Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 29 October 2013

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Vicious visuals by Matt Lee, at The Make Escape's Craft Night.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at Islington Town Hall. Free, see site for terms and conditions

BADDIEL: It’s been an age since David Baddiel did stand-up: 15 years since his last full-length show, if we’re being exact about this. So catch him at the Southbank Centre. £20, prebook, until 1 November

HALLOWEEN: Spooky screenings, plays, printing Take a look at our Halloween listings for what is on tonight.

PUB CRAWL: The Londonist alphabetical pub crawl reaches part 'S' for Stoke Newington. Join us on the crawl of Stokey's four best pubs (as voted for by readers), starting at the Shakespeare. Email if you want to join us. Free (buy your own beer), prebook, 6.30pm

SCIENCE: Theoretical physicist Dominique Chu gives a Cosy Science talk called 'is it worth doing science?', at the Cittie of Yorke pub in Holborn. Free, just turn up, 7pm

SONGS & STORIES: An interactive family music day explores the real life stories behind songs and lets you create music to perform at Wigmore Hall (£12/£5, just turn up, 10.30am) while later on in the evening, grown ups can enjoy a Debussy concert. £18-£35, prebook, 7.30pm

DRAWING: Campaign for Drawing patron Andrew Marr discusses the role that drawing played in his recent recovery from a stroke and the link between creativity and happiness, with neurologist Paul M Matthews at Charing Cross Hospital. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

SERBIA: David Norris is at the Royal Geographic Society, talking about Serbia's Balkan legacy and European identity. £7/£5, prebook, 6.30pm

IMAGINATION: Uwe Krueger discusses how engineers can use imagination to shape the future and tackle the big problems of the modern age, such as climate change. At the Royal Academy of Engineering in St James. Free, prebook, 6.30-8pm

LIT: Daljit Nagra, storyteller Vayu Naidu and musician Ranjana Ghatak re-imagine the Ramayana at the British Library for the South Asian Literature Festival. £7.50/£5, prebook, 6.30pm

SATIRE: Nicer Tuesdays bring together a selection of speakers each month for short, sharp insights around a chosen theme. Tonight, the theme is "satire" and you can hear a cartoonist, comedian, artist and festival co-founder give their thoughts, at Downstairs at Mother. £10.90, prebook, 7pm

GENEROSITY: Give a bit of your time to listen to panellists debate how to make the world a better place, under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Today’s theme is ‘generosity’. Free, just turn up (early arrival recommended), 7.15-8.45pm

CRAFT: The Make Escape are back at Hackney Attic with a special edition Fright Night of craft workshops. Take part in some monsterbroidery, create freaky fascinators, or knit a ghoulish ghost (although judging by the picture above, they are more sweet than scary). Free, just turn up, from 7.30pm

COMEDY: The Good Ship in Kilburn is the setting for a charity comedy night, to raise money for Glioblastoma Research at UCLH. On the line-up are John Hegley, Thom Tuck, David Mills and more. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

Ticket Alert

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

  • Jessie J at the The O2 at 18:30, from £34.50
  • Lee Nelson at Bloomsbury Theatre at 19:30 from £39.99
  • Daughter at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire at 19:00, from £49.99

Tickets were correct as of 1pm Monday 28 October

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


Good Cause of the Day

Get on yer bike and pedal for charity with Cyclebeat's City Bike Battle on 14 November. The event invites teams from all over the City of London to ride against each other in Cyclebeat's indoor studio to find out who has the strongest cyclist, with cutting-edge performance technology displaying each team's power and energy on the "Beatboard". All the money raised will go directly to HOPEHIV who support children and young people across seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa who have been orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS. Register online, Thursday 14 November from midday.

London Connection Puzzle

This week's puzzle is set by Ed Catmur, winner of last week's competition. His first clue is MERCEDES. The second clue will be revealed tomorrow, so please wait for that before emailing a solution...but have a think about what it might be in advance.

From the Archive

It has been two years since the Olympic Park's Orbit Tower reached completion. It still looks a bit like a Thorpe Park ride to us.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

There's plenty of weather still milling about, but today will be much calmer and less pissy. The mild temperatures we've been enjoying have totally gone for a Burton, so you'll want to don a jumper, cardigan or similar warmth-giving raiment. We'll get some rain in the afternoon, though it'll be fairly light; unless it's heavy, in which case it'll be heavy. In summary: even Derren Brown has no idea what the weather gods have in store.