Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 15 October 2013

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Bloomsbury Festival starts today


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at the Mobile Donor Unit in Surrey Quays and City Temple by Holborn Viaduct. Free, see site for terms and conditions

FESTIVAL: An annual cultural extravaganza that brings Bloomsbury alive with music, art, and theatre, Bloomsbury Festival has over 200 free events on offer. Free, just turn up, until 20 October

GAY PHOTOGRAPHY: The Gay Photographer’s Network present their fourth annual Gayzed exhibition at The Strand Gallery, showcasing the work of the network’s amateur and professional photographers. Free, just turn up, until 20 October

TOTAL BEETHOVEN: Julian Jacobson plays all 32 Beethoven sonatas from memory at St Martin in the Fields to raise money for Water Aid and Connections homeless charity. You can pop in and see him play throughout the day (free but donations welcome), or go to a ticketed finale in the evening (£15-£50). 9.15am-10pm

FLUTE: Flautist Katherine Bryan performs a lunchtime recital at St Giles in the Fields, with Tim Carey accompanying on piano. £10, just turn up, 1.10pm

LONDON’S LIONS: An illustrated talk and book signing by Valerie Colin-Russ about the huge number and variety of London’s lion statues, at City of Westminster Archives Centre. Free, prebook, 6pm

OCCUPY: On 15 October 2011, Occupy turned up on the steps of St Paul’s after having been denied access to their original target, the London Stock Exchange. David Graeber talks with Laurie Penny about Occupy‘s legacy, successes and failures, at Southbank Centre. £8, prebook, 6pm

FREEDOM: Listen to panellists debate how to make the world a better place, under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Today’s theme is ‘freedom’. Free, just turn up (early arrival recommended), 6.30-8pm

ELÉCTRICO: A "multisensory experince of Portugal" takes place tonight in the cave-like tunnel venue of 22-26 Farringdon Lane, with Portuguese food, sounds and imagery. £21.85, prebook, 7pm

CRAP FILM: The Crap Film Club brings out a stonker tonight – Samurai Cop. Is he a samurai? Is he a cop? Is he even a professional actor? How did this get funded? What possessed anyone to create this? Such are the provocative questions prompted by this film. At The Book Club in Shoreditch. £4.50/£3.50, prebook for cheaper tickets, 7pm

LOVELACE: It's Ada Lovelace Day, the annual celebration of the often under-appreciated contribution of women to science, technology, maths and engineering. Imperial College puts on an evening show featuring talks and demonstrations. £15, prebook, 7pm

LIT: Peter Conradi, who wrote The King’s Speech, is at Daunt Books Marylebone talking about a meeting between FDR and George VI on the eve of WW2. £8, prebook, 7pm

VIRUSES: This month's Cosy Science event sees immunologist Mary Collins speaking at the Marquis of Cornwallis on Marchmont Street about how viruses can be our friends. Free, just turn up, 7pm

ZOOLOGY SHOWOFF: The Grant Museum of Zoology hosts a ‘chaotic cabaret’ night, where staff and fans of 10 different museums in Bloomsbury take to the stage to show off their respective works. £5 suggested donation, just turn up, 7pm

FORGOTTEN HEROES: Gary Younge and Hannah Pool talk about the forgotten heroes of black history, at the Southbank Centre. £10, prebook, 7.45pm

CABARET: Satirical chanteuse Melinda Hughes sings original satirical songs from her Edinburgh Show, backed by the K&T Jazz trio and with special guests Rachel Parris, Michael Legge and Phil Nichol. At The Pheasantry, Chelsea. £12, prebook, 8.30pm

Ticket Alert

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

  • Al Stewart at Royal Albert Hall at 19:00, from £34.50
  • Alison Moyet at Royal Festival Hall at 19:00, from £45.00
  • Miss Face of Africa EU at Indigo 2, at 20:00, from £32.20

Tickets correct as of 2pm  on Monday 14 October.

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


Good Cause of the Day

A Breast Cancer & Beauty event takes place at The Haven, a free support centre for breast cancer patients in London, tonight. Pai Skincare's founder Sarah Brown will talk through the effects of treatments on the skin and practical tips on how to manage them. She will be joined by Jessica Jones, author of the Chemo Chic blog, who will talk about her own experience and share her advice. Free, prebook, 5-6.30pm

London Connection Puzzle

So, a new puzzle starts today, set by last week's winner John Birch. Your first clue is GOAT. As usual, don't write in with guesses yet, but have a ponder at possible answers and wait for clue number two tomorrow.

From the Archive

If you find yourself stuck for a bite to eat in an unknown area of London, this London Restaurant Tube Map from 2012 might come in handy.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Expect a Pimliconic kind of a day. That is to say, like the eponymous London neighbourhood, conditions will be neither exciting nor dismal. A few minor flourishes of weather here and there, but largely unmemorable. Tomorrow will be more like the hurly-burly of neighbouring Victoria, with frequent downpours and squally winds. In other news: it's raining diamonds on Jupiter!