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THEATRE TICKET ALERT: Tickets for the first three productions at the National Theatre’s new temporary venue, The Shed, go on sale this morning. 8.30am
GIVE BLOOD: City Temple, on Holborn Viaduct, is the place to head if you’re in the mood for some blood donation today. Free, just turn up, 9.45-11am and 12.15-4.15pm
ALIENS: The Royal Observatory Greenwich finally gets round to doing an exhibition about aliens, looking at our obsession, historic and present, with life on other planets. Free, just turn up, runs till August
GORE: Not that many self-respecting Londoners will care, but the London Dungeon opens in its new home at County Hall today. They’re dying to greet you.
PHOTOGRAPHY: An exhibition marking the centenary of fashion photographer, Norman Parkinson, opens at the National Theatre with glamorous portraits and extraordinary shots from his entire career. Free, just turn up, 10am till late
ART FAIR: New far Art13 opens today at Olympia, running through to Sunday. £11, prebook or turn up, from 11am
BOOKS: Adam Watt and Jamie McKendrick make the case for neglected classics by Proust and Bassani at Jewish Book Week. £6.50, just turn up, 1pm
SCI-LIT: A Royal Society event today looks at Jonathan Swift’s spat with Isaac Newton (everyone had some kind of spat with Newton). Free, just turn up, 1pm
FILM: A rare opportunity to see all of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s films together as part of one comprehensive season starts today at BFI Southbank, with a screening of The Gospel According To Matthew. £5-£6.50, prebook or just turn up, 3pm, 6.30pm, 8.20pm
TIGERS: Hirsute axemeister Brian May and Kerry Ellis launch St Pancras International’s Tiger Tracks campaign to help save the tiger. Free, just turn up, 6pm
VOICE: After hearing from Ms Ellis, wander down the road to Wellcome Collection, which presents Voice, an evening devoted to the wonders of enunciation, and with a lineup to shout about. Free, just drop in, 7-11pm
MUSEUM LATES: Unwind after work with a spot of culture at the British Museum, Natural History Museum, V&A, National Gallery or National Portrait Gallery. Free, check websites for closing times and events.
GIG: At the time of writing, tickets are still available for the Kaiser Chiefs at Brixton Academy. Easy jokes about predicting a riot, not welcome. £30.93, prebook, 7pm
COMEDY: Bridget Christie is currently recording her own Radio 4 series, so see her now at the Camden Head and be smug when it airs. Also on the bill are Cariad Lloyd, Joz Norris, James O’Brien and Jack De’ath. £3, just turn up, 8pm
ROLLER SKATE: The Friday Night skate starts at Wellington Arch. Anyone who feels competent on skates is welcome to join. Free, just turn up, 8pm.
Random London Fact of the Day
Four seriously famous people who’ve lived or worked in Walthamstow:
Four not-quite-so-seriously famous people who’ve lived or worked in Walthamstow
- Damon Albarn’s dad
- Kula Shaker’s bass player
- The Titanic’s pianist
- A prominent killer of whales and trader in otter furs
After a brief sunny spell, the weather has reset to its miserable default, and looks like staying that way. In truth, we can’t be bothered to report on it any more. Would you like to take over for a bit? Would you? Actually, no, here’s an idea. Let’s cheer everyone up by presenting next week’s weather entirely in children’s drawings. If you’ve got a little ‘un, under 12, who’s prepared to draw us a nice smiley cloud, or beaming sun, or any kind of weather they fancy, we’d love to offer them a guest slot in this column next week. It doesn’t even have to resemble the actual weather…any meteorological doodle will be dandy. Just send photos or scans to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll publish the best ones next week.