Things To Do In London: Thursday 7 August 2014

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Street Velodrome comes to Broadgate. Details below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Bishopsgate Institute, St Josephs Social Club in Wembley, and the usual permanent donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

CHRISTIAAN NAGEL: Street sculptor Christiaan Nagel launches a new exhibition at Hoxton Gallery today, featuring colourful fishes made out of his signature material, polyurethane. Until 12 August

SUFFRAGETTE WALK: Starting at Westminster Tube Station, this guided walk looks at women on the Home Front during World War One, with particular reference to Sylvia Pankhurst and the suffragettes, who halted their own campaign to offer their support to their country. £10, prebook, 2pm

MOOMINS: Foyles in Westfield Stratford City has a celebration of Moomins to mark the 100th birthday of Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin books.  Free, prebook, 3pm-4pm

STREET VELODROME: Watch amateurs and professionals competing for the Street Velodrome Super Series Final happening in Exchange Square today. During the day (11am-5pm), you can also try track cycling for free with all material provided. Free, just turn up, 5.45pm

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, from 6pm

MUSEUM LATE: The Horniman Museum hosts an Edwardian Late. Celebrate the spirit of this bygone era with a tea dance, extravagant music hall acts, silent film with live piano, curious street performances, a period photo booth and special tours. £5, prebook, from 6.30pm

VEGAN FOOD: Fat Gay Vegan has teamed up with Hummus Bros to offer an evening of vegan food. There are two menus to choose from and there will also be a talk about vegan beer. £15, prebook, 6.30pm

FRENCH MUSIC: Listen to the French duo of Carolyn Saint-Pé and her Accordionist playing at the Brasserie Blanc in Tower Hill. Travel back to Paris in the 1920s to 1950s. Free, just turn up, 7pm

ROUNDHOUSE SLAM: The heats of Roundhouse’s Poetry Slam take place in Camden today, with poets aged 16-25 performing their work in the famous venue. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

SCI-FI FILMS: Rocket Science film night happens at the 1001 Cafe in Brick Lane. Watch seven of the best contemporary science fiction short-film productions. Free, prebook by email, from 8pm

BEAT THE HEAT: Cool down with one of our favourite ice creams, enjoy a breeze at a rooftop bar, take a dip in a lido, sip an icy cocktail or just soak up the sun in a beer garden.

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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:

Othello, as interpreted by Erratic Dramatics, sees the eponymous character as a 1980's corporate traider tasked to oversee a takeover of a failing business in Cyprus, amidst a bidding war with a Turkish corporation. At Moors Bar Theatre, until 10 August.

The Thom Tween Show is a comedy show described, somewhat contradictorily as dark and fluffy. We're expecting some colourful language. At The Phoenix Artists Club, 7 and 10 August.

Duelling Productions are rather ambitiously putting on a performance of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests Trilogy. The trilogy focuses on a dysfunctional group of relatives, and each play shows the same series of events from a different perspective in the house. Tonight is a double bill of Table Manners & Living Together. At Theatro Technis, until 9 August.

Good Cause of the Day

From next Monday, Antifreeze Festival takes place in Camden in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, until 20 August. It's an arts festival, taking place across six nights. See full line-up and a background to the festival here. There is a minimum donation of £10, which gets you a ticket to a night of your choice. Donate here. For more information, email

From the Archive

You know how the tower commonly known as Big Ben is actually called St Stephen’s Tower? And how the Union Flag flying from Buckingham Palace means the Queen is at home? Well, neither of those "facts" are actually true. More London myths debunked here.