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CHRISTMAS MARKETS: We’re still in November but Christmas markets are starting to spread all over town. To find the closest one to you, check our Christmas markets and fairs listing. Need more ideas? See our November markets and shopping events listing.
WAR WALKS: Today, you can join one of four guided walks, part of First World War Walks in Britain. We suggest The Great War Walk starting from Embankment tube station (£10/£8, prebook, 10am) and Women in the First World War, starting from Temple tube station (£10/£8, prebook, 2pm).
THEATRE TALK: Daniel Rosenthal, author of The National Theatre Story, explores the film adaptations of acclaimed NT plays in a series of talks. Today the focus is on Amadeus, Peter Shaffer’s drama about the artistic dispute between Salieri and Mozart. £6/£4, prebook, 2.30pm
REVISITING BRITAIN: Join David Kynaston, author of Concretopia and a panel of historians at Revisiting Britain, a discussion charting the highs and lows of a period of profound architectural change between 1945 and 1965. The event takes place at RIBA. £9/£6.50, prebook, 6.30pm
WINE TASTING: Winerist magazine celebrates its second birthday with a special dinner: taste wine and food from around the world and speak with Winerist's Masters of Wine and Wine Experts. Tickets are £30 and money will be donated to the Hospice Angelus Moldova charity. £30, prebook, from 6.30pm
PROUD ARCHIVIST: Drinks Thinks and Inks are relaxed creative writing socials for everyone, happening regularly at The Proud Archivist in Haggerston. No experience necessary, groups and individuals are all welcome. £10, prebook, 6.30pm
FREE TALK: Westminster University's Alumni in the Spotlight series focuses on the successful career of previous alumni. Today the guest is Geoff Mulgan, who's Chief Executive of Nesta (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts), an independent charity supporting innovation in the UK. Free, prebook, 6.45pm
HISTORY WALK: Join a guided walk and follow the tracks of JMW Turner in Greenwich. Walk along the Thames Path starting from the Cutty Sark, going through Ballast Quay and the O2 — meeting point is the Cutty Sark pub. Free (pay what you want), prebook, 7pm
LONDON LAUGHS: Andrew Maxwell’s London Loves comedy show is on at the Comedy Cafe Theatre in Shoreditch tonight. The show repeats also on the 18 and 25 November and 2 December. £13.75, prebook, 7.30pm
GIG: The Riot Ensemble’s co-principal pianist Adam Swayne performs tonight at The Forge in Camden. He will play Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated — one of the 20th century’s most monumental works for solo piano. The concert will last just over an hour without an interval and will include a spoken introduction. £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm
COMEDY: Head to The Mediterranean Cafe in Soho for a night of free comedy with Night Howls comedy club. Line-up includes Lazy Susan, Richard Todd and Fraser Millward. Free (donations welcome), just turn up, 8pm
BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at City Temple on Holborn Viaduct, Islington Town Hall, Highgate Road Chapel in Gospel Oak, and East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.
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Good Cause of the Day
Homeless charity CentrePoint is looking for volunteers. There are many opportunities available: study support volunteer, receptionist, administrator and so on. In particular, they're in need of a female gym and exercise volunteer, in order to give gym classes to young ladies at their Camberwell Foyer. See the website for more details and how to apply.
From The Archive
On this day last year, we did a round up of London's most outspoken plaques.