Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 27 May 2014

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Improvised comedy in Camden. (c) Alessio Carone / Littlemad

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are outside County Hall on Belvedere Road, Brewers Hall in The City, Church of Jesus Christ in Walworth, and Wandsworth Town Hall. See site for terms and conditions

ARTS FESTIVAL: The UCL Arts Festival begins today. The programme includes musical performances, walking tours, film screenings, lectures and exhibitions. Some events have already sold out, so book quickly. Free, prebook, until 30 May

WAR INTELLIGENCE: Learn about the intelligence used to fight the Nazis in World War Two, how it was gathered and how it was used, in this day long event at London Jewish Cultural Centre. The event also covers the role that codebreaker Alan Turing played in bringing the war to an end. £30/£35, prebook, 11am

SHAKESPEARE’S WOMEN: London Jewish Cultural Centre has a talk about Shakespeare and the women who influenced him, led by Helen Fry, with biographer Chris Laoutaris, and historian and biographer Susan Ronald. £30/£35, prebook, 1pm

BRITAIN IN 1914: Gresham College hosts a talk by Professor Vernon Bogdanor about Britain's reaction to the murder of the Austrian Archduke in 1914, and whether the government should have done more to avert an unnecessary war. Free, just turn up, 6pm

HIGGS BOSON: Physicist Jon Butterworth talks at The Royal Institution about the discovery of the Higgs boson, what it is and what it does. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm

GAMES EVENING: The Grant Museum of Zoology is holding a games evening for adults, with activities inspired by languages, literature, and the museum's exhibits. Free, prebook, 7pm

PRINT YOURSELF: This month's Cosy Science event at the Cittie of Yorke pub (Holborn) sees Professor Robert Brown of Imperial College discussing the state of the art when it comes to building human tissues. Free, just turn up, 7pm

IMPROVISED COMEDY: Do Not Adjust Your Stage is an improvised comedy group who create each individual show based on the audience present. Tonight they come to Camden Head. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm

CRAFT EVENING: Free monthly craft night The Make Escape returns to Hackney Attic to celebrate its second birthday. Learn how to sew a birthday cupcake, make jewellery, or exhibit things you have made. Free, just turn up, 7.3opm

ASIAN FILM SCREENING: The Duke Mitchell Film Club has rescheduled its showing of Giallo inspired Asian thriller Red Nights Of The Green Jade from last night to tonight. It will be the first showing of the film in the UK, and takes place at the Phoenix Artists Club. Free, just turn up, 8pm

PUB ECONOMICS: The Clissold Arms in East Finchley hosts a Q&A session with Dr Jules Goddard, a fellow of London Business School, with the topic “don’t cut costs during a recession!” Free, just turn up, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

CoolWalks is looking for volunteer guided walk leaders to lead fortnightly free walks from Southwark libraries, with free training provided. The walks aim to improve mental wellbeing by encouraging people to meet new people. The team is also looking for a volunteer researcher, blogger and graphic designers. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Project Coordinator Georgina Rodgers at or 020 7701 2696.

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to Paul Smith, who was first to spot last week's connection that Horesemonger Lane, Lincoln's Inn Fields, Kennington Common and Marble Arch (or Tyburn as it was formerly known) were all execution sites. His prize is to set this week's puzzle and his first clue is WARWICK AVENUE. Don't email a guess in just yet, but wait for clue 2 tomorrow.

From the Archive

Last year on this day, we released this video by tube wizard Geoff Marshall, exploring the Secrets Of The District Line. Did you know that the District Line has the most stations of any tube line, with 60 in total? Have you seen the District Line swastika? And do you know why classical music is played at some District Line locations? All is revealed in this video. And more tube secrets from Geoff soon.

Street Art Spotter

This week's picture theme is all about street art. Today's example shows a piece by Teddy Baden, whose work often features a dog, doing something doggish, in this case with a soldier. The question is, where in London can you find this piece?