Things To Do In London: Thursday 25 September 2014

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City Visions at Barbican begins today. Photo © Phil Wright from tomorrow's Are Cities Good For Us debate.

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Central Library in Bromley, on Belvedere Road outside County Hall, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

PARLIAMENT: Londonist readers get 20% off midweek guided or audio tours of the Houses of Parliament during party conference season. Book tickets online through Ticketmaster, in person at the box office or by phone on 0844 847 1672 and use promo code LMIDD20

DANCE FESTIVAL: Wilton's Music Hall near Tower Hill hosts three days of dance performances as part of Wilton's Strike! Dance Festival. Each evening will feature work from two different choreographers, followed by a Q&A session. Performances will be streamed live online. Free, prebook, until 27 September

MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES: Doc'n Roll Festival brings four days of music films to Hackney Picturehouse, with a focus on documentaries. See the full schedule and book tickets here. Until 28 September

MADE IN TOTTENHAM: The Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham hosts the Made in Tottenham exhibition, which shows photos of ten young entrepreneurs from the Tottenham area, photographed by Elizabeth Hardy. Until 10 October

CITY VISIONS: Barbican hosts a season of films, talks and debates beginning today, exploring the ways in which cinema has engaged with the phenomenon of the modern city and the experience of urban life. Some screenings have already sold out, but many still have tickets available. Various prices, prebook, until 9 November

PIANO AUCTION: The quarterly piano auction takes place at Conway Hall in Holborn, so if you're looking to acquire yourself a baby grand, this might be the place for you. All sizes from 5ft 6ins to full 9ft concert grands will be on sale, and there's a chance to view the instruments in the morning before the sale takes place. Free, just turn up, 12pm

SHOW AND TELL: Spend your lunchtime at the Grant Museum of Zoology near Euston Square. PhD students at UCL will each be selecting one item from the Museum's collection, and sharing what they know about it with an audience. Today is the turn of David Kurnick whose work focuses on marine areas in the Indian Ocean. Free, drop in throughout the session, 1pm-2pm

CUPCAKE DECORATING: Has your budding Delia been inspired by the Great British Bake Off? Take them along to Bluebird in Chelsea for a children's cupcake decorating class. £15, prebook, 4pm

BLIND ORCHESTRA: Inner Vision Orchestra, the UK's only orchestra for blind musicians, performs at Rich Mix tonight. The performers come from all over the world, range in age from 25-90 years, and as solo artists have performed with the likes of Coldplay, Oasis, and Boy George. £12/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

FORTEAN SOCIETY: From aliens and monsters to ghostly paintings, listen to how Paolo Viscardi from the London Fortean Society interprets what we find unusual in the world according to what we find familiar in our culture. The event takes place at the Dirty Dicks pub in Liverpool Street. £3/£2, just turn up, 8pm

SYRIA FILM: Dochouse is at Rich Mix in Shoreditch for a screening of Red Lines, a documentary film which follows the lives of Razan and Mouaz, two Syrian activists from vastly different walks of life, thrown together by the circumstances of war. The screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with Razan, the subject of the film. £7/£5, prebook, 8pm

ALTERNATIVE COMEDY: Tony Law, Josie Long and Simon Munnery, AKA the Alternative Comedy Trio, each perform an extended set at Leicester Square Theatre. Prebook, 9pm

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Good Cause of the Day

From tomorrow, Westbank Gallery in Notting Hill hosts a new exhibition, entitled When I Walk In Your Shoes. The exhibition is only on for a short time, running 26 September-1 October. Curated by Amy Winehouse's tattoo artist and friend, Henry Hate, the exhibition celebrates the life of the Camden singer, who died in 2011. All money raised from the sale of the artworks goes to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to prevent drug and alcohol misuse in young people.

From the Archive

Feeling a bit gloomy? Take a look at these colourful sketches by Lis Watson, which we stumbled across in 2012, bringing the summer of the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee back to life.