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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Cathedral Hall in Victoria, Rye Lane Chapel in Peckham and Charlton Asda. Free, see site for terms and conditions
PSYCHOLOGY: Stories of how mental health has been treated over the past 250 years will be the focus of the new exhibition Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology at the Science Museum. Free, just turn up, until August 2014
RECYCLE XMAS: An art show at Cult Mountain in Bethnal Green features eco-friendly and upcycled works from a selection of artists. Free, just turn up, until 15 January 2014
COMEDY: It’s the last year that Robin Ince is doing Christmas/sciencey shows that feature a terrifying number of guests, so get tickets now for dates at Bloomsbury Theatre from today. £25/£15+bf, prebook, until 21 December
CAROL CONCERTS: The N1 Centre in Islington is the setting for a series of carol concert this week. Today local school children perform Christmas songs but there are also performances this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday too. See website for further details.
TREASURE HUNT: Hunt for clues around Bankside on a London Street Games treasure hunt, and then retire to a warm pub for some beers and a chat. £5, prebook, 6pm
FILM: Media platform Protein celebrates every short film it has commissioned for Channel 4′s Random Acts segment over the past two years, by screening each film at its gallery on 18 Hewett Street, Shoreditch. Free, RSVP, 7pm
SANTA ON A BENDER: Actors tell new stories of snow and stars at Liars League, but don’t expect it to be all twinkly: there are tales of anti-Fascist gardeners and Santa on a massive coke bender. Head to the Phoenix for free mince pies. £5, just turn up, 7pm
ROGUES’ GALLERY: A Rogues’ Gallery is a journey through the past half-century, charting the ups and downs of leading writers, actors, thinkers, politicians and public non-conformists, with journalist Peter Lewis upstairs at the Wheatsheaf on Rathbone Place. £4, just turn up, 7.30pm
MORE COMEDY: Phill Jupitus, Isy Suttie, Sara Barron and more tell stories at the King’s Head in Crouch End, hosted by Chris Neill. £8/£6, prebook, 8pm
Good Causes of the Day
A selection of great causes to book ahead for this Thursday:
Enjoy a Festival of Carols at the lovely St Botolph’s without Bishopsgate, for The Eve Appeal’s annual Christmas fundraising evening featuring carols, readings and candlelit procession. £30/£10, prebook, Thursday 12 December at 7pm
Alternatively, St Luke’s Church on Sydney Street is the setting for Canine Partners Christmas Carol Service. There’ll be celebrity readings, songs and even dogs to ‘hand out’ the programmes. £10-£25, prebook, Thursday 12 December at 7pm
Or for a departure from carols, try A Merry Christmas Cabaret at the Delfont Room at Prince of Wales Theatre, where musical theatre performers from across the West end bring you your favourite festive songs live, in aid of Stand up to Cancer. £22-27, prebook, Thursday 12 December at 11pm
London Connection Puzzle
A new puzzle starts today, set by last week’s winner, John Wilkes. His first clue-word is INDIA. Don’t email yet with guesses…wait until the second clue tomorrow, but have a think in the meantime about possible themes.
From the Archive
On this day last year we published the Londonist end of 2012 quiz. Has your memory stood the test of time? How well do you recall the Olympics? Do you want to see Boris in speedos? Click on through.
London Weather by Inclement Attlee
Someone moaned yesterday that my seasonal weather songs were unhelpful, and that I should stick to giving a proper forceast. What a miserable grumpian! Well, if you must know, it’s going to be a bright, sunny day — reasonably mild after a frosty start. But where’s the fun in that?
As with so many things, Google is the ultimate source of all knowledge when it comes to the weather. Here’s what its search autocomplete suggests for today: