Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 30 October 2013

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Tsuumi Sound System are at the London International Festival of Exploratory Music.


JEWISH FILM: The 17th Jewish Film Festival kicks off today in locations around the UK. Take a look at our round-up of what's happening in the capital. Until 17 November

VOILA: The Cockpit Theatre brings the language of love to the capital with VOILA! — a festival that celebrates French-language artists and theatre companies in London. See website for more details, until 10 November

FINNISH MUSIC: Try out some aural exploration at the London International Festival of Exploratory Music, where some of Finland’s finest traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and electronic music will be explored over four days. Until 2 November

TEA TIME: A half-term family treat can be found at Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, with a children's show inspired by the games that families play around the dinner table. £13.50/£9.50, prebook, until 2 November

HALLOWEEN: Spooky markets, ragged museums, ghost walks and fibbing phantoms. Take a look at our Halloween listings for what is on tonight.

EXTREME MAKEOVER: Explore and then transform the 1930s HQ of the Royal Institute of British Architects. A family workshop invites you to make 2D or 3D versions of an imagined building. Free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

THEATRE WRITING: The National Theatre looks to the future in a series of platform events, the first of which focuses on theatre writing. £4/£3, prebook, 5.45pm

COMEDY AND CURRY: Laugh and belch in equal measures at The Gallery Cafe's comedy and (veggie) curry night in Bethnal Green. £10 (or £5 if you only want to see the show), just turn up, food from 7pm

FRIENDSHIP: Author and philosopher AC Grayling is at Waterstones Hampstead talking friendship (and his new book, Friendship). £6/£4, just turn up, 7pm

SPACE: Another excellent Science Museum late, this time focusing on space (including a multimedia dance installation that the audience can influence). Free, just turn up, from 7pm

TRANSPORT: The fantastic Homework team (Ross Sutherland, Joe Dunthorne, Luke Wright, Tim Clare, John Osborne) take up the theme of transport at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

HORROR FILM QUIZ: Test your nerves and your horror film knowledge at You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat's Halloween Special, at the Assembly House pub in Kentish Town. £4, just turn up, 7.30pm

SCHNITTKE'S FUTURE: The London Philharmonic Orchestra is at the Royal Festival Hall to perform Alfred Schnittke's Symphony No. 1. £9-£65, prebook, 7.30pm

SCARY FUNNY: The Invisible Dot brings you "the most ghoulish, demonic, and spellbinding acts around" up until Halloween. Tonight you can see Cariad Lloyd, Fergus Craig, Jamie Demetriou, Mat Ewins and more. £10, prebook, 7.45pm

Ticket Alert

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

  • Pigeon Detectives at KOKO at 19:00, from £16.10
  • Jessie J at the The O2 at 18:30, from £36.23
  • Jason Manford at Eventim Apollo at 19:30 from £47.16

Tickets were correct as of 2pm Tuesday 29 October

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


Good Cause of the Day

In the run up to World AIDS Day, Starfish Greathearts Foundation — a charity that works with children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa — hosts a Wine Tasting on the evening of Thursday 14 November. Following an introduction from legendary South African wine writer Dave Hughes, you will be able to enjoy canapés and taste your way through wines of the world. £25 (includes all wine and canapés), prebook, 14 November at 6pm

London Connection Puzzle

Yesterday's clue was MERCEDES. Today's is REDOUBT. Spotted the London connection? Email if you think you have it. EDIT: someone has now guessed this correctly, so no need to write in.

From the Archive

Do you drink with Prime Ministers, Poet Laureates and philosophers of an eve? Well here are some London pubs named after sort-of famous people, so if you don't already then you soon can.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Today's forecast — for no other reason than personal boredom — is written in anagrams. See if you can unscramble each sentence to give the morning, afternoon and night-time forecasts. Or don't. I really don't care, and you probably have better things to do.

Bristly thatch girl. Rewashes with Mr Row. Given anal liner.