Best Of Londonist: Lovely Libraries, Forgotten Disasters And Commuting Woes

Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.

Join us for a quiz on a boat! This photo is from 2014, where everyone was up on top deck to see the Thames Barrier mid-quiz

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Books books books. We celebrate London's specialist libraries this week, see story above. Photo: iDJ Photography 2012

Top reviews

  • Our verdict on Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet ★★★★★
  • This week's Street Food Spotlight alights on veggie Indian outfit, Village Gujjus ★★★☆☆
  • August's most talked about art exhibitions — we give the lowdown.
  • The dark truth about Notting Hill: Streets of Sin book review ★★★★☆
  • We pay a visit to little Lebanese, Ilili, in Streatham ★★★☆☆
  • Another corker, Henry V inside atmospheric Temple Church ★★★★★
  • Australian convicts find redemption through theatre, at Our Country's Good ★★★★☆

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SECRET CINEMA: If you love Star Wars you'll love watching The Empire Strikes Back. If you love watching that, you're likely to love viewing it as if you're IN the film — surrounded by detailed sets, live actors and themed props. Dress up and take on the Death Star. From 1 September. Tickets £78.
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ART AFTER DARK: Visit Joseph Cornell's exhibition at Royal Academy, where visitors can relax beneath an installation that reproduces all 9,000 stars visible to the naked eye. This special Late event on 5 September, 6.30pm will also involve live performance, screenings and interstellar entertainment. Tickets £22.
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CELEBRATING OUTER LONDON: Moving from outer space to The Outer London Festival on 5 September, to celebrate those London boroughs often overlooked for falling outside of Zone 1. There'll be stalls, music, talks, activities and more. Bring the family and explore a new side of London. Tickets from £10.

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COCKTAILS AND COCKLES: If you've never combined the two (and why not??) then now's the time at SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Say hello to the watery residents after dark at this adult-only Late on 4 September, complete with street food and fully-stocked bar. Tickets £29.
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OUTDOOR CINEMA: Kew Gardens is a favourite place for a wander and escape from hectic London life. But on 3 September it's also great for some film watching, as Luna Cinema hosts an al fresco summertime screening of Casablanca in the beautiful grounds. Tickets £16.50.
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TOP COMEDY: With a switching line-up every week, Comedy Store Players ditches the script and forces acts to rely solely on their improv skills to get the laughs in. They'll have no idea what's coming next, and you'll be sure not to hear the same joke twice. Tickets from £13.
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FREE FROM FOOD: Gorge at the UK's first gluten, dairy and sugar-free summer food festival, Free From Food Festival. Whether you have an intolerance, or just love healthy, creative food, you'll find plenty of tidbits to try on 31 August. Tickets £5.
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