Things To Do In London Today: Monday 19 August 2013

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Catch an outdoor film and raise money for a good cause, see below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is outside County Hall in Waterloo. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

VICTORIA LINE: If you’ve ever wondered how a tube line gets built, the BFI releases a new volume in its British Transport Films Collection today, all about the 1960s building of the Victoria line. £19.99 to buy.

CAMDEN FRINGE: It's the last week of Camden Fringe! Take a look at what you can cram in before it ends. Check the site for listings, until 25 August

INDOOR GARDEN: Try out a vegetable-based cocktail while enjoying views of the Thames at Garden Gate, an indoor garden pop-up venue at OXO2 (second floor of Oxo Tower Wharf). Free, just turn up, until 23 August, 11.30am-11pm daily

PIÑATA: The fine people at Good Empire Events are offering to teach a vital life skill at The Book Club in Shoreditch today: how to make a piñata. BYOS (bring your own sweets). £8, prebook, 7-9pm

POETRY: Croydon’s Poets Anonymous meet at Matthew’s Yard. £2, just turn up, 7.30pm

LOOK OF LOVE: West End Film Club returns to the Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue for a screening of The Look of Love, starring Steve Coogan as Paul Raymond. £5.50, prebook, 8pm

BIRTHDAY: Join the Duke Mitchell Film Club for its sixth birthday at the Phoenix Artist Club. There will be crazy trailers, shocking shorts and a quiz. Free, just turn up, 8.30pm

Good Cause of the Day

Children's charity Coram have teamed up with The Nomad Cinema to form the Childhood, Lost and Found series, which brings fantastic films for/about children to Coram's Secret Garden in Bloomsbury. Nestling in the charity's grounds, film screenings include Charlie Chaplin's The Kid (21 August), Where The Wild Things Are (28 August) and The Lost Boys (4 September). Tickets for these remaining shows are likely to go quick so snap them up. All proceeds are split 50/50 between Coram, who help children facing loss, and the Sustainability Institute, an organisation that works towards creating a more equitable, sustainable society in South Africa. £15 each, prebook, until 4 September

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to Fiona Coles who was the first to solve last week's connections puzzle. The four names represented THERESA Cornelys, GIACOMO Casanova, KARL Marx and WOLFGANG Amadeus Mozart. The connection? All appear prominently on the Spirit of Soho mural, surrounding the clock at the bottom. Fiona will set this week's puzzle, which begins tomorrow.

From Londonist’s Archive

London can be a weird place. In 2011 we presented you with some of London's oddest signs, but then we selfishly refused to tell you their locations. How many do you recognise?

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Today's forecast is a meteorological repast, crafted from the remains of a ploughman's lunch. The cheesy tableau reveals a cloudy day with frequent and tasty intervals of sunshine. An otherwise pleasant morning will be spoiled only by the absence of chutney. Light, westerly winds are represented by me wafting a piece of celery (not pictured).