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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Church Of Jesus Christ LDS in Walworth, St Mary Abbots Centre in Kensington, Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden 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
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL: London’s celebration of design in all its forms is happening all over the capital. There are plenty of events to choose from and most are free: we’ve selected the top things to do during the festival. You can also browse one of these design-themed exhibitions connected to the festival. Until 21 September
COMEDY: John Conway delves into chat show anarchy tonight at Soho Theatre, accompanied by his fellow writer Ben Russell. £10, prebook, until 20 September
PHOTO EXHIBITION: Personal Truths is a photographic exhibition, part of The Shoreditch Design Triangle, taking place at 7la in Shoreditch. On display are in-depth documentary projects that show the photographers’ own lives. Free, until 19 September
BEHIND THE SCENES: Explore Royal Festival Hall and go backstage on this guided tour. See areas of the building which are usually off limits (and don't have step-free access and involve heights) — meeting point is at the ticket office. £8.50+bf, prebook, noon
GUIDED WALK: Explore a lost London river as you follow the footsteps of the poet John Keats on a literary walk along the Thames’s most famous tributary — the Fleet. Meeting point is the City Information Centre, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral — this event repeats on Thursday and Friday. £8+bf, prebook, 12.30pm
ART TALK: Guildhall Library hosts Alexandra Epps who looks at the wealth of modern and contemporary public art in the City. The talk is followed by an optional public art highlights walk — the cost is £5 and you can pay on the day. Free, prebook, 2pm
SOCIAL WRITING: The Proud Archivist in Haggerston hosts Drinks, Thinks & Inks. Expect fun and brief writing exercises to open minds, without over-challenging them. No experience necessary, groups and individuals are all welcome. £10, prebook, 6.30pm
TALK: Head to the John Harvard Library in Borough and join a free talk led by Ross MacFarlane, Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library. He discusses the history of Southwark's medical officers of health. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm
GIG: Conceptual artist, experimental pop and electronic musician Dieter Meier performs tonight at the Jazz Cafe in Camden. £20+bf, prebook, 7pm
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Londonist is proud media partner to Totally Thames, the river-based festival taking place throughout September. Each weekend, we’ll be bringing you our pick of Totally Thames events taking place on Saturday and Sunday. See individual events for prices and other information.
LONDONIST AFLOAT: Not got your tickets for Londonist’s very own river-based adventures yet? What’s stopping you? We’re running a series of talks covering all kinds of river-based trivia. Members of Team Londonist will be onboard all weekend and we’d love to meet you. Tickets are £7.50 each, but if you’re having trouble choosing which events to go to (and who could blame you?) we’re offering day passes for £15. Go on, get your tickets here. 20-21 September
Good Cause of the Day
Join Maggie's Cultural Crawl, taking place on Friday 19 September. This charity walk starts from Victoria Embankment Gardens and winds its way out west to Fulham Palace and back to the Southbank Centre — money raised will help cancer research. £40, prebook, 6pm
From the Archive
On this day last year we shared an alternative map of South London train routes, created by Max Roberts.