Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 19 March 2014

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The Trans-Siberian March Band come to Rich Mix


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street, St Olave Parish Hall on Fenchurch Street, Walthamstow Assembly Hall and HSBC Sport and Leisure Club in Beckenham. Free, see site for terms and conditions

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: The Royal Institution is now exhibiting shortlisted entries from the Society of Biology’s amateur photography competition. Free, just turn up, until 11 April

NEW ART: The Breese Little Gallery's new exhibition opens today. The Shadows Of A God by Robert Nicol is a collection of paintings and ceramics of everyday landscapes interrupted by nonsensical occurrences. Free, just turn up (certain days only — check website), until 12 April

SHAKESPEARE LECTURE: Head to The University Women's Club on Audley Square for a half-day lecture on The London of William Shakespeare, using plays, maps, images and recent archaeology to piece the period together. £44, prebook, 10.45am

FREE TALK: Guildhall Library has a free talk about the Literature of Travel and Exploration, exploring the history of the Hakluyt Society, which publishes books about voyages, and other geographical materials. Free, prebook, 6pm

EU ELECTION: Birkbeck University presents a panel debate about upcoming European elections, to help you understand what’s at stake and get to know the candidates. Free, prebook, 6.15pm

CLASSICAL CONCERT: Southbank Centre hosts The Works, a concert by Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, including work by Vivaldi and Bach. Plus a chance to meet the musicians afterwards. £15/£25, prebook, 7pm

BIRD WATCHING: A talk at The LookOut in Hyde Park reveals the joys of birdwatching on the banks of the Thames at Rainham Marshes. Learn more about the best spots for twitching in the wider London area. £2, just turn up, 7pm

BIRDS AND BEES: Pubsci is back and this month's star guest is zoology graduate and award-winning comedian Donal Vaughan. The evening is entitled Taking Advice From The Birds And The Bees, and looks at what we could learn from relationships in the animal kingdom. Free (donations encouraged), just turn up, 7pm

COMEDY: Laughing Boy Comedy takes over Hackney Attic with comedians Katherine Ryan and Andrew Lawrence. Ryan has appeared on shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks and QI, and Lawrence is a previous winner of BBC New Act of the Year Competition. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

TRANS-SIBERIAN: If you're into niche, we suggest hot-footing it down to Rich Mix to see the Trans-Siberian March Band perform. They're surprisingly well-known, in the right circles. Brace yourself for an evening of noise and flamboyance. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

SPANISH LESSON: Lingua Diversa in Red Lion Square offers an Introduction to Spanish lesson for just £5. Prebook, 7.35pm

JAZZ NIGHT: The Princess Victoria near Shepherd's Bush hosts an evening of jazz and soul music, including regular performers from Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. £12, prebook, 7.45pm

COMEDY: Comedy Knights weekly Smithfield show stars James Acaster, Ean Luckhurst and Darren Walsh this week. £7, prebook, 8pm

CABARET: The Late Night Shop at the Queen of Hoxton is a monthly cabaret evening starring East London's Showgirl Rejects. £7, just turn up, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Dare To Bare at Jewel in Covent Garden is a fundraising party in aid of sexual awareness charity FPA UK. We're promised music ranging from the '80s to the present day, plus magicians. £10, pre booking essential, 7pm

London Connection Puzzle

Yesterday's clue was BATTERSEA PARK. Today's is WALWORTH. Can you work out the Londony thing that connects these two places (other than that they're both south of the river)? Email if you think you have it.

From the Archive

Did you know about the fire in the East London Aquarium? Did you even know that such an aquarium once existed? It housed seafaring creatures such as, er, bears, lions, jackals, wolves, and monkeys. Here's the story of the day it burnt down, and the fate of the menagerie inside. Poor bear.