Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 11 April 2013

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GIVE BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Bishopsgate Institute and The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street. Free, just turn up, see site for times and conditions

COMEDY: Wondering who Nish Kumar is? That's ok, he's wondering it himself in his new comedy show, Who Is Nish Kumar? Tonight is the first in three extra shows that have been added at Soho Theatre due to demand. £12.50/£10, prebook, until 13 April

TREE TALES: Dulwich Park is the location for a series of family workshops, activities and events all about trees. Free, just turn up, until 13 April

FILM FESTIVAL: The Palestine Film Pre-Festival starts today in advance of the real thing. There will be a films and talks taking place over the next three weeks, check website for listings. Until 26 April

PHOTOGRAPHY: Sebastião Salgado: Genesis opens today at the Natural History Museum, unveiling extraordinary images of landscapes, wildlife and remote communities around the world. £10/£5, prebook, until 8 September

BIKE CHECKS: Get free bicycle advise, maintenance, assistance with route planning and more at Broadgate's Bike Station today. Free, just turn up

GOOD PEOPLE: The Archbishop of Westminster, a top financial crime expert, an Anglican Bishop and a Guardian columnist may sound like the beginning of a joke, but instead they are coming together at St Paul's Institute for a fascinating discussion on good people at the UK's financial heart. Free, prebook, 6pm

HOW TO THINK: Rolf Dobelli points out how cognitive biases often lead us to make poor judgments, and offers some tips on spotting our biases and avoiding them. It’s on at LSE tonight. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

HIDDEN LONDON: Antony Clayton uncovers the secrets below London’s streets for CityRead, at Kensington Central Library. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

TO DO: Lists. How many of you love lists? We could make a list of all the people who love lists. Well let us list this: Foyles on Charing Cross Road hosts I Love Lists! where you can define what you love and loathe. We love it. £7/£5, prebook for cheaper tickets, 7pm

GIG: Melanie Pain, the front lady of French collective Nouvelle Vague is performing this evening at London Jazz Cafe. Head along for folk-pop with pretty vocals. £12.50, prebook, 7pm

DANCE: Itchy feet? Our recommendation is either get that checked out by a doctor, or go to Itchy Feet Dance Academy at The Book Club tonight. Team Itchy Feet mix in a variety of dance lessons with dressing up and drinking. £10, prebook, 7pm

LONDON FOLKTALES: Storyteller Helen East will be will sharing tales from her latest book, London Folk Tales and the Old King’s Head, Borough. £2.50/£1.50, just turn up, 8pm

MORE COMEDY: Nat Luurtsema headlines the completely free Yeah Yeah Yeah at the Slaughtered Lamb, hosted by one of the Three Englishmen Nick Hall. Also catch sketch, character and stand-up from Beasts, Tom Hensby, Gareth Cooper, Mike Kenward and Elinor Keber. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Random London Fact of the Day
Yesterday we alerted you to the location of two statues of Margaret Thatcher in London, but it doesn't end there. Buddhapadipa Temple was the first Thai Buddhist temple to be built in the UK. Inside the temple hall, the walls are covered with paintings and murals that follow the tendency of traditional Thai mural paintings to combine scenes from Buddhist mythology with more contemporary figures and objects. If you would like to see for yourself (and it is open to respectful visitors of any faith) you can expect to find depictions of the life of Buddha, the Mona Lisa, Charlie Chaplin and, you guessed it, Margaret Thatcher.

London Weather (courtesy of guest weatherman, Gary Shearin)
Today is the day to start ‘growing your own’. The ground will be nicely prepared with a splash of rain around lunchtime. For April, RHS suggestions include planting Spring (yeah right) Onions and Summer (fat chance) Cauliflower. Remember to protect your sowings with fleece, polythene, thermal vests, woolly jumpers – anything to give them a fighting chance! To pollinate your efforts, the queen bumblebee should have emerged to start a colony in February or March. She’s still nowhere to be seen this year. And we can’t blame her with a highest temperature of just 14c.