Things To Do In London: Friday 3 October 2014

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Take a Secrets of London Pubs tour


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at City Temple in Holborn Viaduct, The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street, Stoll in Fulham and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

ELEFEST: It's the second day of Elefest in Elephant & Castle, a festival celebrating all things local. Today's events include a special screening of Joe Cornish’s action movie Attack The Block, one of the last to be filmed on the Heygate Estate, and a performance by the Stefania Arcieri Quartet. Until 5 October

AWARENESS ART: HUNGRY CHILDHOODS is an interactive art exhibition created by the vulnerable children of Kids Company. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the number of children in the UK who do not receive enough food at home, and who rely on charities such as Kids Company for meals. The venue is The Kids Company Gallery, 38-40 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NZ. Free, just turn up, until 11 October

LITERATURE FESTIVAL: Wimbledon Book Fest brings the likes of Alexander McCall Smith, Colm Toibin, Victoria Hislop, David Starkey, Tracy Borman, Michael Rosen, Paul Merton and Clare Balding to SW19 for nine days of literary goodness. From £7.50, prebook, until 12 October

ALL THE KING'S MEN: A new photography exhibition opens at MPA Gallery in Bermondsey today, the first solo show by London based photographer Dee King. See more than 20 portraits of men who have each accomplished something significant, including actors, artists, directors and writers to humanitarians and Queen’s Councillors. Until 30 October

GOTHIC TERROR: The British Library's new exhibition, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination opens today. Over 200 objects are on display, showcasing our fascination with the macabre over the past 250 years. £10 for adults, prebook, until 20 January

FLAMINGO PIER: Summer's definitely over, so Flamingo Pier is bringing its season to a close at The Counter Cafe in Hackney Wick. Aboard the floating party pontoon there's food by Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, pearled coffee cocktails and a guest DJ set by Marcus Marr from DFA Records. £5, prebook, from 6pm

LONDON PUBS: Best LDN Walks launches its new tour, Secrets of London Pubs, today. The three-hour long walk starts and ends in the vicinity of Blackfriars station, and includes a visit to five of the most ancient pubs in the city including the oldest alehouse in London, and a 17th century brothel. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

FOLK CONCERT: Folk musician Ewan McLennan is the latest artist to perform in the Folk at the Foundling series of concerts at the Foundling Museum near Russell Square. £12/£10, prebook, 7pm

TIME TRAVEL: Epoch, the time travelling immersive theatre event, comes to The Vaults in Waterloo for three plays based on the year 1950. After the performances, you can jive the night away to live music. £12.50, prebook, 7pm (repeated tomorrow)

FUNNY MURDER: The Murderettes lead a murder mystery comedy night at the Phoenix Artist Club in Soho. The improvised performance sees the audience create four characters, one of whom is murdered, while a detective has to solve the mystery you've helped created. £9/£5, prebook, 7.30pm

SUPPER CLUB: The Arts Bar & Café near Aldgate has put together a Spanish themed Supper Club for one night only, with cuisine ranging from Barcelona, down to the south coast. £30, prebook, 7.30pm

SCARY STORIES: Vanessa from London Dreamtime tells adults-only scary stories at a secret location near South End Green NW3, along with One Eye Grey’s Chris Roberts. It’ll be dark so bring a torch. £3, prebook, 9.30pm

ELEPHANT MAN: The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley hosts a screening of The Elephant Man, the film about a Victorian surgeon (Anthony Hopkins) who takes an interest in a heavily disfigured and mistreated man scraping a living as a side-show freak (John Hurt). £9.50/£7.50, prebook, 11.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Mencap, the learning disability charity, has Jake Bugg and David Gray as headliners for the Little Noise Sessions at Union Chapel, Islington, on 22 and 23 October. Tickets, priced £37.50, go on sale today at 9am from the Mencap Little Noise Sessions website.

From the Archive

Last year, London Underground and the Football Association both turned 150. To mark the occasion they  joined forces to put together an Underground map showing famous footballers and managers.