Things To Do In London: Tuesday 14 October 2014

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The Royal Institution dedicates a cabaret evening to Ada Lovelace. Details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Bishopsgate Institute, Sainsbury's in New Cross Gate, Sacred Heart Presbytery in Wimbledon and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

ART EXHIBITION: Mirrorcity starts today at Hayward Gallery. A group of London-based artists explore the impact of last century’s digital revolution on our lives. £10.90, prebook, until 4 January 2015

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.

ICA OFF-SITE: The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) hosts a week-long free programme of live events at The Old Selfridges Hotel, to coincide with Frieze London. Events include music, art, dance and discussion. See website for full programme. Free, prebooking suggested for most of the events, until 18 October

AFRO VIBES: Afrovibes festival kicks off today, in connection with Black History Month. Events mainly take place at The Albany in Deptford and Stratford Circus. Browse the website and find your favourite show among music, dance, theatre and visual arts. Until 18 October

GUIDED WALK: Coram Charity celebrates its 275th anniversary with two free walks taking place today and on Friday 17 October. Join a historic walk through Bloomsbury and find out about the famous faces and places that played key roles in the development of the Foundling Hospital. Free, prebook, 12.30pm both days

DRINK ABSINTHE: London Cocktail Week has just finished but it's never too late for a drinking masterclass. As part of Reverend JW Simpson's Spirited Sermons series, today you can try the Absinthe experience at their bar in Fitzrovia. Meet the Green Fairy and explore myths and legends of this notoriously potent liquid. £25, prebook, 6pm

LIFE DRAWING: Shoreditch-based Rockwell House presents a life drawing class led by St Martin's freelance illustrator and artist Olivia Skalkos. Materials will be provided and no previous experience is needed. £10 (including a piece of cake), prebook, 6pm

WIENER LIBRARY: Author Thomas Weber is at Wiener Library discussing his book Hitler's First War, a radical revision of the period of Hitler's life that is said to have made him. Professor Weber discusses his research on Hitler and the First World War and also the forthcoming adaptation of the book for television. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

SCIENCE CABARET: The Royal Institution hosts a cabaret of science in occasion of Ada Lovelace Day. Expect talks and performances from Roma Agrawal, Caro C, Hannah Fry, Konnie Huq, Turi King and more, all sharing their inspirations and their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm

MOVIES TALK: Movie magazine Little White Lies celebrates the release of its first book What I Love About Movies, with a special talk taking place at Foyles in Charing Cross. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. £5, prebook, 7pm

WAR TALKS: Every week, Conway Hall hosts a series of discussions and talks about the First World War. Today, the focus is on the British Labour Movement and the war outbreak. Talks are led by field experts, presented by Conway Hall Ethical Society and the Socialist History Society. £5/£3, prebook, 7pm

LIVE MUSIC: Head to the Aces & Eights in Tufnell Park for The Honky Tonk, an evening of comedy and country music. £3, just turn up, from 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Get your ticket now for an evening of short film screenings in occasion of National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Shorts on Tap presents Looking for Changes at Cafe 1001 in Brick Lane: there will be a selection of seven short films dealing with LGBT rights. Money raised will help charity Galop. £3, prebook, 7pm

From the Archive

On this day last year we shared a story about the Queen's first tube ride, when she was just 13 years old.