Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 3 October 2013

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John Robertson Architects open a design-based exhibition today, details below.


BLOOD: Today's opportunities to donate blood are at Bishopsgate Institute, The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street, and Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden. Free, see site for terms and conditions

LONDONWORKS: An architectural and design-based exhibition opens today at The Building Centre on Store Street, courtesy of John Robertson Architects. Free, just turn up, until 3o October

LITERARY FOOTPRINTS: Discover London's literary heritage with Footprints of London — a series of walks throughout the month, led by professional guides, based around writers and books. Walks are £10/£7.50, prebook, until 27 October

DEPTFORD X: This is the last week of the contemporary art festival Deptford X. Art, photography and installations are all on offer, check out their programme for full listings. Until 6 October

PHOTO FESTIVAL: The themes for this year's London Photo Festival are Black & White and Night Photography. Head to The Crypt on Borough High Street for a showcase of new and emerging photography talent. Free, just turn up, until 5 October

PORTUGUESE FILM: For the next two days, the West Reservoir Centre in Stoke Newington is the setting for the first IndieLisboa Festival Sessions in London — where 10 Portuguese short films will be screened, accompanied by Portuguese wine, beer and food. £15 (both days) / £9 (one day), prebook, until 4 October

POETRY: It’s National Poetry Day! There is plenty going on, including a full day of free events at Southbank Centre. Take a look at our London Book and Poetry listings for a full list of what you can do to celebrate.

MUSICAL LUNCH: Yamaha Music London hosts a lunchtime concert, where pianist Atsuko Kawakami performs. Free, prebook, 12.55pm

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 there is also Festival Night with live music and spoken word to accompany the works. Free, just turn up, 6-11pm

FIRE AND ICE: This month's Geekyscience event at Central Foundation Boys School (Old Street tube) is themed around the science of ice and fire. Helen Arney introduces talks from Simon Werrett, Claire Benson, Matthew Tosh, Helen Scales and Russ Garrett. £6, prebook, 7pm

WRITING: Five writers, including Emma Darwin and Lloyd Shepherd, read from their work and talk about writing history, at the Working Men’s College Library in Camden. Free, just turn up, 7pm

PERFORMANCE: Shoreditch Town Hall kicks off its autumn season of theatre and music with a work-in-progress storytelling of a missionary who loses his faith, and a unique Amazonian tribe who turn the world of linguistics upside down. Free, prebook, 7pm

ORCHESTRA: Celebrate the 5th birthday of the London Contemporary Orchestra with a performance in a derelict industrial complex at Oval Space. £25/£10, prebook, 8pm

Ticket Alert

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

  • Zola Jesus at The Tabernacle  at 19:00, from £19.38
  • Mac Miller at Forum at 19:00, from £34.50
  • Micky Flanagan at Wembley Arena at 20:00, from £40.26

*Please note these prices are correct as of 2pm, 2 October 2013

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


Good Cause of the Day

Following his BBC Radio 4 two-part series, explorer, writer and filmmaker Will Millard is at St Saviour's Church by Finsbury Park for a talk and Q&A about his latest adventure: a first descent of the Mano and Moro Rivers down the borders of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Listen to his adventures and raise money for a good cause — all profits will go to Street Child, a charity dedicated to helping vulnerable children in Sierra Leone. £8/£5, prebook, 7.30pm

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far have been BREWER STREET and MONMOUTH STREET. Today's clue is CLERKENWELL GREEN. Can you spot the London connection? Edit: we now have a winner, so no need to email in.

From the Archive

On 3 October 2011 we brought you some great views. The first, a gallery of London Sunrises and Sunsets, the second a video of King's Cross from a model aeroplane.

Five years ago today, we encountered London's oldest living organism...probably older than London itself.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Rain, cloud,'s weather simultaneously sucks and blows. Watch out for storms towards evening rush hour, and a large Tesco carrier bag fluttering towards your face from the south-east around 6.15pm. In summary: as pleasant as a belch-fart opera.