Things To Do In London: Thursday 30 October 2014

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Join a talk about air quality tonight at the Royal Geographical Society tonight. Details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Asda in Old Kent Road, London Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

HALF TERM: Yep, it’s here. 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, 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.

FAMILY FUN: Debenhams flagship store in Oxford Street hosts a family fun day on its fifth floor. There will be face painting, balloon modelling and as a special treat for the kids, they eat for free. Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

FREE WALK: Join CoolTanArts on a free guided walking journey through Peckham’s hidden rural and literary history. Discover SE15′s green and open spaces while you make new friends. Meeting point is Peckham Library. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm

LAUNCH PARTY: The team behind the new app Happiour hosts a launch party at Vibe Bar in Shoreditch. There will be free food and 2-4-1 drinks throughout the evening plus some rockin’ live music. Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm

PUMPKIN BEER: What better way to celebrate Halloween than having a pumpkin beer? London Fields Brewery launches two new special beers: a Pumpkin Ale and a brew called Gyle 666. Join the party, the first 20 guests get a drink for free. Free, just turn up, 6pm

BLACK STUDIES: For Black History Month, Birkbeck University hosts a free talk about the development of Black Studies in the UK. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

FILM SCREENING: Head to the ICA for a screening of Unearthed, about the global energy crisis and the international debate about fracking. The screening is followed by a Q&A session with the film director. £11/£8, prebook, 6.30pm

ENVIRONMENT TALK: The Royal Geographical Society hosts a talk about poor air quality in our cities, led by a panel of field experts. Find out how creative technology and new thinking can help us all breathe more easily. £10, prebook, 7pm

MEET THE AUTHOR: Crime writer Ruth Rendell is at Bishopsgate Institute tonight to talk about her long career. She celebrates the 50th anniversary of her fictional character Chief Inspector Wexford with a special publication. £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

MUSIC NIGHT: Head to The Lexington in Angel for a night of new Nordic music, featuring Francobollo, Hanne Kolsto and Lowly. £7/£5, prebook, 7.30pm  

Find more London events in our Free & Cheap events listings. Want to see your event in these last-minute listings? Email us at at least 48 hours before the event, and we will consider it for inclusion. Note: due to high volumes of email, we can’t always reply.

Good Cause of the Day

Book your tickets now for the charity show Peter Pan and the Designers of the Carribean, on stage at Bloomsbury Theatre until Saturday 1 November. Join Wendy, Tinkerbell, Tiger-Lily and the Lost Designers for a production of magic and fantasy, mermaids, pirates, ticking crocodiles and mischief. Money raised will help children's charity NSPCC. £75, prebook, 7pm

From the Archive

On this day last year we shared our video Secrets of the Jubilee Line, unveiled by our resident tube geek Geoff Marshall. They're still worth a look today. Did you know we have a channel on YouTube? You'll find tube secrets, hidden London corners and even talking statues.