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DISCOVER GOLD: After a brief closure, the Bank of England Museum opens a new permanent display featuring gold bars from Roman times to the present day. Learn about the scientific properties of gold that make it so useful and therefore so valuable. Permanent.
COMEDY: Two women start runs at the Soho Theatre tonight. We Can Twerk It Out is Lucy Beaumont’s first (£12.50/£10, prebook, 7pm), whereas Josie Long is practically a veteran of the comedy scene. At 32. Ouch. (£10-£20, prebook, 9pm)
WOMEN IN SCIENCE: Professor Lesley Yellowlees was the first female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry in its 171 year history. Tonight at UCL she talks about women working in chemistry, and how the problem of women choosing not to study STEM subjects can be fixed. Free, just turn up, 5.30pm
EVENING TALK: Foyles on Charing Cross Road hosts Nicola Streeten and Sarah Lightman, founders of Laydeez Do Comics. Since its launch in 2009 this women-led graphic novel forum has provided a platform for inspiration and discussion among emerging and established artists. Free (donation welcome), prebook, 6pm
NILE EXPLORER: British explorer Levison Wood has recently returned from walking the length of the Nile. As you do. Tonight he's at Mr Fogg's in Mayfair (a recreation of the Victorian home of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg) to talk about the expedition and take part in a Q&A session. Prebook by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 6.01pm (nope, not a typo)
EVERYTHING MUST GO: Pop artist Hayden Kays and Electrical Tape artist Benjamin Murphy are giving away 100 A4 signed unique illustrations for free at Lollipop Gallery near Spitalfields. Every attendee is given a raffle ticket on arrival, with a draw at 9pm revealing who the lucky 100 people are. Free, RSVP to email@example.com, from 6.30pm
LITERARY TRANSLATION: The Free Word Centre in Clerkenwell hosts an event by Asymptote journal. Authors and translators come together to discuss international translation and the contemporary global literary scene, followed by a Q&A session, and a drinks reception. £10/£8.50, prebook, 6.30pm
BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at London Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf, The London Buddhist Vihara in Chiswick, Tesco in Beckenham, Morden Assembly Hall 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
English Heritage property Eltham Palace in Greenwich reopens in the spring after a refurbishment, and is looking for volunteers to help with day to day running and to provide information to thousands of visitors annually. English Heritage is hosting drop in coffee sessions at Eltham Palace at 10am on Wednesday 21 January and Saturday 24 January for anyone interested in getting involved.
From The Archive
Whether you hail from Berecingas or Suthringa geweorche, we took a look at how each of the London Boroughs came to be known by the names they have today.