Things To Do In London: Monday 18 August 2014

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The Proud Archivist hosts a creative writing event. Photo taken from its website.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall, Church of Jesus Christ in Balham, West Ham United Hotel in Upton Park, Sainsbury's in Sydenham and the usual permanent donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

ART EXHIBITION: See Fine Prints & Maps at Henry Sotheran Ltd. The exhibition displays highlights from the shop’s prints collection plus a wide variety of etchings and drawings by Henry Moore. Free, until 8 September

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

POTMAKING: Create your own piece of Thames history from the river's clay, take part in this creative workshop happening on the steps of Shakespeare's Globe. Everyone is welcome, no previous experience is required. Free, just turn up, 1pm-3pm

LIVE MUSIC: Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash visits HMV in Oxford Street to celebrate the release of his new album The Grandmaster Flash Collection. There will be a dj set and a dance performance but we suggest you get there early, as the event is on a first-come first-served basis. Free, just turn up, 6pm

DIY T-SHIRT: Interested in giving your t-shirts a personal touch? Then head to The Book Club in Shoreditch where you can join a screen printing class and learn how to create colourful and personalised clothes, inspired by artist Sonia Delaunay. £15+bf, prebook, 7pm

KEW GARDENS HISTORY: Brian Webb and Peyton Skipwith make an appearance at Waterstone’s Richmond to talk about their book, Edward Bawden’s Kew Gardens, which provides an insight into the social history of Kew Gardens. £3, prebook, 7pm

JUDGE A BOOK: Want to get involved in judging the Guardian First Book Award this Autumn? Head along to Waterstone’s on Gower Street for a preliminary meeting on how you can get involved. Free, 7pm

SPECIAL SCREENING: To commemorate the recent passing of actor Robin Williams, the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley hosts a special screening of Good Will Hunting. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the work of the Samaritans charity. £7/£5, prebook, 9pm

CREATIVE WRITING EVENT: Drinks, Thinks and Inks is a creative writing social event taking place at The Proud Archivist in Haggerston, with exercises designed to make the words flow in a relaxed environment. No writing experience is necessary, individuals and groups are all welcome. £10+bf, prebook, 6.30pm

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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:

Lazarus Theatre Company is at the Tristan Bates Theatre with a double bill of Shakespeare plays. Troilus & Cressida tells a tormented love story and Coriolanus is about the life of a Roman war hero. At Tristan Bates Theatre, both until 23 August

Kim Hope is an Australian comedian, who talks about her eight-years-long living experience in the capital. At Phoenix Artist Club, until 23 August

Laughs aplenty is guaranteed with Off the Cuff. This improvisation troupe from Brighton specialises in creating sketches and scenarios on the spot. At Camden Head, until 20 August

Good Cause of the Day

Book in advance your tickets for a charity and fun night taking place at The Oval in Bethnal Green, on Thursday 21 August. There will be an outdoor terrace BBQ, drinks and music until 9pm when guests move inside for an indoor disco until late night. The event fundraises for Leonard Cheshire Disability charity. £7, prebook, from 5pm

From the Archive

On this day back in 2012 we shared this fun picture of a guy relaxing with his dog, which we picked up from the Londonist Flickr pool.