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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Aegis Media and the other usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.
WOMEN TENNIS: Women’s Wednesdays is presented by Lee Valley Tennis Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a set of weekly tennis sessions exclusively for women and girls. The initiative starts today with an adult session (10am-12pm), two introductory sessions for girls (5-6pm for ages 10-13, and 6-7pm for ages 14-18) and even cardio tennis (7-8pm for over 16s). £4, prebook by email, the event repeats every Wednesday until early September
MIND JUNGLES: Writer and psychoanalyst Susie Orbach is at ZSL London Zoo to continue the series of writer’s talk events, in which writers team up with zoo-keepers to discuss animals. Tonight’s event takes place in the zoo’s Tiger Territory exhibit, and the theme is ‘jungles of the mind’. £12, prebook, 6.30pm
EAT A LAMB’S TONGUE: Head to 409 restaurant in Clapham Road for an evening of pop-up cuisine with Blanch & Shock Food Design, formed of chefs Mike Knowlden and Josh Pollen. The menu includes crab, octopus, lamb tongue and much more. £40, prebook by email, 7pm
SOVIET FASHION: Connected to its current exhibition Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain, GRAD hosts a talk about Soviet Fashion from 1950s until 1970s. The talk is lead by fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart and includes a QA session. £7/£5+bf (including a drink), prebook, 7pm
BRIGHT CLUB: Six UCL researchers take the stage at the Star of Kings is King’s Cross and become comedians for a night. Supported by two professional comedians, tonight’s theme is ‘heat’. £5+bf, prebook, 7.30pm
LIVE FOLK: Listen to English musician Martin Simpson and American guitar and banjo player Dom Flemons, performing tonight at Cecil Sharp House in Camden Town. They perform both English and American folk music. £16+bf, prebook, 7.30pm
DESIGN TALK: What is the role of 21st century designer? This is the question before a panel discussion taking place at Bootstrap Company in Dalston. The event is part of LBB Pop-Up Schoool. £10+bf, prebook, 7.30pm
BEAT THE HEAT: Survive the sweltering weather with one of our favourite ice creams, enjoy a breeze in a rooftop bar, take a dip in a lido, sip an icy cocktail or just soak up the sun in a beer garden.
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Good Cause of the Day
On Saturday 2 August join a charity guided walk picking up on the recent International Women’s Day theme, which was was inspiring change. Listen to stories of brave women who lived in London in the past as well as contemporary female role models. The walk fundraises for Amnesty International — meeting point is the Guildhall Yard. £10+bf, prebook, 10.30am
From the Archive
On this day last year London was hit by a very strong storm, similar to the one happened last weekend. See some pictures of the 2013 storm on this photographic round-up.