Things To Do In London: Monday 16 June 2014

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The Rubbish Collection exhibition opens today at Science Museum. Details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at outside Waterloo Station main offices, Bishopsgate Institute and Ealing Town Hall. See site for terms and conditions

PILES OF RUBBISH: The Rubbish Collection is the new interactive exhibition at the Science Museum. Artist Joshua Sofaer invites you to participate in collecting, sorting, photographing and documenting one month’s worth of rubbish produced by the Science Museum, in order to create a visual day-to-day archive of rubbish. Free, until 14 September

NINE ELMS: Listen to filmmaker Patrick Keiller who talks about Nine Elms and its particular industrial and engineering architecture. The event takes place at the Royal Academy close to Piccadilly Circus and is part of London Festival of Architecture. £14/£7, prebook, 6.30pm

OPEN DEBATE: An open debate about oligarchy, techno-billionaires and the contemporary economic situation takes place at The Society Club in Oxford Circus. Free, prebook by email, 7pm

VIRGINIA WOOLF: If Virginia Woolf came back to life today, what would she make of the world? This is being discussed at The Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House tonight. Author Maggie Gee publishes her new novel, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan, this month and will be in discussion with Alexandra Harris, author of Romantic Moderns about Woolf’s life and legacy. £8, prebook, 7pm

ARCHITECTURE QUIZ: Today you can prove your architectural knowledge by taking part in The Great London Architecture Pub Quiz, which happens at the Prospect of Whitby in Wapping — part of London Festival of Architecture. Maximum team number is five and there are prizes for winners. £3+bf (per person), prebook, 7pm

JAZZ: The House of St Barnabas in Soho hosts an evening of music called Journey To The One, as part of its summer jazz series presented by Paul Bradshaw. On stage is Manchester-based trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall and The Gondwana Orchestra. £20+bf, prebook, from 7pm

LIVE MUSIC: World music guitarist Pierre Bensusan performs at the Half Moon pub in Putney. The performance is part of his 40th anniversary tour. £10+bf, prebook, 8pm

STORYTELLING: Listen to stories of Irish gods, myths and ancient populations interpreted by the voice of Clare Muireann Murphy at Soho Theatre. Her storytelling performance takes you back in time and stimulates your imagination. £9/£7, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: Loretta Maine and Zoe Lyons present their Edinburgh preview show at the Art House in Crouch End. £6, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

On Thursday 26 June, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Bishopsgate hosts Bag Ladies 2014, a charity evening of drinks, fashion and designer bags. Throughout the evening there's an auction to purchase designer bags, as well as a prize raffle. Tickets are £45 and they include drinks and canapés and a goody bag with vouchers and fashionable treats — money raised will be donated to BAAF charity. £45, prebook, 6.30pm

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to Andrea Casalotti who successfully guessed last week's theme (and it was a tough one). CASTLE BAYNARD, TOWER, COLEMAN STREET and BISHOPSGATE are all City of London wards containing a rail terminus (Blackfriars, Fenchurch Street, Moorgate and Liverpool Street, respectively). A new puzzle begins tomorrow.

From the Archive

On this day last year (it was a Sunday), we shared a nice black and white picture of rain in North Finchley, taken by Nigel Bewley on Flickr.

Pub of the Day

Today, we're nominating the Well and Bucket on Bethnal Green Road for pub of the day. The recently opened hangout has unique decor, with crumbling wall tiles from another era living alongside modern fittings. An imaginative ale selection, proper good food, mini beer garden and even a basement cocktail bar make this place our new favourite pub in east London. For more suggestions, see our microsite of the Best Pubs in London.