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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St James’s Square near Piccadilly, Brewers Hall in the City, Perseverance Works just off Shoreditch High Street, and the usual permanent donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.
SUMMER HOLIDAYS: Looking for ways to entertain children during the Summer holidays?
FASHION ILLUSTRATION: Age 14-25 and interested in fashion? All this week, Rich Mix in Shoreditch has a Futureversity fashion course going on for those who want to improve their drawing and fashion illustration skills, and build up their portfolios. Free, prebook, until 15 August
ROOFTOP PLAYS: This week, see National Theatre plays London Assurance and One Man, Two Guvnors screened on the rooftop at National Theatre on Southbank. The plays were filmed live on stage and kept for posterity. The latter is mainly sold out, but at the time of writing there are still tickets for lunchtime screenings of London Assurance. Prebook, until 16 August
WW1 COMMEMORATION: TestBed1 in Battersea hosts the visual installation Chronicles of Courage, which commemorates the First World War. The installation mixes life stories through filmed performance, archive footage, photographs, animation and music. Free, until 17 August
SHORT FILMS: Catch screenings of self-financed independent films at the Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch today and tomorrow, as the Zero Film Festival pops over to London from LA. £5, prebook, 7.30pm
ART WORKSHOP: The National Gallery has a workshop for children (7-12) and their parents, led by portrait painter Robin-Lee Hall. Learn about the use of different colours in painting and see how artists create colours from natural products, as well as how they layer colour. £16 for one adult and one child, prebook, 11am-4pm
BRITISH LIBRARY: Benjamin Bankhurst talks about his book Ulster Presbyterians and the Scots Irish Diaspora, 1750-1764, which focuses on the relationship between Ireland and Irish America during the First World War. Free, prebook by email, 12.30pm
MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Former Feeder frontman, Grant Nicholas, presents his first solo album with a live performance and signing at HMV in Oxford Street. Please note that the event is on a first come-first served basis and any schedule changes will be notified on social media. Free, just turn up, 6pm
COMIC STRIPS: Learn how to make your own comic strip, aided by cocktails of course, at Drink, Shop & Do in King’s Cross. No experience or skills required. £5, just turn up, 7pm
UKULELE HOOTENANNY: Ever fancied yourself as a ukulele strummer? Have a go at the Ukelele Hootenanny at Queen of Hoxton. Open to beginners, more experienced players, or anyone with a curiosity about the ukulele. Free (£20 returnable deposit required for ukulele hire), 7.30pm
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London’s biggest performing arts festival, Camden Fringe, is well under way. Every day throughout the festival, we’ll be bringing you our pick of shows to catch that day. Today’s suggestions are below:
Londonist favourite Helen Arney’s Work In Progress is a musical biography of her life to date — if her life was different from how it actually is. At Etcetera Theatre, until 13 August.
Ever After Is An Awfully Long Time gives a comedic, female insight into three marriages, 10 years on. At Phoenix Artist Club, until 13 August.
Where Do Little Birds Go? is a tale of crime and lost innocence in the heart of the 1960s East End. It tells the story of 18 year old Lucy Fuller, who was kidnapped by the Kray twins. At Camden People’s Theatre, until 17 August.
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Good Cause of the Day
Book ahead for tickets to The Phillippine Dream this Sunday. The show, at Leicester Square Theatre, is in aid of Tuloy Foundation in Manila, which cares for disadvantaged and homeless children in the Philippines. West End stars including Summer Strallen and Anton du Beke are taking part, as well as the cast from Miss Saigon, and tickets are £25-£35.
From the Archive
Two years ago, the London 2012 Olympics were under way and fans from around the world were out in force.