Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 21 May 2014

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Bridget Christie at The Book Club is our Good Cause of the Day

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Olave Parish Church in Fenchurch Street, Sainsbury's in Sydenham, HSBC Sport and Leisure Centre in Beckenham and Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden and St Pauls Centre in Enfield. See site for terms and conditions

SPOON HAMMERING: Learn a new skill at Clerkenwell Design Week with workshops to teach you copper disk engraving, or how to custom-make a spoon, under the guidance of aspiring and existing goldsmiths from the Goldsmiths’ Centre.  Free, prebook, 10am-5pm

SUFFRAGETTE CENTENARY: Today marks the centenary of the immortal image of Mrs Pankhurst being bundled away by Chief Inspector Rolfe at Buckingham Palace. To mark the occasion, try this World War One Walking Tour. £10/£12, prebook, 2pm

FREE WALK: Join a free guided walk to discover Mayfair. The walk lasts 45 minutes, meeting point is Green Park tube at Stratton Street exit. Free, prebook, 2pm

CITY WORKERS EXHIBITION: Niki Gorick talks about her new photographic exhibition, Workers who Keep the City Moving. Tina Baxter, a City of London Guide, will also talk about the photographs from a personal viewpoint. Takes place at Guildhall Library. Free, prebook, 2pm

BETHNAL GREEN DISASTER: The University of East London in Stratford has a talk and pop-up exhibition about the Bethnal Green tube staircase disaster in World War Two. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

SUPPERCLUB: Funthyme Supperclub comes to Spitalfields City Farm with a three-course meal made from seasonal produce, including a farm-foraged salad. Food will be served either outside, or in a yurt, weather dependent. £35, prebook, 7pm

QUANTUM PHYSICS: Pub-Sci's monthly meeting takes place at the Old King’s Head on Borough High Street, and this month's guest speakers are Radmila Topalovic and Edward Bloomer from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. They discuss quantum physics in an accessible way, made all the easier to understand by a couple of beers. Free (donations welcome), just turn up, 7pm

TECH DATING: Single? Aged 24-36? Head to Old Street for Technically Single, a dating night aimed at those who work for a tech start up, digital agency or who do appy things. £5, prebook, 7pm

SALON-STYLE THEATRE: The Pleasance Theatre in Islington hosts a salon-style night of theatre, with rehearsed readings of two new plays, followed by audience Q&A sessions for feedback. A Q&A with special guest John Yorke, ex Controller of BBC Drama, and live music from electronic duo Moonrags, are also on the bill. £8/£6, prebook, 7.30pm

BE THE FIRST: A new double theatre show launches today at Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, featuring David Marnet's 1974 play Squirrels, followed by The After-Dinner Joke, in which five actors play over 40 characters. From £6, prebook, 7.45pm

PUB DISCUSSION: The Islington Archaeology & History Society hosts James Watson of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) for a discussion about the demise of British pubs. Free/£1, just turn up, 8pm

COMEDY: Head to The Blacksmith And The Toffeemaker on St John Street for a free comedy evening with Lou Sanders, Adam Hess, Annie McGrath and several other comedians. Free, just turn up, 8pm

MORE COMEDY: Big Wednesday Comedy Club takes place at Charterhouse Bar in Smithfield, with MC Dan Green, and starring Celia Pacquola. £7, prebook, 8pm

SEDUCTIVE BURLESQUE: The Soho Burlesque Club at the Hippodrome Casino stars Miss Polly Rae, who invites the audience into her boudoir in this seductive show. £5-£15, prebook, 8.30pm

SPY FILM SCREENING: Terracotta Film Club heads to Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square for a screening of For Y’ur Height Only. The film has two-foot-nine actor Weng Weng starring as a spy with martial arts skills. £8/£6.50, prebook, 9pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Head to The Book Club in Shoreditch tonight for a comedy event which sees women standing up for women. Female comedians such as Holly Walsh (Mock The Week and Never Mind The Buzzcocks) and Bridget Christie (Winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2013) perform stand-up comedy. All proceeds for the event go to Refuge, which supports women who are suffering domestic abuse. Tickets are £8 in advance, from here, or £10 on the door.

London Connection Puzzle

Your first clue was LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS. Your second is KENNINGTON COMMON. What's the specific London connection (other than that they're both open spaces)? Edit: someone guessed this within 10 minutes of the article going live, so no need to email in your solution as we have a winner.

From the Archive

From short stories to photos, there is a plethora of books about the river. In May last year, we managed to whittle them down to The Best Books About The Thames. Learn how to circumnavigate north London by boat and find out where the inspiration for Toad Hall came from in these Thames tomes.

Tomb It May Concern

All our picture puzzles this week have a grave theme. Today, we're standing in front of an impressive old memorial. But to whom is it dedicated, and where can you find it? (We've digitally blackened the dedication — it doesn't really look like that.)