Things To Do In London: Thursday 13 November 2014

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National Portrait Gallery has a free-entry late tonight. Details below


NEW EXHIBITIONS: Two of our must-see exhibitions start today: the retrospective of controversial artist Allen Jones at the Royal Academy (£10, until 25 January 2015) or the annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, which showcases the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers from around the world (£3, until 22 February 2015)

RECORDING BRITAIN: John Ruskin Prize exhibition kicks off at Trinity Buoy Wharf today. This still relatively new prize brings an exhibition of drawings, paintings, prints and textiles by 23 artists to Trinity Buoy Wharf. If you’ve never visited the venue, this is a good chance to explore the area. Free, until 30 November

IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE: The Apple store in Regent Street hosts a three-day festival called Finding the Future. There will be panels and presentations with special guests: topics include careers in A&R, music marketing, songwriting and live music. All the events are free but you need to book your space in advance — see website for full programme. Free, 3pm-8.30pm daily until 15 November

MUSEUM LATE: National Maritime Museum opens its door after the normal opening time and hosts an evening of fun activities. There will be themed workshops, a photobooth and music, plus see the museum's current exhibition Ships, Clocks & Stars. £5/£4, prebook, 6pm

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY: Late Shift happens tonight at the gallery: this free entry event gives you access to the collection and fun activities. Discover and debate a wide range of artists and sitters, join the conversation with talks, exhibition tours and philosophy salons or have a drink at the bar. Free, just turn up, from 6pm

CHARITY GIG: Rock Against Violence happens tonight at the O2 Academy in Islington, featuring: We Used To Make Things, The Fourfits, DB Cohen and The Beatrix Players. The bands come together to raise money for Solace Woman’s Aid charity, which provides support to over 4,000 survivors of domestic and sexual violence each year. £10, prebook, 6.30pm

ART TALK: The Trouble Club in Soho hosts an art talk featuring contemporary artist Miriam Elia and Jesse Darling. They talk about contemporary art and creative research. £10, prebook, 7pm

GEORGIAN LONDON: Head to the Old Operating Theatre Museum for a talk about Georgian Surgeons and the dark stories about the search for bodies to dissect in Georgian times. To book the event, you need to email the museum at or contact them by phone: 0207 188 2679. £6.50/£5, 6.30pm

DOC SCREENING: Head to Rich Mix in Shoreditch for the screening of Emptying the Skies, a documentary about a group of pan-European bird lovers who devote their lives to the protection of rare species of songbirds. After the screening there will be a QA with the directors Douglas and Roger Kass via Skype. £7/£5, prebook, 8pm

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

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