What we're reading:
- The Blitz added £4.5 billion to London's annual economy, according to experts.
- Should Londoners be allowed to party atop a former plague pit?
- Is the 'Croydon cat killer' man or myth?
- Saatchi Gallery to open Black Mirror exhibition.
- Ride London gave the city clean air for one day.
Things to do:
FEATHERS AND FLIGHT: The eagle has landed at the RAF Museum. We repeat — the eagle has landed. See the museum's falconry display featuring real live birds of prey, and learn more about their links to aircraft design on a new discovery trail. The Royal Air Force Museum (Colindale), £1, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 11 August
FEELING CHEESY: The Laughing Cow has enlisted celebrated chef Paul Hannigan to whip up some scintillating meals using the lunchbox fave as his core ingredient. Sample delights such as mac and cheese, and raspberry and white chocolate pudding for free. The only catch is that you need to share a selfie. Old Spitalfields Market, free, book ahead, 10am-6pm, until 11 August
100 YEARS, 100 DAYS: Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the sheer scale of the conflict, the first world war transformed the British Army beyond all recognition. Discover how it evolved at this talk with Dr Peter Johnston. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am-12.30pm
PEEKING IN THE PORTRAIT: This Camden Fringe show melds physical theatre and photography to explore what happens after the camera flashes, and what it means to exist as both object and subject. The Lion and Unicorn (Camden), £8, book ahead, 2pm, until 12 August
DEEP FREEZE: Thanks to this absolute beast of heatwave, -196°C sounds tempting right now. Join the Hanson family in exploring the weird and wonderful effects of liquid nitrogen on all sorts of household objects. Prepare for a whole lot of destruction. The Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16, book ahead, 6pm
CARVE IT UP: Unleash your inner Geppetto with the help of our media partner, Wembley Park. They're welcoming Guerrilla Arts for an evening of totem-pole carving led by artist and sculptor Stephen Stockbridge. Wembley Park, £10, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN SING-A-LONG: Fans of box office sensation The Greatest Showman can sing their hearts out to the guilty pleasure on one giant screen. Stick around for the after party to get your groove on at a silent disco packed with your favourite musical hits. The Grand (Clapham), £10, book ahead, 7pm-10pm/10pm-3am
TIMELESS: Thanks to a disastrous trip to the dentist 10 years ago, Martin is incapable of making new memories — leaving his partner with the unenviable task of explaining that it's no longer 2008 every single day. Basically, Mixed Up Theatre's Timeless is bit like 50 First Dates, except with a London cabbie in the place of Drew Barrymore. The Hen and Chickens Theatre (Camden), £9, book ahead, 7.30pm
JOHNNY GUITAR: The eternally fierce Joan Crawford plays an iron-willed saloon owner falsely accused of murder and robbery in this film. Join Vienna in the fight to clear her name with the help of her mysterious ally Johnny Guitar. BFI Southbank, £12.65, book ahead, 8.40pm
OLD DIRTY BRASSTARDS: This excellently-named tweed-clad 10-piece takes you favourite party jams gives them a brass-based revamp. From Pharrell to Fleetwood Mac, you name it, they'll put a horn on it. The Blues Kitchen (Brixton), £5, book ahead, 9pm-2am
Good cause of the day
Fancy launching yourself off the highest rooftop helipad in Europe? Don't panic, you'll be safely strapped in on this charity abseil in aid of London Air Ambulance. Sign up today and start working towards your £300 fundraising target before abseiling down the outside of The Royal London Hospital on 15-16 September.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... Get tickets
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required. Get tickets
If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations. Get tickets