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What we're reading:
- Sir Leonard Blavatnik buys one of London's oldest theatres.
- See which four London restaurants have made the world's 50 best list.
- Meet the London sommelier making his own wine.
- What can a foul murder tell us about life in Victorian London's East End?
- Peckham festival is running a crowdfunding campaign for its 2018 edition.
Things to do:
BRITISH ACADEMY SUMMER SHOWCASE: From sleep in Early Modern England, to depictions of the Wild West in retro video games, there's a ton of topics for you to get stuck into at The British Academy's inaugural Summer Showcase. Don't forget to hang around for the Late, featuring live South African jazz. The British Academy (Westminster), free, 11am-5pm/6.30pm-9pm, until 23 June
EAST LONDON COMICS AND ARTS: London's biggest annual showcase of comics, illustration, sequential art, and storytelling returns with its largest ever programme of events. This year's line up includes an illustrated puppet workshop and poetry zine-making. Round Chapel (Clapton), from £10, book ahead, 12pm-7pm, 22-24 June
SUMMER LOVING DISCO: Get ready to throw some serious shapes down at Greenwich Market, where Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet is hosting a night of vintage soul, funk and disco. Don't worry if you've long since ditched your flairs and wide collar shirts — there'll be retro clothing stalls to help you look the part. Greenwich Market, free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm
A BRIDGE TO CHRISTO: Baffled by the barrel-centric art of Christo? Let the academics of Goldsmiths Uni fill you in at a documentary screening and public discussion of the eminent Bulgarian born artist's work. Goldsmiths (New Cross), free, just turn up, 7pm-8.30pm
Sounds Like London: our picks today
June brings the Mayor of London's Sounds Like London campaign to the capital — a month-long celebration of both women in music and London's grassroots music scene. Here's our pick of today's Sounds Like London events:
LONDON CONTEMPORARY VOICES: Behold the power of the human voice... in a park in Peckham. Choral genius best appreciated in nature. Glengall Wharf Gardens, £9-£13, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
EALING ECLECTIC: Louise Marshall & The Brethren regale Ealing with soul, jazz and a fair bit of funk. The Brentham Club, £15, 10pm-11pm
MIDSUMMER JAZZ CRUISE: It may not be the Caribbean, but this evening cruise from Chiswick Pier to Westminster is not without its charms. Enjoy a two course supper as you sail across the River Thames while Anacousis serenades you with live jazz. Chiswick Pier, £45, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm
DON KIPPER: Seven Sisters, the new album from multi award-winning septet Don Kipper, is a love letter to the cultural diversity of — you guessed it— north London's Seven Sisters. Expect a colourful mash-up of Klezmer, Balkan, West African, and Turkish stylings as the band celebrates its release. Wilton's Music Hall (Shadwell), £13, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm
KONA KANA SUPPER CLUB: Discover the melting pot of Portuguese heritage, fresh seafood, and red Indian spices that is Goan cuisine with a five course tasting menu dedicated to the Western Indian beach state. Highlights include Prawn Balchao and Beef Assado but there are plenty of veggie options, too. Vagabond N7 (Highbury & Islington), £32, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm
COMEDY: Enjoy a bit of quiet riverside reflection while your entertainment for the evening insists on singing, chatting, and spooking the fish. Introducing Pat Cahill — who is shedding his absurdist comedian skin to become The Fisherman. Soho Theatre, £13, book ahead, 8.45pm
SESSION: Part battle cry, part love song, Session blends hip hop, Afrobeats and street dance to create an outdoor concert-cum-dance party where everyone is welcome. See this group of talented young dancers and musicians make their debut tonight. Bernie Grant Arts Centre (Tottenham), £15, book ahead, 9pm, until 30 June
Good cause of the day
Do you know your East Coast from your West? Your Biggie Smalls from your Lil Wayne? Put your hip hop knowledge to the test at the Black YoUng Professional Network's summer fundraiser. Their Ultimate Hip Hop Quiz is collecting cash for Urban Synergy, an early intervention mentoring charity that helps young people fulfil their potential.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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