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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Ecology Pavilion in Mile End, The Old Town Hall in Stratford, Richmond Athletic Association, Barking Ripple Centre and outside Wells House in Bromley. Free, see site for terms and conditions
MEAT PORTRAITS: Not for the faint hearted, Alex Van Gelder’s meat portraits exhibit at Hauser and Wirth on Savile Row. Van Gelder photographs raw meat and entrails, either as he finds it in the marketplace or as a more formal portrait, and the results are…well…take a butchers. Free, just turn up, until 8 Feb
MOON: The Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf is being declared a Republic of the Moon (pictured above). A group of artists present a provocative exhibition that examines our relationship with the satellite using performances, workshops, music and talks. And hopefully lots of cheese. Free, just turn up, until 2 February
SHORT FILM: The London Short Film Festival brings screenings to a range of independent venues such as Rio Cinema, Roxy Bar & Screen and Dalston Picturehouse, showing off the best in UK short-film-making talent. See website for more details, until 19 January
ICE ICE BABY: There aren’t many events that combine chainsaws with thermal leggings, but the London Ice Sculpting Festival at Canary Wharf is one of them. Starting today, for three days, head along to see timed challenges and partake in a masterclass session. Free, just turn up, until 12 January
FEMINISM AND ART: Institute of Contemporary Arts‘ Friday Salon looks at the role the internet has played in enabling feminist discourse within contemporary art. £5, prebook, 3pm
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
Good Cause of the Day
The XXII Finale of The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (one of the biggest charities in Poland) is at Scala in King’s Cross this weekend for two days of music, cabaret, exhibitions, dance and art performance. Organised by Hurricane of Hearts, entry is free but they are raising funds towards medical equipment for children’s emergency services and the provision of health care for the elderly. Free, just turn up, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January.
London Connection Puzzle
Your four clue-words for the week are ESTHER, MARTIN, ELIZABETH and OSCAR. Spotted the London connection? No need to email in, as we have a winner, who guessed it from the first two clues.
From the Archive
Here’s a smorgasbord of goodies from 10 January over the years: a look at All Hallows By The Tower as part of our London’s small museums series, a discussion with the team who haul London’s refuse along the Thames for incineration in our Londonist Out Loud podcast, finding the panoramas of lost London and a guide to London’s many execution sites (OK, that one’s from 11 Jan but we couldn’t resist).
A final piece of Sherlock to finish the week off. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the great detective’s toilet, as displayed at the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Is this where Dr Watson keeps his log? Where Holmes investigated the Adventure of the Copper Breeches?