Things To Do In London: Tuesday 21 October 2014

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Is art a true picture of war? At Imperial War Museum


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City, Islington Town Hall, Sainsbury's in Sydenham, South Chingford Congregational Church, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL: There's plenty going on today as part of King's College Underground Festival. There's a panel discussion about underground medieval London, guided tours, a debate about death and more. See full schedule. Most events free, prebook, until 24 October

OLD SPITALFIELDS: London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green has a photographic exhibition dedicated to Spitafields, displaying historical shots by CA Mathew, which opens today. He captured daily life around Spitafields Market area in 1912. Free, prebook, until 18 December

BERNARD CORNWELL: Apsley House on Hyde Park Corner hosts author Bernard Cornwell presenting his new book — his first non fiction title — Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles. He’ll be introduced by Lady Douro, daughter-in-law of the current Duke of Wellington, Ticket price includes a copy of the book. £100, prebook, 5pm-9pm

FOOD ASSEMBLY: London's newest Food Assembly, in Stoke Newington, launches today with a taster party. Food Assemblies allow people to buy local food directly from farmers and food producers online, and collect the food from a local venue where they can meet the people who made it. Free, prebook, 6pm

CHINESE BRANDS: Dr Giovanna Puppin, senior lecturer at the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, is at The Museum of Brands in Notting Hill to talk about how the 2008 Beijing Olympics provided a stage for many Chinese brands to become globally recognised. £10, prebook, 6pm

SCI-FI BOOK LAUNCH: BFI Southbank hosts the launch of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder and a panel discussion about why the sci-fi genre has retained its popularity throughout time. Panel consists of: Laura Adams (BFI), Mark Fisher (author of Capitalist Realism), Helen Lewis (deputy editor, New Statesman), and Roger Luckhurst (author of the BFI Classic on Alien). £6.50, prebook, 6.10pm

MUSEUM HERITAGE: John Harvard Library on Borough High Street is the venue for a talk about artefacts from the Cuming Museum and how they have been conserved since a fire at the museum in March 2013. Talk by Heritage Manager Judy Aitken. Free, just turn up, 6.3opm

CYCLING CINEMA: Take part in a Green City Cycle Cinema event, where you can hop on the bicycle to power the cinema’s screen and sound. The event takes place at City University London’s Great Hall. On screen it’ll be Wayne’s World. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

WAR ART: The Imperial War Museum hosts a panel event including art critic Marina Vaizey, historian Dan Todman, artist Hughie O’Donoghue and IWM’s senior curator of art, Richard Slocombe. The discussion centres around whether art produced during the First World War gives a realistic impression of war, or whether it is propaganda. £12/£10, prebook, 7pm

SHAKESPEARE SINFONIA: City of London Sinfonia is at Village Underground on Shoreditch High Street for a performance celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The programme features Korngold’s music for Much Ado About Nothing and Shostakovich’s re-working of Hamlet. £15/£7.50, prebook, 7.30pm

ELEANOR MARX: Rachel Holmes introduces her new book on the public and the private lives of Eleanor Marx, youngest daughter of Karl Marx, at Bishopsgate Institute. £9/£7, prebook, 7.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

From today, the Darren Baker Gallery near Goodge Street displays artwork by the likes of Nasser Azam, Gordon Cheung, Josh Cole, Adam Dant and Robert Fry. The artists have kindly donated their work, which will be auctioned off in a silent auction online to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Place a bid here. The works are on display until next Monday when the exhibition culminates in an invite-only event.

From the Archive

Last year we visited Tea and Tattle, a tiny tearoom in the cellar of an Oriental and African bookshop opposite the British Museum and found ourselves lusting after the mis-matched china, gorgeous Chinese wallpaper and friendly service. Part of our London Blend series of the capital's best indie cafes and coffee shops.