Things To Do In London Today: Monday 24 February 2014

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, the Hornsey Parish Church in Muswell Hill, outside No. 73 Alleyn Park in Dulwich and the Sacred Heart Presbytery in Wimbledon. Free, see site for terms and conditions

ART: £weatshop is the pop-up exhibition of contemporary artists inside a former Dalston sweatshop. You'd better hurry up, it's on just for a few days. Free, until 28 February

LAST CHANCE: Fancy a walk in Greenwich? Then you should also head to the Astronomy Photographer of theYear exhibition inside the Royal Observatory, which is on display for its last day. Free, from 10am

ART TALKS: The Wallace Collection presents two free seminars. The first one about Birds in Oriental Arms and Armour (free, just turn up, 2pm) and the second one about the History of Collecting with a focus on the Stafford Gallery at Cleveland House and the second Marquess of Stafford as a collector (free, just turn up, 5.30pm), both taking place in the Lecture Theatre and lead by scholars.

POETRY: Bloomsbury Institute presents an evening of Poetry Slam with AF Harrold and Brian Conaghan at the Water Poet in Shoreditch. Expect some comedy too. £10/£6+bf, prebook, 6.30pm

DIY: Make Good Piñatas explains it all. A super fun and colourful workshop to learn how to create one of the world's favourite party items. The event will take place in Stories pub. £8+bf, prebook, 7pm

TRIBUTE NIGHT: The Duke Mitchell Film Club pays tribute to the Shaw Brothers' film studio, which helped launch the martial arts film genre. An evening of film screenings, trailers and quizzes at the Phoenix Artists Club. Free, just turn up, 7pm

HAVE A LAUGH: Leicester Square Theatre hosts Richard Herring's Podcast: tonight he chats with Robert Llewellyn from Red Dwarf. £15+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

MUSIC: Beth Nielsen Chapman, the Nashville songwriter who wrote for artists like Elton John and Faith Hill, performs at the Barbican Hall. £20-35, prebook, 7.30pm

CINEMA: The Alibi Film Club in Dalston presents free screenings every Monday. This week’s choice is Switchblade Sisters, released in 1975. Free, just turn up, 8pm  

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Good Cause of the Day

Today you can have a laugh and help homeless people at the same time. Stars of hit TV show ‘The Last Leg’ Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker join forces to help Centrepoint, the carity for young homeless people. They'll be on stage at the Palace Theatre for the comedy show Laughing Point. £41/£31, prebook, 8pm  

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to Paul Baker, the first to get the solution to last week's puzzle. Streatham, Ladbroke Grove, Northolt Park and Alexandra Palace were all locations of former horse racing circuits. Paul will set this week's puzzle, which starts tomorrow.

From the Archive

Today we go back in the 17th century and remember the work of Sir Christopher Wren, the brilliant and acclaimed English architect who rebuilt 52 London churches after the Great Fire in 1666. On this day in 2012 we photographically explored his architectonical gems all around the city.


It's Mural Week on Londoddities. We'll start off with a personal favourite — the His and Hers mural, off Giffen Street, Deptford. The beauty of some murals is in their rich detail and cast of characters. This one is all the more powerful for its simplicity. It was created by Patricio Forrester in 2002 for the Deptford X festival

London is peppered with giant wall paintings, and we point you in the direction of the London Mural Preservation Society for more information.

Deptford tie mural