Things To Do In London: Wednesday 2 July 2014

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From 'The Wild Washerwomen' © Quentin Blake

From ‘The Wild Washerwomen’ © Quentin Blake


BLOODToday’s opportunities to donate blood are at Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf, Hammersmith Town Hall, Sainsbury’s in Sydenham and Sir James Hawkey Hall in Woodford Green. See site for terms and conditions.

QUENTIN BLAKE: House of Illustration in King’s Cross launches Inside Stories, its new exhibition about worldwide illustrator Quentin Blake. On display some of his most characteristic and popular creations. £7/£5, prebook, until 2 November

LUNCH BREAK: Talented jazz vocalist and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson performs for free at Devonshire Square, close to Liverpool Street. The event is part of The City of London Festival. Free, just turn up, 1pm

HISTORICAL TOUR: The former country residence of the Bishop of London, Fulham Palace, opens its doors to visitors to explore the rich history inside. £5, just turn up, 2pm

DOG DAY: Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour hosts Dog Day 2014, an event dedicated to man’s best friend. Activities include dog show classes, doggy games and competitions — just bring your puppy along. £10 (£5 per class per dog), prebook, 4.30pm-7.30pm 

RICHARD DAWKINS: Renowned scientist and writer Richard Dawkins visits HMV at 363 Oxford Street to sign copies of his new DVD release ‘The Unbelievers’. Free, prebooking essential, 6pm  

SOCIAL DEBATE: What is the Cost of Breaking Up Britain? is a debate discussing the upcoming vote on Scottish independence in September. The event takes place as part of The City of London Festival at the Bowler Hat theatre is St Paul’s. £8, prebook, 6pm

CLIMBING TALK: Mountaineer and author Andy Kirkpatrick talks about his last challenge climbing El Cap in Yosemite National Park with his 13-year-old daughter. The event takes place at the Lecture Theatre in Stamford Street, Waterloo. £12, prebook, 7pm

SPEED DATING: Hop on your bike and meet like-minded people at a ladies-only evening of Cycle Speed Dating, taking place at Look Mum No Hands! in Hackney. £15/£12+bf, prebook, 7pm

PUB QUIZ: You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat is the touring quiz that tests your knowledge of the film industry. This evening the quiz takes place at the Assembly House in Kentish Town. Free, just turn up, from 7.30pm

CINEMA NIGHT: Hackney Picturehouse hosts Whirlygig Cinema, a free evening of short films that aims to support the work of emerging filmmakers. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

EDINBURGH PREVIEW: Enjoy a preview of the theatre piece Real Fake White Dirt by Kiwi artist Jess Holly Bates. The play is about New Zealand, its colonial history and more — taking place at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. £5/£3, prebook, 7.30pm

UNDERGROUND MUSIC: As part of Brunel Museum’s World Music Season in the Thames Tunnel Shaft, Mazaika Duo offers a mix of Russian Folk and Gypsy songs, classical showpieces and even tango. £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Comedians Jonny Donahoe and Nick Revell are on stage at the Bird of Smithfield before heading to Edinburgh for their summer show. £8+bf, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Selfridges celebrates the World Cup with a special exhibition called Art of Futebol: footballs signed by some of the biggest names in Brazilian football are on display, transformed into artworks by contemporary artists. The exhibition aims to raise money for the ABC Trust (Action for Brazil Children). Free, just turn up, until 9 July

London Connection Puzzle

Your first clue was LEONARD STREET. Today’s addition is GREAT GEORGE STREET. What’s the London connection? Email if you think you have it. Clue number three tomorrow.

From the Archive

Need ideas for lunch? On this day last year we tried the vegetarian creperie Maloko in Camberwell, where you can sink your teeth into sweet and savoury crepes. Well, our suggestion is still worth today.

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