What we're reading
- Met to review infamous 696 form accused of stifling the grime and garage scene.
- The London School of Economics weighs up the price of loneliness.
- An apology to East Ham's Green Street.
Things to do
MULTIMEDIA 1900: Learn about how media gadgetry was experienced by early users, and imagine a day in the life of some early Londoners in Edwardian Britain. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
CHRISTIE'S LATES: This evening will celebrate the life and career of one of Hollywood's most famous icons. Through the objects she collected and used, gain insights into what made Audrey Hepburn tick. There's also a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Christie's, free, just turn up, 6pm-9.30pm
LONDON DRONE: Drones aren't just the angels of death that you hear about on the news. This film festival showcases the work that can be accomplished using drone technology. Institute of Contemporary Arts, £19, book ahead, 6pm-11pm
ANGLICAN ATHROPOLOGIES: In the third lecture of a four part series celebrating excellent women, join Dr Jane Williams for a discussion on the poetry of Barbara Pym. Westminster Abbey, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm
SWASHBUCKLING COURSE: Finally a place where you can really let loose with your Kill Bill impression. This three week sword course will have you ready for your enemies in no time. Haggerston School, £60, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm, until 11 October
PARTY PIRATES: Aussie rock band Lagerstein are back in Blighty for their Young Dumb and Full of Rum tour. Expect a heavy pirate theme, Australian accents, mayhem, chaos, and any other inverted superlatives you can think of. Star of Bethnal Green, free, just turn up, 7pm-11pm
DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS: Join philosopher AC Grayling as he examines what has gone wrong with representative democracy and what he thinks needs to be done to fix it. British Library, £12, book ahead, 7pm
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET: Put on your blue suede shoes, walk the line, and head on over to Hornchurch for this smash hit musical inspired by a famous recording session that brought together Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, £30, book ahead, 7.30pm
COMEDY NIGHT: Have a laugh with 100 Wardour Street tonight in the heart of Soho. The club is steeped in history and had welcomed musical icons such as Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. Sadly Hendrix and the Stones could not be here tonight, but there's a decent line up of comics to make up for it. 100 Wardour Street, £15, book ahead, 7pm
WAR CHILD FEST: Celebrate Spice World, check out Plan B's new single, watch movies, attend Q&A's and let loose at a host of special events and parties during this two week festival; all to raise money for children affected by war. Multiple London locations, £10, book ahead, various times, until 6 October
Art review: a clothes peg creature
A curved seemingly organic form appears to emerge from a collection of clothes pegs and a bronze head looks vulnerable as holes have been punched out of it, while a Howard Hodgkin painting hangs between them. These are just a few of the works in this intimate group show, in a small gallery in Soho. Discovering a new gallery is always a treat for us and we’re glad to report it’s got a strong show on. Becoming & Dissolving at Alice Black, 47 Berwick Street (1st floor), W1F 0PH. Until 16 November, free. ★★★☆☆ (Wednesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan
Theatre review: Rupert Murdoch on the West End
James Graham’s Ink, transferring from the Almeida, explores Rupert Murdoch’s buying of The Sun newspaper in 1969. Both owner Murdoch (a splendid Bertie Carvel) and editor Larry Lamb (an excellent Richard Coyle) want to use it to ‘bring down’ the establishment, but Murdoch’s aim is to create his own, while Lamb simply remembers how it slighted him. Intriguingly, however, it is Lamb who, if anything, becomes the more ruthless as they chase sales. This relevant, dark and yet humorous examination of democracy and populism lasts nearly three hours (including interval) but never once drags. Ink, Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG 9 September 2017 – 6 January 2018 ★★★★★ Sam Smith
Good cause for the day
PROTEIN BLOCK PARTY: This Block Party is a celebration of the Protein Community, where you can bring together friends and family to enjoy the best local food, music, drinks and vibes. All profits on the day go towards Amnesty International. Protein Studios, free, book ahead, 30 September, 12pm-8pm
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