Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 8 October 2013

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Jay Foreman conducts an hour of musical wizardry, details below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Lambeth Town Hall, Brewers Hall in the City of London, and Cathedral Hall in Victoria. Free, see site for terms and conditions

PHOTOGRAPHY: Hayward Gallery presents an exhibition covering the life of Dayanita Singh, one of today's foremost photographers. £12.75, prebook, until 15 December

GOING UNDERGROUND: A new exhibition at The Crystal in Royal Victoria Dock, Going Underground, examines the future of underground rail transport in London. Free, just turn up, until 7 December

SELFIES: Fancy winning an iPhone 5S with Moonfruit? All you need to do is snap a selfie in front of their new tube ad. Here is how to enter, or take a look here for some snap-happy Londoners who are already in with a chance of winning. Competition closes midnight tonight

EXISTENCE: What does it mean to exist? Assuming he's real, Tim Crane talks at London School of Economics about the slippery nature of existence. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

WILD ART: James Brett, founder of the Museum of Everything, and street-art dealer and curator Stephen Lazarides join David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro to discuss Wild Art, the topic of their new book. £10/£8, prebook, 6.45pm

LAZY LONDON: Upstairs at The Yorkshire Grey on Theobalds Road is a talk on the Welsh Assembly’s Active Travel Bill, and what differences a similar introduction would make to England and the capital. Free, just turn up, 7pm

COMEDY: Comedy Cafe offers two cheap laughs this evening: Alex Dubus talks UFOs and bean festivals (£3), while Luke Benson & Carly Smallman discuss their respective life adventures (£5). Prebook, both at 7pm

SEXY HISTORY: History in the Pub returns to the upstairs room of The Bell tonight (Spitalfields), as Wellcome Library's Lesley Hall discusses the history of sexually transmitted disease in London. Londonist editor Matt Brown hosts, with the usual mix of quizzery, anecdotes, prize draw and an open mic session for anyone who wants to share their own historical anecdotes. £5, prebook, 7pm start

GIG: Experimental folk group Tunng formed in London 10 years ago, and tonight they perform at Heaven. £16.40, prebook, 7pm

INJUSTICE: Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith has tales of corruption, prejudice and ineptitude from his book Injustice, at the Southbank Centre. £8, prebook, 7pm

FUNMUSIC: If you enjoyed Jay’s song about all the tube stations (we did), then get yourself to the Pleasance tonight, for an hour of adorable musical wizardry. £7, prebook, 7.30pm

SAUNDERS: We don’t want to be cynical about this, and we’re sure her book is very funny, but we must be approaching Christmas: celebrity memoirs are coming out. Jennifer Saunders launches hers at the Southbank Centre. £15/£12/£25 inc book, prebook, 7.30pm

PRE-HALLOW: Liars’ League is getting in early for Hallowe'en with stories at the Phoenix. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

WEIRD SCIENCE: This 80s classic sci-fi comedy film screens at Roxy Bar & Screen tonight, with a free cocktail included to celebrate London Cocktail Week. £7, 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:

  • Radio 1Xtra Live, Eventim Apollo at 19.00, from £17.26
  • Bruno Mars, The Moonshine Jungle World Tour, The O2 at 19.00, from £51.76
  • Al Murray Live, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire at 19.30, from £23.00

*Please note these prices are correct as of 12pm on Monday 7 October

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


Good Cause of the Day

Together Against Cancer is a charity dedicated to helping cancer patients, supporting research into methods of treating cancer, and helping provide support to those institutions that continue the fight against cancer. On Saturday 19 October you can learn a bit more about the charity at the Together Against Cancer Conference, held at the People’s Palace, Queen Mary University. There will be eminent speakers, holistic experts, lunch and refreshments. £55 (includes lunch), prebook, 19 October from 9.30am

London Connection Puzzle

A new puzzle starts today. Your first clue-word is ARCHWAY. Please wait till clue two, tomorrow, before writing in with a guess, but you can get thinking what the connection might be.

From the Archive

The mysterious case of the Hero of Barnet Breeches Incident, a look at the history of London Street Food, London Transport Museum's Acton Depot in pictures and a giant inflatable rabbit in Covent Garden. All on 8 October over the years.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Today's sky furniture is pretty much identical to yesterday's: mists, clouds and occasional wheezes of sunshine. But look out for a flock of geese, shaped like a squatting nun, as it passes over west London around 12.43pm.