Things To Do In London: Thursday 30 July 2015

An evening of performances and screenings for London Open Live at Whitechapel Gallery

Did you notice that notice?

Sometimes it pays (in giggles) to pay attention to your surroundings, when we looked up from our screens and our thumbs stopped twitching at our phones we noticed some rather odd and well-placed signage dotted around London. Notice anything strange?

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CHICKEN SHED CHILDREN'S SUMMER SHOWS:
Ages six and under will love this show about Darnaby's Space Race by Chicken Shed at the Studio Theatre in Southgate. Babies under one years old go free. £7, prebook, 10am, 11.30am, 1am

SUMMER AT OLD OPERATING THEATRE:
Head to the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret for life drawing with a medicine theme. A great way to explore the museum's eclectic collection. Drawing classes are included in the ticket price to the museum. £3.50/£6.50, prebook, 2pm-4pm

BLIND TASTING:
Have a friend lead you around the market testing your taste buds while getting a feel for what it's like to be blind. We tried out the blind taste testing at Borough Market organised by RLSB and we'll think you'll enjoy it as much as we did. Free, just turn up, 2.30pm-4.30pm

KIDS CHOCOLATE MAKING:
Have your children conjure up their own delicious chocolaty treats at The Chocolate Museum in Brixton (which you of course will be sampling.) £9, prebook, 3pm-4pm

LONDON OPEN LIVE:
Whitechapel Gallery is putting on a whirlwind of an evening with performances starting at 6.30pm and continuing till late. Exhibiting artists will be in discussion before their work is screened, sung and performed. £9.50, prebook, 6.30pm

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COMEDY:
The Phoenix Fringe kicks off tonight, with Phil Nichol and Bec Hill beginning over a week of comedy at — where else — The Phoenix on Cavendish Square. Each show £8 adv/£10 on the door, prebook, from 6.45pm

JAZZ AND SEAFOOD:
Stage three at Hackney Empire is putting on an interesting combination of world jazz, provided by Dizzy and seafood dishes provided by top Michelin-starred chef Lee Skett. £12, prebook, 7pm

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CABARET:
Start the weekend early with The City Shimmy as they transform Proud Cabaret City into a 1920s speakeasy. Don your most sparkly flapper dresses and prepare for an evening of decadence and burlesque splendour. £2, prebook, 8pm

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GOSPELOKE:
Belt your heart out at Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch who is hosting a night where — if you hadn't guessed — Gospel meets Karaoke. £10, prebook, 8pm

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JAZZ:
Jump aboard The Golden Hinde at London Bridge for an evening of up and coming jazz bands. On the bill tonight are Hannes Riepler Band and Kristian Borring/Bruno Heinen Duo. £8, prebook, 7.30pm

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BACKYARD CINEMA:
As part of Camden Lock Night Market there are two al fresco style cinema screens. Tonight Backyard Cinema presents Clueless, a high school flick which is celebrating it's 20 year anniversary this year. So don your secondary school ties, knee-length socks, nab a beanbag and enjoy the film.

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CLEAR LINES FESTIVAL:
Clear Lines Festival begins today at Iklectik near Waterloo with four days of discussion, art, performance and music which hopes to dispel the myths around sexual assault and sexual consent. Most events are free but space is limited so booking is advised. Until 2 August


Good Cause

Index on Censorship wants to make you laugh as it raises money for its work supporting free speech around the world. Go to the Union Chapel in Islington to see Al Murray, Frankie Boyle, Shappi Khorsandi, Grainne Maguire and more. £40-£15, prebook, 7.30pm


Rubbish at giving directions?

We all know that feeling when we're perfectly happy on our journey, we know where we are and where we're going, we definitely don't need Google Maps - but the minute we're approached for directions all geographical locations and prominent landmarks melt away. What's that? You need to get to the big clock? That church on the corner? What was it called again? Check out our series of t-shirts Describing the Landmarks of London at our Londonist shop.

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