Things To Do In London: Friday 21 November 2014

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Go behind the scenes of the Ships, Clocks and Stars exhibition at National Maritime Museum.


ICE SKATING: Slowly but surely, London’s seasonal ice rinks are waking up for the season and quiet weekdays are the best time to visit. See what’s already open, or book ahead for the rest of the run-up to Christmas.

EXHIBITION: Mark Neville: London/Pittsburgh opens today at Alan Cristea Gallery. The artist presents a photographic documentary of the social communities in London and Pittsburgh. His work aims to explore the role of art in contemporary society. Free, until 24 January 2015

ART TALK: New York artist Joe Scanlan talks about his practice at the ICA with London-based producer Manick Govinda. Scanlan's works have been on display both at the Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou in Paris. £5+bf, prebook, 1pm

WRITING WORKSHOP: The Gate Library in Forest Gate hosts a free creative writing workshop with novelist Courttia Newland. To book your place, email Free, prebook, 2-3pm

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM: Go behind the scenes of the Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition, currently on display at the National Maritime Museum — which we reviewed some time ago. See the exhibition and get up-close and personal with the Museum’s collection of maps and charts, with curator Gillian Hutchinson. £12/£10, prebook, 3-4pm

CROWDVERSATION: Everyone is welcome to join an open debate about employment and ageing, taking place at Big Bang Lab in Borough. The event includes an introductory talk by the founder of Big Bang Lab, a film screening and an open 'crowdversation'. £7, prebook, 4pm

THEATRE PLATFORM: Director Rufus Norris and actress Meera Syal discuss the new production in which they're involved — Behind the Beautiful Forevers. The talk takes place at the National Theatre. £4/£3, prebook, 6pm

MUSEUM TALK: Award-winning actor Sam West and spy writer Nigel West discuss the similarities and differences between acting and spying — the mutual arts of deception — with director Giles Ramsay. The event is at the V&A museum. £9/£7, prebook, 6.30pm

FLAMENCO MUSIC: The Union Chapel hosts a flamenco gig featuring ZIK’R. Follow the mystical journey of flamenco from India to Spain, performed by artist Fabrice Hyber, together with flamenco dancer and singer-songwriter Karen Ruimy. £22.50, prebook, 7pm

SUPPER CLUB: Wild Game Co. in collaboration with Workshop Coffee Co. are holding a pop-up dining event close to Farringdon. Your ticket will get you a drink on arrival and a changeable eight-courses menu, including Scottish meat — the event repeats on 5 December. £49pp, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: We once described Max and Ivan as “too good for human words”. See them at Pay what you want night We Love Comedy at The Pipeline near Liverpool Street, along with Dave Green, Stephanie Laing, Derek Flores and Sean Brightman. £5/Free, just turn up, 8.15pm

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall, Morrisons in Thamesmead and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.

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Good Cause of the Day

Join Central London Samaritans at Charing Cross Station on 24 November. A team of dedicated volunteers is cycling 247 miles on fixed bikes to raise money for the Samaritans’ helpline which is open to callers 24/7. You can help the good cause by making a donation — just pop over between 7am and 9pm to say hello and support the cause.

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