Things To Do In London Today: 13 December 2012

Cecil Court, home to some thespian plaque action later today.

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GIVE BLOOD: The Bishopsgate Institute welcomes a donor unit today…go along, say hello, then whip out your arm for their needly attentions. Free, just turn up, 9.45-11am and 12.15-4.15pm

PLAQUE: Head down to Cecil Court off St Martin’s Lane to see Simon Callow unveil a plaque to ‘Flicker Alley’, marking the court’s role in the early film industry. The unveiling will be followed by a film screening and carols. Free, just turn up, 2.30pm

BOOKSFoyles in Westfield White City hosts a Penguin Books pop up shop. Free, just turn up, from 3pm

CHRISTMAS: Peckhamites might head down to Bellenden Road for a Christmas Bonanza with live bands, giveaways and an appearance by Santa. Free, just turn up, 4-9pm

FOOD SCIENCE: Imperial College serves up a feast of science, with wonderful edible creations. Try a sorbet made using a fire extinguisher or make your own seasonal drinks with a chemist turned apothecary as your guide. Free, just turn up, 5-8pm

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: The Kilburn to Kensal Winter Market at The Albert offers workshops and Christmas gift ideas. Free, just turn up, 5-10pm

ART: William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow has a late opening centered around its new exhibition about the pre-Raphaelites. Expect harp music, gin tasting, gallery talks and a very civilised night out. £5, just turn up, 5-9pm

CLUB NIGHT: Catch Pixie Geldoff’s new band Violet along with Elephant and Nadine Shah at Notting Hill Arts Club, organised by Black Cab Sessions. Free before 8pm then £5, just turn up, 7pm-2am

BOOKS: Another chance to meet The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life, this time at the Brick Lane Bookshop, Free, prebook, 7pm

FILM: Catch a 40th anniversary screening of Hammer Horror Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (in good old 35mm) at the Cinema Museum. The stars and writer of the film will be there and it’s all in aid of the Ralph Bates Cancer Research Fund. There’ll be hot soup, mulled wine and Jekyll cocktails too. £8.50 (advance), £10 (door), prebook or just turn up, 7pm

PARTY: Tickets are still available for Kensington Palace’s Midwinter Ball, a glammed-up party with east-European music, magic and hula hooping. £20, prebook, 7.30pm

CAROLS: Tonight’s charity carol concert is at St Paul’s Knightsbridge, in aid of Macmillan. They’ve got David Robb from Downton Abbey, don’t you know. £25, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Sketch heaven at the Bloomsbury Theatre, with mini-sets from Idiots of Ants, The Penny Dreadfuls, Two Episodes of Mash, Max & Ivan, The Beta Males, Cariad Lloyd, Spak Whitman and Pattie Brewster. Perfect for the attention-depleted Christmas brain. £15, prebook, 7.30pm

FOLKLORE: Take a virtual magical, mystery bus tour of London’s sacred sites with Nigel of Bermondsey and Chris Roberts, at the last SELFS meeting of the year, upstairs at the Old Kings Head off Borough High Street. Entry £2.50, £1.50 conc. all aboard by 8pm.

Random London Fact of the Day
The ‘Legacy’ section of Vanilla Ice’s Wikipedia page is more than twice as long as that of Charles Dickens.

London Weather
Today’s weather is brought to you by the hugely influential Mr Vanilla Ice, following on from his sterling work for Surrey Police.

All right stop
Collaborate and listen
Ice is back with a freezing intervention
Shiver…better wrap you up tightly
Mercury’s low both daily and nightly
Will it ever stop?
Yo, I don’t know
Eat Ready Brek, and you’ll glow
To the extreme that the temperature won’t harm you
Sun in the sky, it will radiate and charm you

The BBC’s weather report needs no celebrity endorsement. They have Peter Cockroft.

Secret Hidden False Rumour Of The Day
Mayor Boris Johnson, already plotting a third term at City Hall, is in negotiations with Vanilla Ice, whom he’d like to be his cultural ambassador. Commenting on the the re-election bid, the singer told reporters: “Thrice, thrice, baby”. 

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