Things To Do In London Today: 14 January 2013

Christ Church Spitalfields and a light dusting of snow. Two things that might feature in your London day ahead. Photo by M@.

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ANTHROPOLOGY: Photographs of indigenous peoples and items collected by Robin Hanbury-Tenison can be seen in the National Theatre’s new exhibition, Echoes of a Vanished World, which starts today and runs until 10 March. Free, just turn up, from 9.30am

GIVE BLOOD: Today’s clinics for donating blood can be found near the London Eye, Holborn’s Conway Hall and the West End Donor Centre on Margaret Street. Free, just turn up, see website for times

GIANT BORIS: Head to Sloane Square this morning (or any time over the next 28 days, to see a 12-foot bronze statue of Boris…a polar bear, rather than our beloved mayor. The ursine installation, by Adam Binder, draws attention to the plight of the great carnivores. Free, just turn up, 10am unveiling

CLASSICAL: Hear Schubert’s Death and the Maiden string quartet at Christ Church Spitalfields, followed by a lecture about the composer in Vienna. Free, just turn up, 1pm

FREE GIG: Rough Trade East’s free in-store gig today is from multi-instrumentalist and Jarvis Cocker favourite Serafina Steer. Buy her album during the day for a free wristband, or get in the queue early for the 6pm doling out of remaining wristbands. Free, just turn up, 6pm

YOGA: Resolved to try it this year? The London Yoga Collective offer your first class free (£10 drop-in thereafter) at Tanner Street Studios, SE1. Free, prebook, 6.30pm.

COMEDYStand Up For Women in support of Eaves, which works to eliminate violence against women, is on at Bloomsbury Theatre. James Mullinger introduces Shappi Khorsandi, Isy Suttie, Shazia Mirza, Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Ed Aczel, Robin Ince, Holly Walsh and more. £15, prebook, 7.30pm

LEARN TO UKE: The Queen of Hoxton holds ukulele lessons/jams every Monday evening in its basement, and this Monday evening is no exception. You can bring your own instrument or borrow one of theirs, and all abilities are catered for. Free (though £20 deposit for ukes), just turn up, 7.30pm

Random London Fact Of The Day

With English Heritage announcing that it will suspend its Blue Plaque scheme due to funding shortages, it seems a good time to devote this week’s editions of Facts of the Day to some of the more interesting memorials. We’ll start with this plaque to Edward Johnston, which can be found on Hammersmith Terrace on the Chiswick riverside. Johnston, of course, developed the famous font that bears his name, and which — in modified form — is still used across London on the Tube and other transport networks. This plaque is the only one to deviate from English Heritage’s usual font, instead using…you’ve probably guessed…Johnston’s sans serif. Image courtesy of London Remembers, and tip-off courtesy of London Reconnections.

London Weather

Look out the window. Is that snow! Why, by the beard of Jack Frost, it appears that it is. Just a light dusting, mind. And it’ll be gone come lunch time, sludged away in a salmagundi of sleet, mud and rain. Is it too early to start singing “I’m Dreaming of a White Burn’s Night?”. BBC Weather has more frigid forecasting.

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