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GIVE BLOOD: City types and Spitalfieldians have the perfect opportunity to give blood today, as the donor clinic comes to the Bishopsgate Institute. Free, just turn up, all day
FAIRYTALES: Head upstairs to the Gallery at Foyles Charing Cross Road for an art exhibition celebrating 200 years of Grimm’s Fairy Tales (one of the pieces is shown above). Runs till 8 December. Free, just turn up, 9am-9pm
CHOOSE YOUR WEAPONS: Bonhams is auctioning off a load of vintage weapons and armour — from a Viking sword to a Congolese dagger. The perfect Christmas gift for the bloodthirsty Medieval warlord in your life. Free, just turn up, 11am
LORD COE: His Olympic Sebness of Coe will be signing his memoirs at Waterstones Canary Wharf. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm
CHRISTMAS CHEER: Greenwich’s Christmas lights lume up tonight, and there’ll be a lantern parade around the town centre. Free, just turn up, 4pm (parade), 7pm (lights)
FREE JAZZ: Catch the James Lascelles Quartet at Foyles Jazz Cafe, Charing Cross Road. Free, just turn up, 6pm
LATES: The Science Museum holds its monthly late opening for adults, with booze and entertainment. This time round, the theme is communications. Free, just turn up, 6.45pm
MUSICAL BINGO: It’s, like, Bingo, but with, like, music. And it’s all happening at the House of Wolf in Islington. No actual wolves will be present, though we can’t rule out renditions of Hungry Like The Wolf. £7, prebook, 7pm
MICHAEL PALIN: Not-so-fresh from Brazil, Michael Palin ventures into the Regent Street Apple Store to talk about his recent adventures. Free, just turn up (but be early), 7pm
BELL RINGING: A talk about the history of campanology ends with a chance to try ringing some handchimes at Toynbee Studios from. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm
MUSIC: Hip-hop meets Congolese rhumba as Baloji performs at Village Underground in Shoreditch. £15.40, prebook, 7.30pm
GENERAL ODDNESS: London Fortean Society opens the False Memory Archive at The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street. £3, just turn up, 8pm
ART: Explore the art galleries of Fitzrovia, with Fitrovia Lates. Free, just turn up, till 9pm
JOURNALISM COMEDY: Richard Peppiatt quit his job at the Daily Star very publicly by publishing his resignation in The Guardian. Tonight and tomorrow he’s at Soho Theatre, in the guise of a standup comedian, to tell his tale. £15, prebook, 9pm
Random London Fact Of The Day
The first mobile phone call in the UK was made from St Katharine Docks next to the Tower of London. The call was made by none other than comedian Ernie Wise, who got in touch with Vodafone’s then-tiny office in Newbury on 1 January 1985.
This is what the BBC says:
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Secret Hidden False Rumour Of The Day
Londonist owns three Royal Warrants. The Duchess of Cambridge reads our theatre reviews. Princess Anne enjoys Week in Geek. And the Duke of Edinburgh is a supportive member of the Secret Hidden False Rumour Club.