Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up, sponsored this week by Happn.
- Our thoughts on the news that the government is planning to reduce benefits while increasing the inheritance tax threshold. Speaking of which... what the 2015 budget means for London.
- Could it become illegal to take photos of London's skyline?
- Another skyscraper planned for London, nearly as big as The Shard.
- A hypnotising animation of planes flying over London's airports.
- A guess as to how many MPs are also London landlords?
- The shortlist for Astronomy Photographer of the Year. All together now: ooh, aah...
- Oh and there was a tube strike this week. Didn't you know?
- Find out what films were made near you with BFI's new interactive film map.
- Strength and solidarity: your memories of 7/7. We also remember Ken Livingstone's inspiring post 7/7 speech.
- Where to be a big kid in London. What? You started it!
- An introduction to Creekmouth.
- Video: an employee's revenge on Robert Maxwell.
- Forget the moon on a stick, we've got a planet in an underpass.
- We go in search of London's bats.
- The capital's role in space exploration over the year.
- London's top five truncated hyperbolic paraboloids. Need we say more?
- Sup your way into summer with these saison beers.
- Learn all about the Brixton pound in our podcast.
- The Ben Uri Collection celebrates its 100th birthday ★★★☆☆
- Great acrobatics but the story is lacking in Nocturne ★★★☆☆
- Royal Opera House’s new take on Giuseppe Verdi’s final work Falstaff shines after a slow start ★★★☆☆
- Welles and Olivier bicker at Southwark Playhouse, but never spark into life ★★☆☆☆
- National Gallery combines music with art, with some strange combinations ★★☆☆☆
- "This is all so horrible", pretty much sums up this London film ★☆☆☆☆
- A Number at Young Vic could have come from the pen of Mary Shelley ★★★★☆
Things to do
- Too much sun? Seek solace in a cool, dark cinema with these new London releases.
- The Sculpture in the City art trail is back for its fifth year.
- The Southbank Centre’s biennial Poetry International festival is back at the end of July.
- Storytelling in a yurt, courtesy of story masters Crick Crack Club.
- Can you hear those sleigh bells jinglin', ring ting tinglin' too? (Sorry).
- See photos of every one of London's 58,000 streets.
- Fancy winning a blindfolded wine tasting session? Or is Tom Jones more your cup of tea?
Tickets & offers
Herring and Legge: Catch new work in progress from Richard Herring, working on his first Edinburgh show since becoming a dad and Michael Legge getting vitriolic about meeting his heroes, at the Comedy Bar Islington, Chapel Bar, near Angel on 15 July at 8pm. Tickets £7.50.
T20 Cricket: There are only two T20 Blast Fridays left at the Oval and you can be there in Club Level seats with access to a private bar for just £40. Surrey play Somerset on 17 July, and Sussex on 24 July.
Citadel: A new kind of festival takes place on 19 July in Victoria Park: Citadel celebrates the pleasures of a summery Sunday afternoon. As well as live music from Bombay Bicycle Club, Kurt Vile, Anna Calvi, Neneh Cherry and more there are feasts, talks, debates, Sunday Papers Live and a Sports Day. Tickets £56 adults, £6 kids.
The Motherf**ker With The Hat: Some lowest price tickets are still available for this sweary, brash, unapologetic play about love and drugs on the streets of New York, on until 20 August. Get £15 tix through YPlan.
London Dungeon Late: If Ripperology is your guilty pleasure indulge it at the next London Dungeons Late on 17 July. Your £25 ticket includes gin cocktail, dress up and 60 minute tour of the Dungeons. Watch your back...
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