Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 30 July 2013

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Free craft night with The Make Escape, details below

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Perseverance Works in Shoreditch, Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden, and St James Square. Free, see site for terms and conditions

CYCLE HIRE: No special event or anything, but today marks the third anniversary of the London Cycle Hire Scheme, popularly known (or derided) as Boris Bikes). Happy birthday!

GRIMEBORN: East London’s answer to Glyndebourne Festival, the Arcola Theatre’s Opera festival Grimeborn (see what they did there?) is back for a seventh year. Tickets cost around £15/£12, see site for full listings, until 31 August

JUNGLE: Grant Museum of Zoology is starting the summer holidays with a trip into the jungle. Young explorers can discover who is swinging in the trees and rustling in the undergrowth with hands-on activities. Free, just turn up, until 3 August

SPORT: Kids can discover the history of sport at Royal Albert Hall’s Discover Workshop with arts, crafts and the chance to make a unique Japanese cushion. £3.50, prebook, 10am and 1pm

FILM: Got the day off and want to do something really random? Head to the Swedenborg Society on the edge of Bloomsbury for a triple-bill screening of Fritz Lang's Dr Mabuse saga, while Iain Sinclair provides readings and insights. Book for one film or all three. Free, prebook, 11.30am-9.30pm

MINI-FEST: Mini-Fest (organised by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames) pitches up at Hampton Village Green today for outdoor theatre, dance and family activities. Free, just turn up, 12-5pm

SCIENCE: Explore 10 Big Ideas in Science at this month's Cosy Science event in the Cittie of Yorke pub, with speaker Barry Thomas. Free, just turn up, 7pm

POETRY: Niall O’Sullivan hosts Poetry Unplugged open mic night at the Poetry Cafe. £5/£4, just turn up, 7.30pm

MAKE INVADERS: Monthly craft night The Make Escape team up with Once Upon A Console for a night of crafty geekery. Play iconic retro games, join Craft Closet’s cross-stitch workshop, and design your own video games characters. Free, just turn up, 7.30-11pm


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Good Cause of the Day

Head to Drink, Shop & Do in King's Cross tonight to decorate a bar of soap, coaster, sock, or tote bag with your 'I Care' message, in aid of the Britain Cares campaign, an initiative for Britain to show the government that they care about disabled people receiving the social care they need. Once you've completed your crafty message, the Drink, Shop & Do team will send it off to the local MP. Free (£5 for tote bag or tea towel), just turn up, 7pm

London Connection Puzzle

A new puzzle begins today, courtesy of James Phillips, who was quickest to spot last week's connection. Your first clue-word is FROG. Another one tomorrow.

London Weather, by Inclement Attlee

It's going to rain liquidly throughout the morning (most forecasts say it'll rain solidly, but that can't be right, can it?). In the afternoon, expect further flitting showers, but remember that this is preferable to shitting flowers.

Aidan Stevens

There is a save legal aid demo at 4:30pm outside the Old Bailey and a Bradley Manning demo at 6pm outside the US Embassy