Things To Do In London Today: Friday 11 April 2014

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Artsdepot hosts an evening of celtic music. Details below

Listings

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Olave Parish Hall in Fenchurch Street and Morrisons at Thamesmead. See site for terms and conditions.

FILM FESTIVAL: Enjoy some queer-focused films and art events part of the Fringe! Film Festival taking place between Dalston and Hackney. Tickets for every single event can be booked on the website. Until 14 April

ART: Connected to Barbican’s new exhibition, the Fashion Space Gallery hosts Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest. It shows Jean Paul Gaultier’s graphic design work, dating back to the 1980s, for the first time. Free, just turn up, until 31 May

GARDENING: Get your hands dirty and learn everything about compost, the black gold. Chelsea Physic Garden hosts a compost workshop lead by Michael Holland, Head of Education. £30, prebook, 10am-1pm 

FREE WALK: Cool Tan Arts has organised a free walk in Dulwich. The theme is Architecture — From Country Estates to Council Estates and the walk looks at how land use in Dulwich has changed over the past two centuries. Meet at Grove Vale Library. Free, just turn up, 12pm

SOUTHBANK CENTRE: The children’s theatre company Theatre-Rites discovers the value of discarded objects and rubbish, turning them into a matter of fun at Southbank Centre. Suitable for children aged 5 and over, the show runs until 21 April. £12/£6+bf, prebook, noon or 3pm

FOLK GIG: To commemorate the death of Joan Peterson, ‘The Witch of Wapping’, join folk singer Nigel of Bermondsey performing at The Atlantis Bookshop in Holborn. Expect esoteric storytelling and singing. Free, just turn up, 6pm

DANCE EVENT: Bishopsgate Institute’s Great Hall turns into a dance floor for all the people who want to practise their dance steps and have some social fun. You’d better clean your dancing shoes. £10/£8+bf, prebook, from 7pm  

BACK IN TIME: Battersea Art Centre hosts the musical inspired by the Greek myth Orpheus, set in Paris during 1930s, which is a mix of jazz, opera and French chanson. Get ready to be amused, the show is on until 17 May. £20/£17.50, prebook, 7.30pm

CELTIC MUSIC: Nominated for Best Live Act BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012, the Peatbog Faeries have taken celtic dance music into current day. They play tonight at Artsdepot in North Finchley, so prepare to dance on their Scottish music notes. £16/£14, prebook, 8pm

HOT STEPPIN’: The Working Men’s Club in Bethnal Green turns its music on for a night of music and fun. Dance hip hop, 90s street beats and some folk as well. £5, prebook, from 9pm 


Good Cause of the Day

Hackney Pirates is an educational charity that develops learning, literacy and creativity in the young people in Hackney. They’ve just launched the initiative called The Ship of Adventures, a project that aims to create a new learning space in order to expand and enrich learning on Hackney high streets. You can support them both by making a donation or becoming a volunteer.

On Sunday 13 April there will be the 34th London Marathon. If you’re taking part, well done you and best of luck. If you’re not, why not head on down to support those who are? The atmosphere is great. To find out more about the route and timings visit the website. The main race begins at 10am 

London Connection Puzzle

Your full set of clues are JENNY, FINCH, CUPER and MERLIN. What’s the London connection? No need to email in as we already have a winner.

From the Archive

Enjoy this emotional and springy London time-lapse video made by Mattia Bicchi Photography which we shared on this day last year.

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