Things To Do In London: Tuesday 15 July 2014

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See opera live for free at BP Big Screens.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at City Temple in Holborn Viaduct, outside County Hall on Belvedere Road, and Sacred Heart Presbytery in Wimbledon. See site for terms and conditions

NFL: Although most tickets for this year’s NFL at Wembley games have sold out, a new batch for Jacksonville Jaguars versus Dallas Cowboys goes on sale this morning. Be quick! 10am

PALACE TOUR: The Tudor manor and ancient bishop’s residence Fulham Palace opens its doors to the public for a guided tour of the estate. Explore this piece of London’s heritage, including its splendid gardens — meeting point at the museum before the tour starts. £5, just turn up, 2pm

BEATLES WALK: Coinciding with the return of Let it Be to the West End, today’s GoToMidtown walk is all about The Beatles. Travel back to the 1960s and see sites connected to the history of the Fab Four. Wonder if they’ll be doing the same for One Direction in 50 years time? Meeting point is the GoToMidtown shop in New Oxford Street. Free, just turn up, 5.30pm

PLANT MEDICINE: Phytotherapy and homeopathy specialist Georgia Syllignak is at Chelsea Psychic Garden to talk about the use of plants in medicine, and whether they will continue to have a role in future health treatments.. £15, prebook, 6pm

PING PONG: National Table Tennis Day is being celebrated in style at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, with ping pong tables, competitions and tournaments. There’s also music for the less sport-inclined. Free entry/ Pay to Play, 6pm

VEGAN FOOD: Vortex Jazz Club hosts a pop-up vegan restaurant for one night only. The chef is Emily Stephenson who has previously worked at the Wild Food Café in Covent Garden. £15, prebook, 6.30pm

FLOWER POWER: Off to a festival or just fancy bringing summer to the city? Drink Shop Do in King’s Cross hosts a flower headband-making workshop. All materials provided. £12, prebook, 7pm

OUTDOOR CINEMA: This Is Spinal Tap is this week’s film of choice at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The series of free screenings takes place every Tuesday for the rest of the month, and there is food and drink available to buy on site. Free, just turn up, from 7pm

AL FRESCO OPERA: BP Big Screens show opera live from the Royal Opera House, and today La bohème is being screened live at locations across London including Trafalgar Square, Canary Wharf and Walthamstow Town Square. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

SHAKESPEARE: The Cockpit Theatre in Martylebone begins its run of The Tempest today, adapted to include puppetry, mask and live folk music. £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

STEVIE WONDER: Queen of Hoxton and GetLifted present an evening of the music of Stevie Wonder. Unsigned and independent local artists present their own tributes to the great songwriter following his sellout gig at Calling Festival last weekend. £6/£8.80, prebook, 8pm

TOPICAL COMEDY: The Comedy Store near Piccadilly Circus hosts an evening of topical comedy sketches from Geoff Norcott, Ian Stone, Alistair Barrie, Paul Thorne, Ben Norris and Roger Monkhouse. £14/£9, prebook, 8pm

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Win Tickets to Shakespeare’s Globe

There are just a couple of days left to enter our competition to win a pair of tickets to see the world premiere of Holy Warriors at the wonderful Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. Click here to read a bit more about the play and enter your details to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!

Good Cause of the Day

Michael Rosen’s classic children’s story, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, is going for a Guinness World Record today. At 10am, Walker Books will host a giant reading lesson starring the author himself. There are readings going on all over the country, including Discover Story Centre in Stratford, but children can also take part by live streaming the event here and joining in. There is a suggested donation of £1 for taking part, which goes to Read for RNIB Day to support RNIB’s vital reading services. Find out more here.

From the Archive

The view of London Bridge from the air has been opened to the masses thanks to The Shard viewing gallery, but here’s a chance to see the likes of Stratford, King’s Cross and Farringdon stations from the air, as they stood in 2012. Note, the solar-powered bridge at Blackfriars has since been completed, and the view of London Bridge station is likely to alter as part of the massive overhaul of the station, taking place until 2018 (and worth checking out if you use London Bridge station regularly, as National Rail services through the station are likely to experience 100 types of chaos in the intervening period).

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