Things To Do In London: Friday 12 September 2014

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Olave Parish Hall in Fenchurch Street, Asda in Charlton and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

SOMERSET HOUSE: Jasper Johns: Regrets kicks off today at the Courtauld Gallery. See a haunting series of 10 paintings and drawings inspired by an old photograph of Lucian Freud posing in Francis Bacon’s London studio. £6/£5, until 14 December

LONDON FASHION WEEK: The invite-only fashion festival kicks off today at Somerset House. Didn't get an invitation? See fun and cheap things to do during London Fashion Week (it's not ALL about fashion, by the way).

JAZZ FESTIVAL: Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival takes place today and tomorrow at The Boulevard, Fulham Broadway. See website for full programme. Free, just turn up, until 13 September

BOOK TALK: Artist, filmmaker and writer Sophia Al-Maria discusses her latest book, Virgin with a Memory, with curator Omar Kholeif. The event takes place at the ICA and is part of Safar Film Festival. £5, prebook, 1pm

ST KATHARINE'S: Visit the Royal Foundation of Saint Katharine's in Limehouse and hear the story of how an ancient hospital made way for St Katharine Docks. You'll see relics from the hospital preserved at the Foundation and explore this lovely building and gardens in the company of Chris West, author of The Story of St Katharine's. Tickets £7+bkg, 4pm-5.30pm

LAUGH AND DRINK: Vinopolis in London Bridge hosts a wine tasting twinned with a comedy gig. After the wine experience, have a laugh with a rich line-up of comedians: Patrick Monahan, Sarah Kendall,  ITV’s Carly Smallman and Patt Cahill. £35/£12, prebook, from 4.30pm

BBC PROMS: The Poetry Society and BBC Proms have paired up for the Proms Poetry Competition. Tonight at the Royal College of Music, poet Daljit Nagra and poet-cum-broadcaster Ian McMillan introduce the winning entries, some of whom read their work on stage. Free, 5.45pm

QUIZ ON A BOAT: Join team Londonist on board a quiz boat, leaving from Westminster Pier and travelling across the river. Our editor-at-large Matt Brown will ask you 50 fact-tastic questions based on the passing scenery. £15, prebook, 6.45pm

HACK ATTACK: Nick Davies is at Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green to talk about his new book, Hack Attack, which gives an insight into the phone hacking scandal. £5, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: The Invisible Dot presents the After Festival Show, a showcase of comedians from this year's Edinburgh Fringe. On stage are Liam Williams, Twins, Nish Kumar, Lolly Adefope and Mae Martin (MC for the night). £10/£8.50, prebook, 7.30pm

LIVE MUSIC: Head to The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston and listen to three-piece acoustic rockers Mazes, who launch their new album tonight. £8+bf, prebook, 8pm

BARBICAN: Musical pioneer John Cale leads a world premiere performance at the Barbican tonight: he joins forces with speculative architect and technology storyteller Liam Young. The event is part of Digital Revolution. £25/£20+bf, prebook, 8pm

SECRET PARTY: Join a party taking place in a secret London location: House of Mask presents an evening of music, fun and drinks. Tickets are free and need to be prebooked on the website: you will be told the location after the booking. Free, prebook, 9.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Tonight, Oxjam Clapham hosts an evening of rock and blues at the Arch 635 in Clapham. On the bill for the evening are Suicide Pil, Rattle Snake, Treacherous Dogs and The Good Tenants. Tickets are just £5 on the door and all proceeds go to Oxfam. Just turn up, from 7.30pm

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