Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 29 May 2014

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Ten Women at Oval House explores issues of self perception.

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at British School of Osteopathy in Trinity Street, Hilton Hotel at the Tower of London, Paddington Central in Sheldon Square and Hornsey Parish Church in Muswell Hill. See site for terms and conditions

PING PONG: Find free-admission ping pong tables in Exchange Square and get ready to play. Table tennis coaches will be available both to teach and challenge. Free, just turn up, 11am-3pm & 4pm-7.30pm

CROYDON PALACE: A rare chance to take a guided tour of Croydon Palace (now functioning as a school), including the Chapel and the Tudor Dining Room. £7/£6, just turn up, 1.45pm

BRITISH-AMERICAN POLITICS: Senior British diplomat Sir Nigel Sheinwald discusses America and Britain's changing roles in the world at the British Library tonight. The event looks at why maintaining strong links between the countries is important for both sides. £8/£6/£5, prebook, 6.30pm

LIBRARY TOUR: See behind the scenes at Putney Library, including parts of the building that are normally off limits to the public, including staff areas. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

SPOKEN WORD: The Crystal Palace Festival takes place in June, but there is an early fund-raising event tonight. Head to Kingswood Estate in Dulwich for An Audience With Howard Marks, who will perform his spoken word show, Scholar, Smuggler, Prisoner, Scribe. £12.50, prebook, 7pm

SUMMER CONCERT: Leighton House Museum in Holland Park holds a summer concert. Performers include tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson, violinist Kathryn Parry and pianist Juliet Edwards. £25, prebook, 7.15pm

FEMINIST THEATRE: Ten Women at Ovalhouse is a theatre show designed to question the ideas of beauty that we are constantly fed, the use of over-sexualised women in advertising, and how this affects women's self-perception. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

OIL PIPELINE: Head to Riverside Studios for a screening of Pipeline by DocHouse. The film is about the lives of people living alongside a Trans-Siberian oil pipeline, and is followed by a Skype Q&A with director Vitaly Mansky. £7/£5, prebook, 7.30pm

LIVE MUSIC: The Coveryard hosts a live music evening at the Chainstore at Trinity Buoy Wharf. The evening has includes performers from several musical genres, including folk artist Sam Brookes, and Stratford-raised singer Denai Moore who will perform alongside a live chamber orchestra. £12/£14, prebook, 8pm

INTELLIGENCE SERVICES: London Fortean Society meets at Dirty Dicks to hear Mark Pilkington, author of Mirage Men, talk about psychological manipulation and deception practised by American and British intelligence service, as revealed in documents released by Wikileaks. £3/£2, just turn up, 8pm

PERFORMANCE NIGHT: Shindig returns to Ace Hotel in Shoreditch with a 'performance night for weirdos and their friends'. The line-up covers comedy, music and performance-art. £10, prebook, 8pm

SARA PASCOE: Comedian Sara Pascoe is at Soho Theatre for the first in a three-day run of her show, Sara Pascoe vs the Truth, in which she discusses the subjectiveness of everything we believe in life. £12.50/£10, prebook, 9.15pm

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Good Cause of the Day

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