Things To Do In London Today: Monday 16 September 2013

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Check out a pop-up gallery inspired by lost shoes, as part of London Design Festival.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Battersea Arts Centre on Lavender Hill, and City Temple by Holborn Viaducr. Free, see site for terms and conditions

WATERLOO & CITY: Happy news. From today the Waterloo & City tube line will run until 12.30am Mon-Sat. You’ll be able to catch a train every three and a half minutes up to 9.30pm, every six minutes until 11.30pm and every 10 minutes until shutdown. Diamond Geezer has more.

LDN SUBCULTURE: The Institute of Contemporary Arts offers an off-site journey through London subculture at The Old Selfridges Hotel on Orchard Street. Free, just turn up, until 20 October

DANCE: GOlive festival at Lion and Unicorn in Kentish Town is giving “stageless performers” a place to present their work. Tonight, among others, you can see a multimedia performance delivered by a pseudo-pregnant cross-dressed male. £15/£12, prebook, until 29 September

MEXICO: It's Mexican Independence Day. The biggest party seems to be down at Vinopolis, with DJs, mariachis, food and tequila. Time Out has rounded up a few more, and a hastily-read press release informs us that branches of Benito's Hat have some kind of special deal on.

DESIGN: London Design Festival started over the weekend, and comprises over 300 events and exhibitions across London. Visit landmark projects like the endless stair at Tate Modern, take a look at what’s going on at “design destinations” or pick a “design district” and wander till you find something interesting. The programme is enormous but you can pick up a free guide and map at any participating venue. Until 22 September

LOST SOLES: One unusual sounding London Design Festival event is Lost Soles — a pop-up gallery and theatre in Earlham Street, Covent Garden, inspired by hundreds of donated photos of lost shoes. Free, just turn up, until 22 Septemebr

FOOD ART: Today and tomorrow, food historian Tasha Marks is at the V&A discussing food as an artistic medium (£10/£5) and conducting a workshop on the materiality of food (£25/£20). Prebook, until 17 September

DISEASE: A free talk at the Royal Society sees Christopher Dye, Director of Health Information at WHO, give an update on the fight against infectious diseases, including AIDS, malaria and TB. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

HEAVENLY BODIES: Head to The Last Tuesday Society for a lecture by Dr Paul Koudounaris on the jewelled sacred skeletons of the 16th century. £7, prebook, 7pm

BUNTING: If jewelled skeletons is a bit heavy for you, then why not keep things light and make some bunting at a special workshop at The Book Club, Shoreditch. £9.13, prebook, 7.30pm

FILM: To coincide with London Fashion Week, St Martin’s Courtyard presents a Fashion Film Festival that spans the next two days. Enter your details for the chance to win tickets — tonight there is a screening of Grey Gardens and tomorrow it's The September Issue (there will also be a limited amount of first come first served tickets too). Free, enter online, 8pm

Good Cause of the Day

If you are not sure exactly what you want to do in life, or how to pursue your dreams, then attend The Jumpstart at Hub Westminster, Haymarket tonight. Organised by aspirations charity Spark+Mettle, the event includes inspirational speakers, refreshments, activities and a chance to mingle with other people in a similar situation. £2.70, prebook, 3-8pm

Are You Taking The Peace? is a comedy night at the Comedy Store, in aid of International Alert — a peace-building organisation that works for security in communities affected by conflict. It's got a cracking line up too: Shappi Khorsandi, Holly Walsh, Tiffany Stevenson and Sara Pascoe. £13/£9, prebook, 8pm

London Connection Puzzle

Did you get the answer to last week's connection puzzle? The clues were PRINCE GEORGE, BUCKINGHAM, HAMPTON COURT and LENOX. The answer is that they are all Royal Navy ships built in Deptford. It was a particularly tricky puzzle, but several people got it with 'Lenox', given the recent plans to rebuild the ship as a heritage attraction. Congratulations to Nikolas Taylor, who was first to get it right. A new puzzle starts tomorrow.

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London Weather by Inclement Attlee

With strong winds pounding in from the west, this would be a foolhardy day to stand on a tightrope, folding sheets — just in case you had such plans. East London's pandemic of pop-up rooftop cinemas should also take care to batten down their projection screens and ironic deck-chairs. Otherwise, cool with sunny spells and a great morose over Sutton.