Things To Do In London Today: Monday 14 April 2014

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Take a stroll around Somerset House with Footprints of London. Details below.

Take a stroll around Somerset House with Footprints of London. Details below.

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St James Square and The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street. See site for terms and conditions

CIRCUS WORKSHOPS: Talent Time Theatre School holds a series of circus workshops for both adults and children in Barnet. Valerie Murzak who has performed on Britain’s Got Talent leads the sessions. From £20, various times, prebook, until 16 April

SOMERSET HOUSE WALK: Footprints of London’s latest walk takes in the history of Somerset House before visiting Temple and The Royal Courts of Justice. £10/£7.50, prebook, 11am

FREE FILM: Alibi Film Club screens 1970 classic Alien as part of Classic Sci-Fi month at The Alibi in Dalston. Free, just turn up, 7pm

RUSSIAN CUISINE: New food pop-up venture The Trainee Chef hosts its inaugural event, an evening class teaching the methods of Russian Cuisine at Studio Gi in Hackney. £60, prebook, 6.30pm

’90S CRAFTS: Celebrate all things ’90s at Drink Shop Do’s Customise A Visor evening. Save some UV stars for us! £12, prebook, 7pm

CINEMA CLUB: If it’s a relaxing evening you’re after, head along to the Monday Cocktail Cinema Club at Belle & Co in Euston. Each week it shows a film, classic or contemporary, in which alcohol plays a part. This week’s film is Titanic, and pizzas and cocktails will be on sale. Hold the ice in our drink. Free, just turn up, 7pm

LOCAL PERFORMERS: Up-and-coming singers, rappers, dancers, comedians and spoken word artists will all perform at Rich Mix. Free, tweet @Allsortz1 to book, 7pm

CLASSICAL CONCERT: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center perform a concert at Wigmore Hall, with pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Zhou Long and Fauré. From £15, prebook, 7.30pm

LONDON PERFORMERS: Snapshot Songs is a song-cycle performance featuring 150 performers who have attended workshops and auditions across London. Takes place at Barbican, also on tomorrow. £10/£5, prebook, 7.30pm

SCIENCE IN ISLAM: The British Humanist Association hosts a Lessons From The Past lecture about attitudes towards science in the Islamic world chaired by Polly Toynbee. Takes places at Conway Hall. £15/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

NEW PLAY: The Pleasance Theatre in Islington stages Sylvia Rayman’s Women of Twilight, written in 1951 about the exploitation of a group of unmarried mothers. £10/£14, prebook, 7.30pm

FREE COMEDY: Comedy Knights‘ free weekly comedy evening at The Foundry in Camden has award winning comedian Julian Deane headlining tonight. Free, just turn up, 8pm


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Good Cause of the Day

From 28 April to 2 May, people around the world will take part in Live Below The Line, a project which encourages people to live on £1 a day to challenge attitudes towards poverty. So far, over £90,000 has been raised, but it’s not too late to donate or sign up yourself. You can do so on the website.

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to last week’s winner Peter Hunt, who was first to identify the connection. The clues were JENNY, FINCH, CUPER and MERLIN. All refer to Georgian pleasure gardens — specifically Jenny’s Whim (near Ebury Bridge Road), Finch’s Grotto (Southwark Street), Cuper’s Gardens (Waterloo) and Merlin’s Cave (near modern Rosebery Avenue). Peter will now set this week’s quiz, which starts tomorrow.

From the Archive

Last April, in the run-up to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, we took a look at the previous times when Big Ben was silenced, either intentionally or through mechanical fault. And yes, we know that Big Ben is the bell, not the tower.

Name Those Stairs!

This week’s daily picture puzzle is all about steps. Here’s an easy one to start. In which building are we standing? Who told us what they really, really wanted here in 1996? And what creatures did a SWAT team encounter on these stairs in 2005? (Alas, the last two questions do not have the same answer.)

St Pancras staircase

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  • HHGeek

    Stairs: St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel (tho’ Midland Grand Hotel at the time of the events mentioned), Spice Girls, no idea!

  • Lauren Silverwolf

    I <3 St Pancras. London's most beautiful building. :-) HHGeek's got it right – but just to add that the last bit is Batman Begins.

    • MattFromLondonist

      Well done both HHGeek and Lauren. That’s correct. Another exciting instalment of ‘Name Those Stairs!’ tomorrow.