Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 12 November 2013

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Catch Dublin-based rock band The Riptide Movement at The Garage tonight.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Islington Town Hall and Bishopsgate Institute. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

ART: Two new exhibits open at Tate Britain today — Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists which looks at five artists' responses to the specific practice of painting, and a display of works by sculptor Alison Wildling.

WELLBEING: A programme of performances, debates and workshops focusing on health and wellbeing takes place this week, with Arts of Wellbeing Festival. Today there's a free origami workshop, Dance for Dementia class and various talks. Visit the website for full listings, until 15 November

POLISH MUSIC: Yamaha Music London and the Polish Cultural Institute have teamed up to produce Polish Music Week at Yamaha's central Soho location. See free concerts every day from a variety of London-based, Polish musicians. Free, prebook, until 15 November

LONDON PUBS: City Guide Tim Kidd gives an illustrated talk at Guildhall Library about the vital part the City of London’s pubs have played in the development of London as an international financial centre. Free (followed by an optional walk for £10), prebook, 2pm

MARR ON DRAWING: Andrew Marr discusses his short book about drawing, at Foyles. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

TODAY'S GIG: Today's music tip (we have one for each day this week), as recommended by our friends at LondonGigGuide, is Dublin-based rock band The Riptide Movement, who perform at The Garage tonight. £8, prebook, 7pm

SPACE: Tracy Metz, author and journalist on urban and spatial issues, speaks at the Dutch Centre about architecture, urban development and landscape. £5/£3, prebook, 7pm

POETRY: Actors including Fresh Meat’s Zawe Ashton, Lindsay Duncan and Paterson Joseph read from the Forward Book of Poetry 2014 at the Bush Theatre for the Brook Green Festival of Books. £10, prebook, 7pm

YOUTH MUSIC: Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall sees 3,000 of the UK’s best young musicians take to the stage over three days, with a different theme each evening. Tonight, it’s ‘Transformation’. £5-£28.75, prebook, 7pm

SPOKEN WORD: Poetry, open-mic, spoken word and food are on offer at Passing Clouds in Dalston, for a night to raise awareness of Congo's conflict minerals. £7, prebook, 7pm

PLATE-MAKING: Create your own piece of art at The Book Club in Shoreditch. Pick from a selection of vintage plates and Lou Rota-designed decals, get applying (tools and instruction provided), then take your creation home. £26.28, prebook, 7pm

ADLERIAN PSYCHOLOGY: Head to Conway Hall for a lecture on Adlerian psychology and how having a future vision (or "guided fiction") can assist in emotional recovery. £7/£4, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Holly Walsh headlines Laugh Out London in Islington along with satirist Andy Zaltzman, Pappy Matthew Crosby and Edinburgh newcomer nominee Aisling Bea – at the Old Queen’s Head. £8/£6.60, prebook, 8pm

Good Cause of the Day

International charity Health Poverty Action, which works to improve the health of poor people in Africa, Asia and Latin America by tackling the root causes of poverty, presents a screening of the Sundance Award-Winning film A River Changes Course, at Whirled Cinema in Brixton. A film about three Cambodian families who struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life in the face of rapid development, the screening will be followed by a talk by the charity's Asian Programme Officer. £10/£5, prebook, 6.30pm *Now sold out*

London Connection Puzzle

A new puzzle begins today, courtesy of last week's winner, Thomas Ogilvie. His first clue is KEMPT. Please wait for the second clue, tomorrow, before emailing in a possible connection.

From the Archive

What do you think came out of the New River Tunnel when it was given its first proper clean out in 54 years? Also, Happy Birthday London Overground!

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Wet, cold and bleak. Indeed, almost as miserable as this miserable little ham sandwich of misery, which a friend of a friend procured from Costcutter some months ago. Miserable.


Do you have a sandwich, snack or sweetmeat you'd like to tenuously compare to the weather? If so, send snaps to, with subject line Snackly Attlee.