What we're reading:
- London considering car-free days in bid to tackle air pollution.
- The 'unmanageable costs' crippling central London restaurants.
- Class of 2018: Graduate Fashion Week comes to east London.
- London to Edinburgh train service set for temporary renationalisation.
- A frame-by-frame breakdown of that man falling down some stairs into the Thames.
Things to do today:
IPAD ARTWORK: London's Square Mile turns technicolour in Linda Kitson's vivid collection of iPad drawings. See up to 50 works capturing the City's skyline at The City Centre. St George's Church (Hanover Square), free, just turn up, all day, until 11 August
MINDFULNESS AMONGST TREES: Connect with nature and a greater sense of well-being with yoga and mindfulness teacher Mel Sutton amongst the trees of Ruskin Park. You'll practice mindful walking and colour visualisation in this lunchtime workshop away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Ruskin Park (Lambeth), £11.07, book ahead, 12.45pm-1.35pm
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: One of California's leading student orchestras has come to St John's Church to treat you to a concert featuring eclectic classics from both sides of the Atlantic. It's completely free, but you can thank them for the music with a donation to the church's outreach programme. St John's Church (Waterloo), free, just turn up, 1pm-1.50pm
FREE WINE AND CHEESE: In celebration of London Wine Week, Thames Clipper are offering passengers the chance to sample expertly paired wines and cheeses while whizzing over the River Thames for a sophisticated start to your weekend. Climb aboard the 5.20 from North Greenwich or, if can't clock off that early, plump for the 5.45 from Canary Wharf and head west. MBNA Thames Clippers (North Greenwich Pier/Canary Wharf), free, just turn up, 5.20pm/5.45pm
METAMORPHOSES: Dive into the fantastical world of mythology at Dulwich Picture Gallery, where you'll get up close and personal with gods, nymphs and legends. Paint a Pygmalion-esque living statue, summon ancient greek deities through the art of mosaic and explore magical scenes from gallery's collection. Dulwich Picture Gallery (Dulwich), £12, book ahead, 6pm-10pm
WHAT THE DICKENS: Spend the evening with Mr Dickens. No, not Charles — this isn't A Christmas Carol —- but the author's real-life great-great-grandson, Gerald, will be making appearance. A professional actor, he'll be performing excerpts on childhood from his esteemed ancestor's best loved works, accompanied by beautiful piano music. The Foundling Museum (Brunswick Square), £20, book ahead, 7pm
WIFI WARS: Hands up if you're a fan of gaming and comedy. Combine your two passions at The Royal Institution's latest wifi war. Steve McNeil and Rob Sedgebeer, both of Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit, try out the latest in gaming tech, with plenty of giggles along the way. The Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16, book ahead, 7pm
TOUR THE TATE: Take a closer look at Duchamp's Urinal (more tempting than it sounds) and Warhol's Factory, via recycled bottle tops and human hair, at an after hours tour of the Tate Modern. Cindy Polemis will show you how Tate-featured artists have for decades challenged the Western artistic canon and traditional notions of just what constitutes a work of art. Tate Modern (Southbank), £20, book ahead, 7pm-8pm
MARY OCHER: It's raw 60s garage one moment, traditional folk or South American-infused experimental pop the next with singer-songwriter Mary Ocher. Discover her new 10" alongside Coldnose and Stal Kingsley at Upset The Rhythm's latest offering. Cafe OTO (Dalston), £8, book ahead, 7.30pm
HARRY'S STAG DO: Celebrate the Queen Mother of all stags at an east end boozer ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's impending nuptials. The royal redhead probably won't be making an appearance himself, but there's plenty of good old fashioned drinking games, an 80s DJ and prizes for best costume (Nazi get-ups are, thankfully, strictly prohibited). The Three Compasses (Dalston), free, just turn up, 8pm-12.30am
Good cause of the day
Celebrate LGBTQ+ artistry with London's baddest queer performers and DJs while raising money for a new London LGBTQ+ community centre. Performers include The Nightbus — the UK's premier bearded Muslim drag queen and international DJ phenomenon Hannah Holland.
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