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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Olave Parish Church on Fenchurch Street, Stoll in Fulham and Sainsbury’s Car Park on Dog Kennel Hill in East Dulwich. Free, see site for terms and conditions
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Beetles+Huxley art gallery’s new exhibition, Aerial Perspectives, opens today, featuring the work of photographer Alex MacLean, who specialises in aerial shots of the ground below, including agricultural patterns, planes lined up at a military bone yard, and surfers chasing waves. Free, just turn up, until 29 March
SHAKESPEARE DISCUSSION: The National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre hosts a discussion between psychoanalyst Mike Brearley, and academic Laurie Maguire about the human mind, as represented in Shakespeare’s King Lear. £3/£4, prebook, 5.30pm
LONDON STORIES: London Transport Museum hosts London Stories Live, where three authors talk about their London-focused books. Mark Mason walked the entire length of the Underground system, Hannah Velten looks at the history of animals in London (and wrote our book of the year 2013) and Travis Elborough collected London diary entries from Tudor times to the present day. £10/£8, prebook, 6.30pm
IMMERSIVE THEATRE: Salon 2 presents a discussion about the future of immersive theatre, at the House of St Barnabus in Soho, and gives audience members a chance to share what they enjoy about the immersive theatre experience. £10, prebook, 6.30pm
IMMIGRATION DEBATE: A debate takes place at Guildhall tonight questioning whether London really does need more immigration. Speakers include Tessa Jowell and Nigel Farage. Free, prebook, 6.45pm
PHOTOGRAPHY TALK: Photovoice presents An Evening With Nick Danziger at Kings Place. The award-winning photographer and world renowned photo journalist talks about his work. £9.50, prebook, 7pm
CINEMA CLUB: If it’s a relaxing evening you’re after, why not head along to the Monday Cocktail Cinema Club at Belle & Co in Euston? Each week they show a film, classic or contemporary, in which alcohol plays a part. This week’s film is Ghost, and pizzas and cocktails will be on sale, plus free alcohol-flavoured popcorn is provided. Free, just turn up, 7pm
CRAFT EVENING: Cocktails + cross stitching sounds like it could get messy but that hasn’t stopped Drink Shop Do from putting on Mr X Stitch Hangout. Bring your cross-stitch along and mingle with like-minded crafters. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm
LGBT RIGHTS: Amnesty International London hosts Spotlight on LGBT+ Rights Post-Sochi at Goldsmith’s College, a debate which looks at how LGBT rights have changed as a result of the Sochi Olympics, and what can be done to improve gay rights in the future. Free (donations welcome), just turn up, 7.30pm
COMEDY: If you fancy a giggle, Brett Goldstein‘s five day run at Soho Theatre begins today. £10, prebook, 7.30pm. Elsewhere the Boat Show Comedy Club takes place on board the Tattershall Castle, with acts including Hal Cruttenden, Andrew Lawrence and Fern Brady. £10/£8+bf, prebook, 8pm
LONDON MUSIC: Last summer we added Kilburn songwriter Sean Taylor’s single London to our playlist. Tonight he plays at Green Note in Camden, as part of his European Tour to promote his album, Chase The Night. £10+bf, prebook, 8.30pm
Good Cause of the Day
Tomorrow, the Admiral Hardy pub in Greenwich hosts a free gig night to raise awareness of Target Ovarian Cancer. Performers include blues rock band Blowfunkle, folk singer-songwriter Claudia Heidegger and old hat on the London open mic circuit Ben Golding. The event is free, so just turn up ready to jig along to the music. There will also be a raffle, with proceeds going to Target Ovarian Cancer.
London Connection Puzzle
Would you believe that nobody correctly guessed the answer to last week’s puzzle. It’s the first time this has ever happened. So congratulations to Paul Baker who set last week’s puzzle and becomes our first ever unbeaten quiz master. The clues were JUDITH, SUSIE, ANGELA and SARAH. The connection? These are the first names of the last four Lord Mayors of Westminster. A new puzzle begins tomorrow.
From the Archive
Does Greenwich contain England’s oldest ten-pin bowling alley? Which tube station has six consecutive consonants in its name? Where can you hear the River Fleet flowing under ground (provided you’re willing to listen to a grate in the road)? The answers to these are some of the pieces of trivia that our Facebook followers sent in to us last year. We’re not too sure how exactly someone came to be listening to a road grate in the first place though…
It’s Bench Week on Londoddities — a daily dose of bench-themed trivia from around the capital. To begin, here’s one of our favourite bench dedications, which can be found on the South Bank near the National Theatre.