Things To Do In London Today: Monday 4 November 2013

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The School of the Imagination at Barbican


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are outside County Hall on Belvedere Road, Bishopsgate Institute and Brewers Hall in the City of London. Free, see site for terms and conditions

SKATING: The Broadgate ice rink opens today in its new location on Exchange Square, two minutes from Liverpool Street (the usual venue in Broadgate Circle is currently fenced off while it's 'regenerated into an exciting new retail, leisure and food destination'). If you fancy ice skating elsewhere in the capital, here's our winter rink round-up. Check individual websites for details.

WRITING PLATFORM: A day of events featuring Nikesh Shukla, Philip Hensher, Gemma Seltzer and more, plus a mini-fair for writers with the Writing Platform at Rich Mix. £44/£39, prebook, from 10am

THEATRE FUNDING: The National Theatre looks to the future in a series of platform events, the first of which focuses on theatre funding (tomorrow, it’s all about regional theatre). £4/£3, prebook, 5.45pm

ART: Curious Duke Gallery is the setting for a panel discussion and Q&A about the relationship between artist and gallerist, led by two gallery directors and Londonist’s own (and bloody brilliant if we may say so ourselves) Tabish Khan. Free, prebook, 6-8pm. Now sold out

HOLLYWOOD & HITLER: Learn about Hollywood’s dealings with Nazi Germany from author Ben Urwand, who reveals the complex web of interactions that were weaved in the 1930s, at the Wiener Library. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

IMAGINATION: Artist Marcus Coates discusses his recent film project, The School of the Imagination at Barbican. Hear from the participants of the project and take part in a Q&A afterwards. £9.50/£8.50/£7.50, prebook, 6.30pm

FRANK PICK'S LONDON: Frank Pick changed the face of London in the 20th century as managing director of the Underground in the 1920s and the first chief executive of London Transport from 1933-40. Find out about his passion, designs and impact at a talk at London Transport Museum. £10/£8, prebook, 6.30pm

QUANTUM COMPUTERS: Winning the ‘niche subject’ award for this week’s listings, this public lecture at University College London sees computer scientist Peter Shor discussing “error correction for quantum computers”. Free, just turn up, 6.45pm

VAMPYRE WRITERS: Andrew Stott is back, this time in Richmond to talk about The Vampyre Family: Byron, Polidori and the Shelleys. £8/£6.50, 7pm

Good Cause of the Day

Rock Against Violence returns to the O2 Academy Islington for a second year on Wednesday 20 November with an exciting new line-up of artists all performing to raise vital funds for domestic and sexual violence charity Solace Women's Aid, whose life-saving services are provided throughout London. Award-winning comedian and MC Joe Borr will host, with performances from Meisha, Millie Manders, Hunter & The Bear, and Jake Morley. £10/£8, prebook, 20 November from 6.30pm

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to last week's winner, Michael Hewson, who correctly identified that Aurora, Mercedes, Redoubt and Vincia are all working boats permanently stationed on the Thames — the former two are Thames Clippers, the latter two are tugs. Michael will set this week's puzzle, which begins tomorrow.

From the Archive

Here is a lovely video we published in 2011, showing how London looks through a bus window. And, for balance, here are some eggs.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

We're heading into winter, for sure. The temperature will be somewhere between 'A bit nippy' and 'A bit parky' on the Attlee Scale of Abstruse British Weather Remarks — though we've a long way to go before the dial turns all the way past 'Brass Monkeys cold' and 'Frigging cold' to 'Full-on bastard cold'. Otherwise, a windy but sunny day with more emails than usual, and a three-second power cut around 12.