Things To Do In London: Thursday 2 October 2014

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Sofia's Last Ambulance screening takes place today at ICA. Details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange, Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Selhurst Park Stadium in Thornton Heath 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

BARBICAN: Barbican Library launches Current Perspectives 2014 exhibition, which displays photographs by members of the City of London and Cripplegate Photographic Society. Subjects on display vary from landscape to portraiture. Free, until 27 October

POETRY DAY: Today is National Poetry Day. Several events are going on at venues around London including National Theatre, Southbank Centre and The Bloomsbury Hotel. Take a look at our book and poetry events listing for some more inspiration.

BRITAIN DESIGN: Best of Britannia festival takes over the Victorian Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell for a few days, turning it into a massive pop-up department store. Expect British manufacturing, music, dance and cinema — see our preview. From £8, prebook, until 4 October

DISLOCATING ASIA: Performances shaped by migrations from East Asia with a focus on Shih-I Hsiung, the first Chinese director to work in the West End. Readings by Diana Yeh, Daniel York and Jennifer Lim, music and comedy, plus DJ Lucky Cat Zoë. At the Forge in Camden. Tickets cost £8 (£6 concessions). 7pm.

GUILDHALL LIBRARY: Join Claire Scott for a special late view of the exhibition From Beef Tea to Battleships, which commemorates stories of the First World War. The ticket price includes canapés and a drink reception. £8, prebook, 6pm

FILM SCREENING: The ICA hosts a film screening by DocHouse: Sofia's Last Ambulance. The documentary is about Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria and its medical infrastructure, especially focusing on ambulances. £11/£8, prebook, 6.30pm

TALK: Learn about the surgery techniques developed during the Age of Enlightenment at the Old Operating Theatre Museum. The talk explores the rise of scientific surgery performed by men like William Cheselden and John Hunter. £6.50/£5, prebook by email, 6.30pm

COMEDY: Enjoy a night of comedy at the Aces and Eights in Tufnell Park. Acts confirmed are Aisling Bea, Andrew O'Neil, Dan Cook , Mat Ewins, Gatis Kandis, Ari Shaffir and Patrick Turpin. £6, prebook, 7pm

CONCERT: BBC Concert Orchestra performs tonight at the Southbank Centre. Travel back in time and listen to the music background of Paris during its 'crazy years': expect 1920s sway, swing, hop or pirouette. £22-£12, prebook, 7.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Help Tanzania Development Trust to fundraise for its future projects, join the Safe House Fundraising Gala tonight. The event takes place at Westminster Central Hall: during the night, there will be Tanzanian music, food and themed talks. Tickets start from £20, you can decide whether you'd like to donate a higher amount. £20, prebook, 7pm

From the Archive

Wellcome Collection, Koko and Skoob book shops are between the ten great things to do in the borough of Camden.