Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 28 March 2013

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GIVE BLOOD: Today’s blood donating opportunities are at Rye Lane Chapel and City Temple on Holborn Viaduct. Free, just turn up, see site for times and conditions

EXHIBITION: Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum opens today at The British Museum. This beautiful exhibition showcases the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, that were tragically buried by Vesuvius in 79AD. £15, just turn up, until 29 September

SOUZOU: A cracking day for exhibition openings, Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan also starts its run at Wellcome Collection — a diverse collection of ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculptures and drawings from 46 artists who are all residents and day attendees at social welfare institutes across Japan. Free, just turn up, until 30 June

RECYCLUBBING: Make Noise is an exhibition at Rough Trade East by Nic Serpell-Rand, of pictures he took while travelling with the Make Noise electronic recycling club tour. This tour encouraged clubbers to turn up to the party with any recyclable electronics, in return for free entry, and Nic was there to capture portraits of these party-goers with their ‘entry fees’. Free, just turn up, until 16 April

BOOK READING: Kevin Maher, author of The Fields, is at Waterstone's Piccadilly today and will be reading from his debut novel, answering questions and doing signings. £4/£3 (price includes a glass of wine), prebook, 6pm

COCKTAILS: Why not warm your cockles with the launch of The Cocktail Gardener's Thursday night residency at Blush in Stoke Newington. There will be delicious-sounding cocktails and 1940s swing playing on the jukebox. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

A BIT OF EVERYTHING: Plectrum-The Cultural Pick presents Mustered this evening, upstairs at The Betsey Trotwood. A night of live music, author readings, poetry and spoken word. £7.50, prebook for cheaper tickets, 7.30pm

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Charity fundraisers are excellent, but what makes them even better is when they are ON A BOAT! It's All Happening are co-curating this fundraiser with live music and DJ sets, with proceeds to Street Child of Sierra Leone. Did we mention it's on a boat? £7, prebook for cheaper tickets, 7.30pm

JESUS IN BRITAIN: The London Fortean Society hosts an open-minded talk on archaeologist Paul Ashdown's scholarly account of the idea that a young Jesus visited Britain. £3/£2, just turn up, 8pm

PARTY: For those of you wanting to dance in your Easter weekend, Loft Studios are hosting an Easter Special night with live music and even a barbecue (optimistic, but we like that). Free entry before 10pm, just turn up, 8pm

COMEDY: Join Perrier award winner Sean Hughes at Waterloo Comedy Club's Easter Basket, as he previews his UK tour which starts tomorrow. There is also comedy from Addy Van Der Borg, Ian Smith and David Mills. £15, prebook, 8pm

MORE COMEDY: Mat Ricardo has bagged two fabulous comedy guests – Al Murray and The Boy With Tape On His Face – for his London Varieties night at Leicester Square Theatre, plus magic from Peter Wardell and music from Elliot Mason. £15/£12.50, prebook, 9.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day
The steeple of St Bride's was once one of the tallest points in London. Its famous wedding-cake profile still figures prominently on the skyline. But the 17th Century church tower, the tallest by Christopher Wren and Grade I listed, is in sore need of repairs. The INSPIRE! Appeal is raising funds. Enough is now in the kitty to get started, but the church still needs £350,000 to complete the first phase of work before next winter. You can make a donation to the cause via JustGiving. Special fundraising events in this most fascinating of churches are also organised regularly.

London Weather
Today's trifling gibbosity of warmth will peak at 6ºC around lunch. With a peek-a-boo sun and the cheery thought of an imminent long-weekend, it'll feel more like 9ºC. Don't let the heat wave go to your head, though — by nightfall it'll be colder than a haughty penguin.

Your humble weather reporter will be on holiday for the next four days. But, to draw once again on the unbounded wit of silver-tongued minstrel Arnold Schwarzenegger: "I'll be back".