Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.
- Outrage over anti-homeless studs in Southwark
- Who’s behind this unusual fly-tipping on Strand?
- Demand for food banks in London has risen yet again
- The black cab drivers’ protest went ahead on Tuesday and firefighters began a 24 hour walkout on Thursday
- Metropolitan police have been given the go ahead to buy three water cannon
- Pigs will fly…and The Orbit tower will turn gold if England win the world cup
- Fewer people were killed and seriously injured on London’s roads in 2013
- Gordon Ramsay to open two new London restaurants before the end of the year
- Up to 50,000 London homes to be built on brownfield sites
- Lovely short film from Michal Dzierza shows a slowed-down Richmond in the sun
- Putting the ‘otter’ in ‘desk-jotter’ — Animals on the Underground stationery
- The best of London burlesque
- London’s best Brazilian restaurants (just in time for the World Cup)
- More Brazilian goodness, with the best places to drink Cachaça in the capital
- Five weird and wonderful things you might not have expected to see at Lord’s Cricket Ground
- Spend some time enjoying the sunshine at one of London’s best park cafes
- Watch our Secrets of the Metropolitan Line video — the last in the series, sniff
- We’re spotting and learning about London’s ghost signs in this week’s podcast
Best pubs in London
We’re building a new website of the best pubs in London (mostly as voted for by Londonist readers). We still have a few areas to explore, but do take a look through the guide so far, and let us know about any scandalous omissions. This week’s new additions are Old George, Mother Kelly’s and Approach Tavern in Bethnal Green, and The Coach Makers in Marylebone.
- Tube photos from the 1980s, by Bob Mazzer at Howard Griffin Gallery
- The Jewish experience of WWI explored at the Jewish Museum
- New David Hockney exhibition arrives at Annely Juda Gallery
- “The campest, gayest and most glitteringly homosexual show you’re ever likely to see”: Zanna Don’t! at Landor Theatre
- Museum of Water beneath Somerset House is engaging with a strong socio-political message
- The bizarre world of British Folk Art at Tate Britain
- Fathers and Sons at Donmar Warehouse brings comedy to the tragic tale of generations divided by politics
- Sky-high madness at National Theatre’s The Roof
Things to do
- A series of concerts in Peckham’s Multi-Story Car Park, beginning this month
- Next weekend: see the casts of West End shows for free at West End Live and a rare chance to see inside the Balfron Tower
- Visit Hampton Court Palace’s kitchen garden for free from 25 June
- World City Music Village also runs from 25 June to 6 July with a programme full of events
- We’re already looking forward to Museum of London Docklands’ new exhibition Bridge, set to open on 27 June
- This summer, watch sporting events on a free outdoor screen in Canary Wharf
- Heritage steam train rides on the Underground? Yes please! Book quick as this will sell out fast
- We have a shop! You can buy Londonist things. Take a look here
- Last chance to enter our competition to win tickets to see The Last Days of Troy at Shakespeare’s Globe
Try something different this summer …
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