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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at London Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf, Ilford Town Hall, Brookside Methodist Church in East Barnet and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.
POETRY FESTIVAL: Ealing Autumn Festival kicks off today, inspired by the 450th anniversary of the birth of astronomer Galileo Galilei. There will be opera, concerts, films, drama, poetry, new visual art and family events: browse the programme online. Most of the events are ticketed, festival runs in different venues across Ealing. Until 26 October
COCKTAILS: Don't forget, it's London Cocktail Week. Overwhelmed by choice? Take a look at our guide for a nudge in the right direction.
DESIGN EXHIBITION: A Good Design? opens today at Chelsea Space. This exhibition traces the development of the Experiment in Design Appreciation scheme, showcasing examples of ‘good design’ that were circulating in secondary London schools between 1951 and 1977. Free until 31 October — for more exhibitions to enjoy this month, see our October art listing.
POWER WALK: Survey the London's landscape of power with Rosie Oliver from Dotmaker Tours. By walking around Fleet Street, St Paul's and The Strand you will investigate the capital's users and abusers of authority. Meeting point is Somerset House riverside terrace, by the war memorial. £15/£10, prebook, 11am
WAR POETRY: The British Library marks a century of war poetry. Poet and writer Owen Sheers introduces an evening of readings. Special guests are Andrew Motion and Sabrina Mahfouz. The evening covers both historic work, such as that of Isaac Rosenberg, and more contemporary writing. £8/£5, prebook, 6.30pm
THREE NATIONS: Poets from three nations (New Zealand, Britain and Australia) read their work at Birkbeck University of London, in an event organised by the New Zealand Studies Network. The poets are Peter Bland, Kevin Ireland, Adrian Caesar and Paul McLoughlin. Free,prebook, 6.30pm
COMICS PARTY: Gosh! Comics in Soho hosts a party for the launch of Tiny Pencil comic new edition. During the night there will be live sketching, goody bags and giveaways for purchases made on the night and, of course, drinks. Free, just turn up, from 7pm
LIVE MUSIC: Head to The Montague Arms in New Cross for an evening of free music. On stage will be Tweed & Hyenas, Little Liar, King Of Hearts and True Collectives. Free, just turn up, from 7.30pm
MORE COMEDY: Amused Moose Comedy folk are launching a new show tonight at the Sanctum Hotel in Soho. The show is hosted by Alex Zane who introduces to the stage Danny Ward, Jen Brister, Lloyd Griffith and special guests. £12.50, prebook, 8.15pm
DAN NICHOLAS: Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dan Nicholas (shortlisted for the 2013 BBC New Comedy Award) hosts a chat show where he interviews you, the audience. He will be joined by his co-hosts Lewys Holt and Jack Britton — the event takes place at the Ectetera Theatre. £6.50+bf, prebook, 9.30pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Book your tickets now for Roar with Laughter comedy gig happening on Friday 17 October, and help fundraise to help ZSL London Zoo. The event takes place at the Eventim Apollo Theatre, acts confirmed are Seann Walsh, David O'Doherty, Sean Lock, Ed Byrne, Stewart Lee, Lucy Porter, Phil Nichol and Greg Burns. £15, prebook, 6.30pm
From the Archive
From our series 'Dining Beyond Zone 1', around this time last year we tried The Earl Derby restaurant: here is why you should try it.