Things to do today is sponsored by The Postal Museum.
What we're reading
- The Met's Notting Hill carnival crackdown is an embarrassing grab for headlines.
- A memorial service is planned for the 60,000 bodies exhumed by HS2 works near Euston.
- Why is London so expensive?
- An in-depth look at the (re)lengthening and shortening of the platforms at Waterloo.
- World's largest samosa record is smashed in London.
- We want this mural painted on our wall.
Things to do
SECRETS OF THE MOVIES: Ever sat in your cinema seat long enough to witness the end credits? If so then you've probably wondered what the gaffer, boom operator, and head of craft service do. Well this exhibition at the Strand Gallery will put an end to the mystery. Strand, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm weekdays, until 24 August
SCIENCE MUSEUM: Visitors to the Science Museum this summer are being invited to participate in an experiment examining the role of groups and social identity in human behaviour. Go along and see if you can collaborate to create a live jazz performance. Science Museum, free, book ahead, 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, until 24 August
THE CITY IS OURS: What's in your salad? This workshop explores the differences between a supermarket salad bag and one from a community growing project. Explore the contents of the bags, how the salads were grown, and how each of them has affected the environment and community. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm
ALCHEMY, ASTROLOGY, AND ANGELS: Discover London's magical and mystical sights on this guided tour, that takes you past the British Museum and Treadwell's bookshop, culminating at a magic circle ritual on the Isle of Dogs. Mortlake station, free, book ahead, 2pm-9pm
NATIONAL BURGER DAY: The battle of the burgers comes to Hawker House, where some fine food traders and restaurants in commence eight hours of scrummy food and booze at their Canada Water warehouse. Hawker House, £15, book ahead, 4pm-midnight
ROOF TOP DJ SESH: Jason Taylor sacrificed his childhood sweet shop money to put this show on for you. So get up to the rooftop and jump... not off the roof obviously. Madison, free, book ahead, 4pm-1am, until 25 August
A WORLD OF PLAY: Liven up a dull Thursday night at Casumo's pop-up casino extravaganza, #AWorldOfPlay, where you'll find a human slot machine, musical bingo, giant card games, 'Gospel-oke', plus complimentary drinks and performances from award winning beatboxer THePETEBOX and more. Kachette (Shoreditch), free (register here), 5.30pm-11pm (sponsor)
THE STORY OF TROY: Gather round for a story of adventure, bravery and tragedy, as storyteller and musician Clare Goodall leads you through the 10th year of the siege of Troy; the year the soothsayers had predicted the city would fall. The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre (Kentish Town), £8, book ahead, 6.15pm, until 26 August
CITY VOICES: Catch the 300 strong London City Choir at their summer concert before they take on Wembley at the Rugby Challenge cup. Pleasing tunes from the 60s to the present are abound. Bring your party hats. Troxy, £16, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
REFORMATION KEYNOTE: Hear the keynote address of historian, author and broadcaster Suzannah Lipscomb, which explores the four key themes of the Senate House Library's exhibition Reformation. Senate House, £10/£5, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
A treasure-trove of family events at The Postal Museum
Clerkenwell's Postal Museum is a great day out for everyone, and that includes kids. During the rest of the summer holidays, drop by for a treasure-trove of family events.
On Friday 25 August, pop by for craft activities, where youngsters can design facemasks inspired by Tibs the Post Office cat, or the escaped lioness who attacked a mail coach in 1816. Saturday 26 August is for storytelling, including the tale of pirate attacks on mail ships. On Monday 28 August, a science show will reveal the technology and engineering behind Mail Rail. Tuesday 29 August brings a pop-up photographic studio to the museum, where you can pose in an old post office uniform. On Wednesday 30 August, the galleries truly come alive when great characters from postal past wander the museum. Thursday 31 August sees more craftiness, with mail-inspired jewellery making and print-making.
All activities are free with museum entry (summer discounts still available). Activities are drop-in but spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All children under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Art review: food porn
Desserts, rainbow foods, healthy eating and meat. Do we even consume food through our mouths anymore, or is it all through our eyes on Instagram? The wall inside The Photographers' Gallery entrance is testing that assertion by streaming social media images of different food crazes in a great reflection of our times. Food for Being Looked At is at The Photographers’ Gallery. Until 8 October, free. ★★★★☆ Tabish Khan
Food review: pure intentions but not quite the ticket
Gin & Tea at the Strand Palace Hotel begins with a tea infused gin cocktail — a great quirky addition to the traditional afternoon tea, though the Berry Heart is sadly missing what we hoped to be a distinctive fruity taste. When it arrives, the selection of scones, finger sandwiches and desserts looked stunning. There is something of a mix up with the fillings compared to those listed on the menu, but they are a nice savoury start — especially the chicken — before we dive into the sugar. The scones aren't the freshest, but with dollops of cream and jam they still go down a treat. The final layer of desserts, while beautiful, are unfortunately a bit of a confused mess. The blueberry and lemon tart lacks any lemon at all, the bakewell tart is apparently replaced by a stodgy cake we don't finish, and the Victorian sponge is missing its jam. We love the chocolate mousse cup — delightfully rich and decadent — and of course the macarons. But considering our overall experience, they don't do enough. Considering the competition it has in London, this afternoon tea unfortunately doesn't quite make par. Gin & Tea at The Strand Palace Hotel, Strand, WC2R 0JJ ★★☆☆☆ [Monday-Sunday] Eleana Overett
Theatre review: god awful
Take one fine actor with a soaring reputation (Ben Whishaw), add a director with a fine pedigree (Ian Rickson) and reunite them in a stylish little theatre in Islington with a play about a technology billionaire who speaks to God. What do you get? Almost three hours of stultifying boredom thanks to a lacklustre script and dramatic impetus at absolute zero. The play is presented as a series of tedious episodic dialogues as said billionaire seeks out violence and its roots. If you want to see Whishaw then save your pennies. He's back in January as Brutus in Julius Caesar. Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, N1 1TA, £10-£48 until 30th of September 2017 ★★☆☆☆ [Monday to Saturday] Chris Bridges
Good cause for the day
CHARITY GIG: A gig to raise money for the Grenfell Tower victims featuring a variety of bands and solo singers, from originals to covers. It will be a fun night full of music brought to you by ICMP (Institute of Contemporary Music). The Good Ship, £8.03, book ahead, 7pm-11pm, 10 September
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets