Things To Do In London Today: 23 October 2012

MALLORCA: Get a taste of the Balearic all week at Maltby Street market (Bermondsey) and the surrounding restaurants, where a Mallorca Week festival offers special dishes, wine tastings and more. Just turn up, all day

GIVE BLOOD: Evacuate your veins for a good cause, by giving blood today at St Olave's Parish Hall in Fenchurch Street (9.30-11.30am and 1-4pm), Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton (1.40-4pm. 5-7.30pm), and Rye Lane Chapel, Peckham (1.45-4.30pm and 5.30-8pm).

FREE JAZZ: Catch Jonny Dexter and his band for some West Coast jazz (presumably California, and not Blackpool) at Foyle's Cafe on Charing Cross Road. Free, just turn up, 6pm

TUBE ART: The cover image of the Tube map changes periodically to feature works by different artists inspired by the Tube. London Transport Museum tonight screens a film showing how some of these pieces were put together. £10, 6.30pm

DOWNTON ABBEY: Hugh Bonneville and Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey speak at the Regent Street Apple Store. Free, just turn up (but be early!), 6.30pm

TUDOR MUSIC: A talk at Peckham Library explores the contribution of black musicians to the Tudor  and Stuart royal courts. Part of Black History Month. Free, just turn up, 7pm

FOODY TALK: Intelligence Squared are known for the expensive but well programmed events. Tonight, a panel of food experts at the Royal Geographical Society, including AA Gill and Sam Bompas, talk about the appeal of certain foods and dishes to certain people. £25

SCRATCH + SNIFF: Another night of storytelling through the power of scent, at the Jackanory Perfume Night downstairs at the Book Club in Shoreditch. £12, 7.30pm

COMEDY: What's this? Tickets still available to see surreal comedian Milton Jones at Soho Theatre? Surely some mistake? Better grab them quick. £12.50, 9.30pm

Random London Fact of the Day

The Tower of London might look pretty solid, but it's rubbish as a prison. Thirty seven people have escaped from its clutches over the centuries. If you're wondering why the Random Fact of the Day, by contrast, keeps returning to the Tower, it's because we're currently reading this excellent history by Nigel Jones.


The BBC's weather report is uncomplicated today. The above screengrab shows an abridged view. Black sombreros all day long. Good job we've got a Mexican mescal bar crawl for you to try.

Secret Hidden False Rumour Of The Day
George Osborne is so posh that his personal walking cane (named Aubrey) has its own butler. And every month, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists presents him with a box of disposable monocles.