Things To Do In London: Thursday 8 January 2015

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ANTIQUES FAIR: The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square is the venue for the Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair. Objects being exhibited include jewellery, paintings, pottery and porcelain, furniture and more. £10 on the door, or print you own free ticket online, until 11 January

BERLIN CALLING: Barbican Cinema's repertory screenings focus on Berlin in the 70s and 80s. Expect films you may well have seen before such as Wings of Desire, through to more obscure gems waiting to be discovered including Decoder and City of Lost Souls. Various prices, prebook, until 29 January

MIME FESTIVAL: The London International Mime Festival, the longest-established event of its kind, begins today. As well as watching the shows there are also opportunities to meet the performers and learn the skills by booking a place on one of the excellent workshops and courses that run throughout. Take a look at our picks. Various venues across London, until 31 January

BREAKFAST TOUR: The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green offers a breakfast tour of its current exhibition Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House. Takes place before the museum is open to the public and includes breakfast in the museum cafe. £15, prebook, 9am

CHEWING GUM TOUR: Artist Ben Wilson is best known for his paintings on... discarded pieces of chewing gum. Today, Art no Cube runs free tours on the Millennium Bridge exhibiting his most prized artworks. Free, prebook by emailing, 10.30am/11.30am/12.30pm

FRIEND ZONE: Box Park in Shoreditch hosts The FriendZone, an evening of games and tomfoolery offering everyone a chance to meet new people. Free, prebook, 6pm

ELVIS AT 80: Today would have been Elvis Presley's 80th birthday. To celebrate, Barbican Cinema hosts a talk by Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission and a screening of Viva Las Vegas. £11.50, prebook, from 7pm. Plus, there are limited tickets available to the Elvis exhibition at the O2 for just £8. Book ahead (and see what we thought of the exhibition)

CHARACTER COMEDY:John McKeever and Fraser Millward present new character comedy A Couple Of Characters at Hackney Picturehouse. £5, prebook, 8pm

FUNDRAISING EVENING: Head to Rich Mix in Shoreditch for a weird and wonderful evening of short film, animation, comedy and live music. A Spot Of Bothy raises money for restoration work on a Victorian bothy in Finchley to transform it into a new Centre of Excellence for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling. £15, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: Sean Hughes tries out his new show, Mumbo Jumbo, at Red Imp Comedy Club in Walthamstow. £14+bf, prebook, 9pm

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at YMCA Hall in Barbican,  Paddington Central, Hornsey Parish Church in Muswell Hill, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.

Find more London events in our Free & Cheap events listings.Want to see your event in these last-minute listings? Email us at at least 48 hours before the event, and we will consider it for inclusion. Note: due to high volumes of email, we can’t always reply.

Good Cause of the Day

From today until 22 January, the Northbank ambassadors kiosk on Villiers Street (near Embankment) will be collecting unwanted Christmas presents in aid of homelessness charity The Connection. Clothing and toiletries will be put to use at day centres, whilst other items will be sold to raise funds.

From The Archive

In May 2013, we shared the London-themed work of iPad artist Nadja Ryzhakova. Her work includes images of Sherlock Holmes on the tube, and the Lloyds building.