Things To Do In London: Tuesday 7 October 2014

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Climb into cockpits at the RAF Museum.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Belvedere Road (outside County Hall), Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton, 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

EVOLUTIONARY COMEDY: Comedian Robert Newman performs his latest solo show at Leicester Square Theatre — his first in seven years. The theme this time round is an alternative theory of evolution, specifically how the latest science demonstrates that DNA is not destiny. £12.50-£14.50, prebook, until 9 October

SHADOW BOXING: A new play, Shadow Boxing, begins at Pleasance Theatre in Islington today. It revolves around a boxer, Flynn, battling his personal demons. £12/£10, prebook, until 12 October

MUSEUM BY CANDLEIGHT: Sir John Soane's Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields holds a monthly evening opening, giving visitors a chance to visit the museum by candlelight. Free, just turn up (very early to avoid disappointment), from 5.30pm

BEER EVENING: The Hack and Hop near Blackfriars hosts an evening with Stuart Ross, Head Brewer for Magic Rock brewery, who will be guiding guests through the range of products the brewery offers. Free, prebook, 6pm

OPEN COCKPITS: The RAF Museum in Colindale is allowing the public to access some of its historic aircraft for one night only. Enter the cockpits of the Chipmunk, Jet Provost 5 and Westland Gazelle, and get up close to others such as the Avro Lancaster and Spitfire 5B. Adults only. £18, prebook, 6.15pm-9.15pm

SCIENTIFIC LIMTS: Today's Philosophy@LSE public lecture focuses on the limits of science. Some limits are famous, such as the speed of light, and this lecture will discuss these limits and how they constrain what we know. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

DISCUSSION: Join Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion at British Council and a panel of special guest speakers at Power of Images, a visual journey and discussion charting the photographs that transformed architecture and the way we look at buildings. Held at the RIBA in partnership with the Barbican. £9/£6.50, prebook, 6.30pm

DICKENS AFTER DARK: As part of the Literary Footprints festival, there's a Dickens After Dark walk, beginning near Bank station and ending near St Paul's. £10/£7.50, prebook, 7pm

CINEMA NIGHT: Head to The Book Club in Shoreditch for an evening of short films and animations. The theme — not very jolly — is the end of the world and apocalypse. Free, prebook, from 7pm

BRITISH PRESS: The latest in The House of St Barnabas & BUG's talks series, 37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain, takes place in the chapel at The House of St Barnabas. The event questions whether the British public receive the press we deserve. Hosted by Miranda Sawyer with panelists Sophie Heawood, Matt Kelly and Douglas McCabe. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

BOOK BENCH AUCTION: Remember the book benches that were spread liberally throughout the city earlier in the year? They’re being sold off at a public auction at Southbank Centre, with all proceeds going to the National Literacy Trust’s vital work to raise literacy levels in the UK. Many of the artists and authors involved will be at the event. £25, prebook, 7.45pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Join London Cycling Campaign is at Look Mum No Hands, the cycling cafe on Old Street, tonight for a fundraising evening in support of London-wide campaign, Space for Cycling. Get a professional photograph of you and your bike (or just your bike) by Ivan Coleman for a donation to support the #space4cycling campaign. There will also be an auction for Space for Cycling tshirts signed by David Byrne. From 5pm.

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