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Things to do today:
ART EXHIBITION: Hayward Gallery's only off-site exhibition opens at The Store on the Strand. Expect installations from Martin Creed and Cameron Jamie. Free, just turn up, all day from noon (until 4 December)
LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Listen to a panel discussion at the Open Data Institute on how to achieve sustainable development data. Free, book in advance, 1pm
BOARD GAMES PARTY: Mahjong, chess and Pandemic are among the 300-odd games available to play at The Library Pot's games night. £5, book in advance, 5pm
SPITALFIELDS NIGHT MARKET: Celebrate London Fashion Week at the Old Spitalfields' night market — there's a Modern Chic-themed fashion show; sip the specially created New Fashioned cocktail and nibble on the variety of street food on offer. Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm
NEW ARTISTS: The New Artist Summer Fair opens today at the Old Truman Brewery. Start your collection with affordable art from over 100 artists. Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm (until 11 September)
CAMPFIRE COCKTAILS: Head to a rooftop garden above Brunel's Thames Tunnel, toast marshmallows over a fire and try herb-infused cocktails. £5, book in advance, from 5.30pm
INDIAN FOOD TOUR: See traditional paan being made and sample tandoori (among many other lip-smacking delights) on an Indian food tour of Brick Lane — arrive hungry. £59 (+booking fee), book in advance, 7pm
COMEDY: Paul Sinha (of The Chase fame), Steve Day ("Britain's only deaf comedian") and Sally-Anne Hayward (not for sensitive ears) are on at the cheap-as-chips Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green. £5, book in advance, 8pm
Good cause of the day
THAMES PATH CHALLENGE: From Fulham Palace, wander along the banks of the Thames through some of the most beautiful towns in the southeast — choose from distances of 25km, 50km, 75km and 100km. Various prices, book in advance, 10-11 September
Our daily pick of Funzing events
BAKING CLASS: If you fancy yourself as a contestant on next year's Great British Bake Off, brush up your skills (and pick up new ones) at a two and a half hour baking class covering everything from cakes to macarons. £59, 10/24 September/ 15 October
CYCLE OLD LONDON: Cycle from the medieval City of London, through old industrial dockyards to St Paul's Cathedral on a bike tour of old London. £28, 9-11/16-18/23-25 September