Things To Do In London: Monday 9 June 2014

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Motorexpo takes place in Canary Wharf until 15 June. Details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Olave Parish Hall in Fenchurch Street, Emirates Stadium in Holloway Road, NCP Car Park in Finchley East, Church of Lady of The Annunciation in Addiscombe and Assembly Hall in Morden. See site for terms and conditions

ART: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is where you’ll find all the up-to-date trends for art and architecture. This artistic annual event started over 200 years ago, so there’s no arguing that this is a ‘must see’. £13.50, prebook, until 17 August

MOTOREXPO: The annual free Motorexpo returns to Canary Wharf, for the delight of London petrolheads (and, increasingly, fans of electric cars). See unique pieces of engineering and super-expensive cars. Free, until 15 June

VERONESE: The massive blockbuster exhibition of one of the most important Renaissance masters at the National Gallery is closing in a few days. You're still in time to see Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice. £14/£13, prebook, until 15 June

UNIVERSITIES WEEK: Professor of Pervasive Computing, Adrian Cheok, showcases his ground-breaking work on the multi-sensory internet called Circus for the Senses at the Natural History Museum — part of Universities Week 2014 (which runs until 14 June). Free, until 11 June

LIVE MUSIC: Californian blues rock band Rival Sons are at HMV store in Oxford Street to celebrate the release of their new album Great Western Valkyrie. Fans who buy their album in the morning get wristband access to their live performance taking place at the store. Free, 12.30pm

ROYAL ACADEMY: Writer and broadcaster Patrick Wright talks to comedy writer and journalist Ian Martin at the Royal Academy, where he'll offer his perspective on his favourite bits of London. The event is part of London Festival of Architecture. £14/£7, prebook, 6.30pm

HOUSING: LSE Old Theatre hosts a public debate about housing and cost of living in London. BBC Home Affairs editor Mark Easton asks to expert questions about affordable homes and the housing crisis. The event will be popular so get there early to avoid disappointment. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

CRAFTY: Drink, Shop, Do in King's Cross hosts a tea towel screen printing workshop, led by textile designer Zeena Shah. Learn paper cutting techniques and use your cut stencils to make your finished design into a perfect screen print. £15, prebook, 7pm

POETRY: As part of Keats Festival, Keats House near Hampstead Heath hosts Poeticabotanica, an evening of poetry from Linda France’s recent Grand Tour of botanic gardens in the UK and abroad. £6, prebook, 7pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Book your tickets ahead for Thursday 12 June, when The FunnyRaiser comedy night takes place at the Central Foundation Boys' School near Old Street. The line-up includes: Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe, Luisa Omielan, Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones. The money raised will benefit the Sunday Assembly charity. £20/£17+bf, prebook, 7pm

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to Neal Dodge, who was the first (of many) to guess last week's connection. CAMDEN, ISLINGTON, LAMBETH and LEWISHAM were the four boroughs returning Green Party councillors in the recent elections. A new puzzle, set by Neal, starts tomorrow.

From the Archive

Enjoy a nice and summer-y photo of people relaxing at Lincoln's Inn Fields, taken by Phil Gevaux on Flickr, which we shared on this day back in July 2010.