Things To Do In London: Wednesday 22 October 2014

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Bishopsgate Institute, Sainsbury’s in Sydenham, St Paul's Centre in Enfield, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

SODA LAKES: The latest in Grant Museum of Zoology's lunchtime Show 'n' Tell sessions sees PhD student Antonia Ford picking her favourite object from the museum's artefacts and talking about it. She'll also be talking about her research on the soda lakes of East Africa and the diversity of fish that inhabit them. Free, just turn up, 1pm

BAKER STREET: This 45-minute lunchtime walk around Baker Street Quarter gives an insight into how the Baker Street and Marylebone area looked after its poor in Georgian and Victorian times. Find out about the harsh conditions in the Marylebone Workhouses and how Victorian philanthropy offered an alternative approach through social housing and charity schools. Meet outside 55 Baker Street. Free, just turn up, 1pm

OLD MAPS: Take a walk round Covent Garden, led by Ken of Walks With Old Maps, and discover what the area used to be like. See what was once the garden where monks from Westminster Abbey grew food. Start point confirmed on booking. £10/£8, prebook by email, 2pm

STAGE TO SCREEN: Daniel Rosenthal, author of The National Theatre Story, explores the film adaptation of NT play Closer. Patrick Marber’s London-set 1997 play was transformed into a film in 2004 -with a different ending - starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman. £6/£4, prebook, 2.30pm

MIRANDA HART: The comedian and actress is at Waterstone's on Piccadilly to sign copies of her new book, The Best of Miranda, the day before it is officially published. Arrive early to avoid disappointment as places in the queue are limited and she's a popular lady. Free, just turn up, 5pm

SAKE DINNER: Artizen Sake in Mayfair hosts a five-course dinner with sake pairings plus an introduction from the Toji (master brewer) for each sake and a Q&A session on sake and the brewing process. £50, prebook, 7pm

FREE COMEDY: The Duke in Putney is the venue for We Are Funny Project's comedy open mic night. Headlined by Alfie Brown, other prebooked acts include Richard Lindesay, Sonia Aste and Delboy Maliki, but walk up slots are available to for anyone wanting to try out new material. Free, just turn up, doors at 7pm

WAR MUSIC: Conway Hall in Holborn hosts the second in a series of concerts with a theme of Music in London and Paris during World War One. Today's event focuses on musical responses to war and how composers used music to support the war effort. £10/£12, prebook, 7pm

EVERYDAY SEXISM: Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism project is at Waterstones Hampstead to talk about her book, which aims to raise awareness of sexist problems experienced by women all over the world on a daily basis. £3/£5, prebook, 7pm

LIVE PODCAST: Attend the live recording of The Uncliqueables Podcast at the Camden Head. Hosts Paul Gannon and Eli Silverman mix stories, challenges and audience participation with humour and casual violence. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

DUTCH FILM: The Dutch Centre near Liverpool Street screens Matterhorn, starring Ton Kas and René van het Hof. The film is about the change in Dutch society in the last three decades and is in Dutch with English subtitles. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Take part in The Big City Sleep this Friday night and sleep in Spitalfields Market. The event raises awareness of, and money to support, street children sleeping rough in the UK and around the world. Before bedtime there will be Brazilian dance lessons, the chance to contribute to a cardboard favela, a silent disco and film screening.There's a £25 registration fee with a sponsorship target of £150 per person. Sign up here.

From the Archive

Grammatical pedants, this one's for you. Back in 2011, we questioned whether King's Cross should have an apostrophe or not.