Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 9 April 2013

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GIVE BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Lambeth Town Hall and at Barbican’s YMCA Hall. Free, just turn up, see site for times and conditions

#HELPGILLIAN: You can do your good deed for the day by keeping @Geeliann virtual company on Twitter as she explores London for the first time via a unique clue-based treasure hunt set up for her by The Free Help Guy. Gillian approached him for help on what to do during her 10 hour pitstop in London and now you can help show her the real heart of London.

THE SHED: Sited at the front of the National Theatre, The Shed is a pop-up venue that focuses on adventurous and ambitious theatre and will be in residence for only a year. Booking for the first three shows is now open and selling quickly.

WONDER: Today is your last opportunity to get brainy at Barbican’s Wonder Street Fair. There are drop in activities, performances and demonstrations, all for free. Free, just turn up, 12pm – 7.30pm

JENNY AGUTTER: Actress Jenny Agutter talks about her long and varied career and takes questions from the audience today at Theatre Royal Haymarket. £10 or free for under 30s, prebook, 2.30pm

FASHION FILM: Fashion Loves Film returns to the Institute of Contemporary Arts with Arab Fashion Past and Present. There will be films and documentaries about trends across the Arab region, followed by a panel discussion. £10/£8, prebook, 6.30pm

PHILOSOPHY: If radical thinking is more your cup of tea, Nina Power, philosopher, feminist and author, discusses the works of Ludwig Feuerbach, a 19th century German philosopher. £5, prebook, 6.45pm

EDIBLE ART: The Book Club in Shoreditch hosts Animal Vegetable Mineral, where a tutor guides you through making your own lickable, crunchable, deliciously digestible art. £12, limited tickets available on the door, 7pm

LONDON CYCLING: Jim David, founder and chair of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, talks tonight at The Yorkshire Grey on why he set up the campaign, what the future may hold, and whether London can act as inspiration for investment in UK cycling schemes. Free, just turn up, 7pm

STORYTELLING: Liars’ League, where actors read stories, heads back to the Phoenix with tales of Twist and Turn. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Stereotypical Frenchman Marcel Lucont (the creation of Alexis Dubus) headlines We Love Comedy at The Pipeline, E1. Joining him are Ellie Taylor, Jim Campbell, Gary Tro and Dean Roberts. £4-£10, prebook, 7.30pm

IMPROV: If improvisation is your comedy leaning then Hoopla’s Improv Comedy Club should be on your list. £5/£2.50, just turn up, 8pm

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Random London Fact of the Day

This is the Margaret Thatcher Cup. Long gathering dust on a shelf at the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell, it was formerly awarded to whichever person or institution had most riled the Thatcher Government in the 1980s and early 1990s. We don’t know much more about it, so do send us details if you have further info.

Good Cause of the Day


A couple of years ago, a much-loved and highly original sculpture of Dr Alfred Salter was stolen from Bermondsey riverside. Salter was a hugely influential health reformer and local politician, and the statue’s loss was a blow to the community. A group of local residents are now fundraising to replace the statue, add in a likeness of his wife Ada Salter, London’s first female councillor, and provide CCTV to help prevent a recurrence of the theft. Bronzes of the couple’s daughter Joyce and the family cat were not stolen and could also form part of the family group. If you’d like to contribute to the cause, a fundraising page can be found here.

London Weather
After a few cold but sunny days, the misery returns. Indeed, today’s forecast is best left to some pavement scrawlings found outside Urban Outfitters in Covent Garden.

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