Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 27 March 2014

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Try a ukelele taster session in Soho

Try a ukulele taster session in Soho

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Cathedral Hall in Victoria and Trent Park Golf Centre in Oakwood. Free, see site for terms and conditions

LITERARY FESTIVAL: The Daunt Books Festival kicks off today at the Marylebone store. Events include author talks, recipe demonstrations and a walking book club. A full programme is available here, but many events are already sold out, so get in quick. Until 28 March

CREATIVE FESTIVAL: The British Library’s Spring Festival begins today with a variety of events offering a unique opportunity to explore the library’s collections. Today’s event is a workshop on protecting your creative copyright. Free, prebook, 10am. Festival runs until 31 March

SUTTON HOO TREASURE: The famous medieval treasure of Sutton Hoo goes on display at the British Museum today in a new exhibition of medieval collections. Free, just turn up,

MYSTERY TALK: As part of English Tourism Week, Guildhall Library holds a free lunchtime talk about the disappearance of Elizabeth Canning, a mystery dating back 250 years. Free, just turn up, 1-1.30pm

ACTING MEMOIRS: Veteran actor Andrew Sachs takes part in a National Theatre Platform, where he discusses his memoirs with David Cohen. Followed by a book signing. £4, prebook, 6pm

TV-STYLE TRIVIA: Head to the Grant Museum of Zoology for an evening of mystery-solving. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral sees the public pitted against museum curators and experts in trying to identify objects from the museum’s collection. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

FUNDRAISING LECTURE: St Pancras Old Church hosts a fundraiser in the form of a lecture by Dr Peter Foley about visionary bishop Jeremy Collier. Minimum donation £10, prebook, 6.30pm

LEARN TO UKE: It’s never too late to learn an instrument, so why not try the ukulele at this informal taster session? No experience is necessary. Takes place at The Royal George on Charing Cross Road. £28, prebook, 7pm 

POP UP OPERA: Pop-up opera is a touring opera company aiming to make opera more accessible to everyone. Tonight it holds a performance of Bizet’s Doctor Miracle in Hackney Wick. £12, prebook, 7.30pm

STORY JAM: Storytime isn’t just for kids. Celebrate the changing of the clocks at Story Jam O’Clock in Forest Hill. Storytellers include Emily Parrish, Susannah Gill and Lewis Barfoot. £7/£6, just turn up, 7.30pm

BURLESQUE CABARET: Lolo Brow’s Cabaret Derangium brings comedy, art, music and cabaret together for one evening at Marylebone Gardens. Features award-winning cabaret star Coco Deville. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

IMMIGRATION FILM: DocHouse screens documentary film Stop-Over at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. The film tells the story of Iranian illegal immigrants in Athens. Followed by a panel discussion. £7, prebook, 8pm


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Good Cause of the Day

For a mere £10, attend a Montage! Live! screening of Rocky IV. The iconic soundtrack will be played by a live band, so if a live and loud version of Eye Of The Tiger isn’t enough to convince you, we don’t know what will be. All proceeds from the evening to towards the Anthony Nolan Trust for blood cancer and bone marrow transplants. The screening is followed by an ’80s-themed movie party, with fancy dress enthusiastically encouraged. Takes place at Dogstar in Brixton, prebook, 8pm

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far have been TRAFALGAR SQUARE and MARYLEBONE ROAD. The third clue is PARLIAMENT SQUARE. What do these three locations have in common (something quite specific). If you think you’ve got it, email matt@londonist.com.

From the Archive

Two years ago, photographers across the world took part in The 24 Hour Project, putting together a selection of 24 images showing their city in a day. Gary Cohen took part, and we presented his one-an-hour shots of London online here.

Name That View

Whose balcony were we standing upon, on this grey day?

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  • Lauren Silverwolf

    Somewhere around the Time Out offices at the top of Tottenham Court Road?

    • MattFromLondonist

      You got it, Lauren. It is indeed from Time Out’s offices, looking towards British Museum. We envy them their view.

      • Lauren Silverwolf

        I did some work for a media company based in the Google offices round the back of Tottenham Court Road station – now they had a view! That’s why I recognise the top of the British Museum! ;-)