Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 7 August 2013

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Explore a former London Underground station today, details below.


BLOOD: Today's opportunities to donate blood are at Stoll in Fulham, Chelsea's Old Town Hall, and St Olave Parish Hall on Fenchurch Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

HOME: What does Home mean to you? Nadia Fall’s new play at The Shed gives London's young homeless a voice, using real testimonials alongside original music. £20/£12, prebook, until 7 September

FORGOTTEN METROLAND: Explore a former London Underground outpost and enjoy a day of vintage train fun at Discover Forgotten Metro-land. £9-£12, just turn up, 10.30am-5.30pm

ROBOT COMEDY: Tonight and tomorrow at Hack the Barbican, comedians Tiernan Douieb and Andrew O'Neill go head-to-head with a life-size robot for a live performance experiment by Queen Mary's Cognitive Science Research Group. Free, just turn up, 6pm-6.30pm.

ART JAM: Speed networking meets artist collaboration at Merging Inks Collaborative Live Art Jam at Richmix, where artists from various disciplines are challenged to rapidly generate ideas and merge with other styles. Free, just turn up, 6-11pm

QUIZ NIGHT: Join in a Gameshow Buzzer Quiz Night tonight at BlueBerry Bar in Shoreditch. It will test your knowledge, your speed, and you'll get to push big red buzzers! Hurry as it's already nearly sold out. £4, just turn up, 7pm

TANGO TASTER: Sorry to disappoint you fizzy pop fans, but this is an opportunity for latin dance newbies to try out tango dancing for free at Tito's Peruvian Restaurant. Free, prebook, 7pm

FILM QUIZ: Another quizzy offering with Boogaloo pub's Summer Blockbuster quiz - an audiovisual quiz that is a must for film nerds. Tip: get there early for a good view of the screen. £4, just turn up, 7.30pm

MUTE SOUND: Head to South London Gallery for Mute Sound — a screening of silent films which use rhythm, shape, colour, pattern and movement to create visual compositions that resonate as sound in our minds. £5/£3, prebook, 7pm

TRAVEL: Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler discusses his new book Darklands, where he encounters the challenges of travel, at Stanford’s Covent Garden store. £5 (includes a glass of wine), prebook, 7.30pm

ALTERNATIVE POETRY: Editors of if p then q, Penned in the Margins and Veer Books offer an alternative guide to poetry at the Southbank Centre. Free, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: A mix of feminism and filth, Katherine Ryan performs as part of the Phoenix Fringe tonight. £8, prebook, 8.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

FoodCycle, a UK charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation, is taking part in The Breadline Challenge this week. Their staff team are living off just £2.57 a day for a week to highlight growing food poverty, the impact of benefit changes, and to raise vital funds for their work. You can find out more and sponsor them via their sponsorship page.

London Connection Puzzle

Yesterday we gave you BELL. Today’s additional clue-word is SALT. What’s the London connection? If you think you know it please email

From Londonist’s Archive

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London Weather

Inclement Attlee is taking a week’s holiday. However, we have enlisted the help of meteorologist and poet Met Office-san for a cheery weather haiku that should give you an idea of what to expect today (and indeed, in the course of your existence):

Day starts with sunshine.
Then cloud, and closes with rain.
Metaphor for life.