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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City, East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf and the shopping area in Lewisham. See site for terms and conditions.
TOUR DE FRANCE: The world’s most famous cycling event drops by today. Here’s where to grab a sighting of the pedal-pushing action. Meanwhile, Cyclus, a piece of art by the late Vasko Lipovac, will be on display at Exchange Square in Broadgate for one day only.
LAYERED PAINTINGS: Young British painter Dean Melbourne unveils his first solo show at Gallery 8 in Mayfair. His work is identifiable for his technique of painting in layers, using a variety of different paint types on each work. Free, until 19 July
BRITISH COMICS: Comic book experts Dave Gibbons, Frazer Irving and Pat Mills are at the British Library talking about British comic 2000AD, widely recognised as the most influential of all time, as it launched the careers of many artists and authors. £8/£6/£5, prebook, 6.30pm
AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS: Professor William P. Jones talks about the American Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its historical, political and social consequences until the present day. The event takes place at the British Library. £5/£4, prebook, 6.30pm
VETTRIANO PAINTING: Pop-up painting appears at The Railway Tavern in Clapham, giving budding artists a chance to create their own impression of an iconic Jack Vettriano image. No experience necessary and all art supplies are included in the ticket price. £25, prebook, 7.30pm
CROSS STITCH: Cocktails, cake and cross stitch are the order of the day at Drink Shop Do in King’s Cross. Bring a current cross stitch project that you’re working on and get advice from fellow cross stitchers. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm
ALL ABOARD: Boat Show Comedy at Tattershall Castle, one of the boats moored near Embankment station, has Edinburgh preview shows from John Hastings and another act yet to be named, MC’d by Maff Brown. £10/£8, prebook, 8pm
COMEDY KNIGHTS: Enjoy an evening of comedy with laughter professionals Comedy Knights, taking place at the AAA in Kensington. The event is free and you’ll see Joel Dommett and Joey Page. Free, just turn up, 8pm
JEWISH INDIA: Learn all about India and the work done to support people living there with disabilities from Josh Simons, manager of World Jewish Relief programmes, and Richard Verber, WJR’s campaigns manager. Takes place at London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green. £10/£12, prebook, 8pm
COMEDY FINAL: The Grand Final of the English Comedian of the Year competition takes place at Southbank Centre. The final 10 from over 300 entrants are competing for £1,500 and a trip to Australia. £14-£20.50, prebook, 8pm
CINEMA PREVIEW: Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley screens a preview of new film Downhill, in which four old school friends reunite to walk coast to coast across the UK. It’s followed by a Q&A session with director James Rouse and actor Richard Lumsden. £9.50/£7, prebook, 8.30pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Big name comedians including Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Stewart Lee, Marcus Brigstock and Shappi Khorsandi all perform in Stand Up Against Austerity tonight. The gig takes places at the Hammersmith Apollo, raising money for The People’s Assembly‘s Against Austerity campaign. Tickets range from £18-£35 and can be bought here.
London Connection Puzzle
Congratulations to Paul Kent who was first to solve last week’s puzzle from just two clues. The solution was that all four were the streets upon which political parties have headquarters. They were: Leonard Street (Green Party), Great George Street (Lib Dems), Matthew Parker Street (Tories) and Brewers Green (Labour). The connection puzzle will now take a week off while its compiler is on holiday.
From the Archive
From sailing to shooting, via snorkelling, Part S of our Where To Play Sport In London series revealed all about Thames sailing clubs, diving with sharks and a shooting range directly underneath London Bridge.