Things To Do In London: Wednesday 6 August 2014

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Enjoy Tanabata Festival at Kew Gardens. Photo by Laura Nolte on Flickr.

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at the City Temple in Holborn Viaduct and the usual permanent donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

ARTSteel Life is on display at Timberyard Cafe in Covent Garden. Organised by Curious Duke Gallery, this exhibition displays works by abstract painter Sam Peacock and miniaturist Roy’s People. Free, until 14 September

LAST WEEK: Discover the future development planned for Crossrail on display at New London Architecture, close to Goodge Street. Places and Spaces: Urban Realm and Development on the Crossrail Route ends in a week’s time. Free, just turn up, until 15 August

KEW GARDENS: Tanabata Festival is a two-day long festival that celebrates Japanese culture at Kew Gardens with workshops and themed events. The ticket price includes entry to the gardens. Expect calligraphy and origami workshops plus storytelling and live performances. £15/£14, prebook, until 7 August 

SUFFRAGETTE TALK: As part of the Suffragette Festival, author Janine Booth gives a free talk at Bow Idea Store. She talks about the life of Minnie Lansbury,  a rebel councillor actively involved in the Suffragette group. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

MUSIC NIGHT: The Social in Fitzrovia hosts Deep Hum at the Heart of It All music night. Expect guest DJs spinning everything from vintage to garage, rock ‘n’ roll and kosmische. £5, just turn up, from 7pm

UNBUILT LONDON: Find out about the London landmarks that never made it past planning permission at this illustrated talk with Pete Berthoud. There’ll be a complimentary drink on arrival plus the opportunity to pore over original plans and ask lots of questions at the Unruly Building, Princelet Street, E1. Tickets £10, prebook, 7-8pm.

RICH MIX: As part of its Youth Takeover, Rich Mix in Shoreditch hosts an event focusing on women. Her Voice explores female vocals through art, film, poetry, debate, drama and song. Free, just turn up, from 7pm

LEGO ROBOTS: Set your creativity free and build your own Lego Robot at Drink, Shop, Do in King’s Cross. You have more than two hours to create the perfect cyber-buddy. Awesome. Free (after purchasing a drink), just turn up, from 7pm

FORTEAN LONDON: There’s a talk and a toast to Charles Fort, the founder of Forteanism, to commemorate his 140th birthday. A reading will take place outside his house on Marchmont Street, followed by a chat in a nearby pub. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm 

PLAY TWISTER: London singletons can try a new dating experience which involves a giant game of Twister at The View from The Shard. The ticket price includes a drink on arrival and a month’s subscription to the dating website. £39, prebook, 10pm  

BEAT THE HEAT: Cool down 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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Camden Fringe

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:

Of Course My Shirt Was Worn For You looks at society’s perception of the female body and how the media dictates what a woman’s body should be. At Etcetera Theatre, until 7 August 

Sara Louise Campbell performs a solo show about her dating disasters, family matters and anxiety — and ways to overcome these problems. At Camden Head, until 8 August

8pm at the DST is an unconventional performance about 21 century’s living. Expect a performance that mixes poetry, spoken word, comedy and drama. At Moors Bar Theatre, today at 6.30pm


Good Cause of the Day

Try-Art-Lon is an inaugural London triathlon that aims to raise money and awareness for the Eastside Educational Trust, a charity that delivers art projects to disadvantaged youth across London. You can donate now and support this good cause that sees three Londoners undertaking a triathlon challenge in order to support the art trust. The challenge takes places from 15 until 17 August.

From the Archive

Listen to this past Londonist Out Loud podcast about the Old Bailey, London’s Central Criminal Court. We published the podcast on this day back in 2012.

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