Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 26 March 2014

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Best Before End is on stage at the Chelsea Theatre

Best Before End is on stage at the Chelsea Theatre. Details below

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at the Conway Hall, Quantum Med Society close to Oxford Circus and St Olave Parish Hall in Fenchurch Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions

URBAN EXPLORATION: Urban exploring meets the arts thanks to a group of artists from Conquer Gear, who set out on an urban exploration into forgotten territories. Memories exhibition is on at the Montage Art Gallery, Forest Hill. Free, until 8 April

FILM FESTIVAL: University of Westminster has organised its first Westminster Film Forum, a three-day-long event featuring screenings, Q&As, industry workshops, networking drinks and an award ceremony. See full program on the website. until 28 March

MOVIE WALK: Screen Seven is a new tour by Go To Midtown, taking in five film locations in the Bloomsbury and Holborn area. Starts at the Information Kiosk outside Holborn Station. Free, just turn up, 1pm

FREE MUSIC: Psychedelic and garage rock group The Draytones play for free at Floripa in Shoreditch. Happy hour 5-7pm with half-price cocktails. Free, prebook, from 5pm

WESTMINSTER GHOSTS: Meet at Charing Cross tube station for a guided walk involving stories of long-dead celebrities, headless wraiths and mysterious doppelgängers along the banks of the Thames. Chill out eventually with a beer. £8/£6, just turn up, 6.30pm

MUSUEM LATES: Tonight you can choose between the free Science Museum Lates for a night of transport-themed events (free, just turn up, 6.45pm) or a night with wax celebrities at the first ever Madam Tussauds Late (£15/£22.50, prebook, 6.45pm)

RICHARD HAMILTON: The ICA presents a film about the work and career of Richard Hamilton, by film director Liam Gillick. The screening is followed by a discussion with the director and the graphic designer Peter Saville. £8/£7+bf, prebook, 6.45pm

NAVAL SUPREMACY: Broadcaster and historian Nick Hewitt leads the talk Churchill and The Kaiser’s Pirates, exploring how in 1914 Germany’s new Imperial Navy challenged the power and prestige of the Royal Navy. The talk takes place at the Churchill War Rooms, part of the Imperial War Museum and the ticket includes access to the museum. £17.50/£14, prebook, 7pm

THEATRE: Chelsea Theatre hosts Best Before End, a darkly comic solo performance by Helen Paris. The play will be on until Friday 28 March. £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Have a laugh with The Big Wednesday Comedy Club at The Charterhouse Bar close to Barbican. Artists appearing are Ben Target, Dan Green, David Trent, Ben Briggs, Martin Croser and Michael Stranney. £7, prebook, 7.30pm

MORE COMEDY: A night of comedy stories and tall tales at the Good Ship in Kilburn featuring John Finnemore, Marie Phillips, Benet Brandreth, Toby Davies, Abigail Burdess, Susannah Pearse and hosted by Robert Hudson. £5, prebook by email8pm

MORE FREE MUSIC: The Victoria Sessions is a new gig night at The Islington, aiming to build a sense of community around music, musicians and the audience. The debut evening features four artists, and there’s even a free shot for those who follow the instructions on the Facebook page. Free, just turn up, 8pm

WATCH & THINK: Two screenings taking place tonight: My Stuff about a man who locks away all his possessions is presented by Cinematheque at The Proud Archivist in Haggerston (£5, prebook, 7.30pm) and Korean noir film Mother (Madeo) presented by Terracotta Film Club is at the Prince Charles Cinema (£8/£5.50, prebook8.45pm)


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Good Cause of the Day

SOAS is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. It has organised a screening night featuring two documentaries, in order to raise money for The Citizens Foundation, a charity that builds schools and gets underprivileged children in Pakistan into education. The film screenings will be followed by a Q&A with both film directors. £10/£5, prebook, 7.30pm

London Connection Puzzle

Your first clue was TRAFALGAR SQUARE. The second is MARYLEBONE ROAD. What specific thing do these two locations have in common? Email matt@londonist.com if you’d like a guess. Otherwise, clue three appears tomorrow.

From the Archive

On this day back in 2012, we snapped the workers building the top of The Shard, more than 300m up.

Name That View

Where are we? And which year were we there? And what time of day?

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  • Bailey Fallon

    Is the view Tottenham Court Road before the Crossrail works started? Must be 5 or 6 years ago now

    • MattFromLondonist

      I can see why you might think that (there’s a similarly shaped chapel there), but it’s not TCR.

      • http://londonist.com/ Lindsey Clarke

        If it’s what I think it is another good question might be which year it was taken.

        • MattFromLondonist

          That is already the question.

          • http://londonist.com/ Lindsey Clarke

            The perils of skim reading … 2011?

  • Bailey Fallon

    This is a tricky one! It appears to be somewhere where a large construction project is about to start, but clearly not the City or Canary Wharf. Am I on the right lines?

  • Vincent Guyonnet

    Top of the BT tower looking toward Cleveland street? sometime in the afternoon?

    • Louis B.

      Afternoon it is for sure.

      • MattFromLondonist

        It is from the BT Tower, but it’s looking south towards Mortimer Street. As the shadows point roughly north-west, the sun must be south-east, making it mid-morning.

  • @v511

    A correction – the Memories exhibition at the Montage Art Gallery, is in Forest Hill. Literally a stone’s throw from Forest Hill Station.

  • P3t3r

    I believe that is Middlesex Hospital Chapel, that facade is Nassau Street. I think Vincent was right, taken from the top of the BT Tower. Which means were facing south-ish, the shadow is to the West, so the sun must be in the East. I’m guessing mid morning? 2013?