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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street, Paddington Central Station (Building 3), London Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.
ART EXHIBITION: A show dedicated to photographer Omar Ba kicks off today at Hales Gallery. The exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of the death of one of the most significant names in the field and especially big in the 1980s. Free, until 4 October
TAIWAN SHOWCASE: The Taiwan Excellence Showcase is free today at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush. On display are Taiwanese gadgets and tonight the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra holds a live performance to mark the opening, from 6.30pm. Free, until 7 September
ROYAL INSTITUTION: How Aristotle Invented Science at the Royal Institution is a talk focusing on the ancient Greek philosopher-scientist. The event is led by Armand Leroi, Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm
CINEMA NIGHT: Whirlygig Cinema returns to Hackney Picturehouse with three different film-makers screening and talking about their films. This time the focus is on film-makers who are heavily influenced by music, or where the sound design forms a major part of the final work. £4, prebook, 7.30pm
ELECTRIC ELIZABETHANS: Guitarist David Braid and pianist Sergei Podobedov perform tonight at Wilton's Music Hall. Their repertoire features Renaissance and Baroque music. £15/£10, prebook, 7.30pm
GUIDED WALK: Join Trails of the City for a guided walk all about London during the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Passing along Fleet Street westwards to Temple, the walk also takes in a number of buildings which, amazingly, still survive from this turbulent period. Meeting point is Blackfriars tube station. £8/£6, just turn up, 6.30pm
COMEDY: Paul L Martin and compere Cara Cummings introduce ten variety acts all battling it out for audience votes and the coveted Cheese ‘n’ Crackers platter. Expect a veritable smorgasbord of dazzling, delectable and downright daft acts in this monthly showcase of cabaret, comedy and music taking place at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. £9+bf, prebook, 8pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Touted as one of the best gigs in London this week, tonight singer Katey Brooks performs at Cecil's in London Bridge. Following her recent trip to Bethlehem to play in a peace festival, she was inspired to organise this concert to raise money for emergency humanitarian relief for the people of Gaza. Tickets are £7 if you prebook via Eventbrite, otherwise they're £10 on the door — the gig starts at 7.30pm.
From the Archive
On this day last year we published a list of the best pubs in Richmond, chosen by popularity. See if you still agree.