London's spy locations uncovered
London has a rich history of espionage and the very nature of this secretive work means that it can often happen right under your nose. Check out our top ten spy locations and discover a side of London which you might never have noticed, even though it may well have noticed you...
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MINECRAFT FIGURE MAKING:
Minecraft Figure Making will be led by Martin at Constructa Kids, and sees parents delve into the world of Minecraft through the art of carpentry. The workshop is about encouraging parents to learn new skills to pass onto their children. £25, prebook, 10.30am-noon
DROP IN AT DESIGN MUSEUM:
Enjoy mini exhibition tours and creative activities at the Design Museum every Wednesday in August. Suitable for 5-11 year olds. Also pick up Free Family Explore kits to discover the Designs of the Year. Adult and up to three children £25, two adults and up to three children £36.75, children under six go free, just turn up, 11am and 1pm
Paradise Park Children's Centre in Islington is celebrating National Play Day with fun, free activities for all ages including a water slide, obstacle course, football, and arts and crafts. Free, just turn up, noon-3.30pm
This summer, filmmaker, writer and artist Penny Woolcock takes over the Roundhouse in Camden with her installation Utopia. Listen to the stories of Londoners from a diverse range of backgrounds which reveal the hidden narratives of our city. The installation explores themes of inequality, consumerism, housing, gentrification, education, crime and social media in a way that appeals to all the senses. £5, prebook, 1.30pm
Prepare to be spooked and stunned at Richard Leigh's magic show at Barons Court Theatre in Kensington. Suitable for children six and over. If you're brave enough to encounter the trapdoor of doom let the theatre manager at the box office know on arrival. £9, prebook, 2.30pm
If you're a fan of Star Wars what are you waiting for? Get yourself to Secret Cinema somewhere in south east London for this immersive cinema experience. Though it comes with a hefty ticket price it will be an experience like no other. £78, prebook, 5.30pm
Who said adults can't celebration National Play Day? Lady Chastity's Reserve is taking over The Four Thieves in Clapham Junction — the latest challenge from experimental gaming company Handmade Mysteries. For big kids and risk takers, if you manage to solve the riddles and escape the room you'll be awarded with a bottle of wine — you have to find it first though. £20, prebook, 6.15pm
Spend the evening at Woody's Bar in Kingston where Folking Around are hosting a special evening of live folk music. On the line-up are Hometown Show and Sam Lunn. Free, just turn up, 7pm
Join Bedales wine expert Mario for a summer workshop at Borough Market, which of course includes plenty of tastings. £27, prebook, 7pm
ZERO FILM FESTIVAL:
The Hoxton in Shoreditch is hosting Zero Film Festival, originally founded in Los Angeles to support under-represented filmmakers. Enjoy short films by self-financed creatives, followed by a Q&A session. Ticket includes a complimentary drink. £6.42, prebook, 7.30pm-9.30pm
David Mills delivers sharp rants with swagger at Aces and Eights tonight. £5, prebook, 9pm
Let 'Frenchman' Marcel Lucont keep you entertained this Wednesday night at The Spiegeltent, South Bank. Expect bawdy songs and poetry of an explicit nature. £15.50, prebook, 9.30pm
To celebrate National Play Day Kids Adventure Play Hackney are inviting adventurers of all ages to build cardboard dens and help create a bonfire to toast yummy marshmallows. Money raised goes towards providing play space for children with disabilities. There will also be a screening of Wild Thing — a project encouraging families and children to engage with nature. Explore the playground from 3pm, children under 16 go free, just turn up, 6pm-9.30pm
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