Things To Do In London: Thursday 17 July 2014

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See Billy Murray and Carey Mulligan in Skylight, broadcast from the National Theatre stage.

See Billy Murray and Carey Mulligan in Skylight, broadcast from the National Theatre stage.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Surrey Quays (a mobile donor unit will be rocking up) and the usual permanent donor sites. See site for terms and conditions.

CONSERVATION: ZSL London Zoo recently opened a pop-up shop in Carnaby Street, with all the money raised going to help Lions400 campaign. Today it hosts Nisha Owen, talking about EDGE (Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered) species. Free, just turn up, 1pm/1.30pm/6pm/6.30pm

GIN GUILD: Head to Southbank Centre to sample a selection of gins from around the world and blend and brand your very own bottle of gin to enjoy at home. £52, prebook, 6.30pm 

TWILIGHT ARCHAEOLOGY: The Museum of London’s popular archaeology by twilight event returns. Highlights include immersive performances, a late night bar, torch-lit tours of the stores, and a new music commission by Eric Chenaux and Nathaniel Mann. £8, prebook, 6.30pm

80S PARTY: Reflex Dance Studios at Groovy Wonderland celebrates the launch of new movie Walking on Sunshine with a party which includes an 80s dance class, photo shoots and makeovers. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

ANDALUCIAN GRUB: The Jam Tree in Clapham has an Andalucian Supper Club hosted by Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker. Includes four courses and a welcome cocktail in the garden. £35, prebook, 7pm

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: Skylight starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan and directed by Stephen Daldry is broadcast live from the National Theatre stage to various venues. Schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died, and the play progresses from there. £13.50-£16.50, prebook, 7pm

ANTARCTICA RESEARCH: Chris Turney present the findings of a winter research trip to Antarctica at the Royal Institution in Mayfair tonight. £12/£8/£6, prebook, 7pm

FILM SCREENING: The Duke of Wellington film club in Dalston hosts the screening of 1975′s Rollerball – definitely an evening for science fiction lovers. £4, prebook7pm

SUMMER SESSIONS: Vintage shop/bar Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch hosts TwoBox Live: Summer Sessions, an eclectic mix of soul, indie pop, a dash of storytelling and some Northern charm. £6, just turn up, 7.30pm

GIG: Listen to contemporary music and song that draws from world, folk and modern approaches. Firefly Burning plays tonight at the No.178 in New Cross. Free, just turn up, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Footprints of London’s latest walk in aid of Amnesty International takes place at 7pm tonight, with a theme of Dissenters of Newington Green. Hear how Newington Green became associated with some of the most important thinkers of the 18th century, when they went there to escape the constraints of the city. Tickets are £10.

From the Archive

We’ve been promised both sunshine and showers in the extreme this week, and if the former transpires, we’ll all be hoping that train lines don’t buckle as they did in the heatwave this time last year. Should the occasion arise, heed our advice on how to survive London in a heatwave.

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