Find your inner calm...
... in London. Yes even amongst the hustle and bustle of London life there are pockets of tranquility — you just have to know where to find them. So drop the distractions, take a break, take a Kit-Kat and get yourself and your aching head to these peaceful places in London as documented by blogger Gemma Seltzer in her project Look up at the Sky.
Things to do
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Spend the evening in Camden and catch three Edinburgh previews at the Etcetera Theatre (take a fan or something, that venue gets HOT): Harriet Kemsley (£6, 6.30pm), Sean McLoughlin (£6, 8pm) and finally Michael Brunströ, (£5, 9.30pm)
THE LONDON OPEN:
Whitechapel Gallery's triennial exhibition combines a multitude of media — sculpture, painting and performance to name just a few. High profile figures of the art world had the tough task of narrowing down the 2133 applicants to 48. This year's theme is manual labour and the different practices artists engage with to produce their work. Free, just turn up, until 6 September
MAKE YOUR OWN MAKEUP:
Liha Beauty make beauty products using natural ingredients. You can join them at Boxpark in Shoreditch to pick up their beauty tips. At this workshop you'll have the option of making moisturiser, face cream or body rub, all 100% au naturale. £11.25, prebook, 6pm
FITZROVIA EVENING WALKS WITH OLD MAPS:
Explore literary London on this London Trails evening tour where old maps will lead you to Dickens's first London home, discover the workhouse which inspired Oliver Twist and encounter writers such as Virginia Woolf along the way. £8/£10, prebook, 6pm- 8pm
Passenger Films have teamed up with Living Maps and A-team Arts to host Dis/Locations at Brady Arts and Community Centre. An evening of short films and interesting discussion reflecting on the changing cultural landscape and experiences of people living in East London. £4/£6, prebook, 6.30pm
Escape the city for an evening of debate and discussion at Stepney City Farm. Tonight's talk is on the meat industry and its effect on obesity and diabetes. It also looks at animal welfare in the context of large scale farming. It certainly made us think twice before reaching for the chicken and chips. Free, just turn up, 6.30-9pm
OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL CLASS:
Take friends along to this cocktail class and we're sure you'll be in everyone's good books by the end of the night. Head to Goat in Chelsea to learn how to master the classics. Welcome cocktail included in ticket price as well as tastings throughout the night. £10, prebook, 7pm
SECRET INDIAN FOOD TOUR:
If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the choice of curry houses on offer while walking down Brick Lane (haven't we all?) join this tour which shows you the best of Indian cuisine and culture. There'll be plenty of tastings along the way and a chance to pick up spices from an Indian supermarket. So next time you're in Brick Lane you won't get in a panic about where to dine. £39.99, prebook, 7pm
PAINT LIKE BANKSY:
Street art workshops are in vogue at the moment, find out what all the fuss is about by heading to The Grange Pub in Ealing. This session focuses on the girl with the balloon but feel free to take along plenty of Banksy inspired ideas. £25, prebook, 7.30pm
We can always count on Bridget Christie to deliver an awesome set. Head to The Invisible Dot in Kingscross to hear the award winning comedian test out her new show. £10, prebook, 7.30pm
Scotch and Soda will dazzle you with their dexterity, performing unimaginable feats of acrobatics accompanied by a soundtrack of jazz beats provided by The Crusty Suitcase Band. So head to The Spiegeltent, Southbank for an unforgettable night. £19.50, prebook, 7.30pm
Good cause of the day
Children of the Andes are hosting a party in Shoreditch to raise money for vulnerable children in Columbia. Head to Viva La Rumba to dance the night away to Latin Band Orquesta Estela and watch live salsa group Cali Viva. Feeling peckish? enjoy Latin cuisine for £29, make sure you book in advance to take advantage of the BOGOF drinks deal. £9, prebook, 6pm
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