Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 7 November 2013

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See large-scale canvas panels by painter Stanley Spencer


SCULPTURE: The Royal Academy of Arts' Burlington Gardens is the setting for comprehensive survey of work by the sculptor Bill Woodrow RA. £8/£5, prebook, until 16 February 2014

BRITISH PAINTER: A series of large-scale canvas panels by painter Stanley Spencer is on display at Somerset House from today, depicting poignant scenes of wartime experiences. Free, just turn up, until 26 January 2014

IROQUOIS: Len Taphouse, author of The Spirit of the Iroquois, is at Guildhall Library to give a potted history of the ‘Iroquois’ and the ‘Navahoe’, otherwise known as the ‘horse and cart of the Atlantic’ — an historical experiment of one tanker that was built specifically to tow another. Free, prebook, 2pm

GALLERY LATE: Based around The Courthauld Gallery’s latest exhibition The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure, this late opening allows you to explore the main collection, enjoy live music, cocktails and art workshops. £6/£5 (or get in for free if you dress up as your favourite artist), just turn up, 6-9pm

SARAH MILLICAN: We love Sarah Millican. She sometimes does new material try-out nights in small London venues and we have never, ever, been quick enough to get a ticket. Damnit. At least she's at the Hammersmith Apollo. From £28.25, prebook, 6.30pm

MAGIC MIRROR: Sarah Pucill's film Magic Mirror combines a re-staging of the French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun’s black and white photographs with selected extracts from her book Aveux Non Avenus, screening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. £5, prebook, 6.45pm

1993: Prince thought it was all about 1999, but the under-represented 1993 gets a look in tonight as Epoch bring theatrical retellings of 1993 to the Vaults in Waterloo. £12/£10, prebook, 7pm

WELL-CRAFTED QUIZ: Mark Mason, author of The Importance of Being Trivial, hosts a specially crafted trivia quiz at The Proud Archivist near Kingsland Basin. £2 per person, prebook, 7pm

VOLCANO: Head to Shoreditch Town Hall for a part performance, part school science experiment that follows the story of a pilot grounded during the Eyjafjallajökull ash cloud in April 2010. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

ELECTRONICA: The International Festival of Spectral Music hosts a night of electronic music at Conway Hall. £10.50, prebook, 7.30pm

ANIMATION: 17 short animation films screen at St John's Church as part of the Crystal Palace International Film Festival. £5, prebook, 7.45pm

BURLESQUE: British burlesque star Immodesty Blaize performs with special guests and variety acts at Hoxton Hall for its 150th birthday fundraising season. Tickets from £55, prebook, 8pm CORRECTION: This happens tomorrow, Friday 8 November.

Good Cause of the Day

The Disney Store is donating presents to children’s charities across the UK this Christmas. The Share in the Magic campaign encourages visitors to write a letter to Santa and post it into "Mickey’s Magical Postbox". For each letter to Santa posted in the postbox, central London based Disney stores will donate a soft toy to a child at Great Ormond Street Hospital, with other nationwide Disney Stores donating soft toys to a variety of local children’s charities. Visit the website for more details on the campaign and charities involved.

London Connection Puzzle

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From the Archive

Autumn is a lovely season, and as this picture from 2010 shows, it was just as lovely three years ago as it is today.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Today's forecast is written in the Footballer's Tense.

So, I've looked up, and I've seen that the clouds are coming in from the west, and, you know, I've thought 'oh dear, here we go again'. But all credit to the cold front. It's put us under a lot of pressure. You know, the boys' done well and managed to hold back the rain for much of the first half. But towards the middle of the second, I've noticed that we've, you know, lost a bit of pace. So I've come in, made a few changes of clothes, and opened me brolly, you know, just as a volley of rain hit my technical area. At the end of the day, the lads have given 110 percent chance of downpours from start to finish. You can't legislate for stuff like that, can you Brian?