Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 19 June 2013

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at Islington Town Hall. Free, see site for terms and conditions

SUMMER GARDEN: Making sure that Pimm's O'Clock keeps ticking over, the indoor Pimm's Summer Garden opens its doors today. Reserve a blanket, try your hand at cucumber whittling or challenge your friends to a round of Pimmbledon. Entrance is free but blanket reservations cost £20 (including a can of Pimm's, a picnic hamper and a takeaway blanket), reserve a blanket via pimmsblanket@grayling.com, until 29 June

TIMEWAVE: Fusing technology with theatre, Timewave Festival puts on various plays that push the boundaries of storytelling. Festival pass £35, single tickets £10, concessions £8 (all +bkg fee), prebook, until 23 June

LONDON WELLBEING: It is London Creativity and Wellbeing Week and a range of events are happening for anyone with an interest in the arts, health and wellbeing. Today there is a lunchtime concert, art exhibitions and meditation, yoga and portrait photography workshops. See website for full listings, until 22 June

LONDON BRIDGE IN AMERICA: The story of London Bridge being uprooted and moved to Arizona is a bizarre one. Tonight at the British Library author Travis Elborough speaks about his book on the subject and tells the tale of this extraordinary event. Free, prebook, 12.30pm

ASYLUM: The Space Between, a week long photographic exhibition to mark Refugee Week, is accompanied by a series of lunch-time talks by different female refugees detailing their particular experiences as refugees in the UK. Today, Prossy Kakooza, a Ugandan activist and LGBT campaigner, talks about her work to educate people on the plight of LGBT refugees. Free, RSVP to info.cara@isbu.ac.uk, 1pm

RACE RELATIONS: In the 20th anniversary year of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, the Royal Society of Medicine hosts an evening's discussion on race relations in the UK. Speakers include Doreen Lawrence and the BBC's Razia Iqbal. Free, prebook, 6pm

FOLK TALES: Discover utopian visions found in folk tales down the ages, at Housmans. £3, just turn up, 7pm

CRIMINAL LONDON: Kris Hollington and Nina Hollington take you on a tour of criminal London from the safety of Woolfson & Tay. We raved about their recent book, and can highly recommend popping along to this. Free, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: Our Joel nearly had an aneurysm after seeing Max and Ivan last year, they were that good. Find out what’s in store this year at the Pleasance. £5, prebook, 8pm

GIG: The Gloaming are a group of musicians who joined together to blend the rich Irish folk tradition with the New York contemporary art scene. The result is a unique live music experience that is at once innovative and traditional, and tonight they perform at the Barbican Centre. £20, prebook, 8pm

NATURAL BORN STORYTELLERS: Raw, real-life tales, told on stage. Join Natural Born Storytellers at The Camden Head tonight for stories of what clothes define us and why, favourite items of clothing and their sentimental/comical/outrageous backstories. If you have a story you can join in, or just turn up and listen. Free, just turn up, 8.15pm

INSPIRING DOC: Dochouse screens the incredible documentary Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law at The Lexi Cinema tonight. The documentary tells the story of Zimbabwean human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, who for decades has defended the ordinary citizens jailed by the Mugabe government. A Q&A session with the director and Beatrice Mtetwa herself will take place afterwards. £7/£5, prebook, 8.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day
The Arts Emergency Service was founded by Josie Long and Neil Griffiths, campaigning to keep arts and humanities subjects available to anyone who wants to study them. There’s a cracking line-up for this fundraiser at Hackney Empire: Mark Watson, Stewart Lee, Robin Ince, Kevin Eldon, Isy Suttie, Tim Key, Jo Neary, Kate Tempest, Joe Dunthorne, Jake and Dinos Chapman and, of course, Josie Long. £20/£10, prebook, 8pm

London Connection Puzzle
Yesterday's word was WINNIE. Today's is GOLDIE. Spotted the connection yet? Email Matt at the address above, or wait for another clue tomorrow.

London Weather, by Inclement Atlee
In one of the most famous forecasts of the modern age, singer Vanessa Williams observed: "Sometimes the snow comes down in June. Sometimes the sun goes round the moon". While that contentious couplet squandered any chance she ever had of becoming Astronomer Royal, she did get one thing right: the weather in June can throw anything at you. Today's skies boast a tadminton of sunshine, a soupçon of breeze, a dashing of rain and some sticky, icky temperatures. No snow, though. And definitely no change in the heliocentricity of the solar system.