Things To Do In London Today: Monday 12 August 2013

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Skate this summer at the Alexandra Park Ice Rink.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at Cathedral Hall in Victoria. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

ICE SKATING: Ice skating in August? Why not. Cheap ice skating in August? Absolutely! The Alexandra Palace Ice Rink has a 'price freeze' on, meaning sessions are now a cool £5. Just turn up (but make sure you download the voucher beforehand), until 1 September

ART: Hack The Barbican takes over the Barbican's enormous foyer space this month with an array of installations, performances, workshops and discussions.  Free, just turn up, until 31 August

CAMDEN FRINGE: It’s huge, it’s creative, it’s fronted by a beret-wearing pigeon. Camden Fringe continues this week with a diverse programme of comedy, theatre, theatre, music, puppets, magic, dance and multi-media shows. Check the site for full listings, until 25 August

THAMES DISCOVERY: Explore the foreshore of the river Thames with the Thames Discovery Programme. Learn how to identify archaeological objects and discuss your finds. Wear suitable shoes! £3, prebook, 10.30am

CHILDREN'S SHOW: Monty and Mirabella, a quirky ballroom dancing duo, perform for 0-7 year olds and their parents today in Burgess Park (outside Chumleigh Gardens). Free, just turn up, 11am and 1.30pm

KEW: Spend a lazy afternoon at Kew, with a half price ticket. £7 adults, under 16s free, just turn up from 3.30-6.30pm

OPEN MIC POETRY: Tall Lighthouse presents an open mic night at the Poetry Cafe. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm (get there at 6.30pm if you want to be in the line-up!)

COMEDY: Aussie Luke McGregor bagged the Best Newcomer award at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Out of my League is the show that won it for him, at Soho Theatre. £15/£12.50, prebook, 7.30pm

JUMP ON IT: Last week it was Beyonce's Crazy in Love. This week Drink, Shop & Do are offering to teach you Will Smith's version of the Sugar Hill Gang song Jump On It. A-hunga-hunga-hunga-hunga ... £12, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

It's not taking place until 2 October 2013, but with such a cracking line-up it is definitely worth booking ahead for. The Mencap Big Comedy Special brings some of the UK's best-loved comedians to the Hammersmith Apollo for a night of laughs and fundraising. Acts already confirmed include Omid Djalili, Jo Brand, Richard Herring, Jessica Hynes, Andrew Maxwell, Jon Richardson, Susan Calman, Tim Vine and Wendy Wason. We really weren't lying about that cracking line-up. Even better, the event fundraises for Mencap - a supportive charity who work in partnership with people with a learning disability. £27.50, prebook, Wednesday 2 October at 7pm

London Connection Puzzle

Congratulations to Pete Berthoud who, thanks to his great London knowledge and speedy typing fingers, was the first to identify the London connection in last week's puzzle, making him the first person to successfully guess the London Connection Puzzle twice. The clue words were Bell, Salt, Constable and Devereaux, and he correctly surmised that these are all names of towers within the Tower of London. Pete will set this week's puzzle, which begins tomorrow.

London Weather

Inclement Attlee is still on holiday, but back tomorrow. During his absence we've got another forecast haiku from our Japanese stand-in, Met Office-san.

Such pleasant weather;
sun and cloud, nothing stormy.
Very calm and zen.