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FILM FESTIVAL: Discovering Latin America film festival kicks off today, taking place both at Tate Modern and Covent Garden's Odeon Cinema. The programme includes South American blockbusters, documentaries and Q&A sessions with directors — see the full programme here. Until 4 December
SAMPLE SALE: Emma Cook store in Shacklewell Lane has a two-day sample sale. Browse the perfect gift among archive pieces, accessories and recent collections — just in time for Christmas. Until 29 November
MICHAEL PALIN: Author and TV presenter Michael Palin is at Stanfords Long Acre to sign copies of his latest book, Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998. The book costs £25, we suggest you get there early in order to avoid disappointment. Just turn up, 1pm-2.30pm
FREE WALK: Join CoolTan Arts CoolWalks on a free guided walk to explore Walworth’s regenerations: past, present, and plans for the area’s future. Meeting point is the East Street Library in Old Kent Road. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm
MUSIC IN A BOX: If you're around the Gherkin tomorrow, don't worry if you see a death metal band playing inside a box (see photo above). The event is part of the Sculpture in the City public art programme: the installation is the idea of Portuguese artist João Onofre, who is currently exhibiting at Marlborough Contemporary. The live performance featuring Abhorrent Decimation band takes place at 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP. Free, just turn up, 6pm
AFTER HOURS PARTY: Churchill War Rooms celebrates what would have been the Prime Minister's 140th birthday with a special adult-only after-hours party. All guests will receive a complimentary drink as well as a slice of birthday cake and a goody bag to take away at the end of the night. £17.50/£14, prebook, 7pm
FILM SCREENING: The Union Chapel hosts the screening of Days of My Youth, a film about mountain skiing. The ticket purchase also enables free entry into a prize draw on the night. £14.50+bf, prebook, 7pm
WAR TALK: Writer and historian Jerry White takes a look at London during the First World War as seen through the eyes of the people who lived there. The talk is at Bishopsgate Institute. £9/£7, prebook, 7.30pm
FREE GIG: Bangalore Dreams perform live tonight at The Magic Garden in Battersea. Led by the award-winning Jyotsna Srikanth on violin, the band play traditional Indian music mixed with contemporary beats. Free, just turn up, 9pm
BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Bishopsgate Institute, White City Community Centre, Lewisham Shopping Area, St Michaels, All Angels Church in Blackheath and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.
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Good Cause of the Day
To mark World AIDS Day (happening on 1 December), the National AIDS Trust (NAT) is holding a photographic exhibition at London’s City Hall. The free exhibition starts today and lasts until 7 December, showcasing powerful images by professional photographers like Jeff Boudreau and David Locke. The exhibition aims to spread the word about NAT's red ribbon campaign.
From The Archive
Can you keep a secret? Then take a look at the secret history of the London brick, which we published on this day last year.