Things To Do In London Today: Monday 28 October 2013

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Get spooked at a storytelling performance of Bram Stoker's Dracula, at Victoria Library.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at the Emirates Stadium. Free, see site for terms and conditions

HALLOWEEN: A bumper crop of Halloween events take place this year. We have listed a couple below, but there are more to be found for both today and the rest of the week on our Halloween listings. Be warned: it's a pretty monstrous list.

SING MUSICALS: Get on stage at the the Phoenix Theatre and sing like you’re in a West End show! There are two sessions, one for 5-10 year olds, and one for ages 10-15. £8, prebook, 10.30am and 1.30pm

SCIENCE: Sit in on a series of four talks about science and engineering at Brunel University, Uxbridge. Topics include aerodynamics, biomimetics, the Large Hadron Collider and climate change. £10, prebook, 6-8pm

TRANSFORM THE WORLD: Malcolm Gladwell will attempt to change the way you see the world, at the Lyceum Theatre. £8-£60, prebook, 6.15pm and 8.30pm

DRACULA: It's Halloween week, and London's libraries are the spooky setting for inventive, storytelling performances of Bram Stoker's Dracula, courtesy of Open Book Theatre.Tonight, get your scares at Victoria Library. £15/£12.50, prebook, 6.30pm

PLAGUE WALK: Join Scott Wood, as he takes you on a tour of haunted trees and forgotten plague pits in the West End. £5.50, prebook, 6.30pm

WWI: Joe Sacco talks to David Boyd Haycock about WWI and trench warfare, at the London Review Bookshop. £10, prebook, 7pm

FILM: The Duke Mitchell Film Club presents new and vintage short horror films from around the world, at The Phoenix Artist Club. Free, just turn up, from 7pm

POETRY: Celebrate the Poetry Library’s 60th birthday at the Southbank Centre with Ian McMillan, Emily Berry, Fleur Adcock, John Agard, Daljit Nagra and many more. £15/£12, 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:

  • Overload at the O2 Academy Islington at 3pm. Tickets from £8.63
  • Lee Nelson at Bloomsbury Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets from £47.16
  • Overload at the O2 Academy Islington at 7pm. Tickets from £14.93

Tickets were correct as of 1pm Sunday 27 October

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


Good Cause of the Day

Book ahead for a ticket to Macmillan Cancer Support's flagship event — The Enchanted Ball. Taking place in style at the Dorchester Hotel, you can expect an evening of champagne, fine dining, live entertainment and, of course, the charity auction. Tickets cost from £2,000 for a table of 10 guests, which includes all food and drink. See website for more details, prebook, Tuesday 26 November 2013

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to Ed Catmur who was the first to solve last week's puzzle. ALBERT, VICTORIA, MARLBOROUGH and QUEEN ELIZABETH are all gates into Hyde Park. Ed will set this week's puzzle, which starts tomorrow.

From the Archive

To mark the start of Halloween week (it's a whole week now, apparently) here are some photographs of London's graves, tombs and mausoleums. For those who aren't into Halloween at all, here is a map showing the dogs of London. For those of you who don't like dogs...well...we're sure there's something interesting out the window for you to look at.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

As strong winds sweep in for morning rush-hour, we're advised to batten down the hatches. If, like me, you're unsure what the verb 'to batten' means, and the nearest thing you have to a 'hatch' is the lid to your pedal bin, then you might instead consider buttering up your haunches. That should definitely help.

On a more serious note, at the time of writing we still don't know quite how damaging this morning's winds and rain might be. What we do know is that disruptions can be expected on mainline trains into the capital, as the operators await confirmation that the tracks are free of debris. You might declare a duvet day; unless your duvet's blown away.