Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 16 October 2013

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Zhang Enli, Space Painting (2013). Institute of Contemporary Arts, London © Zhang Enli, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and ShanghART Gallery. Photo: Mark Blower


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at the Sainsbury's on Dog Kennel Hill and the Church of Jesus Christ LDS in Walworth. Free, see site for terms and conditions

ART: Paul Klee brings his witty and inventive paintings to the Tate Modern in a new major exhibition. £16.50/£14.50, just turn up, until 9 March 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY: Paris at Dawn London at Dawn is a new exhibition in St Pancras International showing early morning photography in the two cities. The exhibition, outside Foyles, supports two books, recently published, showing the same. Free, just turn up, until 30 October

WALL ART: Shanghai-based artist Zhang Enli transforms the Institute of Contemporary Arts Theatre with a painting that covers the entire floor and walls. Free, just turn up, until 22 December

WATER ART: Photographer Edward Burtynsky takes on the theme of water in a spectacular-looking exhibition at Flowers Gallery. Free, just turn up, until 12 November

DAVID WEIR: Meet the British wheelchair athlete who won no less than six gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, at Waterstones Canary Wharf. Free, just turn up (early arrival recommended), 12.30pm

PARLIAMENT: Attend an open lecture in the Houses of Parliament where Dr Caroline Shenton, author of The Day Parliament Burned Down, tells the story of the day in 1834 when a great blaze ripped through the House of Parliament. Free, prebook, 2.30-4pm

JAZZ: Kavuma/Fox quintet features some of the UK’s finest young, jazz talent (all successful and busy musicians on the circuit). They are playing bop, jazz and some original material at Foyles on Charing Cross Road. Free, just turn up, 6-7pm

POETRY: Explore the poetry of Vladimir Nabakov with Poet in the City at Waterstones Piccadilly. £9.50/£7.50, prebook, 6.30pm

TEQUILA & CHOCOLATE: To celebrate Chocolate Week 2013, AquaRiva tequila queen Cleo Rocos and chocolate king Paul A Young present an evening of tasting, pairing and discovery. £60, prebook, 7-9pm

CATS: Cat lovers make a purr-line for West Hampstead where Tom Cox is talking about The Good, The Bad and The Purry at West End Lane Books. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

MUSIC UNDERGROUND: Internationally acclaimed virtuosos, Harriet Mackenzie (violin) and Mexican Morgan Szymanski (guitar), perform tangos to traditional Romanian dances, underground in the Thames Tunnel shaft at the Brunel Museum. £12 / £10 if prebooked, 7.30pm

WIKILEAKS: Public Concern at Work is the UK whistleblowing charity, and tonight they present a fundraising screening of We Steal Secrets — The Story of Wikileaks at Roxy Bar & Screen. £20 suggested donation, prebook, 7.30pm

KITCHEN FILM: Oxjam and Frenz team up at Strongroom Bar on Curtain Road to screen The People’s Kitchen, a film about a small group of people who challenge food waste. Followed by live music from Paul Mosley and Pelvic Floor. Free, just turn up, 7.30-11pm

STONE TEMPLE: The Moot With No Name is at Temple Bar with Andrew Collins, to discuss Gobekli Tepe – the oldest stone temple in Turkey. £3/£2, just turn up, 8pm

COMEDY: Gina Yashere’s been in Los Angeles for a while, but you can catch her at Jackson’s Lane for two nights from tonight. £13/£11, prebook, 8pm

GREEKONOMICS: Confused about the Greek economic crisis? Not sure what’s happening with the Euro? Manos Kanellos can help if you go along to the Leicester Square Theatre. £7, prebook, 9pm

Ticket Alert

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

  • Book of Mormon at Prince of Wales Theatre at 14:30, from £47.50
  • MGMT at Forum at 19:00, from £22.50
  • Tom Hadley at Royal Albert Hall, at 19:00, from £55.00

Tickets correct as of 2pm on Tuesday 15 October.

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


Good Cause of the Day

Brain & Spine Foundation is a charity committed to providing information and support to people living with neurological conditions across the UK. They put on a variety of fundraising events across the UK year-round and at the moment, Londoners can sign up to run for them in the 2014 London Marathon. With professional physio support, competitions and parties there are plenty of good reasons to get involved.

Whatever your chosen charity, you might still be able to enter the 2014 London Marathon as a charity entry. Visit the website for more details.

London Connection Puzzle

Yesterday's clue was GOAT. Today's is RAM. Spotted the connection? Email if you've got it. (If you're reading this in the email, check the site first to see if someone's already got it.)

From the Archive

On 16 October 2011, London photographer Tyla Arabas shared some of her favourite street portraits of Londoners with us.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Today, you'll need a meteorological Swiss army knife, which includes a fog horn (breakfast), an umbrella (lunch) and sunglasses (early evening). Still no use for that oddly shaped blade that helps get the stones out of horses hooves.