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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street, Bishopsgate Institute, Parish Church of St Paul in Winchmore Hill, United Reformed Church in Enfield, Morrisons in Thamesmead, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.
HALLOWEEN: Today is the day, but the spooky events carry on over the weekend and into next week. Our Halloween event roundup covers everything from films to food to family fun.
HALF TERM: If you’re struggling for ideas to keep the kids occupied, take a look at our October Half Term listing. There are things to do for all budgets and all interests — from bear hunts to London buses, Tudor history to comic books.
ART PROJECT: The Proud Archivist in Haggerston hosts a two-day symposium, Cross-Cultural Live art Project. It brings together Southeast Asian and UK/European artists to showcase performances, talks and a screening programme exploring gendered/feminist notions of rites. Presented in partnership with SEA ArtsFest 2014. Until 1 November
ART FESTIVAL: Deptford Stories festival celebrates the lives and legends of Deptford, taking place in the empty warehouses and workshops of the former site of Arklow Road Trading Estate. Expect art, music, theatre and history. Free, until 16 November
ROOFTOP WIGWAM: Queen of Hoxton's Winter rooftop fun begins today. The candlelit WigWamBam adopts a woodland theme, with a barbecue nestled amongst the moss covered tree roots, and views over the City and the East End. Free entry, just turn up, until March
STREET FOOD: Head to Chrisp Street for the Bite Street Food event, which happens every last Friday of the month. The event takes place at East India Square: expect street food traders, live music, a pop-up bar, table tennis and giant games. Free, just turn up, 11am-3pm
VOILA! Annual 'French-language-loving' festival Voila! commenced yesterday. It's a heady mix of French plays, comedy, opera, French slang classes, puppetry and more. If you don't speak French, fear not — Voila! is bilingual. To make the most of things, buy a festival pass for £33. Until 8 November
ANGELA LANSBURY: As part of the above street food event, Poplar Film Presents a free screening of an exclusive Dame Angela Lansbury interview that she did earlier this year as part of the Angela Lansbury Film Festival. The interview gives fans a fascinating insight into the acclaimed actress’s life and career. Free, just turn up, 12pm/1.30pm
JERMYN STREET: Every Friday, theatre expert Cindy Lawford gives a guided tour around Jermyn Street, the area in St James's historically linked with British craftsmanship and tailoring. Visit shops in the area specialising in perfume, cheese and cigars, and gorge on all sorts of tasty trivia. Meet in front of Jermyn Street Theatre. £25, prebook, 4pm
TUBE LEGENDS: Scott Wood, author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube and Other Stories, and co-founder of the London Fortean Society, will be exploring the Tube's dark past in a series of talks at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. £10/£8, prebook, 6.45pm
PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS: As part of Natural History Museum's Friday Lates, wildlife photographer Lou Coetzer runs a masterclass, tying in with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. £20/£18, prebook, 7pm
FUNDRAISING CEILIDH: Two fundraising teams, Arup Horizon and VSO Bangladesh 2014, are combining their efforts to host a charity ceilidh at Cecil Sharp House. Not sure of the steps? Don't worry, there's a caller on hand to guide you through. £17, prebook, 7.30pm
SOLAR ENERGY: The Royal Institution hosts an evening on the subject of solar energy. Lesley Yellowlees, Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry, explains how chemists can contribute effectively to solar energy. She’ll describe the research she and her team have undertaken in Edinburgh to characterise dye sensitised solar cells using techniques such as UV/Vis and EPR spectroelectrochemistry. Got all that? Good. £17, prebook, 7.50pm
AMUSED MOOSE: The regular comedy night is at Sanctum Hotel in Soho, with performances from Markus Birdman, Chris Martin, Nathaniel Metcalf, and a special guest who cannot be named. £12.50, prebook, 8.15pm
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Good Cause of the Day
A new weekly produce and street food market launches in Peckham tomorrow, offering locally sourced produce, street food traders, and for this week, Bonfire Night goodies. Visitors to the market can tweet pictures of their brunch using the hashtag #tweetasyoueat. For every person that tweets this to @peckham_market and @onefeedstwo, a meal will be provided to a child in poverty — the aim is to reach 2,000 by Christmas. The market runs from 10am-2pm.
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