Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 6 August 2013

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Celebrate Charles Fort's birthday today, details below.


FRINGES: Fringes abound as Phoenix Fringe and Camden Fringe are both in our fine capital this week. Highlights at Phoenix Fringe tonight include Andrew O'Neill (£8) and Rufus Hound+Friends (£8), while Camden Fringe boasts a part-gig, part-neuroscience experiment called Laughter on the Brain (£7.50/£6.50). See individual websites for full listings

FREE WALKS: Clerkenwell and Islington Guides Association spoils us with free guided walks this month and the next. They take place every Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday so pop along to St John's Gate at lunchtime today for a break from the office. Free, just turn up, 1pm

GLOBALISATION: Robert Adam argues that globalisation is driving the character out of our cities. Agree? Disagree? Put your point at Foyles tonight. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

RIOT FROM WRONG: URBAN SCREEN and B_OnThePulse mark two years since the London riots with a screening of Riot From Wrong at Genesis Cinema — a documentary that provides an insight into the event through exclusive interviews and original footage. Followed by a Q&A session. £8/£6.50, prebook, 6.30pm

WALK POPLAR: Discover more about Tower Hamlets’ background on this guided walk around Poplar, courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History. £4, prebook, 7pm

POETRY: LLL, Wayne Clements and Juliet Troy read at The Blue Bus, at The Lamb. £5/£3, just turn up, 7.30pm

CHARLES FORT: Happy Birthday Charles Fort! The American writer and founder of Forteanism would be a sprightly 139 years old today, so celebrate with the London Fortean Society outside 39A Marchmont Street, Fort’s home in London (then pub). There will be cheese and ale, and all are welcome. Free, just turn up, 7pm

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Good Cause of the Day

If London in summer inspires you to take a dip, then look no further than the Great London Swim 2013. Taking place on 31 August, this one mile urban open water swimming challenge is staged at the Royal Victoria Dock in London and it is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a good cause. There are selection of brilliant associated charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, MS Society, Seafarers UK and Royal Life Saving Society UK. As well as the swim, there will be live music, street food and market stalls. £39, register online, Saturday 31 August

London Connection Puzzle

A new puzzle begins today, and your first clue-word is BELL. Another one will be revealed tomorrow. If you think you know the answer, please email

From Londonist’s Archive

On this day last year, N Quentin Woolf visited The Old Bailey and met the Under-Sheriff and Secondary of London, Charles Hundy, for the Londonist Out Loud podcast.

London was the "twittering" capital of the world for the second year running in 2009, according to then-Twitter CEO and co-founder, Ev Williams.

In 2008, CAMRA reported that the cost of a pint might reach £5 by 2012. If we remember the pints of draught lager we bought on the Olympic Park last year rightly, they were something close to a fiver, with bottles even more expensive by volume.

London Weather, by Inclement Attlee

Inclement Attlee is taking a week’s holiday. During his absence, get your daily weather update by looking out of the window.