Things To Do In London Today: Monday 8 April 2013

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GIVE BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at St Olave Parish Hall on Fenchurch Street. Free, just turn up, see site for times and conditions

WONDER: Get brainy at Barbican's Wonder Street Fair with drop in activities, performances and demonstrations, all free. You can even knit a neurone! Free, just turn up, until 9 April

HUGUENOTS: The Huguenots, French Protestant refugees who fled Catholic France in the 16th and 17th centuries, made a huge contribution to London. To celebrate their talent, a programme of walks, talks and events is taking place until 21 April, and today you'll find talks and a screening at The Water Poet. £8 (includes a glass of wine), prebook, 7pm

CLOCK: Clock lovers get ready, Helen Jacobsen is talking today at The Wallace Collection about The Avignon Clock, an 18th century gilted bronze beauty. Free, just turn up, 1pm

POETRY: David Parry has turned the Gruntlers into Allthing, and is curating an all-afternoon poetry moot at the Poetry Cafe. £5/£3, just turn up, 2.30pm

SCIENCE AND RELIGION: A talk at Gresham College on the past 10 years of the Boyle Lectures and their contribution to the dialogue between Christianity and our understanding of the natural world. Free, just turn up, 6pm

OPEN MIC: Dancers, singers, musicians, poets and comedians get their time in the spotlight at this open mic night at Rich Mix. Those who want to perform should email beforehand, but there is a Wild Card slot on the night too. Free, just turn up, 7pm

COMEDY: BBC Radio 6 presenter Shaun Keaveny is joined by a stella comedy line-up including Tom Stade, Joe Lycett, Sarah-Louise Young and Kerry Godliman, tonight at Pleasance Theatre. £9/£8.50, prebook, 7.30pm

DOCTOR WHO: The Monarch in Camden's sci-fi pub quiz is back, and it's about time. Test your knowledge of Doctor Who and, if you don't win, simply travel back in time two hours and try again. £2, just turn up, 8pm

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