Things To Do In London Today: Monday 21 October 2013

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Felicity Aston speaks about her journey across the entire continent of Antarctica today, details below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Friends House in Euston and Bishopsgate Institute. Free, see site for terms and conditions

NELSON, NAVY, NATION: The National Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition Nelson, Navy, Nation opens today, looking at how the Royal Navy shaped everyday lives in the tumultuous 19th century. Free, just turn up

CZEGGS: These guys love a bad pun. An ‘eggshibition’ of design talent from the Czech (or Czegg) republic ‘hatches’ at Frameless Gallery in Clerkenwell today, which apparently you should definitely ‘czegg out’. Free, just turn up, until 26 October

UNIS: Inside Out Festival 2013 starts today, a week-long showcase of cultural talent from London's universities. Check the programme for dozens of free talks, workshops, performances and walks. Until 27 October

BARBICAN ADVENTURE: We think today is the best day to explore the Barbican complex with their DIY adventure trail for families. Free, pick up your trail from the Advance Box Office and allow at least one hour, 11am-6pm

SING-A-LONGA TEA: Pair your afternoon tea with a 30 minute singalong, led by musical theatre performers Claira Watson Parr and Millie Appleton. Shows featured include Cats, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago and West Side Story. At the London Marriott Hotel County Hall. £38 (includes afternoon tea), prebook on 020 7902 8000, 5pm

PECHA KUCHA: UCL Engineering challenges four researchers to show how their work is changing the world, in only 400 seconds. Pecha Kucha is a format originated in Japan, where a speaker is allowed 20 slides, each shown for only 20 seconds. Free, prebook, 6pm

RENAISSANCE AFRICANS: Dr Miranda Kaufman and Michael Ohajuru explore the image and reality of Black Africans in Renaissance England at the National Trust's Sutton House on Homerton High Street. £3, just turn up, 6pm

HAMLET: Philosopher Simon Critchley and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster take on Hamlet at the London Review Bookshop. £10, prebook, 7pm

DAY OF THE DEAD: Good Empire Events shows you how to make Day of the Dead skulls and skeletons at The Book Club in Shoreditch. £9.13, prebook, 7pm

ANTARCTICA: At the end of November 2011, Felicity Aston set off from the coast of Antarctica to cross the entire continent on skis by herself. Felicity talks at Ellis Brigham in Covent Garden about the mental toughness and physical challenges she endured. £8, prebook, 7pm

SOPRANO: Californian soprano Angel Blue gives her UK recital debut – her Rosenblatt Recital – at Wigmore Hall tonight. £12-26, prebook, 7.30pm

STORYTELLING: Sally Pomme Clayton performs the story of Eros and Psyche at the Soho Theatre. £9/£7, prebook, 8pm

REFUGEES: The Refugee Council has put together an art exhibition with work by young survivors of torture. See it at Southwark Council until 25 October. Free, 9am-5pm

Ticket Alert

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

  • Peter Gabriel at The O2 at 19:00, from £30.00
  • Dan Le Sac versus Scroobius Pip at The Garage at 19:00, from £39.10
  • Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at Royal Albert Hall 19:30, from £39.00

Ticket prices correct as of 3pm on Sunday 20 October.

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Good Cause of the Day

Donate your time this Christmas and volunteer over the festive period for Crisis at Christmas 2013. Giving homeless people warmth, comfort and access to vital services, Crisis Christmas centres will be set up across the capital 23-30 December and they are calling on people from all walks of life to volunteer. Visit the Crisis website for more details and to register.

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to Neil Patterson, who once again was the quickest to spot the connection in last week's clue words — RAM, GOAT, ALBION, ANCHOR. All are, or were, important London breweries. A new puzzle starts tomorrow.

From the Archive

Like bubbles? How about GIANT BUBBLES? On this day last year, we posted this pretty awesome video showing The Brockley Bubbleman Bubbling.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Are you hoping that the rain will just cock off? Then your hopes will be dashed. The long-range forecast suggests only one dry day in the next 10, and it ain't today. So, if you're still pondering your costume choice for Halloween, I suggest you dress as Noah.