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Things to do
DESIGNING THE V&A: A visit to the V&A is always a masterclass in art and design, but that's just the exhibits — have you ever stopped and looked at the building around you? In this exhibition, original drawings and photographs chart the building's transformation from the 1850s to today. V&A Museum, free, just turn up, 10am-5.45pm (until 7 January 2018)
KING'S CROSS TOUR: This once dilapidated area — formerly 67 acres of old railway and industrial land — is being transformed into a shiny new district for living, working and playing. Learn about some of the glitzy new buildings on the site on this walking tour. St Pancras International, £18, book ahead, 10.30am-12.30pm
HOLBORN HOUSES: Did you know that the only British prime minister to be assassinated lived in Holborn? Tour the houses formerly occupied by famous people, and dwellings from the history of literature and invention. Holborn Station kiosk, free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm
BOWIE'S BRIXTON: He may have seen stardom the world over, but this was a boy born and bred in London — a Brixton boy, to be precise. This two hour guided tour of his vibrant home town covers everything from birth to death, and features an ensemble of Bowie songs performed en-route. Brixton Tourist Information, £15, book ahead, 2pm-4pm
HITLER IS DEAD: Or is he? This lecture by Professor Sir Richard Evans of the University of Cambridge explores the rumours of Hitler's survival, from where they originated to what evidence has been advanced to support them. The National Archives (Kew), free, book ahead, 4.45pm-6.30pm
SPACE LATES: This adults-only, after-hours event takes on all things space this month, in an evening that promises to be out-of-this-world (sorry...). With experts on hand to answer all your questions, there's plenty to discover before you hit the dance floor at the silent disco. The Science Museum, free, just turn up, 6.45pm-10pm
CATHEDRAL CAPTURES: Photographers — amateur and professional alike — will love this rare, after-hours opportunity to take photos of Southwark Cathedral lit not just by candlelight, but by natural sunlight too. A great way to showcase the stunning stained glass windows. Southwark Cathedral, £10, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
CREATIVE MASTERCLASS: Author Sheila Chandra and renowned street artist STIK join forces to present an organisational masterclass for creative people — helping put you on the path to artistic career success. Foyles Bookshop (Charing Cross), £8/£5, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
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Art review: locking horns
After the major exhibitions, visit this small display of lovely sketches of animals and illustrations by Charles Tunnicliffe. Some are illustrations for Ladybird books, and there is a corner where children can try their own hand at drawing animals. The standout work for us is a black and white sketch of two bulls locking horns - perfectly sketched so you can see the strain each animal is under. Second Nature: The Art of Charles Tunnicliffe at Royal Academy of Arts. Until 8 October, £3 (or free with an exhibition ticket). ★★★☆☆
Food review: a must do for brunch fanatics
Alright, so bottomless brunches are all the rage in London, but sometimes it’s nice to get back to our brunching roots with some solid breakfast grub and the company of some seriously cute poodles. We can’t guarantee the poodles will be there every time, but Alma Cafe is pet friendly and several canine friends came in and out while we chowed down on delicious runny yolk Eggs Benedict with oodles of tangy hollandaise sauce, and the chef’s special of smoked salmon on sourdough with little bursts of juice from pomegranate jewels. It went down a treat with the freshly made apple and mango juices. The light and airy cafe itself is a gorgeous little find in Barnes, and the deli offerings are definitely worth a second visit for lunch. Alma Cafe, 2-3 Rocks Lane, Barnes, SW13 0DB ★★★★★ Eleana Overett
Theatre review: game of throne
The old Leicester car-park corpse is back with a vengeance. Antic Disposition’s RayBan-and-head-mike-modernised Richard III contrasts the glorious 12th century setting of Temple Church, with a terrific crash course in modern ensemble acting and a booming soundtrack that could have been chosen by Guy Ritchie. Toby Manley’s tormented and uneasily charming Richard shifts restlessly between scheming bastard and emotionally vulnerable with a clarity not often seen in showier renditions of this part. As Richard’s evil counterpart the Duke of Buckingham, Joe Eyre is a captivatingly sinister spider-man crawling all over his prey. The bodies pile up and their ghosts stand guard at the edge of the stage, a reminder of the lengths to which a man can go in pursuit of absolute power. Great stuff. Richard III, Temple Church, EC4Y 7BB. £20-40 until 9 September [Tuesday-Saturday] ★★★★☆ JohnnyFox
Good cause for the day
OLD OAK COMMON: Train geeks rejoice, as Old Oak Common railway depot opens its doors for one day only. A unique collection of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives will all be on display, and plenty of rides, stalls and activities are on offer too. All proceeds will go towards Place2Be, a children's mental health charity. Old Oak Common railway depot, £20, book ahead, 2 September, 10am-4pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue. Get tickets
Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet. Get tickets
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets
Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets