Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 20 February 2014

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The Soutbank Centre by Kayode Okeyode via Flickr. See details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Salvation Army International Headquarters in the City, The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street, Barking Abbey School and Central Library in Bromley. Free, see site for terms and conditions

ART: Play-Type is an exhibition focused on typography, starting today at The Book Club. The display brings together a collection of works by designers, typographers and illustrators. Free, until 4 May

BRITISH LIBRARY: Beautiful Science is a new exhibition on display at the British Library that explores the history of scientific data representation. Free, until 26 April

GENEALOGICAL TREE: Who do you think you are? LIVE is the two-day family history event taking place at Hammersmith Olympia. It brings together genealogical experts, informative workshops, archives and so on. £16-£33, prebook, from 9.30am

GUIDED TOUR: Discover the story of the 60-years-old Southbank Centre with this guided tour starting from the Royal Festival Hall. Tours will be available until 27 March. £8.50/£7.50+bf, prebook, 2pm

ON THE THAMES: National Theatre Bookshop has recently started a new season of live pop-up music on Thursdays, today is the turn of guitarist and singer Andrew Page. Free, just turn up, 5pm

TALK: Farmaggedon: the true cost of cheap meat is the talk about the worldwide crisis in mega-farming that threatens our countryside, health and the quality of our food. Led by two field experts at Bloomsbury Publishing. £10/£6+bf, prebook, 6pm

MUSIC & BISCUITS: The Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston hosts Nutshell Live, an evening of inspired music, poetry and...biscuits! Featuring a folk singer and a vampire story. £5, just turn up, 7pm

ROARING 20s: An (un)traditional Bootlegger's Tea Party that will take you back in the 20s takes place at the George Tavern on Commercial Road. You'd better dress fancy. £16/£10+bf, prebook, 7pm

DARK COMEDY: The Double R Club is a comedy evening characterised by mystery and nightmares at the Bethnal Green Working Men's club. The event is inspired by the films of David Lynch. £10+bf, prebook, 8pm

RICHMIX: Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir performs music from Sudan as well as jazz and blues. The gig venue is Rich Mix in Shoreditch. £12/310, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Dalston Bridge is a charity focused on Dalston development. Its fundraising helps with local projects and supports local people in need. You can both donate or start fundraising by yourself.

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far have been LADBROKE GROVE and STREATHAM. Today's addition is ALEXANDRA PALACE. What specific theme links these three clues? If you think you've got it, email EDIT: we now have a winner, so no need to email answers in.

From the Archive

Enjoy this atmospheric photo of a sunset from a swan's-eye view. The photo was taken in Kensington Gardens and after three years, it still holds its fascination.


We're celebrating 'Rude and Lewd Week' on Londoddities — 'the little column down the bottom', if you will. Today's entry is the Rude Pope, a stencil by street artist 'Bambi', which appeared at 12 locations across the capital last year. One of them raised two fingers over Banksy's Fitzrovia piece. The example we snapped is on the back streets of Theobalds Road. Rumours that such a two-fingered salute led to the former pontiff's forced resignation are unsubstantiated.