Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.
- YouGov poll finds London Mayor Boris Johnson is favourite for Conservative party leadership
- Street artist Above painted 46 shop shutters in 48 hours last weekend at Chrisp Street market
- Resevoir network in Walthamstow set to become the largest urban wetland in northern Europe
- Update on contactless: we shed a bit more light on the new payment system
- We got our tiny violin out of storage for Mark Simmonds, the MP who flounced out of Parliament over housing costs
- Jabberwocky festival was cancelled this week – we look at the possible reasons why
- Heavy-handed security at the South Bank’s Shell building prompts photographer’s appeal
- Money allocated to affordable housing is not being spent
- It’s scrub-a-dub-dub o’clock as Big Ben (no, pedants, don’t comment) gets its faces washed next week
- Looking for a good London pub? Of course you are! Check our lovingly-created pubs database (we’re constantly adding to it so feel free to send over your suggestions)
- In pictures: Sculpture in the City 2014
- More of a dabbler than a dribbler? Five London football teams to watch on the cheap
- Top tube geek Geoff Marshall is back with a Secrets of the DLR Line video
- Where to find Antony Gormley sculptures in London
- Who’s afraid of the big, bad landlord? A guide to the sanctions rogue landlords could face
- Where was the site of London’s first ever telephone call?
- A knot of snakes, ostentations of peacocks and a bed of scorpions — London’s non-native animals
- Did you know Victoria Station has a beach? Find out where, plus the location of Sparrow’s Corner and other odd features in The secret bits of Victoria station
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. New additions this week are: The Bull in Spitalfields and The Crown in Greenwich. Plus, find out which pubs in Victoria Park were selected by Londonist readers for entry into the database.
- Part anthem for doomed youth, part ribald comedy: My Night With Reg at Donmar Warehouse
- Latest V&A display, Rapid Response Collecting, exhibits items that have recently made the news
- What does the Science Museum throw out? New exhibition shows us its rubbish
- The Immortal Hour at Finborough Theatre is intimate, but perhaps not best suited to beginners
- The art and science of Captain Cook’s explorations at the Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich
- Intimate action at OperaUpClose’s La Traviata at Soho Theatre
- Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse is weird, ugly, corny, and all the better for it
Things to do
- Enter the ballot, enter the Fire Garden. Battersea Power Station set to make a fiery transformation next month
- Last chance to grab yourself a Londonist goodie with our summer clearance sale
- Is there a London garden that makes you smile? If so, nominate it for an award. Speaking of which… anyone seen this knitted garden?
- This month: dance films on show at BFI
- Outdoor Edwardian films at Horniman Museum start this week. Or do you prefer a good ol’ frightfest?
- Do good in London and join Maggie’s Culture Crawl. Or if you feel brave, take a dip in the docks with the Great London Swim
- New street food festival comes to Elephant and Castle from 22 August
- Water-based puns aplenty, as we look forward to next month’s Totally Thames festival
- What to see at Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival next month
- 10 things to see at Open House 2014 this year
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This week’s Things To Do In London is sponsored by Wingit.
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