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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street and St Mary Abbots Centre in Kensington. Free, see site for terms and conditions
SOHO MOMENTS: Exploring Soho in all its glory, photographer Dafydd Jones captures the area in Soho Moments, a new exhibition at The Society Club. Free, just turn up.
PHOTOGRAPHY: A new photography exhibition at the Imperial War Museum contrasts the works of two pioneering photographers, Mike Moore and Lee Craker, who present two perspectives of Iraq from 1991–2011. Free, just turn up, until 5 January 2014
HELIX: This new art installation uses digital technology to explore the discovery of DNA and the future of life. It’s on at GV Gallery, Marylebone until 30 October. Free, just turn up
ONE ON ONE: Interactive performance company, non zero one, bring one-on-one performances to the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall. An anonymous interviewer is going to ask you questions, what choices will you make? £5, prebook, until 26 October
ROYAL MAIL: Join Royal Mail’s official historian, Duncan Campbell-Smith, as he recounts some of his favourite anecdotes from the long and intriguing history of its past, at Guildhall Library. £5.95, prebook, 6pm
HIDDEN: Cryptic clues guide you on a mystery trail across the city, by HiddenCity. The City Lights Evening Trail starts near the Barbican and you could win champagne. Arrive between 6 and 7pm, then set off to uncover rooftop views, the city’s history and pubs and bars, as you solve clues sent to your phone by text. Teams of four, prebook, £6 per person, 6pm
MASTERCHEF: Three MasterChef finalists (Natalie, Dale and Larkin for those of you with good memories) are at Foyles Charing Cross to introduce their new cookbook and share their experiences of the competitive BBC cooking show. £5/£3, prebook, 6pm
THE ARTIST: Audio Lounge hosts a a private screening of The Artist — a modern take on black and white silent film and winner of several Oscars in 2011. Free, prebook, 6pm
DOCHOUSE: The award-winning documentary Leviathan gives you a deep look into the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Catch it at the Institute of Contemporary Arts tonight. £10/£8, prebook, 6.30pm
PEDAL FOR YOUR PICTURE: As part of Green City Week, City University London presents Green City Cycle Cinema – a cinema powered entirely by electric pedals. Sign up for free entry, and take it in turns to ride the bikes powering the cinema’s screen and sound. Free, prebook, 6.30pm
COMEDY POETRY: Part-poet and part-comedian, Liz Bentley presents a show at The Albany about getting old, with support from comedy poets courtesy of Apples and Snakes. £8/£6, prebook, 7.30pm
LE COMÉDIE: Join Frenchman extraordinaire, Marcel Lucont, at the Comedy Cafe for his Cabaret Fantastique evening. £8.80, prebook, 7.30pm
BETHNAL GREEN: A series of film screenings at Saint John on Bethnal Green look at how London locations, East London and Bethnal Green specifically, have been cinematically re-imagined by different film-makers. Tonight, It Always Rains on Sunday (a 1947 film by Robert Hamer) is showing. £4.40, prebook, 8pm
COMEDY: The utterly marvellous Last Leg host Adam Hill brings his show Happyism to Blackheath Halls. There’s still a handful of seats left, so book now. £16/£14, prebook, 8pm
Every weekday in October we’re bringing you a selection of last minute deals from our sponsor StubHub. Today’s deals are:
- Travis at the Roundhouse at 19:00, from £20.13
- Jake Bugg at O2 Academy Brixton at 19:00, from £27.50
- Steve Hackett at Royal Albert Hall at 19:00, from £37.50
Ticket prices correct as of 2pm on Wednesday 23 October.
For more info on these events as well as other upcoming live events in London check out http://bit.ly/1fW7Jah
Good Cause of the Day
The Affordable Arts Fair opens today at Battersea Park with over 100 galleries under one roof. The fair partners with Paintings in Hospitals, a charity who provide hospitals across the UK with exceptional art and creative activities to improve the health and wellbeing of patients. Find out more about them and enjoy the range of art on offer, until 27 October.
London Connection Puzzle
Your clues so far have been ALBERT and MARLBOROUGH. Today’s new clue is VICTORIA. Spotted the London connection? At least one person has already, so no need to email in.
From the Archive
On 24 October 2011, N Quentin Woolf brought us the Londonist Out Loud podcast from the Occupy London camp near St Paul’s Cathedral.
London Weather by Inclement Attlee
I recently received a comment suggesting that my forecasts are all surface, giving no detail about the day’s weather prospects. To counter such criticism, today’s forecast lists out every meteorological facet you could ever desire.
Temperature high: 17°C
Temperature low: 10°C
Temperature inside the Gherkin: 22°C
Temperature at the bottom of the Thames: 4°C
Windspeed: 4-10 mph
Precipitation: 0.83271 mm
Dedication: s’what you need
Hours of daylight: some
Cups of tea: 4-6
Pollen count: moderate
Pigeon motility: average
Dudes with too much aftershave: above average
People regretting their winter coats during this unseasonably warm spell: high
Alien invasions: 0.3
Die Hard: Die Harder
Humility: increasingly rare
Hutility: not an actual word
Invisibility: hard to see
Raining men: let’s hope not
Giant Mothra attacks: 1
UV index: medium
Seance hostess: medium
Pressure: none. Take it easy.
Number of Londoners who comment that it’s warmer than they expected today: 3,546,991
Litres of fart in the Greater London area: 62,934
Number of people still reading this list: 7