Things To Do In London: Friday 24 October 2014

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Patrick Cannon's "Wapping to Wharf" is one of many pieces on show at Parallax Art Fair


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at City Temple on Holborn Viaduct, Asda in Charlton and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

ART FAIR: Parallax Art Fair begins at Chelsea Town Hall today, exhibiting over 3,000 pieces of fine, decorative and applied arts from 200 international artists. There is a 0% commission fee, so expect prices lower than usual. Free, prebook, 1pm-6pm

MUSIC AND WORDS: Daniel Evans and Sian Thomas read a selection of writing by the late poet Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin, to mark his centenary. They will be accompanied by new music from wind and string quintet The Kane Players. £4/£3, prebook, 6pm

WINE TASTING: Call my Bluff is a wine tasting event in aid of the British Red Cross. It takes place at Glaziers Hall near London Bridge. Participants try eight wines, and for each one, three different 'experts' give a description of the wine. But who is telling the truth and who is bluffing? £45, prebook, 6.30pm

TALES OF TERROR: As part of British Library’s Gothic Terror season, Crick Crack Club and world-renowned storytellers Jan Blake and TUUP host an adult storytelling evening (14+ years) of sorcery, bloodsucking, and shape-shifting. £8/£6/£5, prebook, 6.30pm

UNIVERSITY TALK: For Black History Month, Birkbeck University in Stratford hosts a talk about the Black Experience in World War One. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

SUPPER CLUB: Head to Guest Projects near Broadway Market for a three course meal based on a fusion of East African and Middle Eastern food. Two drinks and a craft activity also included. £30, prebook, 7pm

KNOCK2BAG COMEDY: The regular comedy show is back at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. The line-up includes Edinburgh Comedy Award 2014 nominee Romesh Ranganathan, Best Newcomer Award 2014 winner Alex Edelman plus Beth Vyse, Evelyn Mok, Will Adamsdale and Tom Davis as host. £12/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

ORCHESTRA CONCERT: Chetam's Symphony Orchestra performs its debut concert at Milton Court in Barbican. Tune of choice? Tchaikovsky’s final symphony. £10-£20, prebook, 7.30pm

CLAIRE BLOOM: The actress, whose theatre roles have included A Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll's House, and Long Day's Journey into Night, as well as almost 60 film roles, is in conversation with Richard Digby Day at Lauderdale House on Highgate Hill. Get an insight into her life and career, followed by drinks and canapés. £25, prebook, 7.30pm

TIM KEY: The Radio 4 comedian and poet performs at Bush Hall in Shepherd's Bush, joined by John Kearns and Felicity Ward and hosted by Mike Wozniak. £19.25, prebook, 8pm

FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE: Tonight's free roller-skating meet-up has the theme "Summer Is A State Of Mind". The 12.5 mile route begins at Wellington Arch, crossing the river twice and heading out as far as Craven Cottage before looping back to the start point. Competent skaters only. Free, just turn up, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Take part in The Big City Sleep this tonight and sleep in Spitalfields Market. The event raises awareness of, and money to support, street children sleeping rough in the UK and around the world. Before bedtime there will be Brazilian dance lessons, the chance to contribute to a cardboard favela, a silent disco and film screening. There’s a £25 registration fee with a sponsorship target of £150 per person. Sign up here.

From the Archive

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