Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 3 April 2014

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London Coffee Festival is at the Old Truman Brewery until 6 April. Details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Emirates Stadium, Tooting donor centre, St Josephs Wembley and Edgware Community Hospital. Free, see site for terms and conditions

BUTTERFLIES: The National History Museum celebrates spring, launching Sensational Butterflies, its new exhibition hosted in their tropical butterfly house. £5.50, prebook, until 14 September

COFFEE FESTIVAL: Caffeine addicts and coffee nerds might already know about The London Coffee Festival 2014, starting today at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. Tickets include a variety of events, coffee tasting and a donation to charities. £11.50/£17.50, prebook, until 6 April

ART: Part of First Thursdays initiative, Lime Wharf Arts Centre in Vyner Street hosts a John Workman exhibition. On display, landscapes painted directly onto the glass of light boxes. Free, until 11 April

FREE ART CLASSES: City Lit offers an evening of free art experiences, featuring both talks and taster classes. Choose among printmaking, lithography, life drawing and life painting. Free, prebook, from 6pm

CINEMA & MUSIC: The Wonder Reels is a performance of film songs followed by the screening of Edmond T Gréville's 1960’s Beat Girl (a classic movie 35mm print), taking place at the Cinema Museum in Kennington. £8.59/£6.50+bf, prebook, 6.30pm

FASHION TALK: Are you passionate about sporty shoes? The Fashion and Textile Museum hosts How To Wear Trainers, a talk about the history of trainers throughout the years and their importance in the British fashion industry. £15+bf, prebook, 6.30pm

CLASSICAL: The Barbican presents an evening of classical music with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, led by Mariss Jansons. They play Bruckner's Symphony No 4. £16-65+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

MUSIC IN A CHURCH: Listen to classical and baroque music at the Church of Saint Magnus the Martyr near London Bridge, where eight musicians play a repertoire by Pergolesi and Couperin. £10/£6, prebook, 7.30pm

SCRATCH NIGHT: Inspiring musicians and comedians will be on stage at the Picturehouse in Hackney, showcasing their talent and looking for feedback from the audience. £6/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

DOCUMENTARY: Return to Homs is a documentary about the recent Syrian civil war, filmed over two years, on screen at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. The screening is followed by a Skype Q&A with Syrian producer Orwa Nyrabia. £7/£5, prebook, 8pm  

COMEDY: Have a laugh, head to the Aces & Eights in Tufnell Park for an evening of comedy. Tonight's line-up includes: Andrew O'Neill, Alistair Green, Dan Cook, Mae Martin, Dan Schreiber and Mat Ewins. £6+bf, prebook, 8pm

FILM SCREENING: The Wedding Song is a deep story of female friendship, love and war. The film is on screen today at JW3 in Finchley Road, presented by UK Jewish Film. £8, prebook, 8pm

Good Cause of the Day

Don't miss the Home Coming music event by Home House at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer, happening on 1 June from 5pm until 10pm. The line-up includes Paloma Faith, The Strypes, Ed Harcourt and many others. The money raised will benefit Elton John AIDS Foundation. Tickets are £155+bf each and include food and cocktails.

London Connection Puzzle

Previous clues have been BEADLE and ADAMS. Today's addition is RICHARDSON. What's the London connection? No need to email in, as we already have a winner.

From the Archive

On this day last year, we looked at the top things to do in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Activities include a market, an historical site, a small museum and more.

Name That View

We're a bit closer into the centre today. On which building's roof are we standing?


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