Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.
- London is only 97% away from its electrical vehicle target, go us!
- This weekend saw the launch of two new food markets: Tottenham Green and Wapping Market
- Shelter report finds that there are only 86 affordable homes in London
- These giant street art walls in Shoreditch are to be demolished
- The Living Wage Commission rejected calls for a mandatory London minimum wage on Tuesday
- July tube strike threat could cause disruption during the Tour de France
- Duck tours to resume on the Thames after a nine month hiatus
- London MPs reject motion to reform private tenancies
- In pictures: the Regent Street bus cavalcade
- A graphic that shows the most photographed bits of London
- Views of the roof of Victoria station (don’t miss the ballot in August if you wan’t to see it yourself)
- New London music: singer songwriter Mark Mathews
- Love swimming? Here’s a round-up of London’s lidos
- Lunch spots ahoy — the Square Mile’s best gardens
- How to build your own armed forces in London (note: not an actual guide/endorsement to building your own armed forces in London)
- London’s best spots for waterside drinking and dining
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 we added a cluster of good ‘uns in Kentish Town, including the Junction Tavern, Tipping the Admiral, The Pineapple and The Grafton.
- Red Forest at Young Vic, this year’s LIFT festival, is theatre as a documentary
- New restaurant review: Ask For Janice
- Our thoughts on this year’s Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre
- Carousel at Arcola theatre — so good we counted the goods
- Multi-sensory experiences explored in The Valley of Astonishment, also at Young Vic
- We tried out Eritrean restaurant Mosob from a vegetarian perspective
- Best new food shops: Raging Bull Meats on Finchley Road
Things to do
- Annual outdoor festival of free theatre, Watch This Space, has begun its travels around Lambeth and Southwark
- If that doesn’t tickle your theatre fancy, take a look at this July round-up instead
- Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition returns next week
- We recommend seeing the new Bridge exhibition at Museum of London Docklands. It’s excellent, Londony and free
- Free afternoon of music in Southwark on 12 July with Mint Street Music Festival
- The Pink Singers, UK’s top LGBT choir, come to Hackney Empire on 19 July
- We Love the 90s Film Fest at Portobello Pop Up Cinema next month
- Get your paws on discounted tickets to ZSL London Zoo Lates in July
Try something different this summer …
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With over 1,000 courses this July and August, take your time to look through the incredible range on offer and give yourself the opportunity to try something new. Many courses are one day only, so swap that day in front of the telly for a day learning about how to write a novel/what city life was like in the ancient world/London history walks around Bloomsbury, Borough, Bermondsey and beyond. Seriously, we’ve only scratched the surface, take a look for yourself.
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