Best Of Londonist: 17-23 July 2023

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Last Updated 21 July 2023

Best Of Londonist: 17-23 July 2023

Your weekly Londonist roundup, featuring Londony news and features.

London's New Tube Trains Have Been Spotted In Action

(And that's action, not Acton.)

A futuristic looking Piccadilly line train
Image: TfL

Bartholomew Fair: Formerly Banned Blowout Last Held In 1855 Returns To London

It'll feature people dancing on the side of St Paul's Cathedral!

A person in a white dress walking up the side of an NYC skyscraper
Image: James Adamson

TfL Is Going Ahead With Plans To Withdraw Day Travelcards By January 2024

Sadiq Khan pushing ahead with decision to rip up paper passes.

A pile of pink paper travelcards
Image: Christian Wiediger via Unsplash

55 Bishopsgate: Green Light For What Will Be City's Third-Tallest Skyscraper

It should be completed by 2029.

A tropical sky garden overlooking the city

Thames Tideway Tunnel: What Is London's New Supersewer?

A short guide to a big project.

Workers in orange high vis in a tunnel
Image: Tideway

Pick Your Own Lavender At This Annual Harvest Weekend In South London

Perfectly pastoral purpleness.

A woman mans a stall selling lavender themed goodies

Notting Hill Carnival 2023 Guide: When, Where And How To Do London's Caribbean Festival

Europe's biggest street festival returns this August bank holiday.

A seriously crowded street - thousands of people
Image: Shutterstock

London's First Ever Night Bus Ran 110 Years Ago

No passengers recorded eating a kebab on the back seat.

An old omnibus loaded with passengers outside a tube station
Image: TfL

The Biggest Exhibitions To See In London This Summer

Shows to feast your senses on between now and the autumn.

People explore a small room cluttered with various photos and objects
© Jemima Yong

Dazzling Yellow PYO Sunflower Farms And Fields Near London

And it was all yellow.

Close up of a bright yellow sunflower in a field of others
Image: Juno Jo via Unsplash

The Best 9 Pubs Near The South Bank And Waterloo

We've drank in them all, and these are our favourites.

The concrete frontage of Doggett's Coat and Badge pub

Cycling And The Silvertown Tunnel: Have Your Say

How to get cyclists across the river.

Mock up of a swooshing bus shelter, and people getting onto a blue bus with their bikes
Image: TfL

Experience Luke Jerram's Spellbinding Mars: War & Peace Installation For Free This Summer

Experience the Red Planet in NASA-quality detail. (sponsor)

Shot of four people stood beneath a glowing orange orb - as taken from below
Image: Questacon

From Our Newsletter: London's First Cyclists: When The 'Dandy Horse' Was The Talk Of The Town

A two-wheeled fad for wealthy Londoners.

A very old fashioned wooden bike
Image: Science Museum London, under creative commons licence

Totally Thames: London's Month-Long Festival Of All Things Riverine

Including a spectacular boat marathon along the Thames.

Two young people 'fighting' one another with ribbons attached to sticks

London Hacks: Londonist Readers Give Us Their Savviest Tips

Toilets are everywhere if you know where to look.

View over the timber framed mezzanine at Liberty
Image: Joanne Wan via creative commons

How To Spend A Weekend In Birmingham

Canals, curries and chocolate.

A museum with glass cases filled with all sorts of pen heritage

More Than 1,000 Rubber Ducks Will Be Released Into Paddington Basin This July

An absolutely quacking event on Regent's Canal.

Rubber ducks being poured into a canal basin next to a huge START banner