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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Cab Road in Waterloo, St Olave Parish Hall in Fenchurch Street, St Faith's Community Centre in Dulwich and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.
COCKTAIL BONANZA: London Cocktail Week kicks off today. Get your wristband and start imbibing your way around town. Not going to be a sober October is it... £15/£10, until 12 October
LUNCH BREAK BACH: Head to St-Martin-in-the-Fields and enjoy a free lunchtime concert. Richard Moore plays the organ, performing a repertoire of Bach pieces. Free (donations suggested), just turn up, 1pm
FREE LECTURE: Sadie Watson, Senior Archaeologist at Museum of London, talks about the 20-year-long excavations that have been going on in the City. The event is at Museum of London and a first-come, first-served basis applies. Free, just turn up, 1pm
POETRY PORTRAITS: What does it mean to be a poet? Bards including the late Seamus Heaney, Sir Andrew Motion and Wendy Cope have been captured in a series of portraits at Kings Place, and this special event includes live readings and conversation. £9.50, prebook, 7pm
LIVE PERFORMANCE: As part of Camden Migration Festival, renowned performer Caroline Bergvall is on stage at The Forge, alongside Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach and Swiss visual artist Thomas Köppel. The resulting show is a concoction of poetry, music and visuals. £10, prebook, 7.30pm
EXILED WRITERS: The monthly gathering of writers exiled from their homeland takes place at Poetry Cafe, with featured performances. Hosted by Jennifer Langer. £4/£2, just turn up, 7.30pm
COMEDY: Head to Dirty Dick's in Liverpool Street for a night of stand-up comedy and open mic shenanigans. Acts already confirmed include Andy J. Wilson, Edward At Last and Njambi McGrath. Free, just turn up, from 8pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Head to the Palace Theatre for a night of fundraising comedy. Centrepoint Laughing Point's line-up includes stand-up comedians Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee, Josh Widdicombe, Joe Lycett and many others. Money raised will help Centrepoint's work with homeless young people. £21-£8.50, prebook, 7.30pm
From the Archive
So beautiful, we reckon it needs to be seen again: a view of Battersea Power Station in the rain, by HoosierSands on Flickr.