Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 25 February 2014

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Battersea Arts Centre on Lavender Hill, London Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf and County Hall on Belvedere Road. Free, see site for terms and conditions

MOZART: To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's stay in London, Barbican's theatre concert,  Mozart Undone, begins today. From £16+bf, prebook, until 1 March

MANY MONA LISAS: Gioconda Project is the exhibition at the W3 gallery in Acton, showing different contemporary artists’ interpretations of a Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece. Free, until 5 March

FLOOD DISCUSSION: The Royal Academy Of Engineering hosts a discussion entitled Lessons Learned In Managing The Winter Flood — The Engineering Response, chaired by Professor Jim Hall, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks and Director of the Environmental Change Institute at University of Oxford and followed by a question session. £10, prebook, 6pm

POETRY: The Bloomsbury Institute hosts a Poetry Slam with performance poets AF Harrold and Brian Conaghan as team captains at the Water Poet pub, Spitalfields. £10/£7/£6+bf, prebook, 6.30pm

WATCH & TALK: The Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel hosts the screening of short film Two Dancers by director James Gardner. There will be a Q&A session and you can choose the film to accompany it. Free, just turn up, 7pm  

SHOWBIZ CRAFTS: The lovely people at The Make Escape are holding their monthly craft get together at Hackney Attic Picturehouse. The theme is It’s Showtime, providing an opportunity to make Phantom Of The Opera masks and Wizard Of Oz themed paper crafts. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

SWING DANCE: Drink Shop Do's monthly vintage dance evening gives beginners a chance to learn some swing dancing. Class at 7.30pm, or join the social dancing from 8.30pm. £8/£4, just turn up

FOOD SCIENCE: GoodFoodLab has a one night only pop-up at The William Morris Bar in Walthamstow, adding science to food, exploring new cooking techniques. £20, prebook, 7.30pm

FEMINIST COMEDY: Award-winning comedian Rosie Wilby performs at Rich Mix tonight, using interactive storytelling to explore early 90s feminism. Followed by a panel discussion with Jane Czyzselska, CN Lester, Kaite Welsh and Naomi Paxton.  £8/£6, prebook, 7.30pm

PUB QUIZ: You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat is the itinerant pub quiz about films and cinema, settling down for a one-evening event at the Upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

FREE GIG: Wrexham band Mowbird stop off at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch tonight as part of their national tour. Free, just turn up, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Book now for tomorrow's Live At The Catwalk event at the Backyard Comedy Club, an evening of stand-up comedy, a catwalk and drag-walk, live music, and raffle with prizes signed and donated by celebrities, all in aid of Prince's Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people in the UK. £7+bf, prebook, 7pm

London Connection Puzzle

A new puzzle starts today, courtesy of last week's winner Paul Baker. Your first clue-word is JUDITH. Don't write in with guesses as to the London connection just yet, but have a think about possible themes and be ready for the second clue tomorrow. We'll warn you now, this one's a tricky blighter.

From the Archive

A year ago we were mulling over the futuristic possibility of doing away with the tube map altogether and replacing it with 21st century alternatives. A year on, and with the looming prospect of closed ticket offices, a real-time solution that offers line closure and delay information seems an increasingly useful alternative to a paper map.


It's Murals Week on Londoddities. Today, we're offering up this rather special indoor mural, which can be found at the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell. It's called The Worker of the Future Upsetting the Economic Chaos of the Present and was painted by John Hastings in 1935. A muscular worker brushes aside London landmarks such as St Paul's and the Palace of Westminster, while notable communists look on. It may not be based on actual events.

Fresco in Marx Library

Previously in Mural Week: His and Hers in Deptford.