Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.
- Welfare reforms have hit Londoners the hardest.
- Metropolitan Police face new racism claims.
- Bus safety data for the first quarter of this year revealed.
- Call to re-run Tower Hamlets mayoral election reaches the High Court.
- Transport Minister commissions research into reducing urban area speed limits to 20mph.
- New online tube refund system to start on Monday.
- LEGO bus stop made out of 100,000 bricks appears outside Hamleys.
- *NSFW KLAXON* Pictures from the 2014 World Naked Bike Ride.
- Video: secrets of the Waterloo and City line. Yes, there are some.
- A final journey — tracing the route from Newgate Prison to the gallows at Tyburn.
- How’s the tube contactless trial going? Our guinea pigs share their experiences.
- London’s best Scandinavian restaurants, välsmakande! Then wash dinner down with one of these recommended five cocktails.
- Want to see Wimbledon? Our tips on how to queue for the tournament.
- This hand-drawn map of central London by Bronagh Kennedy took 100 hours to create.
- More history as we look at Barnard’s Inn Hall, a rare survivor of the Great Fire and the Blitz.
- Eight of the best gay pubs in London.
- Ten London-titled albums (of varying quality).
- The nearest pick-your-own fruit and veg farms to London.
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.
- Our thoughts on the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.
- Prepare for blood: The Last Days of Troy at Shakespeare’s Globe.
- London’s bygone bareknuckle fighting days dramatised in Punching Jane.
- Pearl Fishers at London’s Coliseum is a real gem.
- New exhibition at the National Gallery looks at the history of colour in paintings.
- Blowing the dust off an old favourite: Hobson’s Choice at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
- Banksy: The Unauthorised Retrospective at Sotheby’s.
- Billy Nighy and Carey Mulligan shine in Skylight.
Things to do
- Today: bus cavalcade comes to traffic-free Regent Street (with buses from the last 185 years).
- 120 London-themed cartoons by Martin Rowson are on show at New London Architecture.
- Roll up your sleeves and help clean up south-east London’s rivers with Thames21.
- City of London Festival starts today — look out for the giant bowler hat in Paternoster Square.
- Ticket alert: Free Children’s theatre tickets for Kid’s Week in August.
- Outdoor cinema comes to Battersea Power Station this summer.
- Last chance to vote for the best pub in Ealing, then join us on the pub crawl.
- A new music showcase-style event with a rather dry name comes to London’s South Bank next month.
- We’ve created a handy directory of London’s best food and drink spots, take a look.
- Join us at the opening party for Museum of London Docklands’s new exhibition Bridge. It’s invite only but we have 25 pairs of tickets to give away.
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