Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 26 February 2014

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The Cafe of Good Hope in Hither Green hosts Rainbow Readings. Details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Bishopsgate Institute, The Old Town Hall in Stratford and St Pauls Centre in Enfield. Free, see site for terms and conditions

FESTIVAL: The Pan Asia Film Festival 2014 takes place at the ICA and aims to to share and explore the beauty of Asian cinema. The program includes screenings and talks, so best prebook tickets. Until 9 March

GROUP EXHIBITION: Rich Mix hosts Act Change!, the final show of a learning project developed around Tower Hamlets schools, focused on social issues among teenagers. Free, just turn up, 1pm

SHAKESPEARE: A whole-day course about the London of William Shakespeare and The Globe Theatre. Meeting point is the University Women's Club, in Mayfair. £44, prebook by email, 10.45am

WALK: GoToMidtown Walks presents a tour of a number of sites in Holborn connected with Freemasonry. Meeting point outside Holborn Station. Free, just turn up, 1pm

FASHION: Forest Hill Mini Fashion Week has an exciting programme of different and fashion-themed events. Today you can make your own African necklace at Marie's Boutique (£2, just turn up, 5.30pm) or listen to the pros and cons of running a fashion pop up shop at the Forest Hill Pools (Free, just turn up, 7.30pm)

BACK IN TIME: Intimacies and Intimations: Storytelling between Servants and Masters is a lecture focused on the historical figure of the female house servant, happening at The Warburg Institute. Free, prebook by email, 6.30pm

LGBT: Cafe of Good Hope in Hither Green hosts Rainbow Readings, an evening of literature forming part of LGBT History Month. Money raised goes to the Jimmy Mizen Foundation (£3+bf, prebook, 7pm) and Paradise Press launches two new titles by gay authors, Christopher Preston and David Gee, as part of LGBT History Month celebrations. Takes place at Housmans (Free, just turn up, 7pm)

COMEDY: Big Wednesday Comedy Club at the Charterhouse in Smithfield presents an evening of stand up comedy. £7+bf, prebook, 7pm

MORE COMEDY: Join Tom Deacon, Tony Law, Angela Barnes and some more at the Hackney Attic for Laughing Boy comedy evening. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

EVEN MORE COMEDY: Gorgeous Bastards is a TV work-in-progress show featuring a group of comedians who will receive challenges from the audience before every act. Head to Bethnal Green Working Men's Club to see them. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

A CAPPELLA: An evening of foot-tapping rhythms and musical harmonies courtesy of The Refrains, performing at the 20th Century Theatre. £12, prebook, 7.30pm

DOCUMENTARY CLUB: Shortwave Cinema in Bermondsey presents the screening of 2010 documentary Marwencol, including Q&A time afterwards. £10, prebook, 8.45pm  

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Good Cause of the Day

British soprano Susan Bullock performs in a fundraising concert for the National Opera Studio. The concert takes place at St Lawrence Jewry Church in Guildhall: she sings music from Wagner, Britten, Schumann and Strauss. £30, prebook by phone, 7.30pm    

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From the Archive

Explore Battersea Power Station Control Room A with an amazing interactive panorama by photographer Will Pearson, as published in our article on this day last year.


It's Mural Week on Londoddities. Today's entry is the Riders of the Apocalypse mural on Cold Blow Lane, near New Cross. This work by mural specialist Brian Barnes shows (bottom to top) Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Hesleltine and Yuri Andropov riding cruise missiles around the globe. Our ballistic quartet are met by a dove of piece and the symbol of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.


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