Things To Do In London Today: Friday 11 October 2013

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Cheese. And Wine. At Southbank Centre. Go.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City of London, and The Ecology Pavilion in Mile End. Free, see site for terms and conditions

ART: American artist Kara Walker fills all three gallery spaces at Camden Arts Centre over the autumn months with powerful work that interrogates underlying racial and gender tensions. Free, just turn up, until 5 January 2014

MORE ART: A new exhibition opens today at Brunei Gallery. The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination provides a visual narrative of the history of Zoroastrianism. Free, just turn up, until 14 December

SHINY: Museum of London's new exhibition of the Cheapside Hoard, a mysterious treasure discovered 100 years ago, opens today. £10, prebook, until 27 April

FILM: Don't forget that the BFI London Film Festival continues in the capital until the end of next week. See here for listings of what's screening where tonight. Until 20 October.

LIT: Wood Green Literary Festival kicks off today for three days celebrating wordy London. See website for full listings, until 13 October

CHEESE & WINE: Oh yum. The Cheese & Wine Festival returns to London’s Southbank Centre from today with plenty of free and cheap (and more importantly, cheesey and winey) events taking place. Until 13 October

EDIBLE BAKERY: To mark National Baking Week, an edible pop-up bakery is ROLLing in (sorry) to Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street. Entitled Baketopia, it will be open for the public to devour. We predict it will last 5 minutes. Free (£2 donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital suggested), prebook, until 12 October

DAY OF THE GIRL: If you're within eye-balling distance of the London Eye tonight then watch out for it turning pink in aid of International Day of the Girl.

REGULAR MUSEUM LATES: See in the weekend with a spot of culture at the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, Royal Academy or National Portrait Gallery. Free, check websites for closing times and events

MAKING TRACKS: Head to Rich Mix for Making Tracks, a night that fuses live music with film. Whirlygig Cinema will present a programme of short films alongside brand new soundtracks, performed on the night by The Cabinet of Living Cinema. £10/£8, prebook for cheaper tickets, 8pm

COMEDY: Robin Ince and Josie Long perform a live version of their Utter Shambles podcast at Stratford Circus. £14/£12, prebook, 8pm

ROLLER SKATE: The Friday Night skate starts at Wellington Arch. Anyone who feels competent on skates is welcome to join. Free, just turn up, 8pm

LONDON COMIC: Nigel Williams sets his comic novels around Wimbledon; it’s only appropriate he should be at the Wimbledon BookFest. £10, prebook, 8pm

Ticket Alert

Every weekday in October we’re bringing you a selection of last minute deals from our sponsor StubHub. Today’s deals are:

  • Bill Bailey, Watford Colosseum at 19.00, tickets from £32.20
  • Sleeping with Sirens, O2 Academy, Brixton at 19.00, tickets from £18.40
  • Jay-Z, O2 at 19.30, tickets from £43.70

*Please note these prices are correct as of 1pm on Thursday 10 October

For more info on these events as well as other upcoming live events in London check out


Good Cause of the Day

A mass story-telling event takes place at Waterloo station today to celebrate Read for RNIB Day. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) invites Londoners to visit a specially designed ‘Wonderland’ at the train station and narrate sections of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, to create a unique audio book. The finished ‘Talking Book’ will then be available for customers of the RNIB’s National Library Service to borrow. Free, just turn up, 6am-11pm

London Connection Puzzle

So, to complete the puzzle, your four clues are ARCHWAY, HATTON CROSS, HAMPSTEAD and LEYTONSTONE. We already have a winner, so no need to write in. The solution will be revealed on Monday.

From the Archive

One year ago today we published pictures of a London 'Lido Line'. Would you swim to work?

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Don't go anywhere without a brolly today. Even to the bathroom. Approximately 0.2% of readers' bathrooms will develop a leak this afternoon, as the rain gushes like an intoxicated crowd of Beliebers. Cold, too, so make sure your umbrella contains heating elements (or wear a coat).