Things To Do In London: Wednesday 15 October 2014

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The Global Generation Skip Garden hosts a harvest meal


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Ealing Town Hall, Large Assembly Hall in Chingford 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.

ARTS FESTIVAL: The King’s College London Arts and Humanities Festival begins today. The theme is Underground, with focus on - but not limited to -  catacombs, sewers, war bunkers and abandoned tube stations. See the full programme. Most events are free but require prebooking, until 24 October

SOVIET SURVIVOR: Yvette Walczak, a Polish child survivor Born in 1931 is at The Wiener Library in Russell Square to talk about the Soviet invasion and her later escape. Free, prebook, 11.30am

HERITAGE WALK: Living Streets, Valence House and the Creekmouth Preservation Society present a free heritage walk to the site of the old Creekmouth Village in Barking. Meeting outside Sue Bramley Centre in Barking: email or call 07703 741078 to book your place. Free, prebook, 1pm

HISTORY LECTURE: King’s College London presents a free lecture about sheltering in London during the Second World War. The event takes place at the Edmund J Safra Lecture Theatre and is led by author Antony Beevor, art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon and lecturer Lara Feigel. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

DISCOVERING PLACES: Every year, the Royal Geographic Society organises three talks focusing on areas of the world that are remote, have only recently become accessible or are rapidly changing. Tonight is the turn of Cuba, and the panel includes freelance travel write Claire Boobbyer and Dr Stephen Wilkinson Chairman of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba. Takes place at RGS HQ in Kensington Gore. £10/£15, prebook, 7pm

SCIENCE IN A PUB: Join a PubSci event curated by Melissa Marr, who will showcase the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for the annual Ada Lovelace Day. The event takes place at The Old King’s Head in London Bridge. Free, just turn up, 7pm

BOOK PARTY: Review Bookshop in Peckham Rye hosts a party to celebrate celebrating Nikesh Shukla's new book, Meatspace. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011, so we're expecting big things of this one. RSVP, 7pm

HARVEST MEAL: The Global Generation Skip Garden in King's Cross hosts a 3-course meal featuring homemade goods straight from the woodfired cob oven, a banquet in a heated polytunnel and treats in the wood fired yurt. £35, prebook, 7.30pm

PULP COMEDY: Acts appearing at tonight's Pulp Comedy evening at Charterhouse in Smithfield include Paul F Taylor, Henry Ginsberg, Evelyn Mok, Stephanie Laing, Jenny Collier and Jessica Fostekew. £7/£3.50, prebook, 7.30pm

MARCUS GARVEY: Author and Historian Colin Grant and Jamaican academic Dr Cecil Guzemore discuss an early Pan-Africanist and founder of the UNIA, one of largest mass movements of the 20th century, in The Conundrum of Marcus Garvey at Archway Methodist Church. £5, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

There's still time to sign up to the Glow Neon Fun Run, taking place this Friday evening.  The 3km event is inspired by the colourful full moon parties held in Thailand, and takes place when the sun has gone down at Mile End Stadium. There will be live DJs playing throughout and runners will be sprayed with luminous goo-water. It's £10 to enter, which commits you to a minimum of £25 fundraising, which goes to the Royal National Institute for Blind People. Enter here.

From the Archive

With all the rain we've had recently, this may not be what you want to read right now, but last year we out together a short history of floods on the Underground. Did you know that 30 million litres of water are pumped out of the system every day?