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BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Free, see site for terms and conditions
IWM: The much-missed Imperial War Museum partly reopens today after a lengthy closure for refurbishment. Catch new family exhibition Horrible Histories®: Spies; a new programme of contemporary art and photography, IWM Contemporary; and a rehang of our art collection, Architecture of War. Free, just turn up
CAMDEN FRINGE: It's huge, it's creative, it's fronted by a beret-wearing pigeon. Camden Fringe is back for another year with a diverse programme of comedy, theatre, theatre, music, puppets, magic, dance and multi-media shows. Check the site for full listings, until 25 August
PARKS: It’s Love Parks Week! Take a look at what green events are taking place near you. See website for full listings, until 4 August
VAN GOGH: Hear about the painter's time as an art dealer in London as a young man, at the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing Theatre. Free, just turn up, 1pm
ART: Jerwood Makers Open 2013 is an exhibition at Jerwood Space that celebrates the completed commissions of five artists selected by a panel to turn their ideas into practice. The exhibition is free and tonight Grant Gibson, editor of Crafts Magazine, discusses the project with some of the 2013 Jerwood Makers. Free, prebook, 6.30pm
TECH: Learn a few lessons about setting up an online-only business in a panel discussion at the Regent Street Apple Store. Speakers include Viktoras Jucikas, founder of Yplan. Free, just turn up, 7pm
COMEDY: Living proof that ventriloquism isn’t lame, Nina Conti starts a long-ish run at Soho Theatre tonight. We’ve previously explained at length why it might be a good idea to catch her now, while you still can. Until 10 August, £20/£17.50, 7.45pm
CRAZY IN LOVE: If you are crazy (it might help) or in love (less useful) then you can learn the entire dance to Beyonce's Crazy in Love at Drink, Shop & Do in King's Cross tonight. £12, prebook, 8-10pm
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Good Cause of the Day
Did you know that London's Tower RNLI lifeboat station is the busiest in the country? They are trying to raise at least £13,000 which would pay for the training of ten new crew members. Starting on 18 September, seven members of the crew are going to run to Dover, swim the Channel and then cycle to Paris. They have been fund raising for over a year but are only just over the £3,000 mark so need a bit of a boost. If you want to help them, simply head over to their donation page and give what you can.
London Connection Puzzle
Congratulations to James Phillips who was the first to identify the London connection in last week's puzzle. The clue-words were Henry, George, Charles James and Horatio. James correctly guessed (from just the first two) that these were the first names of the four permanent statues in Trafalgar Square: Henry Havelock, George IV, Charles James Napier and Horatio Nelson. James will now set this week's puzzle, which begins anew tomorrow.
London Weather, by Inclement Attlee
Pssshhhhwwwwwwhwwwhhhwwwwwwwwooo. Pshhheeewwwwwwwwhwwwhhwwwwhhhhooo. That's my impression of today's weather, which will be mostly blowy and windy. I'm not very good at impersonating the sound of sunshine and passing clouds, but feel free to make your own noises up for them.