Things To Do In London: Tuesday 12 August 2014

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See Sex Idiot at Southbank Centre. Photo from Southbank Centre


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St James Square, The Hop Exchange in Southwark Street, Cathedral Hall in Victoria, Rye Lane Chapel in Peckham, Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton and the usual permanent donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS: Looking for ways to entertain children during the Summer holidays?

THEATRE: The White Bear Theatre in Kennington hosts a new production of Muswell Hill, by Torben Betts. This is a blackly funny, touching and ultimately devastating play, exploring the disintegration of a relationship in a world in which the fragile veneer of comfort and contentment conceals realities too uncomfortable to face. £10/£7, prebook, until 30 August

SOUTHBANK: Comedian Byrony Kimmings is on stage at the Southbank Centre with Sex Idiot. This show mixes cabaret with stand-up comedy and is a personal account of the comedian's love life. £17+bf, prebook, until 16 August

V&A TOURS: The Kensington museum is offering tours of its galleries led by expert volunteers. Meeting point is the entrance hall, check website for types and timing. Free, just turn up, all day

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

ALEXA CHUNG: The broadcaster, journalist and fashionista is at Westfield London (White City) to sign copies of her best-selling book IT, a collection of her personal writings, drawings and photographs. Free, prebook, 12.30pm

BUSINESS TALK: As part of the Startup season, Impact Hub in King's Cross hosts a talk about Business Plan Basics. Michael Ambjorn of NearDesk will take you through the basics of Lean start up and how to use the Business Model Canvas. £25/£13, prebook, 6pm

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

SPEED DATING: The Book Club in Shoreditch hosts a speed dating event. Expect a fun evening in a laid back and friendly atmosphere. £13, prebook, 7pm  

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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:

No Take Backs is a black comedy about holding onto the past and holding people hostage. At Tristan Bates Theatre, until 16 August

Listen and enjoy the tales of inner lives from a group of women comedians. Ladylogue! is an evening of one-woman shorts by some of the UK’s finest emerging female playwrights, including Katie McCullough, Maud Dromgoole, Serena Haywood and Guleraana Mir. At Tristan Bates Theatre, until 16 August  

The Wodehouse Principle mixes dark comedy and psychosexual thriller. A young writer picks up a lost mobile phone on a night out and a whole new dark story unfolds, reality and fiction blurs, all taking place in his small apartment. At Upstairs at the Gatehouse, until 15 August

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Good Cause of the Day

Sign up now for a charity cycling event happening on Sunday 31 August, starting from Coram’s Field close to Russell Square. The London Bikeathon is organised by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and is open to all cyclists, from beginners to experienced lycra-lovers. Choose between a 26, 52 or 1oo mile route around London's landmarks and help fundraising for a good cause. £50-£10, prebook, check website for times and programme.

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