Things To Do In London: Thursday 19 June 2014

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Salon des Refuses exhibition opens today.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Grant Thornton near Oxford Circus, Brewers Hall near Moorgate andHyde Park Chapel in South Kensington. See site for terms and conditions.

WORLD CUP: Looking for somewhere to watch World Cup matches? See this list.

ART EXHIBITION: See what was rejected from the main Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy at the Salon des Refuses exhibition, taking place at Dog Eared Films Studio in King’s Cross. Free, just turn up, until 24 June

WAR EXHIBITION: The British Library's new exhibition, Enduring War, opens today. It is part of the World War One centenary celebrations and portrays how people coped with life during the war through poetry, books and pamphlets from the time. Free, just turn up, until 12 October

FILM FUTURE: Part of the East End Film Festival, Emerge at Barbican is a one-day event looking at the convergence of film and storytelling, with talks, discussions and networking. £40, prebook, 9am-5pm

WIND POWER: Works of Wind at Nancy Victor Gallery is a one-day exhibition looking at use of renewable energy in the fashion industry, with  a chance to talk to eco-fashion brands such as People Tree and What Daisy Did. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

LION CONSERVATION: London Zoo's pop-up shop in Carnaby Street has guest speaker Simon Dures, a PhD Student at the Institute of Zoology, talking about the genetics of African lions. Free, just turn up, 1pm/6pm

MAKE NOISE: Crowd Out, part os Spitalfields Music Festival, is a performance of 1,000 voices singing, chanting, yelling, whispering and talking, taking place on Saturday. If you want to be one of the voices, register and attend a preparation session today or tomorrow. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

ISLINGTON ARCHITECTURE: Footprints of London guide Rob Smith leads a walk entitled Six Islington Squares,  looking at the domestic architecture of 19th century Islington and the people who created it. £10/£7.50, prebook, 7pm

CLIMATE CHANGE: The Grant Museum of Zoology near Russell Square hosts a talk by Dr. Richard Pearson about the effect climate change is having on biodiversity in places such as the Arctic, and how animal species are affected. Free, just turn up, 7pm

BRITISH EMPIRE: MP and historian Tristram Hunt is at Bishopsgate Institute to talk about his book, Ten Cities that Made an Empire, which looks at Britain's imperial past through the cities that epitomised it. £9/£7, prebook, 7.30pm

MUSICAL BINGO: Happening at Drink Shop Do in King's Cross. Instead of playing with numbers, listen out for the songs listed on your bingo card and cross them off as you hear them. Win anything from an inflatable banana to champagne. £10/£14, prebook, 7.45pm

WATCH THE FOOTY: Because you know you can't escape it. Not even on the tube. 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Book now for tickets to this Saturday's Alzheimer's Society concert at St John's Smith Square near Westminster. Headlined by professional orchestra Sinfonia da Chiesa, the classical concert is conducted by Stephen Hope. Tickets start at £10, and can be bought here, with funds going to the Alzheimer's Society.

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far have been HOXTON STREET and PARLIAMENT STREET. Today's addition is KINGLY STREET. What's the London connection? We've already got a winner, so no need to email in.

From the Archive

Last year we got to peek around the as-yet unopened Leadenhall Building (often called "The Cheesegrater").  While its peculiar tapering shape has been scoffed at by many, there is a legitimate reason for it being so — find out what that is here. Plus, see a timelapse video of the construction of the tower.

Pub of the Day

As England prepare to take on Uruguay, it's time to get all patriotic (if you're English) at the suitably named George and Dragon in Acton. This ancient pub recently had a refit, and now brews its own excellent beers under the guise of the Dragonfly Brewery. With its dark oak panels and sumptuous main bar, this would be one of the most famous pubs in London if it were central. Worth a trip if you don't live nearby. For over 230 other top choices, see our growing Best London Pubs microsite. drag