Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 6 March 2014

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The Omnibus hosts an evening of social-themed cinema. Details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall, St John Vianney Parish Centre in Turnpike Lane, Holy Trinity Church Hall in Penge and Minister Church Hall in Croydon. Free, see site for terms and conditions

ART: #unsung is the exhibition starting today at the Dalston-based Doomed Gallery, which celebrates the strength and independence of women artists. This event is part of the First Thursdays initiative. Free, until 9 March

POP-UP: Sewing Surgery is a pop-up sewing lesson for learning how to fix loose hems, seams and buttons, and how to use a sewing machine. Takes place at the Pop Up Shop under Leytonstone Library. £15, prebook by email, 10am

ONE-OFF THEATRE: To celebrate Women's Day, the Finborough Theatre hosts Hurried Steps, a play focusing on women's rights and violence against women. £5, prebook, 2pm

GUILDHALL LIBRARY: Join the talk about the importance of music halls to London society throughout the centuries, from 1850 until today. Includes a 19th-century-style gin cocktail and music. £5+bf, prebook, 6pm

DRINK, SHOP, DO: The multi-functional venue in King's Cross hosts Biteable Botany. Learn how to pot your own cake garden-scape within a tiny terrarium, and much more. £15, prebook, 7pm

SOUTHBANK: The play and dance performance Motherland explores the theme of motherhood and childhood, at the Southbank Centre. £16/£10+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

DANCE: Contemporary British dancer Aakash Odedra is on stage tonight at Arts Depot in North Finchley with his new show Rising. £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

CINEMA: The Omnibus in Clapham present an evening of social-themed cinema. A World Not Ours and Ayaklanma(Rebellion) will be on screen. £5/£4+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

MUSIC: A mix of percussion, electronic, improvisation and flute characterises the NonClassical evening event at The Shacklewell Arms. £5+bf, prebook, 8pm

MORE MUSIC: A night of electronic music awaits you at the Oval Space, featuring live sets from German, Swedish and Irish DJs. £15+bf, prebook, 8pm

DOCUMENTARY: Who Will Be A Gurkha is on screen at the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise. Find more about a 200 year old British Military tradition taking place in Nepal. £7/£5+bf, prebook, 9pm

Good Cause of the Day

The Royal London Society for Blind People recently launched its Youth Manifesto, which spreads the word about the life of young blind people. There are many ways in which you could help: you can join its week of action, for instance, by assisting a blind person to commute on public transport, or simply by making a donation.

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far have been FOLEY and BELL. Today's addition is MACDOWELL. What London theme connects these three names? No need to email in, as we have a winner already. Final clue tomorrow.

From the Archive

Westminster Palace is one of the most widely-known landmarks in London, photographed by thousands of tourists every day from Westminster Bridge. On this day last year we shared this view of the Westminster Palace from a different perspective, lined with trees.


It's Bench Week on Londoddities. Today's entry is the capital's most thrilling bench. We think you'll agree that this peerless vantage point commands unrivalled views of Tilbury Railport's HGV turning circle — the striking verticals of the perimeter fence contrasting starkly with the prominent horizontals of of our favoured seat, all neatly framed by the precision topiary. We often rest here for hours, beguiled, as the containers await their transport and are occasionally inspected by customs officials.

(OK, so Tilbury is technically in Essex, but so is 'London' Stansted.)


Previously in Bench Week: The Unknown Husband, Ian Dury’s musical bench, tabloid benches.