Things To Do Today In London is sponsored by Pact.
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Things to do today:
PROJECT AWESOME: Get down to The Scoop at More London (next to City Hall) for a free fitness class courtesy of Project Awesome. Free, just turn up, 6.30am-7.30am
THAMES WILDLIFE: Hunt for aquatic wildlife in the Thames at Richmond and learn about the creatures you find from Zoological Society of London's conservationists. Wear sturdy shoes because it's going to get muddy. Free, book in advance, 10am
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Canada Square Park in Canary Wharf hosts a free classical world music performance by concert violinist Alda Dizdari. While you're there, why not treat yourself to some food from the Lunch Market? Free, just turn up, 12.30pm-2pm
COFFEE TASTING: Haitian coffee shop Kafe 1788 in Poplar is holding its first coffee tasting, to explore the new single origin coffee. Free, book in advance, 6pm
CHOCOLATE TASTING: Discover the journey from bean to bar and fulfil your chocolate needs at Dark Sugars Cocoa House near Brick Lane. Taste a selection of artisan chocolates, and learn how to incorporate cocoa beans into your diet. £9.90-15, book in advance, 7pm
LONDON'S BURNING: As part of Housman booksellers' London's Burning festival, author Tony Norfield talks about his book The City: London and the Global Power of Finance. £3, book in advance, 7pm
STORYSLAM: Sign up to tell a five minute story on the theme of lovers and haters, or just head along to watch at The Book Club in Shoreditch. StorySLAM is an open mic storytelling competition. £8, book in advance, 7.30pm
LIVE MUSIC: Israeli-Palestinian music group Heartbeat perform at Cecil Sharp House in Camden tonight, using music to challenge the segregation, inequalities and racism that fuel violent conflict around the world. Expect a blend of Eastern and Arabic music, Western rock, jazz and blues. £15, book in advance, 7.45pm
INDIE GIG: Mancunian indie band Money are playing as part of Battersea Arts Centre's Borderless festival. £15, book in advance, 8pm
COMEDY NIGHT: Shazia Mirza performs her show The Kardashians Made Me Do It alongside extreme commuter Adham Fisher, a radio DJ who tells tales of his speedy journeys around London and beyond. Takes place at the Finsbury Pub. £5 (or £8.50 with pizza included), book in advance, 8.30pm
Free filter coffee package worth £10
Anyone who knows about good coffee will tell you: fresh is best. Pact hunts down the best, ethically-produced [pdf] coffee from around the world, and delivers it to you free, within seven days of hand roasting at its Bermondsey base.
And if you sign up with Pact today, you'll get a free filter coffee kit plus delivery worth a total of £10 with your first order (£6.95). It includes the v60, filters, welcome booklet plus your 250g bag, ground to be best for the v60.
Visit the website and quote 'Londonist54', to claim your free filter coffee kit.
Good cause of the day
DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT: Unleash your inner Ben Stiller and raise money for Mencap at a fancy dress dodgeball tournament in Wimbledon this Saturday. If you don't fancy playing, cheer on your favourite team, and continue the fun at the after party. £10-27.50, book in advance, 1pm
Our daily pick of Funzing events
CREATIVE MUSEUM TOUR: Take a quirky interactive museum tour on which you'll discover the museum, meet new people...and possibly even indulge your creative side. £10, 7 August/14 August
ROOFTOP YOGA: Unwind with a yoga session on the roof of Qbic Hotel near Aldgate. Relax your mind and body as you gaze over the beautiful London skyline. £10, 20/27 August