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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Fevers Design in Oxford Street, Doubletree By Hilton Hotel at the Tower of London, Ealing Town Hall, Dundonald Church in Raynes Park, and outside Well House in Parking Bays 35-36 Bromley. See site for terms and conditions
BRIXTON: 80s Youth – the Best of Times, the Worst of Times is the temporary display showing re-imagined movie posters celebrating the best (and worst) of 80’s cinema, upstairs at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton. Free, until 2 June
CABARET FESTIVAL: Join the second year of London Festival of Cabaret, which features award-winning performers. Taking place in eight different venues across London, the festival celebrates the art of composers, lyricists and performing. See full programme of performances and venues on the website, prices of events vary and some are free. Free-£55, prebook, until 22 May
WOMEN AND FOOD: Divertimenti Culinary Salon is a three-days event focusing on leading female chefs, writers and food producers, and exploring the roles of women working in the food sector today. All the talks take place in the evenings in Marylebone, see website for full schedule. £10 (each talk), prebook, until 8 May
GRESHAM SHIP: Gresham College hosts a talk about the 2003 discovery of the Gresham Ship, the first public event about the discovery, following five years of research. Free, just turn up, 1pm
PHOTOGRAPHY: Interested in developing your photographic skills? Take part in a one-day street photography course, which explores Camden, including the markets and canals of this eclectic area. The courses repeat periodically and change venue each time. £48/43, prebook, 2-4pm
TALK: Join a free discussion led by two experts about racism throughout history, based on letters written after the 1911 Universal Races Congress. The events take place at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, part of UCL. Free, prebook, 6pm
GUIDED WALK: Step off the beaten paths of the city, find something new and uncover forgotten stories. This guided walk will lead you to discover the City of London’s hidden gems like churches, alleyways, courts and corridors: meeting point is Barbican Station. £10/£7.50, prebook, 6-8pm
LIFE DRAWING: You don’t need to be an artist or a professional drawer to take part in this life drawing class at Ben Uri Gallery, in St John’s Wood. Material and access to the current exhibition included. £15, prebook by email, from 6.30pm
ROYAL INSTITUTION: What makes us human, how did we develop the features that characterise the human species today? Find the answers at the talk Human Evolution: An introduction, taking place at the Royal Institution. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm
FOOD WORKSHOP: Drink, Shop & Do in King’s Cross hosts Foodie Beauty, a play-with-your-food workshop, led by The Robin Collective. You will learn how to use food to create natural beauty treatments, and have fun as well. £15, prebook, 7pm
GIG: East London trio Waylayers perform their atmospheric pop at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm. £6+bf, prebook, 7.30pm
SWING REVIVAL: Enjoy the foot-tapping vintage sounds of swing and gypsy jazz artists at the Hippodrome Casino. The programme includes a swing dance class by Pedro Coimbra, and live music and social dancing from Pinstripe Suit. £8-£15, prebook, 8pm
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Good Cause of the Day
The Alibi in Dalston hosts a free night of dubstep music, featuring performances from DJs Tristram and Funz, and special guest Distinction. Proceeds from the night will be donated to Sense, a national charity supporting and campaigning for deaf-blind people. Free, just turn up, 8pm-2am
London Connection Puzzle
Congratulations to last week’s winner, Tess Swithinbank, who was first to spot the connection between BIRDCAGE WALK, ALBANY STREET, KNIGHTSBRIDGE and REPOSITORY WAY. They are, of course, all London street on which you’ll find a barracks.
A new quiz, set by Tess, starts today. Your first clue is BRIDE LANE. Don’t email in just yet, but think about possible connections and wait for clue number two tomorrow.
From the Archive
There’s a massive problem when building a massive glass skyscraper: keeping its outside glass clean. See this video of cleaners removing the dirty from The Shard.
Name That Statue!
This week’s picture puzzles all concern London’s population of fake people. To start, can you name the man represented by this heavily cropped statue? Where was he located? Why can’t you see him there any more? (If you’re reading this in the email version, you can leave a comment by visiting londonist.com and finding the article on the ‘Today’ menu tab.)