Things To Do In London: Friday 15 August 2014

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Curio Cabal has a one-night-only cocktail bar.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Hop Exchange is Southwark Street, Bishopsgate Institute in the City, Richmond Athletic Association and the usual permanent donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

JAZZ FEST: Canary Wharf Jazz Festival starts today. The grassy grounds of Canada Square Park will host three days of jazz music, featuring solo singers and ensembles. Free, just turn up, until 17 August

NEW ART: Castle Fine Art in Mayfair opens its Summer Exhibition today. Works by a wide range of artists from around the world, working in a variety of media including sculpture, painting and photography, will be on display. Free, just turn up, until 21 September

PUB: Just want to kick back and relax with a pint and a packet of pork scratchings? Our pubs guide has information about the best pubs in London, organised by area for your convenience. Find a boozer near you, or see if your favourite made the cut.

WALK IN THE PARK: Take a walk around Kensington Gardens and discover the connection between the park and its Peter Pan statue. Walkers are encouraged to dress up and children must be accompanied by an adult. £5, prebook, 11am

RELAXATION STATION: Been a long week? The Canal & River Trust has a pop-up relaxation station at Granary Square Towpath on Regent’s Canal. Head, neck and hand massages will be on offer, plus there's a fake beach and chilled-out music. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

LAURA BATES: Writer and activist Laura Bates discusses her new book The Everyday Sexism Project at the ICA. £5, prebook, 1pm

COCKTAIL BAR: For one day only, Curio Cabal coffee shop in Haggerston hosts a pop-up cocktail bar, with tea-infused gins and rum-based cocktails. Free entry, just turn up, 5pm-12pm

NEW THEATRE: What I Remember And How Things Will Be, as well as being quite a mouthful, is a new play by Emma Perry about first love and the impression it leaves on us. Performed at The Rag Factory near Brick Lane. £8, prebook, 7.30pm

MAGIC SHOW: Madame JoJo's Cabaret Club in Soho hosts an adults-only magic night, compered by Christian Lee, who has been likened to Tommy Cooper. Expect all sorts of tomfoolery, from mind tricks to beer juggling. £14-£25, prebook, 7.45pm

CABARET: Black Cat Cabaret is at London Wonderground on Southbank with an elaborate show of cabaret and circus acts. From £19, prebook, 9.30pm

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Camden Fringe

We're over halfway through London’s biggest performing arts festival, Camden Fringe. Every day throughout the festival, we’ll be bringing you our pick of shows to catch that day. Today’s suggestions are below:

Keeping in Touch with Temptation explores the future of social media. There's no Twitter and no blogs. Everything in life is conducted through Sharing™.  At The Poor School, until 17 August

Typos is about two colleagues who work side by side in a monotonous job, and are united by their loneliness. At Etcetera Theatre, until 17 August

Detached by Charles Howe is his honest account of feeling detached from society in a materialistic reality. He explores how we become disconnected from each other by trying to fulfil our own basic human instincts. At Lov'edu Gallery, 15 and 22 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

London just can't get enough of the view from The Shard. Last year we published these intricate, hand-drawn panoramas of the view by artist Mike Hall.