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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City, Sainsbury's in Dog Kennel Hill, Hornsey Parish Church in Muswell Hill and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.
HALF TERM: October half term kicks off today. If you’re wondering how 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, and Tudor history to comic books.
HALLOWEEN: The week of Halloween is upon us (remember when Halloween used to just be one day?!?). Our Halloween event roundup covers everything from films to food to family fun.
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: There's an extra incentive to pop along to the Natural History Museum, as the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is now open. £12.60/£6.30, prebooking recommended (particularly during half term). Open until August 2015
PAST VOYAGES: Maritime genealogist Simon Wills launches his latest book by exploring three and a half centuries of passenger travel by sea. How did life on board change from Elizabethan times to the golden age of the ocean liner? Learn about passengers' excitement, frustrations and dangers as revealed by their own words. At Guildhall Library. £5, prebook, 6pm
LIBRARY TOUR: Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Bishopsgate Institute Library. Find out what the ‘battle of the books’ was and why the Institute locked away one archive item from the public fearing it may cause revolution. Free, prebook, 6.30pm
CURIOUS CONNECTIONS: Hear Thomas Dixon, Michael Bond and Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) Andy Merry in a conversation about creating and maintaining relationships in war at the Tower of London. Part of the Curious Connections series in which historians and experts look at modern issues through stories from the past. £7/£6, prebook, 7pm
ANTHONY HOROWITZ: Anthony Horowitz is at the Museum of London to talk about new novel Moriarty with Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, Clare Pettitt (King's College, London) and Sherlock exhibition curator, Alex Werner. £10/£8, prebook, 7pm
FILM COMEDY: Simon Munnery, Tim Key and Sam Fletcher form the line-up for Fylm School, tonight's film-based comedy show at Soho Theatre. Serial innovator Simon Munnery turns host and fylm director as he introduces a selection of the country’s funniest, most daring comedians to a camera, projector and screen. £15, prebook, 7.30pm
PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: Pinchas Zukerman directs the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Southbank Centre. The evening also features JS Bach's Erbarme Dich from the St Matthew Passion. £10-£45, prebook, 7.30pm
FILM SCREENING: As part of Black History Month, Hackney Picturehouse hosts a screening party for REASON, a spoken word screenplay written and produced by Ray Estaire and LyricL. As well as the screening, there are performances by various musicians and DJs. £5, prebook, 8pm
CINEMA: Head to The Phoenix Artist Club and join The Duke Mitchell Film Club Halloween Special for a free entry night of horror cinema. It’s an evening of brand new and vintage short horror films from around the world. Plus all horror trailers, music, giveaways, madness and more. Free, just turn up, 8pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Cats Protection, the charity which treats, cares for and rehouses hundreds of cats and kittens across the country, is opening up a new adoption centre in Mitcham early in 2015, and is looking for volunteers. As well as people to help with the day-to-day running of the centre, fosterers are needed to care for cats from home. If you're interested, take a look at the website or email email@example.com.
From the Archive
This time last year we were gearing up for Halloween and did a round up of London's spookiest streets, from Hanging Sword Alley to Crucifix Lane.