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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Sainsbury's in Sydenham, Dundonald Church in Raynes Park and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.
ART EXHIBITION: Mike Nelson selects from the V-A-C Collection launches today at Whitechapel Gallery. Contemporary installation artist Mike Nelson curates this sculptural exhibition, reproducing the setting of an art studio. Artworks by Brancusi, Giacometti and Althamer will be on display. Free, until 30 November
TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL: The largest fleet of Tall Ships to visit London in 25 years brings with it opportunities to board the Tall Ships moored along the Greenwich waterfront, fireworks displays, free cultural performances, music and entertainment as well as a crew parade and festival procession. Ends today
BATTLE BUS: London Transport Museum has transformed a B-type bus into a wartime battle bus: the result is on display inside the museum today. The display is connected with the museum's current exhibition Goodbye Piccadilly: from Home to Western Front. £15/£11.50, just turn up, all day
SOMERSET HOUSE: Head to beautiful Somerset House for the screening of documentary film Sign Painters. Before the screening, American sign painter Mike Meyer will run an informal demonstration and afterwards take part in a Q&A session hosted by Sam Roberts, the London-based founder of Ghostsigns. £15/£12, prebook, from 6.30pm
SOCIAL WRITING: The Proud Archivist in Haggerston hosts Drinks, Thinks & Inks. Expect fun and brief exercises to open minds, without over challenging them. No experience necessary, groups and individuals are all welcome. £10, prebook, 6.30pm
BOOK LAUNCH: Yuval Noah Harari discusses his latest book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind with John Thornhill, deputy editor of the Financial Times, at King's College. Take a breath-taking ride through 70,000 years of human history. £15, prebook, 6.30pm
ROYAL INSTITUTION: Award-winning writer-director Dan Clifton presents his new short film Patient 39 at the Royal Institution in Albemarle Street, about a soldier who wakes from a coma with no idea of his identity or his past. After the screening, join a panel discussion with neuroscience experts. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm
ECONOMICS TALK: The Dutch Centre hosts a talk with Rick van der Ploeg, a former Dutch MP and State Secretary, and currently Professor in Economics at the University of Oxford. He talks about capitalism and the financial crisis. £10, prebook, 7pm
POP UP PAINTING: Test your painting skills and enjoy an evening of painting, music and social fun. Pop Up Painting takes place tonight at the House of Wolf in Islington, focusing on the work of Vettriano, no experience needed. £25, prebook, 7.30pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Don your PJs and bunny ears and take part in the moonlit 10km circular walk around Bexleyheath, raising money for the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. The walk is happening on Saturday 13 September from 10pm, registration is £15 in advance or £25 on the night.
From the Archive
Around this day last year, in order to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the tube, we shared this video called Going Underground: Tales From The Tube which was created by primary school children from Paddington and Farringdon (the termini of the first Underground line).