Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 2 May 2013

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Discuss the future of type and create your own lettering. Details below

GARDENING: Two exhibitions open at Guildhall Library today: The Green Team looks at the gardeners who transform the City; and The Worshipful Company of Gardners shows off some of the treasures of this livery company. Free, just turn up, until 26 July.

YOUTH ART: If you can, pop by The Bankside Open Spaces Trust Sports Garden in Southwark on your way to work this morning. A public art installation created by 60 young people currently not in education, employment or training will be unveiled, as part of an arts and culture programme from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Free, just turn up, from 8.30am

LONDON IN FILM: Join a CoolTan Arts CoolWalk today and discover film locations in Borough, including Harry Potter and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Free, meet at John Harvard Library, 12pm

ART: R.B. Kitaj was at the forefront of British figurative painting and his posthumous exhibition at the Jewish Museum London features over 20 works in which Kitaj explored his Jewish identity. Tonight is a special late night event. £3.50, prebook, from 5pm

NIGHT MARKET: Last year, The StockMKT debuted their night market at Kingston Market Place and their street food went down so well, they are back again. There will be Thai, Korean and Japanese food, cocktails, meaty burgers, sweet stuff, as well as some product stalls and a live DJ. Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm

COMEDY GREATS FILM: Tonight at Westminster Reference Library, Neil Sean screens his latest DVD Empires, Hippodromes and Palaces — a film to remember the greats of comedy and variety. Free, just turn up, 6pm

FUTURE OF TYPE: St Bride Library hosts a creative typography session where you can discuss the future of type, explore Victorian typefaces from the library’s collection, before creating your own personal lettering. £25/£22.50, prebook, 6.30pm

GLEANERS: Institute of Contemporary Arts screens The Gleaners and I, a documentary film shot in France that talks to people who scavenge and salvage food left by others. £10/£8, prebook, 6.30pm

GREAT CITIES: Waterstone’s Hampstead hosts an evening with author Leo Hollis, whose latest book Cities Are Good for You explores our world’s cities and what makes them so great. £6, prebook, 7pm

STREET ART BOOK: Street Art London by Frank Steam published recently, and tonight a book launch and signing takes place at Signal Gallery. Free, just turn up, 7pm

FRESH COMEDY: Book now, book quickly to get tickets to see Tim Key test out new material – a work in slutgress, if you will – at Invisible Dot in King’s Cross. £8, prebook, 8pm 

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Random London Fact of the Day

This behemoth was one of many proposed towers for the City that never got past the drawing board. At 386 metres, the ‘Millennium Tower’  would have been considerably taller than The Shard. It was designed by Foster and Partners, who didn’t get the green light for this, but eventually planned the Gherkin on the same site. For more images of unbuilt London, see here.

Good Cause of the Day
Depaul UK is a ‘cardboard box social enterprise’. Basically, they sell cardboard boxes to home-movers, with all profit going towards helping people who’d otherwise sleep on one. So if you’re considering shifting your stuff, or need cardboard boxes for any other reason, take a look and see what you think.

London Weather
Continuing our week-long series of weather forecasts made from food, Lydie Greco sends us this somewhat abstract prediction:

OK, Lydie, you’ve got some explaining to do. What, in all that’s good and oaty, does this have to do with the weather?

At first sight, it might just look like a porridge cup, when actually the round shape of the mug is more suggestive of our beautiful sun. The whole thing therefore becomes a symbol of the constant struggle in the British sky between puffy clouds and light (symbolised by the fusion of milk and oats). But it all comes good in the end – which is translated by the smiley face I tried to draw on top with my honey. PS: I acknowledge this is not the most pleasant picture, but it’s all I had in hand, hopefully this will have made you smile!

A gruelling analogy. In more ways than one. But thanks anyhow, Lydie. If you’re not averse to playing with your food and want to send in your own culinary forecast, please do so (matt@londonist.com). And if you’d like to know what to expect from the actual London weather today, try someone reputable like the BBC.

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  • http://www.londonthisweekend.co.uk/ London This Weekend

    Wow what a yummy dish!!!! must going there

  • http://www.blender-creatives.com/ Blender Creatives

    That dish looks a bit like an oatmeal but it looks a bit disturbing, for me, as well.

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