Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 10 October 2013

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Dave White's animal paintings are now on show, details below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at St Pauls Church Hall in Stoke Newington. Free, see site for terms and conditions

ART: Dave White's animal paintings are a popular choice — take a look at his retrospective exhibition at Loughran Gallery at Lock Studios in East London. Free, just turn up, until 20 October

HELEN FIELDING: Meet the author of the Bridget Jones’ Diary series at Foyles on Charing Cross Road. Get your hands on her new book and get it signed by the author herself. Free, prebook, 12-1.30pm

INCLUSIVE ART: The Urban Dialogues exhibition at Red Gallery on Rivington Street brings together 24 artists with unique perspectives on who we are and what we believe. Tonight they also host a special women-only event celebrating female voices in Britain today. Free, just turn up, from 6pm

FILM: Two films screen at the Institute of Contemporary Arts tonight, as part of the BFI Film Festival. Firstly, moving Laotian film The Rocket, and then a documentary film about a teenage typist who became a close witness to the triumphs and trials of The Beatles, with Good Ol' Freda.

MIND THE BAP: Try a supperclub on a decommissioned 1967 Victoria Line tube carriage, parked up near Walthamstow, with Grub Club. There are still tickets available at the time of writing. £39, prebook, 6.30pm

ST PANCRAS: Simon Bradley talks about St Pancras Station at St Pancras Old Church, in the final lecture of a series taking place there to help raise money for much needed repair work. £10, just turn up, 7pm

GRAPHIC NOVELS: At Gosh! Comics, Stephen Lowther discusses why Wellcome Library has been actively collecting graphic novels and comics since 2010. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

NEW MUSIC: The Coveryard is a new music night at which upcoming artists picked from the alternative music scene in London play alongside a 22-piece orchestra and choir. Go along tonight for folk, blues and pop, at Test Bed 1 in Battersea. £9/£7, prebook, 8pm

BINGO: Try out Cabaret Bingo with comedy 'Disco Granny' Ida Barr, at Primo Bar on Westminster Bridge Road. Free, just turn up, from 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:

  • Sleeping with Sirens at The O2 Academy Brixton at 19:00, from £18.40
  • Bill Bailey at Watford Coliseum at 19:00, from £32.20
  • Jay-Z at The O2 Arena, at 19:30, from £34.50

*Please note these prices are correct as of 4pm on Wednesday 9 October

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


Good Cause of the Day

An exhibition of drawings by our four-legged friends will be in place at The Gallery on the Corner on Battersea Park Road, from this Saturday 12 October. Drawings By Dogs will display doggy doodles from a variety of breeds, including residents and ex-residents of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. If you feel you have a budding Monet on the end of your lead, then you are invited to bring your dog to the gallery to make their very own piece of art. £20 per drawing (all proceeds towards Battersea Dogs & Cats Home), just turn up, until 20 October.

London Connection Puzzle

Your previous two clues were ARCHWAY and HATTON CROSS. Several people already spotted the connection, so no need to write in, but if you're still pondering, today's clue is HAMPSTEAD.

From the Archive

Have you heard of the Denmark Street Fire? We wrote about it on this day last year, as part of our London's Forgotten Disasters series.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

A teasing sun plays hide and seek behind the clouds. He's really rubbish at it though, because he glows so brightly and even an infant could spot where he's hiding. The sun is even worse at seeking, however. I once hid in a recycling bin for three days before the council lifted the lid, allowing the sun to finally spot me. I stank, having subsisted off the scrapings from discarded baked bean tins. But at least I could bask in the smug, self-satisfied knowledge that I'd outwitted our nearest star.