Things To Do In London: Monday 29 September 2014

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Take a tour of Southbank Centre


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Hornsey Parish Church in Muswell Hill, NCP Car Park in East Finchley, Morden Assembly Hall and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

HAVE A COFFEE: Today is International Coffee Day. Take a look at our London Blend series or choose amongst one of these 10 independent coffee shops in London. For map lovers, we also have an alternative coffee shops tube map designed by Chris Ward — who actually tried every single place on it.

IRISH PLAYWRIGHT: Enda Walsh is in conversation with James Moran (University of Nottingham) on the tradition of Irish playwriting at the National Theatre. £20/£15, prebook, 2pm

THRILLER!: If you're still getting over the fact Michael Jackson's 2009 tour never arrived in London, head to Drink Shop & Do in King's Cross to learn all of the ghoulish dance moves to MJ's Thriller. £10, prebook, 6pm/8.30pm

SOUTHBANK TOUR: Take a guided tour of Southbank Centre, with particular focus on the architecture of this once-controversial building. £8.50, prebook, 6pm

FREE TALK: Historian Christopher Clark is at Museum of London for a talk about the First World War, exploring the crisis that brought war to Europe in the summer of 1914. Free, just turn up, 6pm

PHOTOS AND MUSIC: Cafe 1001 in Brick Lane hosts the launch of My Scary Friends photographic exhibition, featuring 40 black and white photographs by Nicko Straniero. Tonight is the opening party, with live music. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Interested in learning a new language? Lingua Diversa Group offers an introductory lesson to Brazilian Portuguese at its offices in Holborn. £5, prebook by email, 6.30pm-7.30pm

JOY OF INFLUENCE: Today’s Joy of Influence event at King's Place sees Jonathan Coe interview Gaby Wood on Italo Calvino’s The Castle of Crossed Destinies. £5/£3, prebook, 6.30pm

WORDS ON MONDAY: The magnificent, Booker Prize winning, Julian Barnes puts in a rare public appearance talking with Hermione Lee, also at King's Place. £9.50, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: The Loft Tickler Free Comedy Night takes place at The Loft in Clapham. Tonight’s acts are Gemma Whelan, Harriet Kemsley, Damian Kingsley, Paul McMullan and Evelyn Mok. Free, just turn up, 8pm

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Londonist September

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Good Cause of the Day

The Royal Parks Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 12 October, with funds being raised for several charities. But wait! Before you stop reading, we're not suggesting you run — registration for that has now closed, so you're safe on that front. But the Royal Parks Foundation is still looking for volunteers to help out with the smooth running of the race on the day, from handing out water along the route to presenting runners with their medals at the finish line.

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