Things To Do In London: Friday 14 August

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Things to do

A free lecture on Air Power, Combined Operations and the Gallipoli Campaign is being held at the Royal Airforce Museum in Colindale. Free, prebook, noon

It's Friday which means lunch time is pub time. Join this pub walking tour at Charing Cross and discover London's oldest drinking holes. End the tour in a pub Charles Dickens frequented. £15, prebook, 1pm

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Enjoy jazz music at a piano club in Soho which includes one complimentary cocktail. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

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Canada Square Park will be alive with the sound of some of the best jazz musicians this weekend, for London’s largest free jazz festival. It starts tonight at 7pm with a hard-hitting performance from The Rawness, fusing funk, soul, jazz and hip hop. This will be followed by MOBO award-winners, Sons Of Kemet, whose mix of music spans jazz, rock, dub and Caribbean folk. Free, just turn up, 7pm

This talk at V&A will explore the iconic Clarks shoe and its links with Jamaican reggae music. The talk is followed by a DJ set of Clarks inspired tunes. £7/£10, prebook, 7pm

Join London's finest floating comedy club in Whitehall for an evening of laughs, and end up in the nightclub for no extra cost. It is Friday after all. Tonight Rob Deering and Ian Stone will be entertaining. £13.50, prebook, 7pm

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Enjoy a glass of wine while you paint David Hockney-style outside at Urban Meadow in Bayswater. A lovely way to spend a Friday evening providing the rain holds off. £29, prebook, 7.30pm

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Torquay Suite Theatre in Charing Cross will be hosting an evening inspired by the series Fawlty Towers where you'll be joined by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Arrive hungry, as they'll be serving up a three-course meal in spite of any intentional mishaps. £50, prebook, 7.30pm

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Protein Studios in Shoreditch will be packed with free art exhibitions, sound installations, Frame yoga, talks and more as part of Sonos Studio day. NTS Radio will be playing out the afternoon and you can make your own musical instrument in interactive workshops throughout the day. Places are free but booking is advised. Free, prebook, 7.30am-6pm

If you love a good thriller, head to Dulwich Park where Luna Cinema is screening The Lost Boys al fresco style. £14.50, prebook, 8.30pm

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Head to The London Welsh Centre near Russell Square to see You Cry Wolf's Camden Fringe performance, which presents a new take on live music by immersing audiences in the experience. £6/£8, prebook, 9pm

You may think you know all about being British, but it never hurts to get someone else’s point of view. Alexis Wieroniey offers an American’s guide to being, like, totally British at the Camden Head. £8/£6, prebook, 9.30pm

Good cause of the day

This charity concert on 16 August features soul, jazz, gospel and R&B from two of London’s most exciting choirs at the beautiful world famous Rivoli Ballroom. Proceeds from this summer concert will go to Ashdon Jazz Academy, Kidney Cancer Research and Fibromyalgia Awareness UK. £10, prebook, 7pm-10pm

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