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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Conway Hall, The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street, Sainsbury’s in Sydenham, Ealing Town Hall, Richmond Athletic Association, St Paul’s Centre in Enfield and Bromley Central Library. See site for terms and conditions
THEATRE RESIDENCY: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama hosts a four-day theatre residency, featuring Odin Teatret international theatre company. The programme includes master classes, performances, workshops and film screenings. £5-20, prebook, until Saturday 26 April
READING CELEBRATION: Today London joins the celebrations for World Book Night. Enjoy free events across London: readings, book giveaways, author talks and so on. Check out the World Book Night website and find out what’s on close to where you live. Free, just today
SHAKESPEARE DAY: Today is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Plenty of themed celebrations take place all over the city this week and beyond. Today you can enjoy a reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets at Guildhall Library (free, just turn up, 10am-4pm) or take part in one of the two themed walks organised by Guildhall Library. Shakespeare in Southwark Walk starts from the tree next to the London Bridge Experience/London Tombs horror attraction (£10, just turn up, 11am-1pm), while Shakespeare City Walk starts from the outside Blackfriars Underground Station (£10, just turn up, 6-8pm)
ST GEORGE: Today is also St George’s Day and there are plenty of places where you can celebrate the national patron. If you’d like to keep fit, GoToMidtown Walks has a themed walk that will lead you to the place where the national anthem was first sung publicly. Meeting point is the orange kiosk outside Holborn station. Free, just turn up, 1pm
WALK & EAT: Explore Camden Town as a food destination with the guided walk Markets & Meanderings: Camden Tour. Discover the history of the area and the best places to get falafel, dim sum, fish & chips, sweet treats and special teas. Meeting point is outside Camden Town tube station, tours repeat weekly. £55, prebook, 1.30pm
FILM SCREENING: The Wiener Library hosts a screening of this year’s Football Rwanda, Field of Memories. The documentary tells the story of Rwanda trough sport, remembering the genocide. Free, prebook essential, 6.30pm
QUIZZY FUN: Forget George and toast St Geek, with a special quiz from Thinking Bob and Geeks Inc at The Green, Clerkenwell. Rounds include Game of Thrones, Sherlock and Breaking Bad…and they have buzzers. Just e-mail email@example.com to reserve a table. £4, prebook, 7pm
SILENT DATING: Shhh Dating is a speed dating event but without all the talking. If you don’t find a match within the evening, they promise you free entry on the next silent dating event. £20+bf, prebook, 7pm
STAND UP COMEDY: Have a laugh with The Big Wednesday Comedy Club, taking place at The Charterhouse Bar in Barbican. Performers include Kate Lucas, Joey Page, Mark Cram, Paul F Taylor, Big Lou, Stephanie Laing and Henry Ginsberg. £7+bf, prebook, 7.30pm
GIG: The Roman Remains perform tonight at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Expect a mix of electronic, indie and a bit of rock music. £9.50, prebook, 8pm
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Good Cause of the Day
On Saturday 26 April the Oval Space in Bethnal Green hosts Rumble in the Jumble, the annual charity event organised by The Music Circle and Oxfam, which helps to raise funds for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The jumble includes music stars’ donations and second-hand clothes from celebrities: to get involved, bring your own bag of jumble. £3, just turn up, Saturday 26 April noon-6pm
London Connection Puzzle
Yesterday’s clue was ST SEPULCHRE. Today’s is ST GILES. Obviously, they’re both London churches, but what more specifically do they have in common. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to guess. Third clue tomorrow.
From the Archive
On this day back in 2010, we shared a hand-drawn map of Pimlico, as part of a series in which readers submitted doodles of their own area. If you have a hand-drawn London map you’d like to share with us, keep in touch and email us at email@example.com
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