Things to do today is sponsored by Alexandra Palace.
What we're reading
- Silly man gets off stopped train to walk to Waterloo along the tracks.
- Did you know these London fences were once used as stretchers?
- How the Battle of Lewisham repelled the fascists.
- Man searching for stranger who saved him from drowning in the Finsbury Park pond in 1963.
Things to do
TRANSITION: What shapes the lives of artists living in the Middle East? From calligraphy to videos and installations, this showcase explores the issues that have influenced the work of 30 emerging Middle Eastern artists. Menier Gallery (Southwark), free, 11am-6pm
TWISTED TREATS: Get your sugar fix and get buzzed in a tasting frenzy. It's jelly, ice cream, and cocktails at Summer Tastefest; what's not to like? St Christopher's Place Piazza (Oxford Street), free, book ahead, 5pm-8pm, until 17 August
ROCK N' ROLL: Take a walk on the wild side through Camden's long and colourful rock n' roll history. All the greats have lived, drank and performed in Camden Town — discover the famous and infamous sights on this tour of the area. 184 Camden High Street, £10, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
SO YOU SAY: When ex-lovers meet after many years, what can we believe about the stories they tell? This is an emotional ride through two unreliable and diverging narratives. Part of the Camden Fringe. Tristan Bates Theatre, £10, book ahead, 6.15pm, until 19 August
SHAMANIC VOICE: If you enjoy long hair, beards, acoustic guitars and getting home before midnight then you'll feel right at home at this concert by "the most independent artist on earth" — Peter Von Toy. The Monarch (Camden), free, just turn up, 7pm-11pm
ST BEER: Dig out your bell pads and baldrics and shimmy on down to Croydon for a night of Morris dancing, featuring a procession that will lead the mayor to the event site. Builder’s Arms (Croydon), free, just turn up, 7pm-11.15pm
CHANGE THE WORLD: From underground innovators to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Looking at examples ranging from Beethoven to Beyoncé, musician and activist Dave Randall explores what makes music so powerful in this Q&A. Rye Wax (Peckham), free, just turn up, 7.30pm-9pm
WOMB OF ONE'S OWN: Babygirl grapples with crotchety grandparents, unsympathetic hospital staff and new-found independence in an irreverent show designed to break the taboo around abortion. The Space Theatre, £12, book ahead, 8pm, until 19 August
SPACE ARK: Earth has been destroyed, but don't worry — you've been invited aboard the Space-Ark for the very last sketch show in the universe, in a tribute to Earth's best bits. Part of the Camden Fringe. Etcetera Theatre (Camden), £5, book ahead, 8.30pm-9.30pm
Head to StrEATlife for fantastic food and free live music
Alexandra Palace, home to some of the best views in the city, is hosting StrEATlife on 19 and 20 August, and it’s set to be a cracker.
The free street food and music festival will be headlined by DJ Yoda, so expect epic tunes, serious dancing, and insane nosh. Fuel up on everything from BBQ meats to Spanish tapas, wood-fired pizzas and gourmet waffles. Why not be a plant-based carnivore with tasty, all-vegan burgers and wings at Biff’s Jack Shack?
With craft beer, cocktails and plenty of Pimms, StrEATlife is the perfect August day out. It's free entry, family-friendly and with more food choices than hours in the day, checking this one out is a no-brainer. Find the full line-up here.
Art review: reverse psychology isn't working
This is just one of the cheeky titles on these oversized book covers by Harland Miller as he promises immediate relief… coming soon. His works downstairs are a lot of fun and much stronger than the more abstract colourful paintings upstairs. Harland Miller: One Bar Electric Memoir at White Cube, Mason’s Yard, 25-26 Mason’s Yard, SW1Y 6BU. Until 9 September, free. ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday)
Food review: brunch, Sri Lankan style
Sparrow in Lewisham is frenetic with food on a Saturday morning. Waiters scurry around the packed minimalist space, while merry punters provide a buzzing atmosphere. Slurping down on the smoothie of the day — when we went, a varied berried concoction — proves a refreshing start to the day. The Sri Lankan inspired brunch is delicious, with both sweet and savoury options. On the sugary side the coconut pancakes with peanut caramel and pineapple salsa (with a hint of mint) dazzle. On the savoury front, the traditional Sri Lankan appam — a rice batter pancake that’s crispy on the edges and squidgy in the middle — with egg and chilli aubergine hits just the right spots. Everything is served with the speed of a fast food joint, but with high-end flavours. Sparrow, 2 Rennell Street, SE13 7HD, ★★★★☆ Harry Rosehill
Theatre review: don't cry for her
Evita, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s historical classic is back on the West End. Even the strength of the cast, with Emma Hatton’s impressive voice and dark rendition of the manipulative Evita, hunky narrator Gian Marco Schiaretti as the revolutionary Che Guevara and Kevin Stephen-Jones as Argentine President Juan Perón, cannot theatrically resuscitate a story this staid. Directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, this production is mostly at fault of producing a thematically limited narrative about a rags to riches power-hungry woman (replete with songs that border on slut shaming), which feels beyond anachronistic. Overly simplistic set design and muted choreographed dances really put the nail on this revival’s coffin in terms of its modern day relevance and overall appeal. EVITA, Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP £25 - £85 Until 14 October [Monday‒Saturday] ★★★☆☆ Sophia Shluger
Good cause for the day
THAMES PATH CHALLENGE: Join more than 3,000 other challengers in following England's greatest river on a 100k route from Fulham all the way to Henley-on-Thames. Most will walk, many will jog, some will run... but all are doing it for a good cause. Starts in Bishops Park (Fulham), from £50 + minimum fundraising requirement, book ahead, 9-10 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