Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 23 August 2016

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Today’s Things To Do in London is sponsored by Camden Beach at The Roundhouse.

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Things to do today:

FAMILY TREE FUN: Find out why trees are so important and learn about the creatures who inhabit them with family friendly activities at Bushy Park. £15 (for 2 adults and up to 3 kids), book in advance, 10.30am-12.30pm

FIRE OF LONDON: Mark the 350th anniversary of the Fire of London with a family tour of Salters' Hall in the City of London. Learn about the salt trade, and how it was impacted by the fire. Free, book in advance, 10.30am/2.30pm

STORYTELLING: Tales of fearless pirates pirates and naval adventures shared by professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf will astound your kids at the Florence Nightingale Museum. There are arts and crafts too — make your own magic carpet. Free with museum entry, just turn up, 11.30am/2pm

MAPPING LONDON: Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd-Rose of Curiocity explain some of the most quirky and unusual maps featured in their new book Curiocity: In Pursuit of London, at Stanford's in Covent Garden. £4, book in advance/just turn up, 6.30pm

PATRON TEQUILA TASTING: The Hide Bar in London Bridge hosts an evening of tequila; learn about its history and sample some classic tequila cocktails. £10, book in advance, 6.30pm

MACRAMÉ WORKSHOP: Learn how to make basic macramé knots with London Craft Club, incorporating copper embellishments, and create your own macramé shawl. Takes place at Dead Dolls House in Islington.£24.50, book in advance, 7pm

ADULT SPELLING BEE: Make sure to read over both the Oxford Dictionary and the Urban Dictionary before you compete (or just give moral support) at an adults-only spelling bee in Shoreditch. £7, book in advance, 7pm

BLACK POWER MIXTAPE: Watch an array of 16mm films captured by Swedish journalists who travelled to the US between 1967-75. Expect tales of unrest and revolution as the Black Power Mixtape is screened at Hackney Attic. £5, book in advance, 7.30pm

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Last chance to visit Camden Beach at the Roundhouse, presented by Virgin Holidays

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If you've not made it to Camden Beach this summer, time is running out. The long weekend is your last chance to visit north London's sandy haven before it closes on Monday 29 August.

Need to keep the kids entertained in the summer holidays? Bring your own buckets and spades, tuck into an ice cream, and play a beach game or two, while parents can pull up a deckchair and (hopefully) enjoy the sun.

If you fancy treating yourself, book a VIP beach hut, your own private space complete with deckchairs, a fridge full of drinks, waiter service and more.

It's free entry to the beach, which this year has cuisine and rum cocktails inspired by the Caribbean, thanks to the Roundhouse's beach partner, Virgin Holidays.

Camden Beach at the Roundhouse is open until 29 August; Mondays 5pm-11pm, Tuesday-Sunday noon-11pm. Entry is free.

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INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY REMEMBRANCE DAY: Music, workshops and a talk by David Olusoga, the presenter of BAFTA-winning Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners, take place at the National Maritime Museum today. The event culminates with a ceremony next to the Thames. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

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Our daily pick of Funzing events

WAR CRIME TALK: Former policeman and government adviser Jonathan Tait-Harries gives a TEDx-style talk about being face-to-face with Saddam Hussein, and the time he fended off a would-be attacker armed with a prosthetic limb. £10, 24 August

KIMONO WORKSHOP: Make a fitted silk kimono wrap in 90 minutes, learning tricks of the tailoring trade. £19, 26 September