Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 19 November 2013

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After Tiller screens at Genesis Cinema in Mile End tonight, details below.


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

UCLOO: Know your shit? Well you will soon, as UCLoo Festival is part of an international day of action, World Toilet Day, and over two weeks will feature a working ecological toilet, innovative toilet models, loo tours and a toilet film festival. Until 3 December

FILM: If you were too busy checking your phone to catch Hollywood blockbuster The Social Network when it first came out three years ago, then here is another chance to see it on the big screen, at Institute of Contemporary Arts. £6, prebook, 6.30pm

WOMEN: Rachel Cooke talks to Viv Groskop about 10 extraordinary women of the 1950s, at Foyles. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

DICKENS: London was a constant backdrop to Dickens' early work, but the capital's neighbour Kent also featured heavily. Peter Clark talks about what Kent meant to Dickens, at Belgravia Books. Free, 6.30pm

TOGETHER: Give a bit of your time to listen to panellists debate how to make the world a better place, under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Today’s theme is ‘together’. Free, just turn up (early arrival recommended), 6.30-8pm

KING OF THE UNDERGROUND: By 1914 Edgar Speyer, co-founder and chair of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (UERL), controlled London's entire transport system. Tony Lentin discusses his life and work at London Transport Museum tonight. £10/£8, prebook, 6.30-8pm

PAST AND FUTURE LIFE: Dr Paul Upchurch presents the latest fossil evidence at the Grant Museum’s 17th annual Grant Lecture, exploring the relationship between animals and climate change and how this might impact on our future. Free, just turn up, 6.30-9pm

DOC: Abortion Support Network and Education for Choice present a screening of After Tiller, a documentary that spends time with the only four doctors in the United States who performed third trimester abortions in the wake of the murder of George Tiller. At Genesis Cinema in Mile End. £10, prebook, 7-10pm

THEATRE: Earwig, a one-act black comedy by playwright Fraser McFarlane is at the London College of Music for a pay-what-you-can performance. £whatever you want!, just turn up, 8pm

COMEDY KNIGHTS: Ben Target – anarchic, warped, clever – headlines the Brixton end of this multi-venue club night. Others on the bill are Paul F Taylor, Nathaniel Metcalfe, Dangerous T, Tom Toal and James Shakeshaft. £6, prebook, 8pm

GIG: Today’s music tip (we have a selection of them this week), as recommended by our friends at LondonGigGuide, is English singer-songwriter Rose Elinor Dougall at Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green. £6, prebook, 8pm

Good Causes of the Day

Howard Marks, ex-international drug smuggler who avoided the grasp of international law enforcement for two decades, performs his new show Smuggler, Prisoner, Scribe at Leicester Square Theatre in aid of Crisis — the national charity for single homeless people. £16, prebook, 8pm

Or celebrate the festive season at the City of London Christmas Market at the iconic Guildhall, in aid of the British Red Cross. Sample over 100 stalls, including unique gifts from the City of London’s livery companies, and it's open to the public for one day only. Free, just turn up, 10.30am-8pm

London Connection Puzzle

A new puzzle begins today, set by Londonist editor Matt Brown. Your first clue-phrase is JOHN BETJEMAN. Don't email in until the second clue, but have a think about possible associations.

From the Archive

On this day last year we shared images of this rather informal phone box shrine to Sherlock Holmes in Smithfield. Do you believe?

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

They say you shouldn't stare directly at the Sun. It is a tawdry newspaper and likely to corrupt. But its heavenly namesake is difficult to miss this morning, brightening the skies with a lucent majesty and bedazzling anyone heading in a south-east direction. But a barrage of photons do not a warm day make, and you'll need to wrap up tight against the early winter frost. In summary: Squinty McShivers.