Things To Do In London Today: Monday 17 March 2014

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Country duo Jill and Kate come to Croydon

Today is St Patrick's Day. If you didn't get involved with any events over the weekend, have a look at our St Patrick's Day events list for today.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City, Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton, and the shopping area in Lewisham High Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions

SPORTS RELIEF: Sports Relief takes place at the weekend, and Canary Wharf is holding events all week to get us pumped up. Today's activities include Outdoor Bootcamp and Cross Training with Reebok, and Softball with Play On Sports. Minimum £2 donation to Sport Relief for each activity, just turn up, see here for various times

VIP ACCESS: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Greville Street is normally members-only, but in the run-up to Whisky Live London (21-22 March) it opens its doors to non-members for a series of events, starting today. Free, just turn up, until 30 March

FREE LECTURE: The Royal Academy is holding a free lunch lecture offering an introduction into Renaissance art, to tie in with its current Renaissance Impressions exhibition. Free, prebook, 1pm

DANCE CLASS: Spending two hours at Drink Shop Do learning the official dance to Beyonce's Crazy In Love beats going to the gym any day. £10, prebook, 6pm/8.30pm

APARTHEID DISCUSSION: Can Forgiveness Repair Communities? is a screening of post-Apartheid documentary Beyond Forgiving, followed by a discussion with film director Imad Karam, with executive producer Howard Grace and IRA bombing victim Sue Hanisch. Takes place at St Ethelburga’s Centre on Bishopsgate, with proceeds going to The Forgiveness Project. £11, prebook, 6.30pm

PSYCHIC: The College of Psychic Studies open its archives at the Horse Hospital in Russell Square. An opportunity to see so-called spirit photographs, examples of automatic writing and psychic paintings. Free, just turn up, 7pm

CINEMA CLUB: If it’s a relaxing evening you’re after, head along to the Monday Cocktail Cinema Club at Belle & Co in Euston. Each week it shows a film, classic or contemporary, in which alcohol plays a part. This week’s film is Les Miserables, and pizzas and cocktails will be on sale, plus free alcohol-flavoured popcorn is provided. Free, just turn up, 7pm

DIY WEDDING: Getting married? Head to The Book Club for a workshop on having a DIY wedding, including making invitations, decorations and centre pieces. £8+bf, prebook, 7pm

COUNTRY MUSIC: Nashville country music duo Jill and Kate, who have previously toured with Kelly Clarkson, perform at Matthew's Yard in Croydon. £5+bf, prebook, 7pm

CHORAL CONCERT: The London Concert Choir performs A Child of our Time, moving oratorio by Michael Tippett, at Southbank Centre. £10-£30, prebook, 7.30pm

TWELFTH NIGHT: The Proud Archivist in Shoreditch hosts Twelfth Night, an all-male contemporary production of the Shakespeare classic, featuring caffeine, nicotine and vintage stores. £8/£4+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

FILM CLUB: JW3 Cinema at the Jewish Community Centre on Finchley Road hosts The Misogynist Film Club with Viv Groskop, Raiza Iqbal and Reina Lewis, chaired byRachel Mars. £10/£5, prebook, 8pm


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Good Cause of the Day

This year's Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at The Royal Albert Hall take place every evening next week (24-30 March). Tickets are selling fast, with some artists including Ed Sheeran now completely sold out. At time of writing, many tickets are still available, including An Evening of Comedy and Paolo Nutini. Get tickets here, but be quick.

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to last week's winner, Mary McGilloway, the first to work out that LION, LAMB, GRIFFIN and PEGASUS are the four creatures appearing on the shields of the four Inns of Court, as combined here:


Clockwise from top left: Lincoln's Inn, Middle Temple, Gray's Inn, Inner Temple. Look out for the beasts on walls and gates next time you're passing through one of these enclaves of the law. A new puzzle starts tomorrow. Image via Marc Baronnet under a Creative Commons licence.

From the Archive

Following on from our visit to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium last week, we dug around in the Londonist archive for more feline fun and dusted off this feature of The Top 10 Cats Of London. Number 6 is somewhat macabre and may not suit the squeamish or happily dispositioned reader. London's dogs are getting jealous at all this feline attention.

Londonist Event

Want to come to the most Londony event ever? London Showoff is an evening of 10 quickfire talks about London from speakers such as Mark Mason (Walk the Lines) and Lucy Ingles (Georgian London: Into the Streets), plus our very own Matt Brown. We’re co-producing the event with UCL and the guys behind Science Showoff. Tickets are just £5 + booking fee, with all proceeds going to the Shoreditch Trust charity. Entertainment, facts, hilarity and civic pride all guaranteed. Tickets here.