Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 18 December 2013

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Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green in the opulent setting for a screening of the 2012 film Much Ado About Nothing, details below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street, HSBC Sport and Leisure Club in Beckenham, East Plumstead Baptist Church and St Pauls Centre in Enfield. Free, see site for terms and conditions

COMEDY MAGIC: Not for the faint hearted or easily offended, see Jerry Sadowitz do some card magic at Leicester Square Theatre, plus the usual savage comedy. £22.50, various dates until 18 January 2014

HOMELESS ART: The Unit London in Chiswick has teamed up with UK charity Shelter to produce Utopia – a show that aims to raise awareness for homelessness by showing it through the medium of art. Free, just turn up, until 31 December

COMEDY MUSIC: Alex Horne and his brass ensemble combine big laughs with big band music at The Invisible Dot in King's Cross. £10, prebook, 1pm

WREATH MAKING: Join youth cancer charity Trekstock and floral designer Nik Southern at 7 Earlham Street for an authentic table wreath making workshop — berries, flowers, thistles and foliage included. £45, prebook, 7pm

GIG: Today’s music tip (we have a selection of them this week), as recommended by our friends at LondonGigGuide, is a folky one — Allman Brown at The Harrison pub in King's Cross. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

FILM: Watch the 2012 film Much Ado About Nothing in opulent surroundings at Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, thanks to a special screening by Backyard Cinema. Cocktails and taster boxes can be added on for extra decadence. £16/£29, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Comedy and spoken word combine at the Camden Head with Natural Born Storytellers. Describing the greatest gift they’ve ever received are Matt Price, Jools Constant, Sameena Zehra, Hannah Deasy and more. Free, just turn up, 8.15pm

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Good Causes of the Day

The festive period is a great time for good causes — here are three you can get involved with:

Today is the last day of Kids Company's 3D printing pop-up shop at 39 Great Windmill Street in Soho, where you can 3D print a real toy for a child simply by making a text donation. £5, just turn up.

This Christmas, why not share your extra portions of turkey and sprouts with someone in need nearby? Casserole Club is a project that helps neighbourhoods connect and share portions of home-cooked food with others in their area who might not always be able to cook for themselves.

Southbank Centre's Gift of Giving charity shop is open for business. In partnership with mental healthy charity Mind, the pop-up shop sells a range of donated items and hosts a programme of artistic events, with all proceeds going to help the charity. Until 6 January 2014

London Connection Puzzle

Yesterday's clue was SAMUEL JOHNSON. Today's is WILLIAM HOGARTH. We suspect the pair have plenty in common, but there's something rather specific we have in mind. If you want to have a guess, email, or wait for clue number three tomorrow.

From the Archive

iPad drawings of Tottenham from 2012. That is all.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray, the sun has got his hat on, but unfortunately it's an extra-peaky stetson that blocks nearly all sunshine from reaching London. The selfish git. So we'll see intermittent cloud till five, when the heavens start gobbing on the populace; sometimes heavily, sometimes with phlegm. Carry a brolly, and learn how to use it.