Things To Do In London: Thursday 14 August 2014

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Join artist Anna Barnham at Hayward Gallery today. Photo takes from Southbank Centre website.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at YMCA Hall in Barbican, The Hop Exchange is Southwark Street, White City Community Centre and the usual permanent donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

SUMMER NIGHTS: The ever-popular Camden Lock Night Market is back. The main focus is international street food, accompanied by live music, film screenings and late night shopping. Every Thursday 7 August-4 September   

LAST WEEK: Comics Unmasked: Arts and Anarchy is the major exhibition about the comic industry, on show at the British Library. Don't miss the last chance to see the exhibition, which closes in a week's time. £9.50, until 19 August

MODERN ARCHITECTURE: Follow guide Brian McClory of City Ranger Walks for a guided tour exploring examples of modern architecture in London. Meeting point is Cannon Street Mainline Station. £10/£7.50, prebook, 11am

LUNCH BREAK: The Natural History Museum hosts the talk Why Did the Mammoth Go Extinct? which explores the reasons behind the disappearance of the pre-historic pachyderm. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm

BEHIND THE SCENES: Explore what’s going on behind the scenes at the Horniman Museum. Join the curators and museum staff for an evening of talks and tours of the museum’s collection. £5, prebook, 7pm

OPEN MIC: Join a free and live open mic showcase night presenting emerging musicians, singers and rappers East London has to offer. The event takes place at the Hackney Picturehouse. Free, prebook, 7pm

GUIDED TOUR: Explore the area of Mayfair with Occupy Tours London. Meeting point is the drinking fountain near Green Park Tube, tour lasts approximately two hours. Free, prebook, 7pm

ART READING: Join artist and performer Anna Bahram for a live production reading group which transforms the lyrics of a 1970s disco hit. The event takes place at the Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion at Hayward Gallery. Free, just turn up, 7pm

STORYTELLING: South East London Folklore Society presents Into The Greenwood at The Old King's Head. Join Nigel of Bermondsey and friends in a journey in story and song around England: you may encounter a horned hunter god, faerie folk and the wild hunt. £2.50/£1.50, prebook by email, 8pm

FILM SCREENING: Greenwich Picturehouse hosts the screening of How We Used To Live, a film that explores London society from the 1950s to the 1980s. After the screening there is a Q&A session with director Paul Kelly and composer Pete Wiggs. £12+bf, prebook, 8.45pm

MUSIC NIGHT: The Book Club in Shoreditch hosts Development of Bitterness, an immersive sound and performance experience using dark comedy song, chant and electronic experimentation. Prepare yourself to dance. £8+bf, prebook, 9pm

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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:

Lydia King presents her solo show, where she talks about improbable dates she had in the past. Join her for an irreverent and horribly hilarious romp. At Etcetera Theatre, until 17 August

Expect an evening of dark comedy if you're going to see Dead Ends show. The story intertwines a small-town hair dressing salon with the tale of a serial killer on the loose. At Upstairs at the Gatehouse, until 15 August

Retardo talks about the lives of Danny and Miranda travelling through time. They take on a journey together in a multi-media slalom of fractured therapy and jump-cut fantasy, until all but the truth is stripped away. At Moors Bar Theatre, until 23 August

The Not So Curious Incident of the Man in the Green Volvo is a dark comedy show. The plot follows two brothers and their friends as they try to come up with a plan to dispose of the body of a man that one of them ran over in his Volvo. At Collection Theatre, until 16 August

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Good Cause of the Day

On Thursday 28 August, in order to raise money for Cancer Research, Black Bird Entertainment presents Live For Today showcase night. The event takes place at Matthews Yard in East Croydon and the line-up features: rapper Mr Ekow, songwriters Rhetorical and Ebonie G and neo-soul singer Lateefah. There will also be a freestyle session after the main acts for aspiring performers. £4+bf, prebook, 7pm

From the Archive

On this day last year we shared London's Top Misters. From hairdresser chains to vintage emporiums, these shops bear strong masculine names.