Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 13 March 2014

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Affordable art Fair comes to Battersea. Artwork: Kristjana S. Williams. Nedan Jardar Lestar Kort


BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at the British School of Osteopathy in Trinity Street, as well as the permanent donor centres. Free, see site for terms and conditions

AFFORDABLE ART: The Affordable Art Fair Battersea begins today, with 110 galleries from throughout the UK arriving to exhibit art for sale at prices ranging from £40 to £4,000. Prebook, £12/£10/£8, until 16 March

POSTCARD ART: A new exhibition opens today at the Royal College of Art in Battersea, showing postcard-sized artworks from renowned artists and recent graduates from the College. Free, just turn up, until 21 March

VIDEO ART: A pair of new art exhibitions open at Ben Uri Gallery today. Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy is an exhibition of video art from Africa, which runs alongside The Shell Amateurs, a community photography competition. Free, just turn up, until 30 March

SOUTHBANK TOUR: Get an insight into the history and architecture of Southbank Centre in this hour long tour. £8.50/£7.50, prebook, 2pm

FEMINISM DEBATE: Why Write A Feminist Play? asks this debate between playwrights Abi Morgan and Nick Payne at the Jerwood Theatre. It looks at the social, political and artistic factors of writing a play about feminism. £5, prebook, 6.15pm

DR JOHNSON'S RAMBLE: A theatrical lantern-lit voyage through the literary, convivial world of Dr Johnson's London. £14, prebook, 6.30pm

DOODLE CLUB: Go mad with a marker pen at Drink Shop Do's Walt Disney themed arty evening. No artistic skill required, just a sense of fun and desire to add your doodle to the wall of fame. Free, just turn up, 7pm

FOLK SINGER: Cecil Sharp House hosts Emily Smith, one of the leading singers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene who has won many awards. £14, prebook, 7pm

CURATED COMEDY: Television comedian Dave Gorman comes to Hackney Picturehouse for Dave Gorman's Screen Guild, a comedy evening curated by the man himself. £12, prebook, 7.30pm

CONCERT: Head to Barbican for Chant by Candle light & Tallis Lamentations, a relaxing performance of choral music by Tenebrae Consort. £20/£12, prebook, 7.30pm

FAIRY FOLKLORE: South East London Folklore Society's monthly meeting centres around the theme Fairy & Other Folks In Old Oaks, and looks at the folklore or oak trees, from King Charles II to Robin Hood.  £2.50, £1.50, prebook by email, 8pm

FILM PREMIERE: The Devil's Lair, a film looking at the double life of a gangster/father in Cape Town, premieres at Rich Mix tonight, followed by a Q&A with director Riaan Hendricks. £7/£5, prebook, 8pm

POP-UP PARTY: The Shift host a pop-up party at Amersham Arms in New Cross, featuring cabaret, Spice Girls and Beyonce impersonators and a Pop Singles For Pennies auction (no, we're not sure either).  £5/£4, just turn up, 9pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Feeling energetic? This Sunday, the Starfish Breakfast Run and Picnic takes part on Clapham Common. Choose from 5k or 10k distances, and your entrance fee goes towards Starfish's work helping children who have been orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS. The run is followed by a breakfast picnic and family fun day. It's a perfect excuse for fair weather runners to dust their trainers off in time for the summer. Sign up here.

London Connection Puzzle

Your clues so far have been LION and LAMB. Today's addition is GRIFFIN. What's the London connection? No need to email in, as we already have a winner.

From the Archive

People of Streatham! Forgotten what your old ice arena looked like now that the shiny new one (and Tesco) has taken its place? Here's a colourful reminder from the Best Arts Post Of The Week in 2011. We also rounded up the Best History Post (puking in Spitalfields), Best Political Post (sewers in Fulham), Best Museum Post (a sparrow glued to a cricket ball) and more, all drawn from local blogs. See our full round-up here.

Londonist Event

Want to come to the most Londony event ever? London Showoff is an evening of 10 quickfire talks about London from speakers such as Mark Mason (Walk the Lines) and Lucy Ingles (Georgian London: Into the Streets), plus our very own Matt Brown. We're co-producing the event with UCL and the guys behind Science Showoff. Tickets are just £5 + booking fee, with all proceeds going to the Shoreditch Trust charity. Entertainment, facts, hilarity and civic pride all guaranteed. Tickets here.