Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 14 May 2014

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Fashion and Textile Museum hosts a talk about fashion brand Horrockses. Details below

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street and St Olave Parish Hall in Fenchurch Street. See site for terms and conditions

THEATRE: A double bill of theatre productions starts today at the Bussey Building in Peckham (the same one that hosts the rooftop cinema). On stage, Holiday by Raimondo Cortese and The Eisteddfod by Lally Katy, from two contemporary Australian play writers. £10/£15, prebook, 7.30pm until 4 June

FIT BREAKFAST: Join a morning of talks about fitness and wellness and enjoy a free healthy juice. The event takes place at the Bloomsbury Hotel. Free, prebook, 8.30am

ART TALK: Made In Arts London presents a panel discussion about the promotion and sale of art. Listen to expert advice on the basic rules for purchasing artworks and moving within the contemporary art world. £8/£4, prebook, 2pm

LUNCH BREAK: Enjoy a free lunchtime tour through the exhibition Spotlight on Sumatra, led by vet Dr Ricko Jayo who works with orang-utans in Sumatra. Free, just turn up, 2.30pm

FASHION TALK: Fashion and Textile Museum hosts a talk about Horrockses, one of most respected ready-to-wear labels after World War II. Find out how the company changed the high street fashion in post war Britain. £12, prebook, 2.30pm

LIT: The British Library supports European Literature Night with an evening involving six authors from across the continent: Jonas T Bengtsson, Julia Franck, Antoine Laurain, Diego Marani,  Witold Szablowski and Dimitri Verhulst. £10, prebook, 6.30pm

EDIBLE PLANTS: Biteable Botany workshop returns to Drink, Shop & Do in King's Cross. Construct an edible Terrarium, learn how to  sugar your own herbs, landscape your lawns and nibble on some roasted bugs. £15, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: The Big Wednesday Comedy Club is on stage at The Charterhouse Bar in Barbican. Acts include: Darren Walsh, Ean Luckhurst, Luke Graves, Ellie Taylor, Damian Kingsley, Jake Lambert and John Soffe. £7+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

MUSIC: Experience classical music in a contemporary setting with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, performing music by Henry Purcell at Wilton's Music Hall. £12/£4, prebook, 7.45pm

BURLESQUE: Burlesque star Miss Polly Rae (The Hurly Burly Show) turns up the temperature at the Soho Burlesque Club, at Hippodrome Casino. £10-£30, prebook, 8.30pm

SPOKEN WORD: Tongue Fu is an evening of poetry, music and spoken word, part of the Udderbelly Festival happening in the Southbank. Chris Redmond is joined by Roger McGough, Dizraeli, Indigo Williams, Amy McAllister and Ben Norris. £12.50, prebook, 9pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Part of our round up of wildlife exhibition in London, Thrive exhibition is organised by Save Wild Tigers, an organisation dedicated to doing just that. The exhibition brings together several artists, all of whom have created a work of art inspired by tigers. The show fundraises for the charity by selling the artworks. It takes place at the Sanderson Hotel in Fitzrovia. Free, until 19 May

London Connection Puzzle

Your first clue was PUTNEY HEATH. The second is BATTERSEA PARK. Can you work out the specific connection between these two open spaces? If so, email If not, your third clue comes tomorrow.

From the Archive

On this day last year we shared some of the strangest museum exhibits you can find around London. We found a piece of yeti, a stuffed organ of criminal, some communicative bacteria and even objects with no known purpose.

Have You Clocked This Clock?

This week's picture puzzles all involve London timepieces. Where in London can you find this handsome clock tower? Whose bust is that in the alcove? Who else (not pictured) is commemorated on this structure?