Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 28 June 2017

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Barefoot Bowls at Festibowl 2017

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Things to do

HEATHROW EXRESS: To celebrate the milestone of reaching 100 million passengers, Heathrow Express has been photographing passengers and staff travelling on its trains, in collaboration with travel blogger and photographer Dave Burt. HExibition is a pop-up interactive photography exhibition to pay tribute to the diverse travellers across the UK. Paddington station, free, just turn up, 28 June-4 July

UNDERGROUND MEMORABILIA: Peruse original vintage posters from the London Underground and around the world at Antikbar's gallery preview. Checking out what's on offer in advance of their auction on Saturday 1 July will give you time to find a perfect spot on your walls for a little piece of history. AntikBar (Chelsea), £5, just turn up, 10am-6pm

BRITISH BOWLS: Lawn bowls might not usually scream "festival atmosphere", but Festibowl 2017 is changing that perception. Barefoot Bowls is the traditional British game but with a modern twist. Chuck a couple of balls around while chilling to DJs, with street food and cocktails. Finsbury Square, £25, book ahead, until 30 June

DNA REPAIR: Spend your lunch hour feeding your curiosity. Geneticist Charlotte Mykura speaks on how the DNA in our cells is broken down tens of thousands of times a day, and how these breaks are repaired to prevent the cells from dying or becoming cancerous. Wellcome Collection, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

TROUBLEMAKERS: The Society of Genealogists is revealing the stories behind some of Bishopsgate Institute's archives on radicals and troublemakers who dared to challenge the status quo. Bishopsgate Institute, £8, book ahead,2pm-3pm

Celebrating 100 million passengers on the Heathrow Express

EGYPTIAN SECRETS: Go behind the scenes at the Petrie Museum to learn about their collection of letters, drawings and tales on papyrus. Find out the fascinating process of making papyrus from the stem of the papyrus plant, and as these ancient and fragile documents age, see how researchers battle to conserve the delicate material. Petrie Museum, free, just turn up, 6pm-8pm

LGBTQ+ SASS:Take yourself off to the Science Museum for an LGBT-inspired evening of fabulousness, tying in with Pride in London. Drag kings and queens will be sashaying around the museum while you explore animal sex habits, sex counselling, the history of sexual orientation, walking like your opposite gender, and more. Age 18+. Science Museum, free, just turn up, 6.45pm-10pm

INSIDE CLERKENWELL: Photographers can catch a different glimpse of London to the rest of us — but how do they do it? Olivia Arthur and Mark Power discuss their most recent project, a photographic portrait of contemporary Clerkenwell. Museum of London, £10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

CAMP FIRE STORIES:Forget it's only Wednesday at Skip Garden's evening of music and fresh veggie food around the camp fire, which raises funds for The Starfish Project. Ticket price includes entrance, food and live music. Skip Gardens, £15, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

BREWERY BRAWL: Who doesn't love a good local craft beer? But which is best? Five Points brewery in Hackney pit their top three beers against Orbit Beers of Walworth to see who will come out on top. Tickets include six beers and snacks. Jackdaw and Star, £10, book ahead, 8pm-10pm


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Art review: power politics

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Duo kennardphillipps are renowned for the famous Tony Blair selfie in front of an explosion. This small exhibition sees them attacking Theresa May, David Cameron, Trump and the finance industry in collages made from newspapers and share prices. It’s a no-holds-barred attack on the current political system. May Not at Dadiani Fine Art, 30 Cork Street, W1S 3NG, free. Until 6 July ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday)

Theatre review: austerity folks

The legend of Richard the Lionheart's dubious rescue from captivity by his minstrel Blondel is the subject of this rock musical by Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver. With its youthful cast, it's well sung, and is funny in a pantomime sort of way. It's a pity that Blondel comes across less as a rock star and more of a folk singer — it could do with a throbbing beat and a few guitar riffs to keep the action moving. But you'll find a few wry observations about austerity which will seem as relevant as when the show first premiered in 1983. Blondel, Union Theatre, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR, £22.50-£25. Until 15 July 2017 ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday to Sunday) Paul Ewing

Food review: street food stalwarts overlooking the docks

On arrival at Street Feast's Giant Robot, we're disappointed to learn we won't be dining inside an actual giant robot. But that disappointment is short-lived as we suss out the food options. Steamed buns, tapas, fried chicken and lobster rolls are on offer from some stalwarts of the London street food scene — and that's before we get to the bar. If you're suffering from the night before, Thunderbird's buffalo chicken will sort you right out, before you get started again on the peach bellinis. It's a relaxed, warehouse-style space, with tables inside and outside on the balcony overlooking the docks, the ideal place to get a group together for brunch. Before we know it, we've wiled away five hours of our Saturday here, and leave feeling full and satisfied. Extra hungry? Head down on a Sunday for Giant Sundays — supersized portion sizes for the same price. Open 11am-late everyday. Giant Robot, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5AR ★★★★☆ Laura Reynolds

Good cause for the day

Get your team together for costumed capers at Dodgeballdayer on 5 August in Wimbledon. Dodge, duck, dip and dive to raise money for Mencap at the UK's largest fancy dress dodgeball event. As well as a day full of dodging, there will be live DJs, a raffle and an auction with some top-notch goodies. There will also be food and drink stalls to keep you going throughout the day. Wimbledon Rugby Football Club, £30 per person, book ahead, 1pm-1am

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The Harry Potter Christmas Tour


Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets

Learn How to Shoot Like Robin Hood


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. Hit bullseye and get your tickets: http://bit.ly/2kyov7a (sponsor) Get tickets

Psychology of Attraction


Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. Get tickets

East London Food Tour


Feast on the tastes of the East End... Chomp on pie and mash from a restaurant that's been open since 1900, and visit Russell Brand's not-for-profit café. There are seven stops in the food and drink tour across Shoreditch and Hoxton, so you better come hungry! Get tickets