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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Cathedral Hall in Victoria, Bishopsgate Institute, Asda car park in Old Kent Road and Rye Lane Chapel in Peckham. See site for terms and conditions.
TEACHER WORKSHOP: If you’re a teacher or an educator interested in enriching your classroom’s activities, join this all-day workshop about introducing Ancient Maya to pupils. The workshop takes place at the Institute of Latin American Studies in Russell Square and is open to non-teachers as well. £50/£25 (including lunch), prebook, 10am-5pm
CIRCUS TALK: Mike Rendell discusses the 18th-century entrepreneur Philip Astley, called the founder of the modern circus. The talk takes place at the Guildhall Library and includes a wine reception. £5+bf, prebook, 6pm
MEDICINE MATTERS: Chelsea Physic Garden hosts a talk about history’s dreamers, opportunists and charlatans, whose magical medicines and outlandish schemes are contained within the collections of the Wellcome Library, with Ross MacFarlane. £15 (including a drink), prebook, 6pm
CHARLES DICKENS: Follow guide Mark Rowland around London and discover the relationship between the city and author Charles Dickens on this guided walk. Meeting point is outside the church of St George The Martyr, Borough High Street. £10/£7.50, prebook, 7pm
CRAFTY: The Make Escape returns to Hackney Picturehouse for an evening of crafty activities celebrating the great British summer fair. Learn knitting, crochet and embroidery plus bunting and fabric badge making — all material provided. Free, just turn up, from 7.30pm
MUSIC INDUSTRY: Camden’s Roundhouse hosts a live podcast about music careers and the music industry. Complete Music Update’s editor Andy Malt speaks to Andrea Leonelli from Digital Music Trends, Claire Southwick from Transgressive Producers, artist and producer Dan le Sac and Simon Pursehouse from Sentric Music. £10, prebook, 7.30pm
DESIGN MUSEUM: Leading fashion and culture website AnOthermag and the Design Museum discuss the intersection between words, language and typography in fashion. Leading figures from the industry join editor Laura Bradley for the event, part of AnOther’s Word Week celebration. £12/£9+bf, prebook, 8pm
FREE GIG: Ariana & The Rose perform at The Bedford in Balham tonight. Free, just turn up, 10pm
BEAT THE HEAT: Survive the sweltering weather with one of our favourite ice creams, enjoy a breeze at a rooftop bar, take a dip in a lido, sip an icy cocktail or just soak up the sun in a beer garden.
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London’s biggest performing arts festival, Camden Fringe, started on 28 July. Everyday throughout the festival, we’ll be bringing you our pick of shows to catch that day. Today’s suggestions are all comedy shows:
Kaile, Keeble & Kuntz is a stand-up comedy show featuring sumptuous sketches and videos of a vilifying nature. At Etcetera Theatre, until 30 July
Improv Noir is an all-girls comedy show: the comedians improvise, with the help of the audience, a ‘film noir’ with a dark plot on the stage. At Canal Cafe Theatre, until 31 July
Two Aussies and a Dutch Girl presents a mix of seasoned international comedians, each with their uplifting take on life’s obscurities. Expect a wide range of topics, with an overriding theme of joy and happiness. At Canal Cafe Theatre, until 30 July
Good Cause of the Day
Tomorrow non-profit organisation Oxfam Camden and Proud Galleries present Sister Act, a night to support and celebrate creative females. Expect live music on the main stage and various creative stalls in the stables, showcasing everything from clothing to cupcakes, all local. £3+bf, prebook, 7pm