Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 17 October 2013

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Days of Ukraine festival begins today, details below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Beormund Communtiy Centre in Bermondsey and the British School of Osteopathy on Trinity Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions

UKRAINE: Days of Ukraine is a festival celebrating the rich history and culture of Ukraine, including concerts, art and fashion. Until 19 October

LIT: Nick Barlay and Eve Harris talk about representation and living history in literature at the Wiener Library. Free, prebook, 1pm

CUTTY SARK: Join curator Jessica Lewis for a tour of the Cutty Sark, where you'll discover the secrets of the ship’s success and learn about the recent conservation project to preserve her. £15/£12, prebook, 3.30-4.30pm

PHYSICS ART: Particle physicist Dr Ben Still and visual artist Lyndall Phelps' artwork Covariance (situated in the Victorian ice wells at the Canal Museum) closes this Sunday. Catch it before then and hear the artists discuss the collaboration. Free, prebook, 5.30pm

PACKAGING: Still a few tickets left for tonight's talk on the history of packaging and the Robert Opie Collection, at Florence Nightingale Museum.

IVORY: Earthwatch hosts a debate at the Royal Geographical Society where Environmental Investigation Agency Executive Director, Mary Rice argues against international trade in ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts. Free, just turn up, 7pm (but you can arrive from 6pm)

HABIT: Much of what humans think and do is purely habitual, yet when we innovate and explore, the potential of human imagination is brought into focus. This event at Wellcome Collection explores perspectives and challenges your own imagination. Free, prebook, 7pm

JEWELS: Jewellery lovers, London history fans and magpies: don't miss the Museum of London’s All that glitters @ late tonight. £15/£11.50, prebook, 7-10pm

GIG: LA indie rockers Local Natives play the O2 Academy Brixton tonight. £22.50, prebook, 7.30pm

POP-UP: Peruvian themed pop-up restaurant Señor Ceviche has set up a more permanent Thursday night residence at Dukebox in Chelsea. Tonight is their first night, so pop down for Peruvian fun, food and cocktails. Free, prebook for food, from 7.30pm

CONCERT: The City Music Foundation Showcase Concert takes place at the newly opened Milton Court Concert Hall, featuring the 2013 City Music Foundation Artists. £10-£30, prebook, 7.30pm

BOOKSWAP: Peggy Riley and Morgan McCarthy join Scott Pack and Sarah Franklin for the Firestation Book Swap in Windsor. £6 (or free if you bring homemade cake), prebook, 7.45pm

STORIES: Liam Williams hosts a night of Stories at Invisible Dot, with Stewart Home, Diane Cardell and Nicholas Hogg. £8, prebook, 7.45pm

KARAUKE: Karauke is already fantastic for teaming karaoke with ukuleles. But, for their Halloween special tonight, you can sing along to a ukulele band ...while dressed as a corpse! Free, just turn up, 8pm

BETHNAL GREEN: A series of film screenings at Saint John on Bethnal Green looks at how London locations, East London and Bethnal Green specifically, have been cinematically re-imagined by different film-makers. Tonight, The Small World of Sammy Lee is showing. £4.40, prebook, 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:

  • Gloria Estefan at Royal Albert Hall at 19:00, from £59.98
  • Micky Flanagan at The O2 at 20:00, from £37.37

Tickets correct as of 1pm on Wednesday 16 October.

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


Good Cause of the Day

Today is the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and to mark it ATD Fourth World, a charity that works to support families living in poverty, is holding four days of events. Activities include a roundtable discussion, live music, cabaret and family day. Until 20 October

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far have been GOAT and RAM. Today's is ALBION. Unusually, nobody guessed the London connection from the first two clues, so if you think you have it now, email EDIT: The connection has now been guessed by somebody, so no need to email in.

From the Archive

On this day two years ago, we drafted together a list of London's most famous tongue-puzzlers. How exactly do you pronounce Theydon Bois? Your response was so great that we subsequently came up with this (in)complete guide to pronouncing London place names graphic. Tea in Dull-itch anyone?

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

The weather gods change their minds with such frequency today that dear Mrs Attlee's tortured indecisions at the dessert trolley seem a mere trifle by comparison. In both senses. A beastly wind from the west will cause problems for anyone with a hat taller than three inches, or Lady Cassandra off of Doctor Who.