Things To Do In London: Wednesday 18 June 2014

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Midnight Circus is on at Jacksons Lane until 12 July. Details below


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Agnes Centre in Cricklewood, Tesco Store Ltd in Beckenham and St Pauls Centre in Enfield. See site for terms and conditions.

ART: Making Colour at the National Gallery invites you to explore the history of colour and its production. From the Renaissance to the modern day, discover the secrets of the most important element of artwork. £8/£7, prebook, until 7 September

STUDENT SHOW: Embassy Tea Gallery in SE1 hosts City Paradise, which showcases artworks by second year Illustration & Visual Media students from the London College of Communication. The exhibition explores the concept of sanctity and escape within our city. Free, until 22 June

ROOFTOP MUSIC: For a taster of the upcoming West End Live this weekend, listen to some free music at Cardinal Place roof garden. The one hour show features songs from West End musicals including Billy Elliot, The Pajama Game and Wicked. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm

BOOK LAUNCH: Author Gordon Peake is at Stanfords in Covent Garden to present his new book Beloved Land. Hear about stories, struggles and secrets from Timor-Leste. The launch is followed by a book signing. £3, prebook by email, 6.30pm

LEGO UNIVERSE: Drink, Shop & Do presents an evening of LEGO fun at King's Cross. Create your own LEGO universe, inspired by the words 'atomic', 'radioactive' and 'nuclear'. Free (with a drink), just turn up, from 7pm

ROYAL INSTITUTION: Discover little-known secrets of the Wonders of the World at the Royal Institution. Jheni Osman reveals the science and engineering behind epic historical structures like the Great Pyramid of Giza. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm

THEATRE: As part of LIFT 2014, The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick presents the play Some people think I’m bonkers, but I just think I’m free, which focuses on the world of advertising. £9.99/£5, prebook, 7.15pm

GIG: The Dalston Victoria in Dalston Junction hosts an evening of live music featuring The Fat White Family and guests. £5+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

FILM SCREENING: To mark the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike in County Durham, Omnibus in Clapham hosts the screening of 2010's The Miners' Hymns by Bill Morrison. £5/£4, prebook, 7.30pm

ILLUSTRATOR TALK: As part of the House of Illustration's Housewarming Season, satirical cartoonist Roger Law speaks about his career and caricature puppets. The event takes place at the House of Illustration in King's Cross. £8/£5+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Alex Edelman plus Jonny and The Baptist present their Edinburgh preview show at the Bird of Smithfield pub in Farringdon. £8+bf, prebook, 8pm

MIDNIGHT CIRCUS: Enjoy a night of circus with twisted contortionists, high-flying trapeze artists, acrobatics and a lot of fire. Midnight Circus takes place at Jacksons Lane, a multi-arts venue in Highgate — the show is on until 12 July. £20, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Arts Emergency charity helps low-income students access higher education and fights for equality in the arts world. It presents Tell Me Something I Don't Know, a two-day-long festival featuring comedy and music, taking place at the Bloomsbury Theatre and starting today. £20/£15, prebook, both days 7.30pm

London Connection Puzzle

Your first clue was HOXTON STREET. Your second is PARLIAMENT STREET. What's the London connection? If you think you know it, email

From the Archive

Hate wasting time when commuting on the tube? On this day last year we introduced Station Master app, which features the innards of all central London tube stations...mapped. Behind the project there's Geoff Marshall, author of the video series Secrets of the Underground.

Pub of the Day

Yesterday we gave a shout out to the Somers Town Coffee House in Euston. But did you know it has a sister pub? The Gorringe Park in Tooting is ran by the same small company (Yummy Pub Co.), and is every bit as good. What's more, it has a MASSIVE mural of Rik Mayall on the stairs.

See over 230 other recommendations in our growing Best Pubs in London microsite.