Things To Do In London Today: 15 October 2012

Mondays needn't be depressing.


GOOD IDEAS: Got an inspirational idea for improving London? Today's your last chance to enter a competition from the Evening Standard and Artangel, which could see you spending a night in that ship-shaped building on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Just fill in the form here.

BRONZE: The Royal Academy isn't the only place exhibiting bronze at the moment. Some exquisite animal and human sculpture from Ian Edwards goes on show at the Gallery In Cork Street today, and remains in place till 20 October. It's a good opportunity to get to know some of the Cork Street spaces, which are threatened by redevelopment. Free, from 1oam

GIVE BLOOD: Today's opportunities to offload some crimson body juice take place at the Margaret Street donor centre (8am-7.30pm) and outside County Hall (10am-noon and 2-4.30pm)

BOOKS: China Miéville is at Bookmarks in Bloomsbury talking about London’s Overthrow, a book about the current state of the capital. £2, 6.30pm

POLITICS: Dan Plesch has written a book called America, Hitler and the UN, tubthumping the institutions of the former and latter, not so much the one in the middle. He's at the British Library tonight to discuss the importance of the United Nations. £4, 6.45pm

SPEED FLATMATING: Need some new house buddies? Get along to Proud Camden tonight where you can mingle with 75-100 others looking for new digs. FREE, 7pm

HORROR: The London Horror Festival, a three week spectacle of macabre performing arts, begins tonight with a trio of bloodcurdling short plays at the Etcetera in Camden Town. £8, 7.30pm

VAMPIRE MUSIC: Watch silent horror film Nosferatu while Otto Kramer improvises a vampyric organ track, at Central Hall Westminster. £10, 7.30pm

MORE BOOKS: See all six authors shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, in conversation with James Naughtie at the Southbank Centre. £12-£18, 7.30pm

Random Fact Of The Day

The national gallery's permanent collection contains 258 nipples (115 female, 143 male), 3 manhoods and 13 women's areas. Read our full, unexpurgated research here.

A mixed day of sun and cloud, with potential showers as a depression moves in from the west. That's Surrey commuters for you.

Hidden False Rumour Of The Day
Cockfosters has just been awarded the Rudest Place Name in London Award for the fifth year in a row. Mudchute and Shepherd's Bush are demanding a recount, while Bellenden knows its time will come.