Things To Do In London: Tuesday 17 June 2014

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Explore the Rotherhithe foreshore with Thames Discovery Programme. See below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Conway Hall in Holborn, Surrey Quays in Rotherhithe and Sainsbury's in New Cross. See site for terms and conditions

LAST CHANCE: Today is your last chance to catch Boys At Home, an exhibition of photographs of contemporary young men by artists such as Cecilie Harris and Sam Copeland. At Library Space on Battersea Park Road. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

ROTHERHITHE FORESHORE: Join the Thames Discovery Programme along the foreshore at Rotherhithe. Look for artefacts along the shoreline and learn about the maritime activity along the waterfront. £7, prebook, 10.45am

FOOD MARKET: The Lunch Market returns to Wood Wharf in Canary Wharf, with over 30 stalls selling food from all around the world. Free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

TECH SHOWCASE: Head to Shoreditch Village Hall to meet technology and design students from City University London and see their work from the past academic year including football score prediction software, and a wearable epilepsy detection sensor. Free, prebook, 2pm

UKELELE CLASS: Learn to play the ukelele at this informal introductory class at The Goldsmith Pub in Borough. No experience required and ukeleles are provided, plus if you use the discount code Southwark2for1, you can bring a friend along, and you both pay half price. £28 or half price with code, prebook, 7-8.30pm

MUSIC FUNDRAISER: A charity music evening at The Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenues raises funds for charity Nordoff Robbins, which offers music therapy sessions. There will be live music acts all night, plus it's a chance to have a sneaky peek into an exclusive members club. £15, prebook, 7pm

DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL: The 2014 Open City Docs Fest begins today with a screening of The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers at Bloomsbury Theatre. The film is the story of India's oldest auction house struggling to survive against the likes of eBay, and is followed by a Q&A with Director Edward Owles and Protagonists Anwer and Arshad. £15/£12, prebook, 7pm. Festival continues until Sunday 22 June. See full programme here.

LIFE DEBATE: The Royal Institution in Mayfair hosts a talk entitled Life As We Know It. Theoretical neuroscientist Karl Friston discusses how much of our world experience can be deduced from basic principles. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm

ARAB CULTURE: The Arab Quarterly, a show of Arabic music and dance takes place at Islington Assembly Hall, with cabaret-style seating and a bar open all evening. Headlining is The Arab Quarter Band, including well-known musicians such as Chalf Hassan and George Dergham. £20, prebook, 7.30pm

ILLUSTRATOR TALK: As part of the Housewarming festival at the House of Illustration, illustrator Lauren Childs will be discussing her career and showcasing her skills live. She is the creator of children's favourite Charlie and Lola. £8/£5, prebook, 7.30pm

INTELLIGENT COMEDY: For comedy with a brain (and no heckling), go to The Black Heart in Camden for Lolitics. It’s hosted by Chris Coltrane and features Mark Steel, Joe Wells, Kate Smurthwaite, Tiernan Douieb and Grainne Maguire. £3, just turn up, 8.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Book ahead for tickets to LionAid's fundraising gig on 29 June. The event, at Boston Arms in Tufnell Park, has a line-up of bands including The Ded Hot Chilli Peppers and Robbie Fox. There will also be a charity auction. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door, with money raised going towards supporting African lion conservation projects.

London Connection Puzzle

A new puzzle starts today. Your first clue is HOXTON STREET. Don't email in just yet, but have a think about possible themes, and wait for clue #2 tomorrow.

From the Archive

Ever seen the Ewok Village in Kew Gardens or the bit of Whitechapel Station that resembles a dalek? Enjoy this sci-fi geekery and more in our article from last year about Bits Of London That Look A Bit Sci-Fi.

Pub of the Day

Fed up with the World Cup already? Then head to the Somers Town Coffee House, which assures us it'll be screening none of the games whatsoever. The pub (for it is a pub and not a coffee house) also has an impressive beer selection, a tapas-style menu, outdoor seating and an unexpected cocktail bar in the basement. Good place. For over 230 other suggestions, see our growing Best Pubs in London microsite.