What we're reading
- "I grew up in a London council block - it was a wonderful place to call home."
- Brewery creates 'F*** you, I'm Millwall' beer in honour of man who took on London Bridge attackers.
- Ever been down Prudent Passage?
Things to do
HEATWAVE: Struggling to cope with the heat? We've mapped London's best beer gardens and got the lowdown on the best rooftop bars. We've also been testing out London's best ice cream sundaes because... well, someone's got to do it.
ARTISTIC INSIGHT: Luar Klinghofer Bar Dov's photographs explore the viewpoints of Charles Dickens House, the council block high-rise of Bethnal Green. Exploring themes of multiculturalism and belonging, see what the interiors say about the residents that occupy them. Oxford House Gallery, free, just turn up, 9am-10pm (until 23 June)
INDIAN INSPIRATION: British artists Christabel Forbes, Lottie Stoddart, Tyga Helme and Matthew Cunningham are displaying work created during their time spent in the town of Modinagar, a small Indian village near New Delhi where they taught their craft to students at the Modinagar University. Daniel Raphael Gallery (Marylebone), free, just turn up, 9.30am-5.30pm (until 10 July)
LONDON SKYLINE: Explore an exhibition of the London that never was in Paper Architecture of London. Covering various schemes envisioned by architects, developers or entrepreneurs over the years or centuries, these structures could have dramatically transformed the city. The Wall Gallery (Battersea), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
RIVERSIDE BBQ: The BBQ Club is a split-level haven providing a riverside summer eatery, with gourmet dishes straight from the grill and the more intimate rooftop dining experience against the backdrop of the River Thames. The BBQ Club (Southbank), £45, book ahead, 11am-11pm
SOUTH LONDON: Uncover the histories of three areas of south London: Battersea, Herne Hill and Brighton Road. The exhibition contrasts historical images, documents, watercolour landscapes, mapping and sound recordings to bring each location to life. Morley Gallery, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
HIGGS BOSON: Sit down, get comfortable, and prepare to open your mind to the mysteries of the human brain with Particle Fever. Unusually directed by a former theoretical physicist, the documentary is about the series of experiments culminating in the identification of a fundamental particle of nature, the Higgs Boson. Barbican, £10.50/£8.60/£9.50/£5, book ahead, 6.10pm
DIGGING DEEP: Go deep underground (metaphorically) to learn how London's tunnels are constructed, and what new and innovative techniques are used — as well as unique and untold stories behind the city's underground labyrinth. Including talks from people behind the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Crossrail. Museum of London Docklands, £10, book ahead, 6.30-9pm
SACRED SPACES: A panel of grassroots Christian and Muslim speakers come together to share insights and constructive ways forward in these challenging times. The event is part of the Waterloo Festival, on the theme of 'Sacred Spaces'. Ticket includes iftar/supper (the evening meal breaking the fast of Ramadan). St John's Waterloo, £5, book ahead, 6.45pm-10pm
CHEEKY PREVIEW: Laugh Out London presents two top comedy acts, Live at the Apollo star Ivo Graham and the brilliant Eleanor Tiernan, before they head out to Edinburgh Fringe. The Antelope (Tooting), £4 (advance)/£5 (just turn up), 7.30pm
NEW MATERIAL: As seen on TV in Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, and The John Bishop Show, Ellie Taylor previews her EdFringe show and brand new material with Anna Morris in live comedy show series Laugh Train Home. The Honor Oak Pub, £6, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
Art review: iron thrones
Mozambique artist Goncalo Mabunda reclaims weapons from his country's civil war and fashions them into sculptures and thrones. It's politically powerful work, showing us how much power still resides in weaponry in Africa. Goncalo Mabunda: Emperor of the Sands at Jack Bell Gallery, 13 Masons Yard, SW1Y 6BU, free. Until 22 June ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan
Theatre review: wholly crap
When a British pastor and his wife are asked by a Texas preacher to front a new religious channel here in Blighty, they jump at the chance. Before they know it, though, GOD-TV is screening hardcore filth and the pious pair descend into a dark world of BDSM kink complete with rhinestoned codpieces, terrible Italian accents, banal songs, ridiculous plotting (can anyone really squash a head into a two-inch thick pizza box?) and — at over 2 hours — a bum-numbingly long running time. Holy Crap quickly veers out of so-bad-it's-good-gonna-be-a-cult-classic territory and heads straight for hell. There's far more than a pinch of Rocky Horror here but more in terms of inspiration than any actual fun. One for musical theatre masochists only. Holy Crap, King's Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN, £15-£25. Until 8 July. ☆☆☆☆☆ Franco Milazzo
Food review: eastern promise in southwest London
Zheng's a newcomer to South Kensington, but it already feels thoroughly SW3. The atmosphere's calm. The background music, hushed. The decor, tastefully restrained. The Malaysian menu’s not nearly as demure as the vibe, though. Every dish we order is richer, hotter or just better than we expected: several of them scattered with chillies, but full of vivid, deep flavours a long way off the high-heat monotone of a lesser curryhouse. The beef rendang's falling-apart meat, bound in a coconut sauce so thick it's almost grainy. Green beans with minced chicken sounds simple on the menu but they nearly eclipse everything else with the combined crunch of fried bean and dried chilli. And our order-each-time-you-go dish would be easy to overlook among the starters: the prawn fritters are large, meaty dumplings with a delicate batter shell. This virtuoso way with a fritter comes at a price, with even starters clocking in at about £9 up. But the lower reaches of the wine list are reasonable and if you're looking to splash out on a beef rendang, you get a lot of brilliance for your buck here. Zheng, 4 Sydney Street, SW3 6PP. ★★★★☆ Lydia Manch
Good cause of the day: craft beer cares
A ticket will get you a keepsake glass and seven beer tokens to spend on the huge variety of beer on offer from breweries including Kernel, Five Points, Pressure Drop, Partizan, Brew By Numbers, Anspach & Hobday, Weird Beard, East London Brewery, Beavertown, One Mile End, Maregade, Elusive, Siren, Cloudwater, Northern Monk, Wylam, Founders, To Ol, Yeastie Boys, Hackney, Gipsy Hill, Magic Rock, and more. Brew Club, 38-40 Upper Clapton Road, E5 8BQ, £14.40, book ahead, 1 July
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets