Things To Do In London Today: Friday 5 April 2013

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Incredible drawings at Patrick Vale: City Lines exhibition. Details below.

FREEDOM FILM FESTIVAL: The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival, exploring the nature of freedom and what it means to different people, starts today at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies. Free, prebook, until 7 April

DANCE: What now 2013 is a multifaceted three-day festival curated by Frank Bock which showcases the diversity of current making and thinking in contemporary dance. £5-£15, prebook, until 7 April

ART: Patrick Vale: City Lines art exhibition is at Coningsby Gallery from today. Vale’s intricate portraits of cities are incredibly detailed, drawn freehand. Free, just turn up (prebook for weekends), until 12 April

THE ROLLING STONES: Hurry! Tickets for The Rolling Stones’ one-off gig in Hyde Park on 6 July go on sale this morning at 9am

HANDMADE MARKET: We Make London, a group of designers originally united in their despair at the lack of affordable places to sell their products, are setting up a special market today in Middle Yard at Camden Lock Market. There will be jewellery, fashion, art, toys and eco-friendly goods. Free, just turn up, 10am

SCIENCE HISTORY: Jenifer Glynn discusses her new book about DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin, at the Royal Society this lunch time. Free, just turn up, 1pm

BOOKS: Join the launch party for Joseph D’Lacey’s Black Feathers at the Big Green Bookshop. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

MUSEUM LATES: Unwind after work with a spot of culture at the British MuseumNational Gallery or National Portrait Gallery. Free, check websites for closing times and events.

COMEDY DOUBLE: Invisible Dot has two shows tonight: be there by 7pm for a free hour of character comedy from Jamie Demetriou, and hang around til 8.45pm to see Sara Pascoe and Two Episodes of Mash (sketches from Diane Morgan and Joe Wilkinson) as part of the Claudia O’Doherty Experience. Jamie Demetriou is free, prebook, 7pm and the Claudia O’Doherty Experience is £10, prebook, 8.45pm

GIG: American singer-songwriter Eileen Jewell is bringing her folky, bluesy talents to Bush Hall tonight. £12.50, 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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Random London Fact of the Day
The role only comes round every five years, but next time it’s vacant, you might consider applying to be Constable of the Tower. The privileges of the job include the rights to a barrel of rum from any boat coming into London; any livestock that falls off London Bridge; all swans swimming under the bridge; and any cart falling into the Tower moat. You also get to guard the Crown Jewels and enjoy direct access to the monarch.

London Weather
Squallish*.

*It won’t actually be squallish, but squallish is such a good word that we’re going to make like it’s squallish. In reality, we can anticipate a hiemal grimhamper of cloud, cold and showers, yet ever-so-slightly warmer than yesterday. In summary: squallish†.

†Still not actually squallish.

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