Things To Do In London: Monday 3 November 2014

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The Book Club in Shoreditch hosts a craft event about the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange in Bishopsgate Institute, Sainsbury's Car Park in Dog Kennel Hill, Lewisham shopping area, Large Assembly Hall in Chingford, Parking Bays 33-34 outside Well House in Bromley South and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

ART FAIR: Winter Olympia Fine Art & Antiques opens today at Olympia. There are over 120 hand-picked dealers selling an array of objects from all over the world. The fair also includes a series of themed events that take place throughout the event. £13, prebook, until 9 November

QUEER FESTIVAL: Fringe! Queer Art & Film Fest kicks off today. A series of film screenings, performances and talks focus on the LGBT world. Check out the events schedule. Most of them are free or under £5. Until 9 November

LIFE DRAWING: Rich Mix in Bethnal Green hosts a life drawing session and the theme is Dia de Los Muertos. Hone your life drawing skills while learning about the history and symbolism of sugar skull designs, and witness the transformation of the models into walking and dancing pieces of Mexican art. £10/£6, prebook, 6.30pm

BE SOCIAL: The Social on Little Portland Street is the venue for a special Faber Social curated by celebrated artist and writer Stanley Donwood. Actor, writer and artist Ric Jerrom will be reading from Stanley’s forthcoming collection of fiction, Humor. Paul Kingsnorth reads from The Wake, recently long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, plus more readings and live music. £10, prebook, 7pm

LEARN TO UKE: A ukulele taster session takes place tonight at The Castle pub near Chancery Lane. Instrument provided. £10 with code NovLearnToUkeTaster10, prebook, 7pm

GET CRAFTY: The Book Club in Shoreditch hosts a craft workshop dedicated to the Mexican tradition of Dia de Los Muertos. Decorate a laser-cut skull and create traditional ‘papel picado’ decorations. £12, prebook, 7pm

RUSSIAN OPERA: Boris Godunov opera by Russian composer Mussorgsky is on stage tonight at Barbican Arts Centre. The opera is recognised as one of the most representative pieces of Russia's national spirit. £65-£15, prebook, 7pm

DANCE SOLO: Salah El Brogy Company presents the world première of The Moment, the new solo dance show by the Egyptian choreographer. The contemporary dance piece takes place at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill. £10/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

HISTORICAL TALK: Barking Harp House hosts a talk about the history of the borough, illustrated by Keith Glenny from the Barking and District Historical Society. £1.50, just turn up, 7.45pm

MUSIC AND FILM:  Head to Kings Place in King's Cross tonight and enjoy Interference Patterns, an audio-visual collaboration that combines film and live music performed by Ensemble Matisse. The show has been created by four pairs of composers and filmmakers, showing artistic diversity from abstract animation to the exploration of natural visual effects and everyday sounds. £11.50, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Renew your wardrobe and do something charitable at the Ladies Frock Exchange Event, organised by Nelson Mandela Children's Fund UK. The event takes place at Sway Bar in Holborn on Tuesday 4 November: bring along clothing items you don't want anymore and exchange them with other people. Tickets are £20 in advance or £30 on the door. Money raised will help the charity's new projects. £20, prebook, 6pm   

From the Archive

We still feel the Halloween vibe even if the spookiest day of the year has gone. London celebrated the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead last year with a fancy dress bicycle ride.