Things To Do In London Today: Monday 14 October 2013

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Balham Sees Balham exhibition closes today. Photograph: Erik Sheridan


BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is outside County Hall on Belvedere Road. Free, see site for terms and conditions

EALING: The fourth Ealing Autumn Festival is in full flow, joining in the celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenery with concerts, film, local history and kids stuff. Have a look at the festival website for more details. Until 27 October

BEING HUMAN: King’s College London’s arts and humanities festival started over the weekend with exhibitions, talks and screenings all looking at what it means to be human. Until 25 October

RESTAURANTS: London Restaurant Festival is also doing its thing. If you haven’t made your reservations yet, check out our recommendations, and the full listings on the website. Until 21 October

KNITTING: To celebrate Wool Week, Knit Nation launches a week-long series of free fashion-focused knitting classes at John Lewis Oxford Street. All skill levels welcome and you don't need to bring anything. Free, prebook, until 20 October

FILM: The BFI London Film Festival is halfway through its run, take a look at what you can see before it ends for another year. Until 2o October

BALHAM: Today is the last day you can view the Balham Sees Balham photography exhibition, created by local residents, in shop windows around the area. Free, just turn up.

MO FARAH: The double Olympic and World Champion is at Waterstones Canary Wharf to sign copies of his autobiography, Twin Ambitions (Ricky Hatton is there tomorrow and David Weir there on Wednesday, also for book signings). Free, just turn up (early arrival recommended), from 12.30pm

ANGLO-GERMAN: Philip Oltermann and Miranda Seymour talk about the Anglo-German relationship, at the Courtauld Institute for the Royal Society of Literature. £8/£5, prebook, 7pm

SPOKEN WORD: See Simon Mole’s spoken word journey through a family’s evening meal, at the Southbank Centre today and Tuesday. £8, prebook, 7.30pm

Ticket Alert

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

  • Wilko Johnson, KoKo at 19.00, tickets from £16.99
  • Jay-Z, The O2 at 19.30, tickets from £63.26
  • The Game, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire at 19.00, tickets from £69.00

Tickets correct as at 11am on Sunday 13 October.

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


Good Cause of the Day

Plateau Restaurant by Canary Wharf celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and tonight it has a special ‘Four For Two’ Charity Dinner. Four Michelin star chefs (Simon Hulstone, Tim Allen, Adam Gray and Allan Pickett) will cook a course each to raise money for two excellent charities: the East End Community Foundation and The Royal Marsden. The menu looks delicious and we hear there are still a few spots available, email if you're interested. £85, prebook.

London Connection Puzzle

Did you work out last week's solution? The clues were ARCHWAY, HATTON CROSS, HAMPSTEAD and LEYTONSTONE. The solution? They're all tube stations that sit on a zone boundary — see the official TfL map if you're not sure what we mean. Congratulations to John Birch, who was first to identify the connection, after only two clues. He'll set this week's puzzle, which begins tomorrow.

From the Archive

London is a curious place, and on this day two years ago we brought you part 1 of The A-Z Of Odd London Street Names. Have you been up/down Great Thrift? (Here's part 2 if you'd like the full alphabetic set).

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Very wet and very summarised by this recent internet meme.