Things To Do In London Today: Monday 25 November 2013

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New Life of a Family Album is a film that questions the nature of family, details below.

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BLOOD: Today's opportunities to donate blood are the Brewers Hall in the City of London and Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden. Free, see site for terms and conditions

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Find a festive market near you and pick up some presents while scoffing a mince pie.

SKATING: Seasonal skating is GO (or GO, WOBBLE, STOP, CLING TO SIDE, SKID, TOPPLE OVER depending on your aptitude). Check out our round-up of all the pop up ice rinks in London here.

RICHMOND: The month-long Richmond Literary Festival continues. Check out the full brochure here.

PECKHAM LIT: Starting this week is the Peckham Literary Festival with spoken word, book readings and poetry nights. £3 per event, prebook, until 1 December

DIGESTION: Learn about what goes on inside your body after scoffing that dinner down, at The Science of Digestion at Kia Oval. Free, prebook, 2-5pm

SCIENCE ART: The Art of Medicine: Self-Portrait without Breasts at St George’s, University of London presents poet Clare Best’s personal journey through preventive double mastectomy. Free, prebook, 6pm

ENGLAND: Acclaimed photographer Anna Fox gives an insight into the Science Museum's Only in England exhibition from the perspective of her own practice of exploring custom, leisure and the eccentricities of human behaviour. £8/£5, prebook, 6.30pm

HISTORY: The London History Festival has three days left. Tonight historian Antonia Fraser discusses the human and political drama of the events surrounding the Reform Bill of 1832 (£5/£3, 7pm). Until 28 November

FACE: How much, if anything, can you tell about a person from their facial features? A PubSci talk at the Prince William Henry Pub on Blackfriars Bridge Road sees Wellcome Library's Daniel Rees talk about the history of face reading. Free, just turn up, 7pm

INSPIRATION: Crowd Talks is at The Book Club in Shoreditch to discuss creative inspiration, where we find it and its influence. £3.30, prebook, 7-9pm

FESTIVE TRASH: The Duke Mitchell Film Club at The Phoenix Artist Club focuses on Christmas trailer trash tonight. Free, just turn up, from 7pm (screening start at 8pm)

RIOTS: STRIKE! magazine presents a screening of Riots Reframed, a feature-length documentary which reframes England’s 2011 riots through voices of resistance. At Whirled Cinema in Lambeth. £3, prebook, 7.30pm

DOC: DocHouse presents New Life of a Family Album at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith — a personal memoir of a filmmaker who questions the nature of family after his father leaves. £8.50/£7.50, prebook, 8pm

FILM: Dummy Jim is a film, based on a true story, about one deaf man’s 3,000 mile cycle trip from Scotland to the Arctic Circle and it screens tonight at Oval Space. £5, prebook, 8pm

MISOGYNIST FILM: Isy Suttie presents The Three Amigos as part of the Misogynist Film Club (a feminist celebration of the terrible portrayal of women in cinema) at JW3 in Finchley. £10/£5, prebook, 8.30pm


Good Cause of the Day

The London Community Foundation is a grant-making trust that acts as the meeting point for donors and local charities in London – ensuring that the money goes to where it’s most needed, to improve the lives of London’s most disadvantaged. It has 25 spaces left in the 2014 London Marathon so if you want to support it and think you're up to the challenge, then apply today. Applications close 29 November.

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to Dave Brown, who once again successfully guessed last week's connection. The clues were JOHN BETJEMAN, WILLIAM WEBB ELLIS, MICHAEL BALCON and JEREMY BENTHAM. The solution is that all of these famous people have London pubs named after them — respectively in St Pancras, Twickenham, Ealing and Fitzrovia. Dave will set this week's puzzle, which begins tomorrow.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Today's weather is more boring than Norman Boreman driving a Crossrail tunnel boring machine from West Borewood to Borington-on-Sea, with an overnight stay in Birmingham. There really is an exceptional amount of nothing much happening today. In fact, here's a picture of Buzz Killington, who's a power of ten more interesting than today's forecast.

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Chris West

Today, Monday at 2.30 pm, we are celebrating St Katharine's Day by holding a commemoration ceremony close to the site of 'Old Kate' near Starbucks, in the central Basin at the Dock.- the current Master of the Royal Order of St Katharine at Limehouse will lead, and we will recall the thousands of people who had to leave their homes in the Precinct, and the sadness of losing their wonderful place of worship. Of course, we love and cherish the splendid Marina of today, but it is right to respect the richness of the area's past history.You are very welcome to come along and share this important occasion.