Things To Do In London: Monday 13 October 2014

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Catch an opera at Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Waterloo


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City, Lewisham High Street, outside 73 Alleyn Park in Dulwich and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

CHOCOLATE WEEK: Yep, our favourite week of the year is here. As you'd expect, there are plenty of events going on in and around London celebrating the good stuff. Get in the mood by visiting some of London's best chocolate shops, or grab some last minute tickets to a chocolate fashion show at Salon du Chocolat.

BURGER THE OPERA: All this week at Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Waterloo, a 15-minute opera dedicated to all things patty and bun is being performed to customers, courtesy of Secret Opera. Free for diners, 1pm and 2pm

JAMAICAN LAUREATE: Mervyn Morris, recently appointed Poet Laureate of Jamaica, is at the British Library, joined by special guest poets John Hegley and Mimi Khalvati. £10/£7, prebook, 6.30pm

VIRGINIA WOOLF: As part of the Literary Footprints Festival, four guides will be talking about Virginia Woolf's life in London, including her circle of friends and the books she wrote here. At St Olave's Church near Fenchurch Street. With your ticket you'll also receive a free ticket to the Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. £10, prebook, 6.30pm

LAWN ROAD FLATS: Spy historian David Burke gives a talk about The Isokon Building, Lawn Road Flats, in Belsize Park. It was the first modernist building in Britain to use reinforced concrete, but more interesting is the history of the Soviet agents who took up residence in the 32 flats. Talk takes place at Pushkin House in Holborn. £7, prebook, 6.30pm

GRAYSON PERRY: The Turner Prize-winning artist is in conversation with former Turner Prize judge Miranda Sawyer about identity, art, privilege and the great white male. The event is organised by the New Statesman and takes place at The Royal Institution of Great Britain in Mayfair. £15, prebook, 7pm

FABER SOCIAL: The theme of tonight's Faber Social on Little Portland Street is Lives, Landscape, Leviathan. Mathew Clayton will be speaking on the subject of Islands Around Britain. Melissa Harrison will be reading from her next novel, plus other readings and talks. £6/£8, prebook, 7pm

HISTORY IN THE PUB: Join Londonist's Editor-at-Large Matt Brown and London brewing historian Alan Greenwood for an evening of pub history at the Water Poet in Spitalfields. You'll hear the grisly Victorian history of the venue itself and there will be prizes during the night as well. £4/free, prebook, 7pm

ADULT STORYTELLING: Spark London storytelling takes over Hackney Picturehouse for an evening of stories along the theme of second chances. Listen to others, or take the chance to tell your own story. £4, prebook, 7.30pm

LADY ANTEBELLUM: Fopp record store in Covent Garden plays host to country music trio Lady Antebellum who will perform live and sign copies of their fifth album, 747. Get a wristband when you buy a copy of the album in the store, available now, 7.47pm

COMEDY: The Loft Tickler Free Comedy Night takes place at The Loft in Clapham. Tonight’s acts are Joey Page, Luke Graves, Paul F Taylor, Saskia Preston and Stephen Bailey. Free, just turn up, 8pm

CRICK CRACK CLUB: Soho Theatre is the venue for an evening of performance storytelling by writer and storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton. The theme is The Magician's Apprecntice and the event is for ages 14+. £9/£7, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

As part 0f Eventbrite's Brite Space London takeover at Old Street roundabout, there's a workshop tomorrow about getting involved in good causes. It's aimed at large and small businesses, as well as individuals who want to do something to help others. Charities can also attend, to learn about encouraging people to get involved in their campaigns. Prebook the free workshop.

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