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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Stoll in Fulham and City Temple by Holborn Viaduct. Free, see site for terms and conditions
OLYMPIC FEELING: CoolTan Arts presents A Postcard to the World: ONE YEAR ON at Canada Water Library, an exhibition exploring the legacy of the Games by looking at individual artworks created on blank postcards. Free, just turn up, until 20 September
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sentebale, a charity founded by Prince Harry, opens its Sentebale – Stories of Hope exhibition today at Getty Images Gallery, showcasing images by Getty Images’ award-winning royal photographer Chris Jackson of Sentebale’s work in helping the vulnerable children of Lesotho. Free, just turn up, until 10 August
FREE COMEDY: The Balham Free Fringe starts today and runs all weekend. Among Friday’s acts we can recommend Nathaniel Metcalfe and Kate Smurthwaite: other days catch Phill Jupitus, Wil Hodgson, Jessica Fostekew, Sarah Campbell, Chris Coltrane, Stuart Laws and Gareth Morinan. Free, see site for full listings, until 28 July
INTRANSIT: Kensington and Chelsea’s annual arts festival InTRANSIT finishes tomorrow so don't miss out. Tonight's highlights include dancing people's private lives with In-Finite in Transit, and an interactive, outdoor performance of After the Tempest. See website for full listings, until 27 July
ITALY IN LONDON: Get transported to an Italian piazza from a London Square today, as Birra Moretti sets up a satellite live-link between Soho’s Golden Square and San Gimignano Piazza in Tuscany. Chefs will be on hand for live cookery demonstrations and then you can try the dishes yourself at various sittings. Warning: this will be very popular so get there as early as possible. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm or 1.15pm (lunch), 5.30 or 6.15pm (dinner)
BOOK SIGNING: Missed Ben Aaronovitch on Friday? Catch him signing copies of Broken Homes at Waterstones Leadenhall Market. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm
CLOCKS: If you’re a clock lover (don’t want to misspell that…) then join Wallace Collection’s team of conservators for a special walking tour of the collection where you can see them open many of their historic clocks and wind the mechanisms. Free, just turn up (limited spaces so first come first served), 1-2pm
CONVERSATION: Sharon D Clarke and Marianne Jean-Baptiste talking about their careers and Amen Corner, at the National Theatre. £5/£4, prebook, 3pm
MUSEUM LATES: Unwind after work with a spot of culture at the British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, V&A, or a one-off late at the Design Museum. Free, check websites for closing times and events
BDAY POETRY: Come Rhyme With Me celebrates its third birthday with poetry and food at Cottons Restaurant in Islington. £7.50/£12.50 inc. dinner, just turn up (but get there in good time), 7pm
COMEDY: Former Londonist contributor and podcast guest Chris Coltrane is at The Camden Head tonight with a preview of his Edinburgh show, Compassion is Submersive. John Luke-Roberts also previews his show, Broken Stand-Up. £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
London-based DJ Dellamorte of Barricade Radio will be on-air non-stop for 24 hours in support of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), a charity that targets depression in young men, this Saturday 27 July. From 9am right through until 9am on Sunday 28 July, DJ Dellamorte will be mixing records (he is not allowed to play anything twice), entertaining guests, and generally trying to stay awake — all for a good cause. Check out the link and donate at www.justgiving.com/barricade.
London Connection Puzzle
We've reached the end of the week, so here are all your clue-words including the fourth clue: George, Henry, Charles James and Horatio. What's the London connection? Several people have already worked it out, so no need to email.
London Weather, by Inclement Attlee
Ten acts who sound a bit like today's weather:
- Girls Acloud
- Sun Lovin Criminals
- Earth, No Wind and No Fire
- Generally Fine Young Cannibals
- Earl Stratus
- Humid Lewis and the News
- The Darkness (after 9pm)
*No meteorological connections but, I think you'll find, the best band name ever.