Things To Do In London Today: Friday 6 December 2013

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Pianist Alexei Lubimov plays at Pushkin House, details below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City of London, The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street, Ilford Town Hall and Morden Assembly Hall. Free, see site for terms and conditions

MIDDLE EAST ART: A new display at the British Museum features a selection of works from the museum's Islamic collections, that highlight the theme of animals in Islamic art. Free, just turn up, until 18 May 2014

LIBRARY: An exhibition at Guildhall Library celebrates the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Clockmakers’ Company Library (a library of books on horology), by showing you some of the collection's treasures. Free, just turn up, until 17 January 2014

ASIA FAIR: 35 exhibitors sell jewellery, textiles, furniture, art, books, ornaments, clothes and handicrafts from across the Asian region, at Asia House’s Winter Fair. Free, just turn up, until 8 December

REGULAR MUSEUM LATES: See in the weekend with a spot of culture at the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, or National Portrait Gallery. Free, check websites for closing times and events

WOMEN UNBOUND: A TEDx event at University College London carries the broad theme of 'Women Unbound' and sees eight women from a spectrum of fields present their work, experiences and ideas. From £20, prebook, 4-9.30pm

THEATRE: Emil and the Detectives opens today at the National Theatre. Join the writer and director of the production and learn about this new version in a special platform event. £4/£3, prebook, 5.30pm

WARPxTATE: An evening of performance and installations from Warp Records and artist Jeremy Deller is at Tate Britain this evening. Free, just turn up, 6.30-10pm

PIANO: Pianist and harpsichordist Alexei Lubimov plays a special one-off concert at Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square tonight. £25 (or £40 if you want to attend the post-concert champagne reception), 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

TONGUE FU: This should be brilliant: Tongue Fu meets Anti Slam at Rich Mix, featuring Adam Kammerling, Kat Francois, Ross Sutherland, Dan Simpson, Chris Redmond, Nathan Penlington and more. £8/£6, prebook, 8pm

FOLK: Musician Ed Askew headlines his first London show at Cafe Oto, offering 'acid-folk' to the masses. £12/£11, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Mince Pies
Starting at midday today, bidding opens for mince pie munchers to to try and get their hands on boxes of signature mince pies, created by a selection of the UK's best chefs (Michel Roux Jr, Michael Caines, Marcus Wareing, Tom Aikens and Raymond Blanc already confirmed) in order to raise money for FoodCycle and Kids Company. For further details, visit the website.

Makers Market
Stitches in Time’s Makers Market at The Old Limehouse Town Hall showcases designers and craftspeople from around the region, displaying traditional and contemporary crafts such as jewellery, textiles, Christmas decorations, knitwear, and locally made refreshments. There'll also be an Anonymous Art Auction and all funds raised go to the charity Stitches in Time. 50p, just turn up, until 7 December

Museum Walk
Tomorrow, David Mentiply aims to walk to 26 different museums in London. That's approximately 16 miles of non-stop walking, talking, and museum stopping, and he's doing it to raise money for Guide Dogs charity. More details and donation page here.

Fun Run
Embrace the cold this Sunday and join a 5k fun run in Tunbridge Wells' Dunorlan Park, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity. £15 (and £55 sponsorship), register online, Sunday 8 December, further details here.

Art Show
Head to Scenario on Stoke Newington Road for an Art Show (featuring photography, surrealism and illustration) in support of Hammersmith and Fulham Mencap. Free, prebook, Sunday 8 December from 5pm

London Connection Puzzle

Your full set of clues are RICHARD HANNAY, BASIL, PETER PAN and CHON WANG. What's the London connection. EDIT: Several people have now emailed in with the correct connection, so no need to email.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

To get you in the Christmas mood, The Editor has ordered Inclement Attlee to set all December forecasts to popular seasonal tunes. Here’s today’s:

Hark, the herald angels sing,
Friday is a calmer thing.
Peace on earth and fairly mild,
Sun and showers reconciled.

Joyful all ye Londoners rise,
See the moon and clearer skies,
Hear Inclement Attlee proclaim,
Songs of forecast, rather lame.

Hark, the herald angels sing,
Friday is a calmer thing.