Things To Do In London: Thursday 11 September 2014

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall, Abbey Centre, outside no 73 in Alleyn Park, Minster Church Hall in Croydon and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

SPIEGELTENT: Eclectic entertainment for both children and grown-ups pops up at Canary Wharf with Spiegeltent with poetry sessions, aerial circus, a silent disco and even a family rave. £14-£5, prebook, until 21 September

FLOATING CINEMA: As part of Totally Thames festival, the unusual film experience is running a residency at St Katharine Docks for five days.  There will be screenings, workshops and talks — all for free. See website for full programme and for booking tickets. Until 14 September

ART EXHIBITION: Room 131 is a collective of fine artists, who are exhibiting their artworks at The Bear Freehouse in Camberwell. Free, until 14 September

GUIDED WALK: Join a guided tour that follows the processional route taken by the gun carriage bearing remains of an unknown British soldier from Platform 12 at Victoria Station to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey. Hear about the concept behind this symbolic memorial, meeting point is Victoria Station. £10, prebook, 2.30pm

FASHION PARTY: Carnaby Style Night is the free fashion bonanza taking place all around Carnaby Street. Plenty of shops, cafés and restaurants offer 20% off your purchase. The list of events is seemingly endless: music, dance performances and even a garden party. Free, sign up in advance, 5pm-9pm

BRITISH MUSEUM: The iconic London museum hosts field professionals who discuss the future of the museum. The focus of the talk is on how the British Museum could best deliver its purpose for a changing public. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

LONDON BUSES: A new book, Ole Bill - London Buses and the First World War by Dr William D. Ward, is launched at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. Dr Ward will give an illustrated talk based the research for his book followed by a Q&A session and a book signing.£10/£8, prebook, 6.30pm

MUSEUM LAUNCH: Author Kate Mosse — not to be confused with the model of similar name- is at Horniman Museum in Forest Hill to celebrate the launch of her new book, The Taxidermist's Daughter. Themed activities include taxidermy talks and demonstrations, live music and more. There's also a rumour that Sandy Toksvig will be one of the special guests. £10, prebook, 6.30pm

LIT TALK: The Royal Society of Literature hosts a talk with actress Harriet Walter and novelist Hilary Mantel, taking place at the Union Chapel in Islington. The focus is on the knowledge of other human being and the discovery of a human character. £20/£12, prebook, 7.30pm

PLAY READING: The Mosaic Rooms in Kensington hosts emerging Arab playwright Yamina Bakiri who reads her play The Cost of Eggs. £8+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

JAZZ GIG: Listen to Parshmaune and Moses Boyd Exodus, playing tonight at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston. These two bands fuse classic and modern sounds to create their own unique music. £5+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

DOC SCREENING: Rich Mix in Shoreditch hosts the screening of Miners Shot Down documentary, which focuses on the lives of South African miners and their work conditions. The screening is followed by a Q&A with film director. £7/£5, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Support London Play Streets, the charity that will work with residents in 12 London boroughs over the next three years to activate play on their streets. The boroughs include Haringey, Enfield, Waltham Forest, Lambeth, Southwark and Islington. A strategic play street board will be convened in each borough, drawn up by the council with other local organisations to support the fledgling scheme. You can help this community-focused cause by making a donation, leaving them a gift or by volunteering. More information on the website.

From the Archive

On this day back in 2011 we shared this stunning view of Canary Wharf, taken by Guy Tyler on Flickr.