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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
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
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
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 http://bit.ly/1fW7Jah
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.