Things To Do In London Today: Monday 5 August 2013

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Timepiece at Roundhouse, details below. Photo: Stephen White


BLOOD: Today’s opportunites to donate blood are at Bishopsgate Institute and The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

EEL MUSIC: Celebrate the musical heritage of Eel Pie Island at Orleans House Gallery with photographs, artwork, music and other memorabilia from the Island's heyday. Free, just turn up, until 29 September - CORRECTION: THIS ISN'T OPEN ON MONDAYS - SORRY!

PATRICK: This month, BFI Southbank celebrate the acting talent of Patrick McGoohan: A Genuine Original. See website for full listings, until 30 August

CAMDEN FRINGE: There is loads going on at Camden Fringe. Check out today's listings for inspiration. See website for listings, until 25 August

OLYMBOOK: Olympic gold medal winning rower Katherine Grainger is signing copies of her autobiography at Waterstones Leadenhall Market. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm

PARIS: To accompany Wallace Collection’s summer exhibition, The Discovery of Paris, author and historian Philip Mansel leads a lecture on Paris: World City of the Nineteenth Century. Free, just turn up, 1-2pm

TIME: Art meets science as John Heilbron, historian of science, has a chat to Conrad Shawcross, whose giant clock installation Timepiece is at the Roundhouse, about the history of timekeeping. Pay what you like but book tickets, 6.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Made In Hackney are a charity dedicated to expanding knowledge about and access to nutritious, locally grown food. Through a series of courses they teach food growing, cooking and composting skills, aimed specifically at low-income and vulnerable communities in and around Hackney. Take a look at what they offer via their website, there are a variety of free/paid courses available.

London Connection Puzzle

Last week's puzzle presented the clue words FROG, SWAN, CORPORATION and OLIVER'S. The solution, as first guessed by Emma Jeffries (from just the clue 'FROG'), is that they're all Thames islands. A new puzzle starts tomorrow.

From Londonist's Archive

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