Things To Do In London Today: Friday 12 July 2013

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at St Olave Parish Hall on Fenchurch Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

PHOTOGRAPHY: See what the graduating photography students from the Arts University Bournemouth have captured, in an exhibition at Bargehouse. Free, just turn up, until 14 July

TECH FAIR: Spitalfields Market shows off the latest technology from various companies at a pop-up tech fair from today, as well as the usual supporting mix of “acrobatics, scavenger hunts, on-the-spot prizes, free refreshments, face painting and more”. Free, just turn up, until 14 July

LOCK LIVE: Camden Lock Market hosts a day and night of street entertainment, performance, theatre and music, across five venues and two outdoor stages overlooking Regent's Canal as part of Camden Lock Live. Free, just turn up, 10am-10pm

SUMMER MUSIC: A series of Friday lunchtime summer concerts at St Andrew by the Wardrobe church continues with Kerenza Peacock on the violin. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm

MUSEUM LATES: Unwind after work with a spot of culture at the British Museum, National Gallery or National Portrait Gallery. Free, check websites for closing times and events

CYCLE PROTEST: The London Cycling Campaign has organised a protest ride from Tower Hill to Aldgate, calling on the Mayor to provide dedicated cycling space across London following the deaths of two cyclists on the capital’s roads in recent weeks. Free, just turn up, 6pm

PIMM'S AND LONDONIST: Join us on the roof terrace of the new-look Hippodrome to celebrate the venue's first birthday in its current form. We'll have free drinks for those who turn up early, and there'll be a BBQ up there. Free, just turn up, from 6pm

LONDON FILMS: The BFI presents a trilogy of London films by Saint Etienne and filmmaker Paul Kelly tonight at Rough Trade East. From an imaginative exploration of the Lower Lea Valley to an uplifting documentary on a London landmark, the films will be followed by a Q&A session. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

ART OF STORYTELLING: Marina Warner is in conversation with novelist and literary critic Abdelfattah Kilito about the art of storytelling at the London Review Bookshop. £10, prebook, 7pm

STREET DANCE: If you've got the moves then head down to Proud Camden tonight for a Street Dance battle and the opportunity to win £500. £6+bf, prebook, 7pm

GET TANGOED: If you'd prefer to try a more traditional style of dance then pop along to the tang0 club Carablanca at Conway Hall, where beginners and regulars are welcome to take part in the informal atmosphere. £12/£10, just turn up, 7.15pm

SPOKEN NERD: Festival of the Spoken Nerd, a monthly comedy night based around science, will be setting Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on fire tonight to mark the 400th anniversary of the first Globe Theatre burning down. We think it might be like this. We're excited. £15, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Andi Osho headlines the Soho Comedy Club, up in the casino of the Empire, Leicester Square, plus Josh Howie and left political observations from Nick Revell. £15/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

SPOETRY: John Paul O’Neill hosts a Farrago showcase of Spanish and English poetry at the Poetry Cafe, with Sofia Buchuck, Angel-Luis Hernandez-Frances, Susana Medina, Yamilka Noa, Isabel del Rio and Luz Welmans. £6/£5, just turn up, 7.30pm

ROLLER SKATE: The Friday Night skate starts at Wellington Arch. Anyone who feels competent on skates is welcome to join. Free, just turn up, 8pm


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Good Cause of the Day

A good cause to book ahead for. On Saturday 12 September a charity cricket event featuring Sebastian Faulks (playing for The Authors Cricket Team), Mark Ramprakash and Devon Malcolm (both playing for The Sick Children's Trust Team) will take place at The Honorable Artillery Company's City Road HQ in aid of The Sick Children's Trust. An afternoon of live cricket and children's entertainment will be followed by an Evening Gala Dinner for adults. Tickets start at £10 for adults and go up to £200 for the full package, prebook, Saturday 12 September from 2pm

London Connection Puzzle

Your three clues so far this week have been SA, AG and GZ. The final clue is AC. We also revealed that it's a London sporting connection. Three people have already emailed in the correct solution, so we have a winner and there's no need to let us know if you've solved it. Answer on Monday.

London Weather, by Inclement Attlee

As loveable orphan Annie once observed: "The sun'll come out tomorrow, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun". You won't get much return on your dollar, were you to follow up on the little ragamuffin's unsolicited gambling tip. The sunshine is all-but guaranteed for a few days yet, so most bookies will give you diddly-squat. Better give it instead to Aloe Blacc, who informs us (31 times) that he needs a dollar. Indeed, so emphatic is he in the pleading that we almost considered him for Good Cause of the Day. Poor chap.