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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Cathedral Hall in Victoria, Bishopsgate Institute near Liverpool Street, Sainsbury's in New Cross 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
GUILDHALL LIBRARY: Dr Gavin Dixon explores brass instrument manufacture in early 20th century London, particularly focusing on instruments made for military use during the First World War. The event takes place inside the historic Guildhall Library in the City. Free, prebook, 6pm
CRAFT WORKSHOP: Join a free African textile workshop and create your own textile print. Start to design your fabric and have a chance to use mono printing techniques. The event takes place at Fablab London, close to Bank. Free, prebook, 6.30pm
LONDON STORIES: Storytellers from The History Press are now at Waterstones Piccadilly every Tuesday to share legends, myths and tales for grown-ups. Tonight is the turn of Helen East and Rick Wilson who will tell the tale of 2,000 years of London history. Free, prebook, 7pm
WINE TASTING: The first meeting of the new Herne Hill Wine Club takes place at OTC Bar on Railton Road in Herne Hill, and is aimed at anyone from complete beginners to wine connoisseurs. £20, prebook, 7pm
WAR MEDICINE: The Royal Institution hosts a talk about the effect that World War One had on the advance of medical technology. Speakers are Emily Mayhew of Imperial College London and psychiatrist and clinical psychologist Louis Crocq. £12/£8/£6, prebook, 7pm
THE DARKEST DAYS: Historian Douglas Newton is at Bishopsgate Institute, debating whether we should question the standard account of World War One. What was the real motivation for Britain going to war? Newton is joined by Professor Vron Ware of Kingston University and Joe Glenton, author of Soldier Box. £9/£7, prebook, 7.30pm
MARATHON FILM: The Dutch Centre, near London Wall, screens Dutch comedy film De Marathon. The film has English subtitles and is about four garage mechanics starting to train for a marathon. £10, prebook, 7.30pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Fancy a challenge? Sign up now to take part in the Prince's Trust Palace to Palace bike ride on 5 October. The entry fee is £45, with a minimum of £120 sponsorship required, to ride the 45 mile route from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle. If you fancy an extra challenge, try the 90 mile route, which dips all the way down into Surrey and Hampshire — the entry fee for this challenge is £75, with a minimum of £240 sponsorship. Money raised goes towards the Prince's Trust projects which help young people get into education or training.
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