Things To Do In London Today: 19 December 2012

See a free screening of a Christmas classic.

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VIEWS: Today’s your last chance to apply for tickets to stay the night in that weird boat thing overlooking the Thames.

GIVE BLOOD: Donate some crimson pints at the Hop Exchange in Southwark or Conway Hall in Holborn. Free, just turn up, all day

BIT OF EVERYTHING: If you can’t decide whether to spend your evening looking at art, theatre or music, grab a bit of all three at Showcase Cities in Rich Mix. Free, just turn up, from 6pm

COMEDY: See Josie Long do her show Romance and Adventure, which we think might be her best to date, at the Battersea Arts Centre until Friday. £12, prebook, 7pm

MUSIC: The Happy Mondays start a two-night show at the Roundhouse in Camden. 808 State Soundsystem are in support. £35.75, prebook, 7pm

CLASSICAL: The baroque splendour of the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College is one of London’s greatest wonders. The BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra combine to perform English music by composers including Vaughan Williams, Tavener and Finzi. £25, prebook, 7.30pm

MORE CLASSICAL: Every Christmas Eve, the Choir Of King’s College sings a service in Cambridge that is broadcast to millions by the BBC. See the choir at the Royal Albert Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra in a programme of music by Bach, Handel and John Rutter. From £12.50, prebook, 7.30pm

FREE FILM: Turn up to St Catherine’s Church, Pepys Road near New Cross for a free screening of Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Random London Fact of the Day

Griffin Park, home of Brentford Football Club is unique in British football (and possibly the world) for having a pub at each corner of the ground.

London Weather

“Wind’s in the east, mist coming in, like something is brewing, about to begin.” So opined Burt, the lovable Chimney Sweep in that 1964 documentary about Edwardian childcare provision, Mary Poppins. While his musical forecast presaged the arrival of a magic nanny, he might also have been channeling today’s weather, which features moderate easterly gusts and patchy fog. BBC Weather has a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious forecast.

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