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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at the Salvation Army HQ on Queen Victoria Street, The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street, Wandsworth Town 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
BOOK SALE: The Courtauld Institute of Art is hosting its Annual Book Sale at Somerset House, an opportunity to buy both brand new and rare out-of-print editions of art, literature and culture books. Free, just turn up, until 7 October
ROYAL INSTITUTION: It's a double whammy at the Royal Institution today. First up, at 12pm, Frank James, Professor of the History of Science and Head of Collections at the Royal Institution, holds a lecture on the history of the Royal Institution (£12/£8/£6, prebook). Then at 2pm, a series of science talks takes place. Chemist Kathryn Harkup will look at poisons, Zoe Laughlin will investigate the world of materials and psychologist Essi Viding will delve into the mind of psychopaths (£20, prebook).
BRITISH LIBRARY: Join a panel discussion about the global demand for meat and its production methods, taking place at the British Library. The talk looks at the impact of meat production on the environment and possible solutions to its pollution problem. £5, prebook, 6pm
THEATRE PLATFORM: Remembering Joan Littlewood event takes place today at the National Theatre. To mark her centenary and a weekend of ‘Fun Palaces’, Stella Duffy, Murray Melvin and Peter Rankin celebrate the theatre maverick’s life and work. £4/£3, prebook, 6pm
TUBE LABYRINTH: Mark Wallinger, the artist behind the Tube labyrinths, is at London Review Bookshop to talk about the project with Will Self, and to sign copies of his book, Labyrinth: A Journey Through London’s Underground. £10, prebook, 7pm
POETRY PRIZE: The annual prize-giving ceremony for the Forward Prizes for Poetry takes place at Southbank Centre. The event is presented by Jeremy Paxman and there will be poetry readings alongside the awards. £12/£10, prebook, 7pm
SCIENCE IN A PUB: Join a scientific talk about Neuroenhancement and Public Health at the Cittie of York pub in Chancery Lane. Guest speaker is Dr. Alex McKeow. Free, just turn up, from 7pm
CRAFT NIGHT: Join The Make Escape at the Hackney Attic for a free-entry Indian Summer Craft Night. Try your hand at weaving, stitching and collaging and create a sparkling masterpiece with their stash of sequins, glitter yarns and shimmering scraps — all materials provided. Free, just turn up, from 7.30pm
EAST BY SOUTHEAST: The Troubadour on Old Brompton Road hosts East By Southeast, an evening of indie folk, pop and rock music by local and international artists. Performers include Hong-Kong born singer-songwriter and actor Kristin Lao, Filipino pianist-singer-songwriter Kate Torralba and acoustic folk rock trio Wondermare. £7, prebook, 8pm
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From the Archive
Last year we shared this photo gallery of The London Pearly Kings & Queens Society Costermongers Harvest Festival Parade Service. What a mouthful.