Things To Do In London Today: Friday 13 September 2013

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Storytellers White Rabbit will read you original short stories at Toynbee Studios, details below.

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at Stoll in Fulham. Free, see site for terms and conditions

ART: Colourful portraiture and sculpture with Fragmented exhibition by Lionel Smit at Rook & Raven. Free, just turn up, until 4 October

LOVE PASTORAL: Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead presents Love’s Metamorphosis, a historical Elizabethan era stage play written by John Lyly. £12/£10, prebook, until 29 September

LONDON FUTURE: London Future: The Floating City is an exhibition at Rich Mix that explores the future of our city, using collected ideas to form a site-specific installation. Free, just turn up, until 21 September

TRIATHLON: The World Triathlon Grand Final is playing out on the streets of central London. Today is the Paratriathlon, tomorrow is the turn of the Elite Women and Sunday is Elite Men. Watch in Hyde Park or head to Trafalgar Square / 'Triathalon' Square. Free, just turn up, until 15 September

BOOK FAIR: Whitechapel Gallery is the setting for The London Art Book Fair, the largest event dedicated to art publishing in the UK. There will be flash-fiction readings, printing sessions, kids book-making workshops, and artist talks. Free,just turn up, until 15 September

CRAZY GOLF: It's golf. It's crazy. It's in Paternoster Square today. Free, just turn up, 12-2pm

CHARLES BOOTH WALK: During late 19th century London, Charles Booth and his assistants walked every street in London to compile his coloured 'Poverty Maps'. Now, guide Sean Patterson takes you along Booth's route in Whitechapel and brings the story to life with readings from the handwritten Edwardian report. We loved his Deptford Walk. £10/£8, prebook, 3pm

RASTAMOUSE: Take the kids to Brent Civic Centre for the launch of Rastamouse’s new adventure, Da Micespace Mystery. Free, just turn up, 5pm

LINGUA DIVERSA: Try an introduction to Italian or Spanish language at Conway Hall today, courtesy of Lingua Diversa Group. £5, prebook, both sessions at 6pm

GAME ON: Game On offers board games, cocktails, music and and food at The Albert in Queen's Park. Free entry (£5 a game), just turn up, from 6pm

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

TAXIDERMY: Learn about Walter Potter, the self-taught Victorian country taxidermist who is best remembered for his inventive, large-scale tableaux peopled by rabbit schoolchildren, cigar-smoking squirrels, rats playing dominoes and kitten wedding ceremonies. This illustrated lecture at — where else? — The Last Tuesday Society celebrates the release of a book about his work. £1.05, prebook, 7pm

AUTUMNAL CREEPINESS: Shy Yeti and guests mark Friday 13th and the changing season with a night of autumnal creepiness at the Poetry Cafe. Charity donation, just turn up, 7.30pm

FRIGHT FILM: Hold onto your knickers, the More London Free Film Festival's 1000 seat open-air amphitheatre celebrates Friday 13th today with a screening of the terrifying, horrifying, tremble-inducing...Frankenweenie. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

STORYTELLING: Nibble on a chip buttie at Toynbee Studios while storytellers White Rabbit read you original short stories. Tonight's theme is animals. £8, 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

WINEHOUSE SINGALONG: Join an Amy Winehouse Birthday Singalong at Gilgamesh in Camden, in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation and as part of the #Amys30 series. £12/£10, prebook for cheaper tickets, 8pm

Good Cause of the Day

This weekend you can help out with two good causes:

Open throughout the weekend is HIDE AND SEEK, an exhibition at The Freud Museum displaying works by children from Kids Company. Kids Company is a charity that helps vulnerable inner city children and this exhibition explores these children's emotional responses to trauma and neglect. £6/£3, just turn up, until 29 September

Play footy for food this Sunday at Warren Street Football Cage (behind Euston Station). British ex-pat Richard Loat founded an organisation called Five Hole for Food in Canada where people play ball hockey to raise food for food banks. Now he is launching something similar in the UK called Footy For Food, where all you need to do in turn up with a tin (or two or three) for a foodbank, and then take part in some informal, street-style football. Free, just turn up, 12-3pm

London Connection Puzzle

So, your four clue-words this week: PRINCE GEORGE, BUCKINGHAM, HAMPTON COURT and LENOX. Spotted the London connection? This week's is so tough, no one has got it precisely yet. If you think you have it, leave a comment below. First to get it right wins.

From Londonist’s Archive

A bit of London whimsy, perfect for a Friday afternoon. We presented you with these two puzzles in 2012 — have you been able to get your head round the Faulty Mapping and Turning Your Back On London?

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Inclement Attlee is under the weather. For a reasonably good substitute, see BBC weather.

Ffion Jones

All ships in the Royal Navy!

Ffion Jones

Built in London

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all Royal Navy ships built in London that took part in the capture of Gibraltar (at least HMS Lenox did).

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They were all Royal Navy ships built or rebuilt at Deptford.