Things To Do In London Today: Friday 2 August 2013

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Apsley House opens late this evening, details below.


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

SKETCHBOOK: The Graffiti Life Gallery invited artists to submit pages from their personal sketchbooks for The Sketchbook Show, for an uncut look into the artists’ creative minds. Free, just turn up, until 4 September

ART: Andy Seize exhibits his impressive body of work including models, prints and sculptures at Londonewscastle Project Space. Free, just turn up, until 22 August

TV HISTORY: Museum of London's new exhibition celebrating the 90th anniversary of The Radio Times opens today. Free, just turn up, until 3 November 2013.

GERMAN SAUSAGE: We wouldn't normally list the opening of new eateries here, but with the tagline 'the wurst is yet to come', we couldn't resist including Herman ze German's new sausage emporium at 33 Old Compton Street. Opens today.

TRUCK STOP: Truck Stop is in Canary Wharf once more to offer hungry foodies a selection of street food, craft beer and milk floats. It looks mighty tasty but don't worry if you can't make it today, it's back again in September. £10, prebook, 3-11pm

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

MOUSE TAXIDERMY: Ok, let's envisage this: it's been a long week at work. Maybe you fancy doing something different. On an impulse you book a place on The Last Tuesday Society's Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class. You arrive. You receive your (dead) mouse. You are taught the skill of taxidermy via taxidermist Sue Jeiven. You truss up your creation with props and miniature clothing (you can bring your own if you wish). You take your new jazzy friend home with you to form an everlasting bond. Yep, just a normal Friday night. £60, prebook, 7-11pm (other dates available until 27 October)

APSLEY HOUSE: Visitors can enjoy after-hours wandering and talks at the grand metropolitan mansion Apsley House this month, with late Friday night openings. £6.70/£6, just turn up, 6-8pm

POETRY: The Word’s a Stage features new work from Dean McCaffrey, Jason Pilley and Niall O’Sullivan, and best-ofs from Keith Jarrett and Esther Poyer, all at the Gallery Cafe. £4/£3, just turn up, 7.30pm

USUAL SUSPECTS: Among the oft-screened films at outdoor cinemas, The Usual Suspects is very well named. Another chance to catch it tonight at Pop-Up Screens' Manor House Gardens (Lewisham) showing. £8.80, prebook, 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

Face Uganda is a new NGO that operates in Kanungu, South West Uganda and works to provide families with personalised poverty-alleviation support. Tomorrow (3 August) is its summer fete-themed launch party at Lift in Dalston, so head along to enjoy live music, award-winning story tellers, magicians, and a variety of stalls. Not only will it be a fun day out, but all proceeds will go directly towards funding the FACE Uganda start-up project. £3, just turn up, Saturday 3 August from 3pm.

London Connection Puzzle

Can you spot the London connection from the following four keywords? FROG, SWAN, CORPORATION, OLIVER'S. Several people got this one from just the first keyword, when we published it on Tuesday, so if you haven't got it by now, you need to explore more London.

London Weather, by Inclement Attlee

An ancient legend states that if it rains upon 2 August, the feast of St Nicodemus, we can expect 40 days of thunder, lightening and hail. A small-print clause on the legend adds that those 40 days need not be consecutive, and might be spaced out over a number of years or decades. Also, your statutory rights are not affected.

Inclement Attlee is taking a week's holiday. During his absence, get your daily weather update by looking out of the window.