Things To Do In London: Thursday 5 June 2014

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Rockwell House rooftop bar hosts a live paint party. Details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Sainsbury's in New Cross. See site for terms and conditions

PHOTOGRAPHY: Conway Hall hosts a photographic exhibition by Darren Johnson, Under the Paving Stones, the Beach. The exhibition takes its title from the 1968 Situationist slogan during the student protests in Paris and explores that tumultuous time of history. Tonight there's a private view from 6.30pm, all welcome. Free, just turn up, until 27 June

HOLOCAUST LITERATURE: Wiener Library in Russell Square hosts a free workshop on Holocaust literature for young people. Free, prebook, 4pm-7.30pm

LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE: A free talk about Hampstead Heath and the risk of flooding in London takes place at the Landscape Institute in Holborn. The talk is part of a series of free talks connected to the London Festival of Architecture. Free, prebook, 6pm

LIVE PAINTING: Rockwell House rooftop bar in Shoreditch welcomes a live paint party and exhibition. Expect music, food, drinks and artists painting on the spot. Free, just turn up, from 6.30pm

SCIENCE TALK: What would you experience if you jumped into a black hole? This is the main topic of discussion at the talk taking place at the Royal Institution, led by  science writer Jennifer Ouellette and physicist Sean Carroll. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm

GUIDED WALK: As part of London Festival of Architecture, join a guided walk about The Makers of Modern London, which focuses on the inventors, campaigners, engineers and philanthropists who made London the world's first modern city. Meeting point is Farringdon station. £10/£7.50, prebook, 7pm  

IDEAS SHARING: The Ideas Club is a networking event for people who want to grow their business, expand their network and mingle with like-minded people. Today's event takes place at The Haberdashery in Crouch End, with two guest speakers. £5, just turn up, 7pm

GIGS: Choose among pop-rock band Tokyo Taboo who launch their new EP at Cargo, in Shoreditch (£5+bf, prebook, 7pm); folk music at the Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton (£4/£2 before 8pm, just turn up, from 7.30pm) or folk singer Laura J Martin performing at The Ivy House in Peckham (£6+bf, prebook, 7.30pm)

LIVE PERFORMANCES: Hackney Picturehouse welcomes on its stage Scratch That Hackney, an evening of live acts and performances by aspiring artists, musicians, comedians and poets. £6, prebook, 7.30pm

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Shaken & Stirred classical music performance takes place at Lime Wharf arts centre in Hackney. The line-up includes 20th century American minimalism and 19th century Russian romanticism, balanced with 21st century London eclecticism. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm

DOC SCREENING: A screening of documentary Light Fly, Fly High followed by a panel discussion takes place at Rich Mix Cinema in Shoreditch. The documentary tells the story of a woman's struggle with the Indian caste system. £7/£5, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: Award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons is on stage at the Uderbelly Festival at the South Bank Centre with her show Mustard Cutter. £12.50/£11, prebook, 9pm

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London Goodie of the Day

Folding London Map, £45

Popped into the National Gallery recently? Alongside the fine art and world-class collections, there’s also a range of rather lovely London goodies on offer in the shop, and we’ll be featuring a different product each day this week.

At Londonist we love a good London map, and the Mogg's Stranger's Guides To London map makes for a lovely memento or gift. The intricate detail showing even the smallest roads and buildings on this historical aerial map also make it an ideal poster or wall-hanging, with something new to spot every time.

This week’s Things To Do in London is sponsored by the National Gallery.

Good Cause of the Day

One Great Day is an all-day charity event today at St Christopher’s Place, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. This is a two-mile static cycling event. Even if you don't feel like cycling, there will be prizes both for participants and those who are not racing. Also, expect busking performances and pop ups. Donate what you can, the event is free from 8am until 8pm.

London Connection Puzzle

This week's puzzle has a political theme. The three clues so far are LAMBETH, CAMDEN and ISLINGTON. What's the London connection? Email if you think you have it.

From the Archive

On this day last year, we shared some early images of Heathrow Terminal 2, which opened this week. We've also published pics of the massive Richard Wilson sculpture installed in the terminal.