Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 16 April 2014

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Circusfest heads to Arts Depot for Clockwork


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Bishopsgate Institute and The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street. See site for terms and conditions

HOME AT THE SHED: After a sell-out run last summer, Home returns to The Shed for a couple of weeks. Some shows have already sold out, but day tickets are available. Various prices, prebook, until 30 April

CYCLE SPEED DATING: Try speed-dating on wheels at Look Mum No Hands in Hackney. Meet at least 10 people in a series of three-minute dates. £15, prebook, 7pm

COCKTAILS AND ART: Looking Glass Cocktail Club on Hackney Road hosts an evening of performing arts along the theme of Behind The Mirror. £7/£5, prebook, 7pm

FILM STILLS: The launch party of new exhibition How We Used To Live, which shows still from the remarkable London film of the same name, takes place at The Social on Little Portland Street. Free, prebook, 7pm

FORENSIC INSECTS: Pub-sci‘s latest offering takes place at the Old King’s Head near London Bridge. Forensic entomologist Dr Amoret Whitaker talks about her work. Free (donations welcome), just turn up, 7pm

CIRCUS SHOW: As part of Circusfest, Arts Depot hosts Clockwork, a show of Chinese poles, slack rope, German wheel and acrobatics. Contains nudity. £15/£12, prebook, 7.30pm

ADULT STORYTELLING: The Forge in Camden hosts an evening of Fairytales For Grown-Ups with performance storyteller Nick Hennessey. Tonight's story is Where The Bear Sleeps. £10/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

EXTERMINATE: Islington Archaeology & History Society hosts a talk about the history of Doctor Who by Andrew Cartmel, former script editor of the show. Andrew Gardner, whose father worked on the programme, talks about the missing BBC archives. £1/free to members, just turn up, 8pm

BOOK LAUNCH: Head to Riverside Studios in Hammersmith for the UK launch of novel Mission London by Alek Popov. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. £9.50/£8.50, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

If you're feeling inspired by those plucky marathon runners at the weekend, why not sign up for the Hackney Half Marathon, Run Hackney? Taking place on  22 June, you've got a couple of months to train. Plus, when else do you get the chance to see the roads of Hackney closed to cars? Charities benefiting from the event are Cancer Reasearch UK and East End Community Foundation.

London Connection Puzzle

Your first clue was DUCKETT. Today's is MATTISON. What specific London theme connects these words? Clue number three tomorrow. EDIT: We have a winner already, so no need to email in the answer.

From the Archive

Today's little titbit from the archive is the fact that the City of London Police Force are current holders of an Olympic title, unbeaten since the 1920s. Find out more here.

Name Those Stairs!

Our step-themed puzzle continues. Where in London would you find this flight? Answers in the comments. Nobody has yet guessed yesterday's staircase, in case you want to have a go.


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