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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Conway Hall in Holborn, Brewers Hall, and the Church of Jesus Christ in Balham. See site for terms and conditions
LEARN A LANGAUGE: Lingua Diversa‘s 10 week language courses begin today. Choose from French, Spanish, Italian and more. Several levels available, from beginner to advanced. From £170, prebook, various times.
SENSORY ART: Safe House is a new sensory installation at the Young Vic, allowing visitors to experience a wide range of human emotions and senses. Free, just turn up, until 17 May
ST KATHARINE’S: Christopher West will be talking about, and signing copies of, his new book, The Story of St Katharine’s which covers the history of the dock. Takes place on the Thames barge, Lady Daphne, on the pontoon in West Dock, close to International House. £5, prebook, 5.45pm
ROYAL SOCIETY: How does the biodiversity of tropical forests affect our planet? Find the answers at the Royal Society, where Professor O Philips will tell you more about climate change issues. Free, just turn up, 6pm
LOST TUBE: Haydn Davies speaks at The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street on the history of the Fleet Line, a proposed tube line from Stanmore to Lewisham. Parts were built, but the scheme was never realised as planned. Free, just turn up, 6.15pm
RICH MIX: East End Backpassages: Tales Less Told is a theatrical event taking place at Rich Mix in Shoredicth that celebrates the launch of a new anthology of stories from the less explored side streets of East End social history. Local authors and storytellers join forces for an evening of East End’s discovery. Free, prebook by email, 7pm
MORE CRAFT: The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton hosts a craft event dedicated to the world of Alice in Wonderland. Get creative and try to reproduce some of the colourful objects appearing in the story. Free, prebook, 7pm
YOGA RAVE: No, we’re not sure either, but if you head to The Proud Archivist in Haggerston you’ll find out. Participants are given a chance to request a favourite yoga position and accompanying song, with some of the music provided by live DJs. £13/£16, prebook, 7pm
POLITICS: Columnist and broadcaster Steve Richards talks politics at Kings Place; specifically, how political parties are more different from one another than they have been for decades. £9.50, prebook, 7.30pm
MAY DAY: A talk at The Miller in London Bridge looks at London’s May Day rituals, including Jack-in-the-Greens. Organised by Haunt London. £3, just turn up, 8pm
ACOUSTIC MUSIC: There is an acoustic music night, Route 88, at new arts centre Omnibus in Clapham. Acts include Superspokes, Lucas & King and Elin Ivarsson. £5, just turn up, 8pm
Good Cause of the Day
Forget running marathons, scaling mountains and the like. If you treat yourself to Afternoon Tea at The Cavendish London before the end of April, £1 will be donated to the Royal Chelsea Hospital. Afternoon Tea is served 2-5pm daily, and prebooking is recommended.
London Connection Puzzle
Congratulations to David Merren who was first to guess last week’s solution (from just two clues). St Sepulchre, St Giles, St Botolph and St Botolph (again) are all churches just outside the old City walls, and contain ‘Without’ in their full names. To wit: St Sepulchre Without Newgate, St Giles Without Cripplegate, St Botolph Without Bishopsgate/Aldgate/Aldersgate (three churches all with the same dedication). A new puzzle, set by David, starts tomorrow.
From the Archive
Three years ago, we rounded up London’s Top 10 Historic Houses And Stately Homes (excluding Royal palaces and the like). Predictably, no new stately homes or historic houses have popped up in the intervening years, so we stick by our selection.
Name That God!
This week’s picture theme is deities, demigods and guardian spirits. To start, can you name this rubicund exhibitionist? And where in London can you find him?
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