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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (Tower of London), ASDA in Charlton and South Chingford Cong Church. Free, see site for terms and conditions
DETOX POP UP: Foodie blog Christabel's presents a detox pop-up at 159 Collective on Camden High Street, offering detox smoothies, teas, superfood finger food and healthy cocktails (5-7pm only). Want more detoxspiration? Here's our selection of booze-free venues in London. Free, just turn up, until 30 January
BURLESQUE: Director Beth B takes us into the 21st century underground world of extreme performance in the documentary film Exposed: Beyond Burlesque, screening at Institute of Contemporary Arts. £6-£10, prebook, until 16 January
TEXTILES: Mary Zreik's exhibition at Rich Mix showcases her first collection of printed textiles accessories, created using photography, digital media and screen-printing techniques. Free, just turn up, until 15 January
JAZZ: A new musical project, Georgetown – Projeto Do Brasil at Foyles explores both contemporary and traditional Brazilian popular music. Free, just turn up, 6-7pm
FILM: Fill The Void, writer-director Rama Burshtein's debut, also screens at the Institute of Contemporary Arts — a film about a close-knit Hassidic community plunged into dilemma after a member dies in childbirth. £6-£10, prebook, 6.30pm
CREATIVE WRITING: Creative writing teacher Greg Mosse (fun fact: he's the husband of Kate Mosse) runs a class at Royal Festival Hall designed to help you develop structure in your short stories. £15, prebook, 6.30pm
LIONEL RICH TEA: Ok, so you know how London is ‘eclectic’ and ‘has something for everyone’? Good, here goes: go to Drink, Shop & Do in King’s Cross tonight and receive a couple of Rich Tea biscuits in which you are asked to etch a design of Lionel Ritchie’s face. We’re not making this up. The best one wins a prize (!). Free, just turn up, from 7pm
COMEDY: Two angry men (Robin Ince and Michael Legge to be exact) get angry and shout funny things, angrily, at the Comedy Cafe Theatre in Shoreditch on 7 January. £5, prebook, 8pm
London Connection Puzzle
And so begins the first puzzle of 2014. Your first clue-word is ESTHER. Please wait for tomorrow's clue before emailing in a guess, but have a think about possible themes in the meantime. This week's puzzle is set by previous winner, Paul Baker.
From the Archive
On this day last year we had some breaking news. A scoop, if you will. We finally answered the much-asked question: who is Insepctor Sands? (OK fine fine, we didn't really, but it's a pretty good guess).
Our new series, highlighting some of the capital's stranger corners.
2. Letter to Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes Museum
The Sherlock Holmes Museum at (a dubiously numbered) 221b Baker Street is an entertaining shrine to the great detective, and shouldn't be dismissed as a mere tourist cash-in. Of the many curious objects inside, we particularly love the stash of letters the museum (and its predecessors) received from those seeking the sleuth's help. Here's a favourite...especially the bit about dinosaurs. (We've obscured the name and address, just in case...)
Previously: Metropolitan Police Hook.