Things To Do In London Today: Monday 7 October 2013

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Learn to dance to Thriller. See below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Ecology Pavilion in Mile End, and outside County Hall on Belvedere Road. Free, see site for terms and conditions

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Taking place throughout October, Black History Month celebrates African and Caribbean history in the UK with plenty of great events. Check your local council or take a look at our highlights.

LITERARY WALKS: This week, you can also learn about London's literary history as Footprints of London's literary walking festival offers ambles about Keats, Shakespeare, Chaucer and Orwell. Tickets £10, £7.50, book. Festival runs throughout October.

COCKTAILS: Sip, slurp or slug your way through an array of boozy events around the capital for London Cocktail Week 2013. Here are our recommendations on what to try. Until 13 October.

NANOPARTICLES: Keeping things light on a Monday, University College London hosts a lecture on how nanoparticles have the potential to revolutionise medicine. Free, prebook, 6pm

HONEY: The London Honey Show takes place at the Lancaster London hotel, with arts and craft, food and drink, honey tasting, and lots of beekeeping chat. £1, just turn up, 6pm

THRILLER: Eliminate (or enhance) those awkward dance floor moments by learning the moves to Michael Jackson's dancefloor monster song, Thriller. Tonight at Drink, Shop & Do. £10, prebook, sessions at 6pm and 8.30pm

GREED: Join philosopher AC Grayling, neuroscientist Professor Kate Jeffery and chair Anne McElvoy as they debate and discuss what drives us to be greedy, downstairs at Jerwood Theatre. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

UNA NUOVA LINGUA: Lingua Diversa at Conway Hall offers language beginners the chance to learn the basics for a fiver. Tonight it is Portuguese, Wednesday is Italian and Thursday is Spanish. Book quick as they sell out. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

CRIME FICTION: Crime writers Jessie Keane, Laura Wilson, Elly Griffiths and William Shaw are at Canada Water Library to discuss their work and the state of the genre with the Telegraph's crime fiction critic Jake Kerridge. Free, prebook, 7pm

PERVERT: Elf Lyons is one. We loved her funny show at Camden Fringe this summer so grab this opportunity to see it at the brand new Take Courage Theatre at the Amersham Arms, New Cross. Boris Johnson also went to see her in Camden - don't let this put you off. £5 on the door, 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:

  • Danny Elfman with music from the films of Tim Burton at Royal Albert Hall, 8pm, from £16.99
  • An Evening with Matt Goss at Cafe de Paris, 7pm, from £57.49
  • The Wasp Factory at the Royal Opera House, 7.45pm, from £75.00

*Please note these prices are correct as of 2pm on Sunday 6 October

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


Good Cause of the Day

The annual Hospice Care Week starts today, with activities taking place across the UK to help raise the profile of hospice care, and ensure that hospices continue to provide unique, personal, quality care for people of all ages. Take a look at the website to find out how you can help and ways to get involved in your local area.

London Connection Puzzle

Last week's clues were BREWER STREET, MONMOUTH STREET, CLERKENWELL GREEN and GROVE ROAD. The London connection? That all four have a pub called The Crown (or minor variations). Congratulations to Andrea Casalotti who was first to guess the connection. A new puzzle starts tomorrow.

From the Archive

It seems that 7 October is a good day for pictures. Over the years we have shared many photos with you on this day — from furry to fraudulent. Here are some of the best:

2012: Cloud and light over London
2011: Time for tea
2010: Companionship in a London park
2009: Boris fail and Boris bikes

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

A misty start. You'll have to duck into the fog, which those of a sensitive nature should not try to spoonerise. The mist will soon go off somewhere, leaving a grey but warm day, with a 20% chance that I'm making things up. In summary: A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp-bom-bom.