Things To Do In London: Tuesday 5 August 2014

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Learn about World War One posters at the Cartoon Museum.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Chiswick Town Hall, Morrisons in Thamesmead and David Lloyd, and the usual permanent donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.

ART: Still Alive: The Contemporary Still Life is on display at the Mall Galleries. See over 50 artworks by 20 members of the Federation of British Artists. These still lifes cover an eclectic range of subject matter. Free, until 23 August

OSCAR WILDE: Lady Windermere's Fan, Oscar Wilde's first work, opens at Kings Head Theatre in Islington tonight. Lady Windermere's life is thrown into jeopardy when her husband invites a mysterious widow to her 21st birthday ball. Prebook, until 23 August

OPERA: Also opening today is La Traviata at Soho Theatre. The opera is the story of Violetta, a 1920s woman who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover’s family and future. From £25, prebook, until 14 September

NATURE NOTEBOOKS: The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill offers children a chance to make their own nature notebook, then explore the gardens. Free, just turn up, 11am-2pm. Find more things to entertain kids in London this week.

CYCLING CHAMPION: Olympic and World champion cyclist Nicole Cooke is at Waterstones London Wall to sign copies of her new autobiography, The Breakaway. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. 12.30pm

MUSEUM BY CANDLELIGHT: The monthly evening opening of Sir John Soane's Museum in Holborn takes place tonight. The former home of the architect will be lit by candlelight. Free, just turn up (it's always a popular one, so get there early and expect to queue), from 5.30pm

CARTOONS THROUGH TIME: The Cartoon Museum near Tottenham Court Road marks the centenary of World War One with a talk by curator Anita O'Brien, who looks at the changing perceptions of WW1 through the work of cartoon and comic artists in 1914-18 and since. £6/£5/£4, prebook, 6.30pm

MUSIC NIGHT: The Social in Little Portland Street hosts The Fix music night, a regular event that happens each month. Tonight’s music guests are Ronika, Delooze and The Family Monroe. Free, prebook by email, from 7pm

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:

Wine, Ale and I 2014 is stand-up comedian James Dowdeswell's latest offering, with a definite leaning towards all things boozy. Sounds right up our street. At Camden Head, until 7 August

Consequences follows detectives as they reinvestigate the murder of a teenage girl 20 years ago, following a recent discovery. Mysterious. By Edinburgh veterans Kinkyfish. At Hen and Chickens Theatre, until 9 August

The Kilburn Passion focuses, unsurprisingly, on the residents of Kilburn High  Road, who are all too busy with their own lives to notice each other until a stranger arrives. At Tricycle Theatre, until 9 August

Repertory Theatre is an original comedy about a young timid playwright who is invited by a neurotic, Hamlet-obsessed, National Theatre manager to discuss his debut play. Chaos ensues. At Tristan Bates Theatre, until 9 August

Good Cause of the Day

The latest Coppafeel! Lecture takes place in Covent Garden today. Speakers are Cosmpolitan magazine Editor-in-Chief, Louise Court, Founder of WAH nails salon, style blogger and trend consultant Sharmadean Reid and  Ian Marshall, Managing Director of Benefit Cosmetics UK. The talks aim to inspire young women and encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle. Tickets are £15 and includes a glass of wine or soft drink. All money raised goes to Coppafeel!, which aimed to raise awareness of breast cancer. 7pm, prebook here.

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