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MEDIEVAL LONDON: London Metropolitan Archives runs a day dedicated to the Medieval London sources held in the collection, including insights into the Magna Carta and its importance. Bring a picnic. £10, prebook, 10am-4pm
MUSEUM CELEBRATION: To celebrate 10 years since its refurbishment, the Hunterian Museum opens for a special day of talks, displays and various activities. The museum is based on the collection of the surgeon and anatomist John Hunter. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm
LAYDEEZ DO COMICS: The women-led graphic novel forum is back at Foyles on Charing Cross Road. The social evening allows emerging artists and established practitioners to test new works and ideas. Men and women welcome, whether you have experience of comics or not. £1 donation, prebook, 6pm-8.30pm
SCIENCE LECTURE: The Michael Faraday Lecture at Royal Society questions whether chemistry is really that difficult, and whether the public impression of science as something which is only relevant to a few people is correct. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm
COMEDY: Josie Long, Nathaniel Metcalfe and guests sing the praises of unsung heroes and lost treasures at the Black Heart in Camden. £5, just turn up, 8pm
LITERATURE SALON: Antonia Fraser is the subject of this month's Hidden Prologues literature salon at Radisson Blu Edwardian's Bloomsbury Street Hotel. Author and journalist Sam Leith will talk to Fraser about her latest work, and the events and writers that have inspired her. £20, prebook, 6.30pm
SCREEN PRINTING: Design and screen print your own t-shirt at the DIY Screen Print Workshop at The Book Club in Shoreditch. Learn how to design and make your own t-shirt. All materials are provided and included in the ticket price. £15, prebook, 7pm
POETRY AND SEX: Head to Kings Place for Poetry in the City's evening celebrating the relationship between poetry and sex. Erotic Review writer and broadcaster Kate Copstick hosts a panel of experts in erotic literature and gender, exploring poetry’s intimate relationship with love and desire through the ages. £9.50, prebook, 7pm
ORIGAMI WORKSHOP: The rooftop wigwam at Queen of Hoxton hosts a pre-Valentine's origami workshop. Learn how to make a tulip, a butterfly ring and origami hearts. No experience required. £7.50, prebook, 7pm
INAPPROPRIATE CARDS: Drink, Shop & Do is giving you the chance to make a highly inappropriate Valentine's card. Avoid the sloppy sonnets and focus on what you really love... even if that happens to be pizza. Free with a drink, just turn up, from 7pm
SHORT FILMS: For those not looking forward to Valentine's Day too much, Heartbreakers is a night of anti-romantic short films that will make you glad you're single. In Corbet Place near the Truman Brewery. £5-6, prebook, 7pm
BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton, London Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf, 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
Sign up now to take part in the Starfish Breakfast Run on 15 March. Choose between a 5k, 10k or 15k route in Clapham Common and raise money for Starfish, which supports children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
From The Archive
Just last year, the BT Tower celebrated its 5oth birthday. We take a look at the history of London's worst kept secret.