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CALL THE MIDWIFE: Clare Sexton gives a talk about the history of midwifery at Valence House in Dagenham. £1.50, just turn up, 3pm
PONGATHON: No, not a competition for those with an aversion to showering. Head to Rich Mix for an evening of drinks, music and socialising all set around the game of Ping Pong. Free to attend, pay to play, just turn up, 5pm
TANK TUESDAYS: Every Tuesday, Budvar Tank Tuesdays at Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton lets people experience street art and beer at what claims to be the smallest art gallery in London. This week, take in exclusive street art photography by Claude Crommelin. The first 102 arrivals get a free pint of Budvar Tankové Pivo beer. Free, just turn up, from 6pm
GHOST TOUR: Museum of London Docklands offers a ghost tour of the Museum and the surrounding area. Whether you believe in spirits and spectres or not, there's bound to be plenty of London history involved. Age 16+. £26.25, prebook, 6.30pm
PARTICLE FEVER: The Royal Institution in Mayfair hosts a screening of Particle Fever to celebrate the restarting of the Large Hadron Collider after nearly two years. The film follows six scientists during the original launch. Followed by a talk by Dr Harry Cliff, particle physicist and curator of the Science Museum's Collider exhibition, about how science has moved on since the start of filming. £12/£8/£6, prebook, 7pm
SHORT FILMS: The new season of Shorts on Tap begins at Cafe 1001 in Brick Lane. Seven new killer-thriller short films will be screened, followed by debates and discussion with the directors. £3, prebook, 7pm
ARK HISTORY: Irving Finkel was assistant keeper at the British Museum in 1985 when a member of the public brought in a piece of Babylonian clay. In 2009 it was revealed that the clay, dating back to 1850BC held a detailed descrpition for building the ark. Tonight, Finkel is at Dulwich Books to talk about his book, The Ark Before Noah. £16 (includes a copy of the book and a glass of wine), prebook, 7pm
ICING LATE: Biscuiteers, the Notting Hill boutique of all things delicious, runs a monthly Icing Late. Aided by a glass of Prosecco, get tips from expert icers as you get creative on biscuits. And if it turns out not to be your forte, you can blaim it all on the bubbly. £42, prebook, 7pm
CHORAL SYMPHONY: Head to Southbank Centre for a gala performance of Beethoven's music. Three young soloists perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, followed by a choral performance of Symphony No. 9. Performed by The Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, this event is held in support of Pancreatic Cancer UK. £12-£60, prebook, 8pm
BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street, Cathedral Hall in Victoria, Bishopsgate Institute, Church of Jesus Christ in Walworth 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
Book tickets now for The Children Helping Children Concert at Cadogan Hall on 31 January. It's a classical music event for children, performed by children, in aid of HemiHelp, the national charity for families affected by hemiplegia. Book tickets or find out more.
From The Archive
Thanks to the wave of travel disruption sweeping the capital, any suggestions for improvements are likely to be welcomed with open arms. Last year, we suggested 15 ways to improve London's Train Network, without building a single inch of new track. TfL/ Network Rail: take note.