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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Paul’s Church Hall in Stoke Newington, East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf and Ilford Town Hall. See site for terms and conditions.
THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES: The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival begins today, with outdoor theatre and performances across East London, including dance and acrobatics. See the full programme here. Free, just turn up, until 28 June
DOWN WITH NAPOLEON: Peace Breaks Out! is a new exhibition opening at Sir John Soane’s Museum in Holborn, focusing on the summer of 1814, when Europe celebrated peace after the Treaty of Paris following the fall of Napoleon. Free, just turn up, until 13 September
RECYCLING AWARENESS: The Tights Project sees women donating their old tights to become part of a giant ball, raising awareness of products going to landfill. To celebrate National Recycle Week, the project brings a performance of Veolia Songs by The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to Swiss Cottage Library. Free, just turn up, noon
ROMAN FORT TOURS: The Museum of London is offering the public a chance to tour the remains of the western gate of London’s Roman military fort, located beneath the streets next to the museum. £2.50, prebook, 2pm/3pm
VIRTUAL ALDWYCH TOUR: London Transport Museum has a BSL interpreted virtual tour of Aldwych Tube station, open to everyone. If you didn’t manage to grab tickets to the popular tours, this is the next best thing, as there will be pictures and videos of areas that the public can’t access on the normal tour. £10/£8, prebook, 6pm
TERRACE LAUNCH: Number 90 Bar and Restaurant in Hackney Wick has a launch party to unveil the new summer terrace, with live soul, funk, reggae and disco music, a barbecue and screenings of World Cup matches. Free, just turn up, from 6pm
KATE ADIE: The war correspondent and journalist is at The British Library to talk about her book Fighting On The Home Front. The book is about women taking on roles such as policing when men went to war, and the lasting impact these changes had after the war. £5-£8, prebook, 6.30pm
DUNGEON LATES: The last London Dungeon Late before the summer is tonight. The adults-only event is a tour through 1,000 years of London’s history (and fiction), with particular emphasis on the grizzly stories such as Sweeney Todd’s fictional Fleet Street reign. £30/£40, prebook, From 7.30pm
CHORAL MUSIC: The Fourth Choir, an LGBT chamber choir, has a Midsummer concert at King’s College Chapel. Circle Songs will include the world premiere of Unleash the beauty of your eyes, a new work by acclaimed British composer Alexander Campkin. £10-£20, prebook, 7.30pm
MEXICAN NIGHT: Mexican jazz hip hop band Troker are performing at Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch ahead of their Glastonbury set next weekend. Also performing are Mariachi El Mexicano, the UK’s best known Mariachi band, plus there will be tequila all night. £5, prebook, 8pm
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE: The London Friday Night Skate is a marshalled street skate open to all rollerbladers and roller skaters able to stop, turn and control their speed on hills. Starts at Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner. Free, just turn up, 8pm
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Good Cause of the Day
London’s Air Ambulance is still looking for people to take part in the charity abseil at Royal London Hospital this weekend. Registration costs £35 and there’s a fundraising commitment of £300, but late entrants will have up to eight weeks after the abseil to meet this. Find out more and sign up here.
London Connection Puzzle
Your full set of clues are HOXTON STEET, PARLIAMENT STREET, KINGLY STREET and DUKE OF YORK STREET. What’s the London connection? We’ve already got a winner, so no need to email in.
From the Archive
A year ago, we delved into the history of Wembley. Before the stadium took up its current position, rail magnate Sir Edward Watkin wanted to build a tower on the site, and various ideas were submitted. Proposals included a building twice the height of The Shard, with steam trains spiralling around the outside instead of a lift. See that and other massive towers that might have been built at Wembley.
Pub of the Day
Round off your week with a pint at The Reliance in Shoreditch. It’s a decent enough pub anyways, but it really shines on a Friday night. When all other pubs in the area are rammed from five, you can usually get a table upstairs until well after 6pm. Get their early and you can bag one of the window seats overlooking Old Street, for some quality people watching. For more pub suggestions, see our growing Best Pubs in London microsite.