Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 31 October 2013

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BLOOD: Today's opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City of London and Hyde Park Chapel in South Kensington. What better day to do it than Halloween? Free, see site for terms and conditions

HALLOWEEN: It's Halloween, in case you haven't read any of the other sentences in this article yet. Nearly everything is spook-related tonight, but if none of the below takes your fancy, we've made a handy Halloween listings article for you.

BEER: Even beer is getting in on the Halloween action. The Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival takes place in the rather magnificent ‘Le Gothique’ venue in the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building. There'll be over 100 real ales, 25 ciders and live music to boot. £4/£3, prebook, until 2 November

PETRIFYING PUPPETS: Spend the day making creepy puppets at Little Angel Theatre – the London experts on puppets. £40/£20, prebook, 10am-4pm

EUROHORROR: Eurohorror at the Institute of Contemporary Arts brings together film historians, programmers and academics to discuss this cinematic tradition, critical category and marketing label. £12/£10/£5, prebook, from 11am

ART: Today is the last day you can see Couriers of Taste at Danson House in Bexleyheath — an exhibition that explores the relationship between international trade, global consumerism and cross-cultural influences. Free (with entry to the House at £7/£5), just turn up, 12-5pm

EUROPE: What does Europe want? Hear the discussion at Conway Hall this evening. Free, prebook, 6pm

FRANKENSTEIN: What a treat. Curzon Cinemas across London broadcasts the National Theatre Live’s 2011 production of Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. £25/£17.50, prebook, times vary according to venue

DRACULA: Tooting Library is the spooky setting for an inventive, storytelling performances of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, courtesy of Open Book Theatre. £15/£12.50, prebook, 7pm

AFRICAN DANCE: Learn the rhythms of Africa at a dance workshop at WAC Arts in Belsize Park, led by London performing arts company Frititi. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

JAZZ KINGS: City of London Sinfonia transforms into a swing era ‘big band’, and jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock gives his first classical concerto, at Cadogan Hall. £12-£32, prebook, 7.30pm

FILM: The Crystal Palace International Film Festival screens the UK premier of psychological thriller The Last Light at St John's Church Hall tonight. Please note: cushions to hide behind not provided. £2, prebook, 7.45pm

NUEVO TANGO: The Fugata Quintet is at The Forge in Camden to perform some of Piazolla's finest music. £12/£10, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: Lewis Schaffer, Rachel Parris and Kishor Nayar are all on the line-up at the Get Happy comedy night at The Island Queen, the best pub in Angel. There will be competitions, games and dodgy prizes too. £5/£4, prebook, 8pm

DOC: Rich Mix cinema is the location for a screening of A World Not Ours — a film that has won numerous awards for its unique and personal depiction of life in a Palestinian refugee camp. £7/£5, prebook, 8pm

BETHNAL GREEN: A series of film screenings at Saint John on Bethnal Green look at how London locations, East London and Bethnal Green specifically, are represented in film. Tonight, I Hired A Contract Killer shows, followed by a discussion led by Nick Tesco, who acted in the film. £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:

  • Jason Manford at Eventim Apollo at 19:00 from £13.80
  • HIM at KOKO at 19:00, from £46.00
  • Future cinema – Ghostbusters at Troxy at 18:30, from £57.50

Tickets were correct as of 1pm Wednesday 30 October

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


Good Cause of the Day

The UK-based charity Gulan hosts a lecture and exhibition on the Christians of Kurdistan at the Royal Geographical Society. £10, prebook, 6pm

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far have been MERCEDES and REDOUBT. Today's addition is AURORA. Spotted the London connection yet? We already have a winner, so no need to write in.

From the Archive

Halloween comes but once a year, but did you know that monsters reside on our streets on a permanent basis? Here is our 2012 Halloween guide to the monsters of London.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Did you enjoy the blue skies yesterday? We won't be seeing their like again for some time, as grey clouds monopolise the firmament. Some will be a bit leaky, too. In the evening, look out for occasional witches on broomsticks moving in from the west, and unpredictable clouds of chiroptera.