If you think you’ve got it, email matt@londonist.com. Otherwise, the final clue (which will make everything much clearer) comes tomorrow.

From Londonist’s Archive

The nights are getting longer, but darker evenings give us plenty to celebrate. For example, this incredible View From The Shard At Night, from 2011.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Grey clouds, light drizzle…I think we can truly say that summer has started to peter out. Coincidentally, my old meteorology tutor was called Peter Out. In fact, weather forecasting is full of Peters. There’s long-term stalwart of the weather charts Peter Gibbs. And who could forget BBC London’s Peter Cockroft, wearer of suspiciously shiny trousers. But the best Peter in the business is now-retired Australian forecaster Peter Byrne, who delivered a scathing attack on the ‘claptrap’ spouted by his breakfast television colleagues last year. Imagine Carol Kirkwood opening with that volley.

Do you have a favourite weather Peter?

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