Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 25 July 2019

Go shopping at a vintage fair

Things to do

DUCKS AND DRAGONS: If you're going to Paddington today, you'll see some strange sights on the water as the annual charity race for Rubber Ducks and the Dragon Boat Race take place (not at the same time - imagine the slaughter!). The rubber duck race costs £ 3 (12.30-13.30) and if your duck wins, you can win Eurostar tickets (there are about 500 other plastic birds). Return to the canal later in the evening to see teams compete in Dragon Boats (17 to 21 o'clock).

AFTERNOON TEA: At the start of a new exhibition, Rainham Hall offers afternoon tea for just one day. The exhibition is about Anthony Denney, a resident of the 1960s building. His love of food and fashion shows in the afternoon tea, which also includes a fly-biscuit. Rainham Hall, £ 25 / £ 12, book in advance, 14-16 clock

VINTAGE FAIR: At the Pop-Up Vintage Fair, home to housewares, jewelery and posters as well as men's and women's stands with clothing from the 1920s and 1980s, treat yourself to after-work therapy. There is also live music and a cocktail bar. Wilton's (Limehouse), £ 3, just show up, 16:30 to 21:30

In Paddington there is a rubber duck race

ITALIAN CAMPAIGN: Niall Barr, Professor of Military History, talks about the struggles of the Italian campaign - the British attempt to secure Italy - during World War II. The campaign lasted two years and was a bloody fight against an experienced enemy. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book in advance, 18-20 clock

ROOF MUSIC: The City of London's newest roof garden offers a free music evening as part of the Fantastic Feats Festival. Expect garden new classical and experimental music, including classical guitarist Sam Cave and Japanese solo violinist Chihiro Ono. 120 Fenchurch Street, free, just show up, 6 to 9 pm

TAP ACCEPTANCE: Beer lovers can look forward to Siren Craft Brewery taking over the taps at Tate Modern. Try a special beer inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night and several other beers as you meet the brewers and browse through the artworks. Tate Modern, £ 19.95 / £ 22.95, book in advance, 18.30-23.00

ALL STATIONS: Londoners Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe talk about their latest adventure, All The Stations Ireland, when they visited every train station in Ireland. They are just a number in "An evening with unnecessary details". Other topics are rat addicts and why the sky is blue. Bloomsbury Theater, £ 15 / £ 12, book in advance, 7.30 pm

Comedy in the courtyard of Battersea Arts Center

MICHAEL PALIN: The actor and travel writer Michael Palin tells of the last days of the USSR - he traveled through the Soviet Union in 1991 while shooting Pole To Pole, and by the end of the year the Soviet Union had collapsed (probably a coincidence). National Archives (Kew), £ 20- £ 25, book in advance, 19.30-20.30

Hofkomödie: Phil-Wang, Rosie Jones, Helen Bauer, Rob Auton, and Garrett Millerick set the stage for a comedy show at the closing session of the Stand-Up Under the Stars series. The venue is an open-air courtyard as the sun goes down. Battersea Arts Center, £ 12- £ 15, book in advance,8 pm

ROCKY HORROR: In 1975, watch the musical horror movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in a pop-up silent movie on the grounds of Strawberry Hill House. Bring your own blanket or chair and put on your best costume. Headphones are available and drinks and ice cream can be bought. You can also bring your own picnic. Strawberry Hill House (Twickenham), £ 16, book in advance, 20.45 clock

Have afternoon tea at Rainham Hall

Tube ponders with Barry Heck

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Wisden cricket sign

Have you ever noticed this sporty sign as you continued our tour of Leslie Green stations? It is built into the red-tiled façade of Leicester Square Station, which once housed the building of J Wisden, editor of the famous Cricket Almanac. Follow Barry on Twitter @ HeckTube,

Good thing of the day

Amnesty International is hosting a charity event for Pride, a film inspired by the true story of solidarity between LGBTQ activists and striking miners in Wales in the 1980s. The screening will be followed by a podium discussion in which a dinner club will also take part. The collected money flows back into the work of Amnesty and for every purchased ticket an asylum seeker can participate free of charge. Find out more and book tickets.

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