Things To Do In London Today: Friday 18 April 2014

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World Street Food Festival at Southbank Centre.

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at the YMCA Hall in Barbican, The Ecology Pavilion in Mile End and Bourne Hall in Ewell. See site for terms and conditions

CYCLING TOURS: If you’re feeling particularly energised this weekend, Discovery Richmond offer various cycling and walking tours around Richmond Park. Prices start from £10, and some tours include entry into local points of interest. Prebook here.

FOODIE HEAVEN: The World Street Food Festival and Real Food Market both pitch up at Southbank Centre for the weekend. Buy food fresh from those who produce it, and absorb the mouth-watering smells of street food being cooked. Free, just turn up, until Monday

LAST CHANCE: Time is running out to see Van Gogh’s Sunflowers side by side at The National Gallery. Free, just turn up (although there may be a wait in busy periods, so early arrival is recommended), until 27 April

CITYREAD: As part of Cityread London, the Gallery at Foyles in Charing Cross Road will transform into an interactive First World War hospital ward. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm 

LIVE MUSIC: If you fancy relaxing with a drink or two this Good Friday, The Windmill in Brixton hosts a day festival, with bands such as Firestations, Witching Waves, and The Graphite Set. £6.60, prebook, from 3pm

CLASSICAL CONCERT: The Britten Sinfonia perform Bach’s St John Passion in this concert at Barbican. The piece was originally composed for Good Friday vespers in 1724. £10-£35, prebook, 6pm

STORYTELLING: Immersive theatre experts The Travelling Storybox tell the tale of Bearskin in Tolpuddle Street. £12.65, prebook, 6.30pm/7.45pm/9pm

MUSEUM LATES: See in the weekend with a spot of culture at the British MuseumNational GalleryTate Modern, or National Portrait Gallery. Free, check websites for closing times and events

FLIRTOLOGY: Learn how to approach anyone with confidence at a Fearless Flirting Tour, led by the people behind Flirtology. Starts at the National Portrait Gallery. £25, prebook, 6.30pm

SKATING: Join in the London Friday Night Skate, open to roller skaters and bladers, weather permitting and starting at Wellington Arch. Free, just turn up, 7pm

WAR THEATRE: A new theatre show starts at Rich Mix today. Our Friends, The Enemy features stories of World War One through the eyes of one soldier. £10/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

MAGIC NIGHT: Madame JoJo’s Magic Night promises us card ninjas, super heroes, comedy magic tricks and escape artists, all for strangers. £12/£14, prebook, 7.45pm

DANCE: Head to Drink Shop Do for old-school classics and hip hop played downstairs, or head upstairs for more modern chart tune. The perfect way to kick off the bank holiday. Free before 11pm, £3 after


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Good Cause of the Day

On Monday The Human Appeal hosts a charity concert, Save A Life 2014, at the Lyric Theatre. Headliners are renowned Islamic trio Native Deen, supported by Saif Adam and Kareem Salama. The charity works against poverty, social injustice and natural disasters around the world. Tickets are £10 and can be bought here.

London Connection Puzzle

Your full set of clues are DUCKETT, LAUSANNE, WARHAM and MATTISON. What’s the London connection? No need to email in with an answer, as we already have a winner. The solution will be revealed on Tuesday (we’re taking Monday off for Bank Holiday).

From the Archive

Last year, London was puzzled by this pair of legs which had landed next to Victoria Station. The artwork is known as Alien, by artist David Breuer-Weil.

Name Those Stairs!

Today’s mystery staircase is a tricky one. Can anyone work out where in London you might find this spiral?

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  • dgbdgb

    The staircase is interesting – looks like a cable placed in a way that suggests it is not in regular use anymore… could this be the inside of the Duke of York column – not been in, so don’t know what it look like?

    • MattFromLondonist

      Interesting guess, but not correct.

  • Geoff

    Morning, the monument?

    • MattFromLondonist

      Nope.

  • Biojem

    Stairs up to the bell in big ben

    • MattFromLondonist

      Closer, but no.

  • Natalie

    Looks like the dome of St Paul’s

  • Adrian

    Agree re the cable – maybe just for the amount of light needed to
    illuminate the photo, as there seem to be smoke detectors – it looks like the photo has been taken
    from the bottom of the stairs looking up, so we’re looking at the bottom
    of the steps. And if the Big Ben guess is closer – The War Rooms under Whitehall?

    • MattFromLondonist

      No, not there either.

  • Stoive

    Somerset House?

  • Yang

    The Monument to the Great Fire of London near Monument tube station? :D

  • n

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  • m20five

    Tower Bridge?

  • MattFromLondonist

    Still no one has it. I’ll leave it till Tuesday then reveal the answer.

  • David W

    The emergency stairs for the Post Office railway?

    • MattFromLondonist

      No.

  • m

    skandar keynes give an abuse jesus skandar keynes say Bible is ridiculous.

  • Rich Thomas

    It’s past Tuesday. I for one am on tenterhooks!