Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 27 February 2014

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Surrey Quays, as well as the usual donor centres in Tooting, Edgware and the West End. Free, see site for terms and conditions

LONDON ART: New exhibition The London Group on London opens near Waterloo today, showing the work of over 60 artists reflecting on what London means to them. Free, just turn up, 2pm-6pm daily until March 12

MEET TWIGGY: Marks and Spencers' Marble Arch store hosts a pop-up shop from today until 2 March, celebrating the launch of supermodel Twiggy's latest collection, and shoppers will have a chance to meet the lady herself and attend a styling session today. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm

SUBURBS: Find out, in a UCL lunch hour lecture, about the multiculturalism in London's suburbs. Free, just turn up, 1.15pm

MEN IN UNIFORM: Guildhall Library's art collection is extensive. This talk focuses on images of military men, and explores the history and background of the subjects. £5+bf, prebook, 6pm

SOUL MATE: A talk about whether a loving relationship is really important. Singletons and romantics can share their thoughts at the Eagle Marketing Suite (of all places). Free, prebook, 6.30pm

POSITIVE IDEAS: Need a little positivity in your life? Head to The Grant Museum's Focus On The Positive, where UCL researchers pitch their ideas and the audience helps to choose which receive financial grants. £5, just turn up, 7pm

VINTAGE MAKEOVER: Get a bit of old-school glam at Drink Shop Do's vintage make-up evening. Learn the skills to create beehives, victory rolls and smokey eyes. £10/£15, just turn up, 7pm

SILLY DANCING: They're really stretching out Valentine's Day at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. But fear not, this is not an evening of slush, but the third in a trio of Anti V-Day events. We're promised silly dancing, a short film, and live music from Wondermare. £9+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

CABARET TRIBUTE: A tribute evening to movie and cabaret star Marlene Dietrich is at Conway Hall. Led by Terry Sanderson, film clips and rare archive footage will be shown. £12, prebook, 7.30pm

LONDON FILM: Common People, an independent film set in London, is showing at Clapham Picturehouse Thursdays and Sundays until 9 March. Book in advance, screenings have been selling out. View the trailer on the film's YouTube channel. £6-£10.50, prebook, 6.30pm

PSYCHO SCREENING: Pop-up cinema experts Scaredy Cats present an interactive screening of Hitchcock's Psycho. They're being very coy about the 'interactive' part of the description, but we're promised props to aid the movie. Whatever happens, we reckon it's a must for Hitchcock fans. And see the bottom of this article for more of the Hitch. £12, prebook, 7.45pm

MUSICAL BINGO: Numbers are so last century. Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch hosts a Musical Bingo evening. Tick off your favourite songs to win prizes ranging from inflatable bananas to champagne. £7, prebook, 8pm

EVIL COMEDY: Comedy meets song when Paul Thorne dissects the issue of modern evil at This Month's Apocalypse, Leicester Square Theatre. £8/£6, prebook, 9.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Cinema lovers, get down to the Cinema Museum in Elephant and Castle on Saturday between 10am and 5pm. They are holding a fundraising bazaar, with dealers selling historic film memorabilia including posters, books, stills and DVDs. There is also a raffle and actors Lesley and Teri Scoble, best known for their roles in Village of the Damned and The Elephant Man, will be doing signings and a Q&A. The museum holds many fascinating artefacts of cinema history, and is run entirely on volunteers, so fundraising events are key to keeping it going.

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far have been JUDITH and SUSIE. Today's addition is ANGELA. Think you've worked out what London theme connects these ladies? If so, email

From the Archive

Another day, another map. This time we've mapped London's pin-down-able comedy locations. Where in London have most sitcoms been set? Which stereotypes are funniest? In a nutshell, Cricklewood is funny, and Kent is not. See the map and our completely reliable and entirely scientific findings here.


It's Mural Week on Londoddities. Today, we celebrate the Alfred Hitchcock mosaics at Leytonstone station. The 17 installations depict scenes from the director's movies, and below we've included his most famous: Psycho. They were made in 1999 by Greenwich Mural Workshop to celebrate 100 years since Hitchcock was born nearby.


Previously on Mural Week: His and Hers in Deptford, a massive communist destroys London, Heseltine straddles a missile.