Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 16 January 2014

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Robin Ince performs with Josie Long at Rich Mix tonight, details below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at (deep breath) Emirates Stadium, Kilburn Community Centre, Finchley East NCP Car Park, Beckenham Tesco on Croydon Road, Bromley Library and Croydon Minster Church Hall. Free, see site for terms and conditions

ROMANTIC DISEASE: The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis, is a brand new solo exhibition by Anna Dumitriu at WatermansArts Centre, exploring the strange history of TB from artistic, social and scientific perspectives. Free, just turn up, until 24 March

GENDER POLITICS: What does it mean to be a woman today? Blurred Lines at The Shed, named after Robin Thicke's hit song, explores the reality of gender equality in Britain today. £12/£20, prebook, until 22 Feb

SHOW’N'TELL: Grant Museum has invited UCL PhD student Suzanne Harvey to show off one object from the museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what she knows about it. As she’s completing her PhD in Biological Anthropology, we imagine she has no shortage of interesting facts to share. Free, just turn up, 1-2pm

FOLK:BBC Young Folk Award nominees David Gibb and Elly Lucas perform a mixture of original and traditional music at Cecil Sharp House. £11, prebook, 7pm

KARAUKE: If you'd rather be up on stage yourself, then KaraUke at The Royal George on Charing Cross Road gives you the chance to belt out your favourite hits to the backing of a live ukulele ensemble. Free, just turn up, 7pm

RITZY LOLS: Comedians Patrick Monahan, Bec Hill and Max and Ivan (whom we love) perform at The Ritzy, bringing "ad lib banter", comedy sketches and a "unique view of the world" to Brixton. £8, prebook, 7.30pm

STAND UP POETRY: Anarchy rules at weekly stand-up poetry night Bang Said the Gun, held at the Roebuck pub near Borough station. They are back tonight after a festive break, with top acts and an open mic spot. £7/£5, just turn up, 8pm

COMEDY: Robin Ince and Josie Long are doing their Shambles shows at Rich Mix, with special guest Grace Petrie. £12/£10, prebook, 8pm

BINGO: But not just bingo, Bogan Bingo. It's back at The Slug in Fulham with music, dancing and comedy all, in their own words, "tentatively held together by the great game of bingo". £8, prebook, 8pm

Good Cause of the Day

The team behind Tropical Beats, a show on Kilburn to Kensal Radio, present a night of carnival rhythms with live samba reggae at Underbelly on Hoxton Square. The selection of musicians, DJs and special guests are all coming together to fundraise for three different organisations: In Tune for Life, Recording Africa and KtoKradio. £4, just turn up, from 7pm

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far are HORTENSE and CATHERINE. Today's addition is BARBARA. Spotted the London connection? No need to email in, as we had a winner from just the first two clues.

From the Archive

We love a map here at Londonist. Big map, little map, cardboard map, we don't mind. On this day last year we published an alternative tube map by Jonathan Fisher as part of our series on the same subject — this one introducing curves and circles into the diagram.


Continuing Roman Week on Londoddities, today's object is this beautiful and well-preserved Roman mosaic on show at the British Museum. It was discovered beneath the north-west corner of the Bank of England in 1805, and dates back to the 3rd century. Another Roman mosaic has been left in situ at the base of one of the Bank's stairwells (photo).


Previously on Londoddities Roman Week: The ancient bed of the River Walbrook, the wall beneath Old Bailey, a model of Londinium.