Things To Do In London Today: Friday 2 May 2014

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Coffin Dodgers is for over 28s only.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Stoll in Fulham and the usual donor centres in Tooting and Edgware. See site for terms and conditions

FASHION WEEKEND: Faisana Fashion Weekend takes place at Mayfair Hotel, showcasing South Asian fashions. Find out about the events and get tickets here. Until 3 May

BOOKSHOP EXHIBITION: Iconic bookstore Foyles will soon be moving out of its flagship home of the last 80 years, and into a new store. To mark the occasion, there will be an exhibition about the store’s history at the Charing Cross Road shop, launching today. Free, just turn up, until 30 May *NOTE: This exhibition will now start on 6 May*

COMICS: The British Library's new exhibition, Comics Unmasked, begins today, looking at the history of British Comics from the 1970s. Read our preview here. £9.50, prebook, until 19 August

FOODIES: The Real Food Market arrives at Southbank Centre today, giving customers a chance to buy food directly from the producers. Free, just turn up, 12pm-8pm

ROYAL SOCIETY TALK: Learn all about representations — fact and fiction — of the Royal Society in science fiction and fantasy, in this talk given by Farah Mendlesohn of Anglia Ruskin University. Free, just turn up, 1pm

DYE WORKSHOP: The Free Space Gallery in Kentish Town hosts a Natural Dye Workshop in the space of its Well-Being Garden. Learn how to extract dye and pigment from plants that can be grown at home. Free, prebook by email, 2.30pm-4pm

ON THE PIER: Flamingo Pier Launch Party kicks off the summer season of this monthly summer street food and music party held at the Counter Cafe pontoon and canal boat in Hackney Wick. There will be food, drink and music. £3, just turn up, from 6pm

FILM SCREENING: The Portico Gallery in West Norwood hosts a screening of The Devil Rides Out. The film is preceded by a talk from horror film critic Dr Karen Oughton. Free, just turn up, 7pm

FOLK CONCERT: Folk at The Foundling begins its fourth series with American musicians Micah Blue Smaldone and Tom Kovacevic. £10/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

UNPLUGGED MUSIC: Nonesuch Records celebrates its 50th birthday tonight with performances from Devendra Banhart and Rokia Traoré at Barbican. £20-£30, prebook, 8pm

COFFIN DODGERS: 28 is the new 18, according to Coffin Dodgers, who have banned any under-28s from entering their disco at The Phoenix in Cavendish Square. £7, prebook, 10pm

Find more London events in our Free & Cheap events listings.

Good Cause of the Day

Book ahead for tickets to a gala night of music and comedy at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, in memory of comedian Linda Smith. The line-up includes comedians Andy Hamilton and Bridget Christie, jazz pianist Jay Rayner and classical guitarist Nils Klofver. The event takes place on 11 May and is in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer. Tickets are £31, available here.

London Connection Puzzle

Your full set of clues are KNIGHTSBRIDGE, BIRDCAGE WALK, ALBANY STREET and REPOSITORY WAY. Worked out the London connection yet? No need to email in, as we have a winner. The answer will be revealed on Tuesday (this article's taking a break over Bank Holiday).

Name That God!

This week's photo puzzles are of London gods, demigods and mythological creatures. Today, can you name this heraldic beast, and what's its connection to London?


From the Archive

Following on from our recent discovery of the real centre of London, we turned ourselves to that recurring debate — what exactly counts as London, and more importantly, what doesn't?  We suggested seven very different ways in which you could define the outer boundaries of London, all with very different results.