Things To Do In London Today: Monday 3 June 2013

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Battersea Arts Centre on Lavender Hill and Conway Hall in Holborn. Free, just turn up, see site for times and conditions

SHARKS: In the run-up to World Ocean Day on 8 June, Selfridges collaborates with the Zoological Society of London to celebrate sharks in all their graceful, nibbly, majestic glory. Selfridges Concept Store will be the epicentre of Save Our Sharks and will showcase images, 3D installations, facts and films about the creatures. Free, just turn up, until 16 June

BROWNLEE BOOK: The amazing running machines that are the Brownlee brothers are in Waterstones Leadenhall Market to sign their new book Swim, Bike, Run: Our Triathlon story. Free, just turn up (early arrival recommended), 12.30pm

HISTORIC FREAKSHOWS: Herr Winkelmeier, Tom Thumb and the Hilton Sisters: Uncovering the 'freaks' of the Wellcome Library, is the intriguing title of a talk by Ross McFalane, part of the Disability History seminar series at Senate House organised by the Institute of Historical Research. Free, just turn up, 5.15pm

WAX ANATOMY: This June, a series of themed events, workshops, tours, talks and screenings take place at the Last Tuesday Society. Today is an illustrated lecture on Art, Wax, Death and Anatomy presented by art historian Roberta Ballestriero. £7, prebook, 6.30pm

LITERATURE: At the London Literature Festival take a whistle stop tour of six centuries of poetry about London (free, just turn up, 6.30pm), Claire Tomalin finishes her lecture series with Mary Wollstonecraft (£10, prebook, 6.30pm), and Kate Mosse chairs a Women’s Prize and Grazia evening on getting published (£10, prebook, 8pm)

VELVET TONGUE: Season Butler, Shaun Levin, Amy Neilson Smith and Michael Darling are at erotic literary soiree Velvet Tongue. £5/£3, prebook, 7.30pm

1960's MUSIC: The Sohemian Society welcomes 1960's record producer Joe Boyd back into its folds tonight, to talk about the musicians he worked with in the 60s. £4, just turn up, 7.30pm

Good Cause of the Day

Tickets for the 26th annual Macmillan House of Lords vs House of Commons Tug of War on Tuesday 11 June are now available. This garden-party-style event takes place within the Westminster Abbey College Gardens and you can expect canapés, champagne, a standing supper, and of course 10 gruelling tug of war matches, adjudicated by the Tug of War Association. Watch Lords and MPs battling it out and help raise money for the brilliant Macmillan Cancer Support. £75, prebook, Tuesday 11 June 5.30pm-9pm.

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London Weather, by Inclement Atlee
If, like us, you spent the weekend hurling brickbats, bellowing threats and weaving hexes at the terrifying yellow visitation lately menacing the skies of London, then please stand down. It is not a witch. Nor yet a maleficent spirt of any description. We are advised that this so-called sun is an object for praise. Further, it will linger over our city for some time yet. We embrace its balmy ways into our pantheon and commend its glow unto your very thrall. In summary: sunny; buy an ice cream.