Things To Do In London Today: Friday 18 October 2013

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Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, The Lebanese Rocket Society, 2012


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at the Salvation Army International Headquarters on Queen Victoria Street and Stoll in Fulham. Free, see site for terms and conditions

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: The world renowned and ever-popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition goes on display at the Natural History Museum from today. £12/£6, prebook, until 23 March 2014

UKRAINIAN CULTURE: A new exhibition featuring contemporary Ukrainian artists opens at The Saatchi Gallery as part of Days of Ukraine, a festival of Ukrainian art, culture, fashion and music (there’s also a concert and fair in Potters Field Park tomorrow). Free, just turn up, until 23 October

CHOCOLATE: The world’s largest chocolate show, Salon du Chocolat, comes to National Hall, Olympia this weekend, featuring the world’s best chocolate, demonstrations and tastings, workshops and even a chocolate fashion show. £18/£15, prebook, until 20 October

HORROR: The British Horror Film Festival takes places at The Empire Cinema in Leicester Square over the next couple of days. See the line-up here. Until 19 October

POSITIVITY: Inner Space is a ‘personal development centre’ in Covent Garden with frequent talks, courses and meditations. Tonight you can learn how to deal with pressure, tomorrow it’s all about making a positive difference, and on Sunday find out what is stopping you. All free, prebook, see website for times.

ICA: Head to the Institute of Contemporary Arts for a talk on the impact that technology has on performance practice in contemporary art today (£5, prebook, 3pm), or a film about a group of Lebanese students who began building small rockets that became the basis of the first Arab space programme (£8/£6, prebook, until 24 Oct)

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

TECHNOLOGY/NATURE: What has technology ever done for nature? Join the Grant Museum of Zoology for a discussion and demonstration of some of the latest technological innovations in the field of wildlife conservation. Free, just turn up, 6.30-8.30pm

ROOF GARDENS: Matt Cardle kicks off The Roof Garden's Live Music season tonight, which continues every Friday and Saturday evening in the venue's Tudor garden until March 2014. £16.20, prebook, 7pm

MALI TALES: Jan Blake tells the Malian story of The Old Woman, The Buffalo And The Lion Of Manding, with music from Kouame and Raymond Sereba, at the Albany in Deptford. £10/£8, 7.30pm

CHARITY GIG: The Charlatans return to the Royal Albert Hall with special guests Liam Gallagher, James Dean Bradfield, The Chemical Brothers, members of The Vaccines and New Order, for a charity gig in memory of Jon Brookes, the band's drummer who died last month after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010. Proceeds from the night will go to The Brain Tumour Charity. £45-£55, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: The New Wave is a compilation of the brightest comedy performers in the country, doing their thing at Bloomsbury Theatre with The Invisible Dot. £15/£13, prebook, 7.30pm

POP STORIES: Stephanie Gerra and Steve Keyworth host Jukebox Story, an evening of tales inspired by pop songs, at The Harrison Arms in Bloomsbury. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

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

COOK IBIZA: Get a taste of the summer with Grub Club's Cook Ibiza supper club. Taking place in an old chemist in Loampit Vale, olives, chorizo and Manchego cheese are all on the menu. £27.50, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY 2: Also at The Invisible Dot, guests Isy Suttie, Liam Williams, Felicity Ward and Alistair Green join performer and actor Joe Wilkinson for The Joe Wilkinson Experience. £10, prebook, 8.45pm

IMPROV: Cariad Lloyd and Paul Foxcroft take one word from the audience and improvise an entire show. After a sold out run in Edinburgh, see them at the Pleasance in Islington. £7, prebook, 9pm

Ticket Alert

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

  • Johnny Marr at The Roundhouse at 19:00, from £32.50
  • The Charlatans at Royal Albert Hall at 19:30, from £57.50
  • Pink Martini at Royal Festival Hall at 19:30, from £57.50

Ticket prices correct as of 3pm on Thursday 17 October.

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


Good Cause of the Day

Together Against Cancer is a charity dedicated to helping cancer patients, supporting research into methods of treating cancer, and helping provide support to those institutions that continue the fight against cancer. Tomorrow, you can learn a bit more about the charity at the Together Against Cancer Conference, held at the People’s Palace, Queen Mary University. There will be eminent speakers, holistic experts, lunch and refreshments. £55 (includes lunch), prebook, 19 October from 9.30am

London Connection Puzzle

The full set of clues for this week's puzzle is as follows: GOAT, RAM, ALBION, ANCHOR. Spotted the London connection? We already have a winner, so no need to write in. The solution will be revealed on Monday.

From the Archive

We paired two major loves in our lives in this article from 18 October 2011: London and cats. We asked you what London pub cats you were aware of and we've so far received a whopping 63 replies. Not only are we delighted to know the whereabouts of more London moggies, but also delighted to know we aren't the only crazy cat lovers in London. Purr.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Today's forecast is written in the chatty style beloved of certain PR types, complete with fusillade of powerless adjectives.

Hey there Time Out! How are you? I hope your well. I'm a long-term fan of your fantastic weather forecasts and particularly enjoyed whatever it was you wrote yesterday. As the autumn chill sets in, and we look forward to putting the clocks back (can you believe its that time of year again already!?!), a really unique cloud of fog will descend on the capital, bringing a truly fantastic and dynamic immersive experience to all Londoners everywhere. We can then look forward to a diverse showcase of fantastic weather conditions, including some fantastic clouds and a great chance of rain later on. Who knows - we might even engage with the sunshine at some point, lolz. Have a fantastic day, and I hope to see you at the launch event, where we'll showcase a fantastic array of truly fantastic celebrities you've never heard of. Totes amazing!!