Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 9 October 2013

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Try a cocktail in the Beluga Siberian Express 'carriage', details below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at St Olave Parish Hall on Fenchurch Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions

FILM: The London Film Festival kicks off today with 235 feature films and 134 short films from 57 countries all around the world. Check out our picks here. Until 20 October.

COCKTAILS: Join the cocktail train this week as a Siberian Express-style carriage is resident at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant in Covent Garden, for London Cocktail Week. Free, just turn up, until 13 October

3-D PRINTING: This technology is very hot right now. We know, because of the sheer number of exhibitions of 3-D printing that have opened in the past year or two. The latest is in the Science Museum's Antenna Gallery, with examples of replacement body parts, avionics and art works. Free, just turn up, until 10 July 2014

ABOLITION: A free talk about Abolition and the Clapham Sect takes place at Morley College as part of Black History Month. Free, just turn up, 5.45pm

GIN: Be led through gins ancient and modern in a Gin Renaissance Tasting at Fortnum & Mason. Sample gin from Dodds, Sipsmith, Strathearn Distillery, Monkey 47, Harrington, Tanqueray Rangpur and Hendrick’s, plus receive a cocktail of your choosing. £25, prebook, 6.30pm-8pm

KREMLIN: Discover the secret history of Russia's most famous building in a talk at London School of Economics by Catherine Merridale. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

IDENTITY: A panel discussion at the Institute of Contemporary Arts looks into the myriad ways hidden identities impact on creative practices, as well as the ways in which they appear in our daily lives. £10/£8, prebook, 6.45pm

FINANCE: STIR Magazine‘s Autumn launch at Housman’s Bookshop focuses on the alternatives and possible innovations to our financial system, with guest speakers. £3, just turn up, 7pm

LIT: The Wood Green Literary Festival takes place this weekend, but you can warm up to it by chatting with the editors of Smoke: a London Peculiar at The Big Green Bookshop. £3, prebook, 7pm

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY: If you love tracing London's hidden histories, we can't recommend more highly that you go watch the Align show at Bridewell Theatre. Psychogeography with a haunting live soundtrack. £10, prebook, 7pm

GIG: We recommend you try and get tickets to see Mariam The Believer perform at intimate set at St Pancras Old Church tonight. £11, prebook, 7pm

FAREWELL GIG: Texan pop-punkers Bowling for Soup play their last ever UK show tonight at Union Chapel. Somehow, there are still tickets left. £21.25, prebook, 7pm

MEMOIR: Penelope Lively discusses her memoir, or ‘view from old age’, Ammonites and Leaping Fish at Keats House. £5, prebook, 7pm

MORRIS DANCING: If you fancy giving this traditional English folk dance a whirl, then pop down to Napier Hall on Hyde Place for an open night with Westminster Morris Men. Open to all. Free, just turn up, from 7.45pm

GHOST STORIES: Cabaret Roulette at Madame Jojo’s is a new type of cabaret experience, in which eight established artists of disparate styles are given two months in which to create a new act based on a theme chosen by the audience. Tonight’s theme: Ghost Stories. £12/£10, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: Our reaction to Max & Ivan’s last show was that it was just “too good for human words“. We haven’t seen the new one yet but we trust them enough to still recommend their high-paced sketches. At the Soho Theatre. £10-£17.50, prebook, 8.45pm

Ticket Alert

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

  • Crosby, Stills and Nash, London Royal Albert Hall at 19.00, from £46.00
  • Hysteria, Hampstead Theatre at 19.30, from £75.00
  • An Evening with Matt Goss, Café de Paris, London at 19.00, from £57.49

*Please note these prices are correct as of 11.30am on Tuesday 8 October

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


Good Cause of the Day

Know your Sancerre from your Sauvignon Blanc? Join the British Red Cross on 1 November for a wine tasting in the style of game show Call My Bluff. Held at Glaziers Hall in London Bridge, the evening starts with a drinks reception featuring views over the Thames, before the tasting begins in the banqueting hall. The tastings will also be accompanied by cheeses, breads and fruit. And all for a good cause. £45, prebook, Friday 1 November from 6.30pm

London Connection Puzzle

Yesterday's clue was ARCHWAY. Today's is HATTON CROSS. What's the London connection? If you think you have it, email EDIT: A couple of people have now guessed it, so no need to write in.

From the Archive

On this day last year we published, as part of a London financial market series, a guide to the capital's derivatives market. How grown-up. Although, on this day in 2008 we published a pun-tastic article about Big Ben as a phallic wonder of the world. So, you know. Swings and roundabouts.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

The slow, inexorable march to winter begins today, as temperatures drop noticeably. Time to dust down your medium-thick jacket. Leave your proper-thick chunkster coat on the peg for now, though. Let's not get giddy. The temperature will still be in the mid-teens, and we wouldn't want you sweating like a horse in a wookie costume.