Your Sunday morning best of Londonist weekly round-up, this week sponsored by Covent Garden. Scroll down for information on Covent Garden's After Hours events in July.
- Inside the Brixton department store with 130 years of history.
- In search of Isaac Newton's lost observatory.
- Opinion: Why gentrification isn't always bad for London.
- See some of the strangest water craft ever built in London.
- Don't trust everything you read — these London plaques have some awkward errors.
- Next time you're in Hackney Wick, check out these places to eat and drink.
- Behind the scenes at Wilton's Music Hall.
- Do London's horse statues follow a hidden code?
Did you know...?
- ...about the Roman bath that isn't actually Roman?
- ...how many bins there are in the City of London?
- ...whether Chelsea's King(')s Road should have an apostrophe or not?
- ...about the railway that ran between Nunhead and Greenwich Park?
- ...about the Ritz hotel's £1,500 rule?
- ...about the supposed Chanel logo on London's lampposts?
- ...that Buckingham Palace has London's oldest helipad?
This is a sponsored message on behalf of Covent Garden.
Late night shopping at Covent Garden Wednesday to Saturday throughout July
Time's running out to take advantage of #CGAfterHours, a series of late night shopping evenings in the picture perfect Covent Garden.
Over 50 stores around the cobbled square stay open late Wednesday through to Saturday throughout July.
As well as a chance to indulge in some evening retail therapy, food trucks will be tempting shoppers with delicious offerings every Thursday — names include Shake Shack, Balthazar, Southern Joe’s, Maxwell’s, Sophie’s Steakhouse and Pizza Pilgrims. After you've satisfied your appetite, get your tipples from the Portobello Road Gin pop-up while listening to live DJ sessions.
Covent Garden After Hours take place Wed-Sat throughout July and last until 9pm. To find out more, visit the Covent Garden website #CGAfterHours.
- Love buffalo wings? London's getting a hot wing festival.
- A sinkhole under the railway tracks caused havoc for south London commuters this week...
- ...while Monday was its own kind of hell (and Tuesday wasn't much better).
- One London restaurant is cashing in on the Pokemon Go trend.
- Sorry, but...it's already Christmas at Harrods.
Things to do
- Ever taken a dip in the resurrected Hillingdon Lido?
- Free beer, you say? Yep, that's right.
- Which of London's recent exhibition are worth a visit?
- Rooftop Film Club takes to the waves with a boaty film club (complete with Titanic screening).
- See showbiz names including Benedict Cumberbatch read out personal letters.
- THEATRE: See three Judy Garlands on stage at Southwark Playhouse ★★★☆☆
- ART: Hands down, this is the best performance art we've ever seen ★★★★★
- EXHIBITION: Museum of London's Fire! Fire! is a solid, family-friendly exhibition ★★★★☆
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