Your Sunday morning best of Londonist weekly round-up, this week sponsored by Wellcome Collection.
- Croydon is mutton dressed as mutton — but everyone forgets that mutton is tasty.
- The magic and grandeur of London's grand cafés.
- This is what London's pulse looks like.
- The airspace above London is pretty busy if this video is anything to go by.
- Think you know the river? See how well you do on our River Thames quiz.
- Compare photos of London's pubs now with photos of the same pubs in the 1900s.
- Fancy joining our team? We're looking for an intern.
- 7 places to get to know better when Crossrail arrives.
Did you know...
- ...where London's first rooftop helicopter landing took place?
- ...that Canary Wharf isn't the cultural desert most people think it is?
- ...what the humble leotard has to do with Leicester Square?
- ...how London's buses get their numbers?
New exhibition reveals how rest (or lack of it) affects us
Find out how rest — or lack of rest — affects your mind and body, as well as culture and society at a new exhibition later this month.
Rest & its discontents explores the dynamics of rest, stress, relaxation, sound, noise, work and mind-wandering through moving image, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound, music and debate.
Works on show include an audio installation and noise-monitoring network prototyping a new Heathrow Airport, and 39 floating solar-powered objects, representing the categories of labour prohibited on the Sabbath.
The exhibition is the result of Hubbub, a two-year residency involving 50 international artists, scientists, broadcasters, researchers and mental health experts in The Hub at the Wellcome Collection, led by Durham University.
Rest & its discontents is at Mile End Art Pavilion 30 September-30 October, Tuesday-Sunday. Entry is free.
Food and drink tips
- Important stuff, this: where to get London's best doughnuts.
- Just because you're vegan, doesn't mean you have to forgo dessert. Quite the opposite, in fact.
- London's restaurants are getting a Syrian twist next month, starting with a charity banquet.
- If you've got £1,000 to spare, why not take part in London's longest dinner party?
- Great news, chocoholics — the Chocolate Show is coming back, with exhibitors from all over the world.
- A sea of singing, illuminated see-saws is coming to Leicester Square.
- Get a sneak preview of the Queen's House in Greenwich before it reopens next month.
- Sir John Soane's Museum just got better.
- Fancy popping into the Natural History Museum? There's no need to trek all the way to South Kensington.
- The most complete collection of historical artefacts unearthed in London during works for Crossrail will go on display at Museum of London Docklands.
Things to do
- V&A's new exhibition, You Say You Want A Revolution, is a spectacular show, filled with music and fashion ★★★★★
- TfL wants you to get off the tube and walk next weekend.
- Relive your childhood: board games take centre stage at the Museum of Childhood's next exhibition.
- 5 shows to see (or avoid) at the theatre this week.
- Natural History Museum is holding its first ever New Year's Eve Ball this year — a last chance to party with Dippy before he leaves.
- If one day of Halloween isn't enough for you, get stuck into London's Month of the Dead.
- Cute alert: Award-winning animal photos have gone on display at London Zoo.
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