Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.
- Many London boroughs aren’t using their ability to tax empty homes
- Can you say Olympicopolis? Stratford and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park could get an economic and cultural boost
- Using contactless cards on the underground: an update
- New FOI request reveals an increase in police cautions for serious crimes from 2012/13
- Is it a plane? Yes. What’s it doing circling London? No idea
- Newham mayor is not happy about City Hall’s plan for a floating village
- Police to investigate possible Lambeth Council election error
- Three men have been arrested for taking ‘upskirt’ pictures on the tube
- Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future show cancelled. Then cancelled. Then cancelled again. Cue lots of angry punters and even more time-travel jokes
- Mud gloop, paper-thin trains and an MP hiding in a roof: Google’s 3D London bloopers
- London’s oddest statues
- We visited the newly reopened Imperial War Museum for a look at the changes
- Think a street art festival would do your neighbourhood good? Nominate it
- Meet Noelle, the lady who’s walked every street in central London. Perhaps she used this paper map to navigate?
- In the first of our new alternative fitness videos, we try underwater cycling
- Banging Out: a video telling the engrossing tale of Fleet Street
- Five things to do in cemeteries this summer (no, not that)
- Our list of the best Indian restaurants in London. Which would you recommend?
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. We’ve added a good number this week: Montague Arms in Peckham; King’s Arms in Waterloo; Pride of Spitalfields in… you can guess where; Harrild and Sons in the City; and the Star and Anchor, Red Lion, North Star and The Wheatsheaf — all in Ealing.
- Kazimir Malevich’s abstract art on display in a retrospective at Tate Modern
- New restaurant review: Hawksmoor opens a new branch in Knightsbridge
- Artistic duo Gilbert & George display a fearful London in their latest exhibition
- A ‘useful primer of what to expect’ as a Crossrail exhibition opens at New London Architecture
- Everyday 90s household scenes get the limelight in Martin Parr’s photography
- Arcola Theatre’s Holes suffers from a basic plot and unfortunate timing
- We tried the vegetarian offerings at Greek restaurant Opso
- Shakespeare in Love at Noel Coward Theatre is soppy, but we liked it anyway
Things to do
- Stuck for something to do today? Join the Great British Carnival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it’s free!
- The London 2012 Olympic Cauldron is now on display at Museum of London
- Soak up the sun and sand in… Camden? Camden Beach is back. Camden Fringe is back too
- More foodie delights to look forward to at Feast festival next weekend
- Three ways to see inside the Houses of Parliament this summer
- Performances with an Alpine flavour, in Swiss Summer Nights in London on 14 August
- Learn about London and raise money for charity in an all night walk with Cardboard Citizens
- Have a pie in the sky, at this 100 foot high suspended dining table
- We’ll be at the Totally Thames festival this year, hosting riverine talks and quizzes. Join us
- Book ahead with our guide to what’s on stage this August
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