Things to do
WATER LIFE: New photography exhibition Water Life by Aida Muluneh opens today. Commissioned by charity WaterAid, the pictures show issues of water scarcity and ecological emergency in Ethiopia. Somerset House, free, just turn up, 24 September-30 October
SHE IS FIERCE: Babble Talks are lectures on various topics aimed at carers with babies under a year old — although adults without babies are also welcome. Today, hear from anthologist Ana Sampson who hunts out information about underrated and uncelebrated female writers from the past, who deserve more recognition. Crouch End Picturehouse, £10, book ahead, 11.30am-12.30pm
CAN FOR CAN: Camden Town Brewery launches its new autumnal seasonal beer, Harvest Hells Lager, and has teamed up with charity The Felix Project to raise awareness of food poverty in the UK. Find the Harvest Hells van and donate a can of food to receive a free can of beer in exchange. Camden Market, free, just turn up, 12pm-3pm
WOMEN AT WAR: Head to the Enfield Museum for a free lunchtime talk about the role that local women played during the wars. Ian Jones, Chair of Enfield Archaeological Society, talks about the many roles of women including in factories, commerce, the ARP and other voluntay services. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), free, book ahead, 1pm-1.45pm
FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY: Playwright and director Alexander Zeldin talks about Faith, Hope and Charity, his new National Theatre production. It's set in a struggling community centre which is on the brink of closure, and is the third in a trilogy of plays by Zeldin about adversity in modern Britain. National Theatre, £9/£6, book ahead, 6pm
BRITISH EXPLORER: Meet British explorer Laura Bingham, who talks about her adventures, including cycling all over South America, and completing the first decent of the Essequibo river in Guyana by kayak. The evening is hosted by Greek spirit brand Metaxa, with special, reduced-price cocktails available throughout. Oriole Bar (Smithfield), £11.37, book ahead, 6pm-8.30pm
LONDON HISTORY: Join London Historians for a night in the pub, where eight speakers will each have eight minutes to champion an interesting character from London's history. The evening also includes a speed quiz from Londonist's Matt Brown and a prize raffle. Basement of the Christopher Hatton pub (Holborn), £5.98 (members free), book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
BRITISH CRAFTSMANSHIP: Who is behind the design and manufacture of 'British handcrafted' items that come with a premium price tag? Hear from Jonathan Foyle, who spent six years investigating the inspirations, talents, traditions, and legacy of British craftspeople for the Financial Times. V&A Museum (South Kensington), £15-£18, book ahead, 7pm-8.45pm
WOMEN OF THE BAUHAUS: As the centenary of the Bauhaus school of art and design is celebrated, learn about the little-known women who were involved. Novelist Naomi Wood talks about photographers, designers and weavers who are often overlooked in favour of their male counterparts. British Library, £10/£7, book ahead, 7.15pm-8.30pm
ILLUMINATED RIVER MUSIC: The Guildhall Session Orchestra performs a programme of new music, written in celebration of the Illuminated River Project, which is lighting up the bridges over the Thames. Expect a variety of music, from sweeping orchestral scores to electronic pieces. Barbican, £15, book ahead, 7.30pm
PLANET-KILLING MACHINE: Musical comedian Jon Long performs his new show, Planet-Killing Machine. He's a planet-killing machine and so are you, and he questions whether the Earth can be saved, or if we're too late to do anything about it, through jokes and song. Phoenix Artists' Club, £8, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.30pm
UNNECESSARY DETAIL: An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail is just that — a programme of speakers who go into incredible depth about a particular topic, in a highly amusing way. Hana Ayoob takes a deep dive into secrets of the honey badger, plus there's climate change comedy from Matt Winning, a joke about every president of the United States from Ted Hill, and more. Backyard Comedy Club (Bethnal Green), £12.34, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
COMEDY GROTTO: Joseph Morpurgo, Sean McLoughlin and Janine Harouni are among the comedians on the bill at this month's Comedy Grotto, a regular evening of laughs which raises money in aid of Syrian refugees. The Star of Kings (King's Cross), £5, book ahead, 8pm-10.15pm
Tube ponderings with Barry Heck
Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.
Today is National Punctuation Day in the USA (or, perhaps, the U.S.A.). We should celebrate the occasion in this country, too. Sloppy usage is everywhere. Take St James's Park tube station, for example. This is the underground's flagship station, directly beneath 55 Broadway, the traditional home of the network. Yet the station roundels offer two different styles of punctuation. St James's Park would be the correct version, if we are to follow the conventions of the nearby park and palace. Follow Barry Heck on Twitter @HeckTube.
Good cause of the day
Londoner Talia Tosun was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in April this year, and in August, she was informed that she needs a bone marrow transplant due to chemotherapy being ineffective. Unfortunately, no-one in her family is a match, nor is anybody on the Anthony Nolan Register. Talia is of Turkish Cypriot descent and her best possible match would be from somebody of the same ethnicity; however, there is currently a huge lack of black, Asian or minority ethnic donors. So Talia and her friends and colleagues are raising awareness in order to diversify the register and to ensure Talia and others have a chance of getting lifesaving stem cells.