Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.
- West London hospitals to sell up to 55% of their respective sites
- In pictures: ceramic poppies planted at the Tower of London
- Investigators make six recommendations following an Underground evacuation last summer
- Drivers of diesel cars in central London could get charged under Ultra Low Emissions Zone proposals
- Changing London’s new report, The Good City, proposes a new vision for the capital
- Attention South East Londoners, the Bakerloo line could be extending your way… in 2040
- Alcohol monitoring tags introduced in South London boroughs Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Sutton
- A look at London’s £1.3trillion Infrastructure Plan 2050
- Have you spotted a Little Free Library near you? How about one of these literary statues?
- Is driving more economical than public transport? An update
- We got our hands on the bard himself. Watch our interview with William Shakespeare
- Get your pulse racing with these extreme sports in London. Alternatively… bubble football anyone?
- Spend a penny at these London restaurants and bars located in public toilets
- Shake it all about at these top cocktail masterclasses
- We look at some of the causes of rough sleeping in the capital
- Behind the scenes and on the roof at the Old Truman Brewery
- We speak to film director Hong Khao ahead of the release of his latest film, Lilting
- London Calling and “Barry frigging Manilow” — your favourite London song lyrics
- Make big sounds and join one of London’s big bands
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 had one new addition this week: the Black Lion in West Hampstead.
- How have objects been used to bring about change? New exhibition at V&A explores
- We visit the much heralded First World War galleries at the newly-reopened Imperial War Museum
- Helen McCrory delivers tension and thrills in Medea at National Theatre
- Mermaids, winged deer and a rodent with a snake’s tail: Stranger than Fiction at Science Museum
- As Nature Intended by Spitalfields Market is a health food shop with a difference
- New restaurant review: Mexican Comensal in Clapham
- Gillian Anderson has the X-Factor in A Streetcar Named Desire
Things to do
- We’re at Feast festival today (probably eating a lot of cheese, as well as recording our podcast). Come and say hi!
- If you’re stuck for something to do this month, check our August round-ups for markets and shopping, art events and beer festivals
- Experiencing summer holiday woes? Here are some ideas on how to keep the kids entertained this week
- Try out one of these foodie pop-ups — while you still can.
- Counting down the days until Haruki Murakami’s new novel? There are some London events too
- You can hire a Barclays Cycle Hire bike for free the weekend of 16-17 August
- Join us for a 15 mile River Thames outflow walk this September. It’s free and we promise to make it as geeky as possible
- Or, join us… on a boat! On 12 September we’re hosting a floating quiz as part of Totally Thames
- Closing tomorrow: our competition to win tickets for a steam train ride on the London underground
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