What we're reading
- Paddington Station used to have an unusual walkway.
- New homes have been secured for Grenfell Tower residents.
- London's public transport to be zero-emission by 2050, pledges Sadiq Kahn.
Things to do
UNDER THE TRACKS: Photographer Ted Kinsey has been photographing London's many railway arches for years, not because of their architecture, but for what occupies them. From cinemas, to swimming pools, churches and even an aerial trapeze gym, witness a photographic record of the arches as they are today. The Underdog Gallery (London Bridge), free, just turn up, 23-25 June
CATHEDRAL OF THE PINES: For the first time, The Photographers' Gallery has devoted all three gallery spaces to one artist. Cathedral of the Pines exhibits Gregory Crewdson's exploration of human relations with natural environments. The Photographers' Gallery, free until noon, £4 thereafter, just turn up, until 8 October
COOKIE DOUGH: We walk past this one of a kind pop-up on the way home from work, and it's hard not to get drawn in. Today is your last chance to get your hands on some edible cookie dough, and with flavours like Unicorn Food and Nutting Better — you'll regret it if you don't. Old Street station, just turn up, 8am-8pm
DESIGN CAPITAL: We live in a global capital of built environment expertise, with an architecture sector alone recently valued at £1.7bn. As we negotiate our exit from the EU, a panel discusses how we can protect our legacy and ensure our continued global status. New London Architecture, free, book ahead, 8.30am-9.30am
STREET GYM: Join this free physical urban adventure as you exercise up against architectural features, gradients and street furniture. You might never see the city in the same way again. Bulthaup (Clerkenwell Road), free, book ahead, 12.30pm-1.15pm
MIDSUMMER FEST: Celebrate Midsummer's Eve at Aquavit in St James's Market. Live music, pop-up bar, food stands; all your favourite London festival entertainment in one place for a magical evening — as long as Puck doesn't turn up to cause mischief. Aquavit, free, book ahead, 5pm-10pm
ZOO NIGHTS: It's adults only as London Zoo stays open late for an evening of entertainment, and a chance to see the animals as you wouldn't normally. At dusk, they're more lively than in the daytime. Once they're in bed, take part in quizzes and games, or tuck into dinner at the street food market. ZSL London Zoo (Regent's Park), £17.50, book ahead, 6pm-10pm
SIXTY MINUTES: Tables turn on veteran political commentator Andrew Marr, as this time he's the one being asked the tough questions. With a string of high profile roles at the BBC, The Economist and The Independent, he's certainly one to learn from. China Exchange, £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm
MR SPEAKER: The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, joins political commentator Steve Richards for a conversation about his political career. Why did he choose to be a Speaker rather than pursue a party political career? How much further does the Commons need to modernise? There will also be a chance to put your own questions to Bercow. Kings Place, £14.50-£29.50, book ahead, 7pm
LUCHA LIBRE: Iconic masked wrestling superheroes battle it out in this acrobatic, mythical, and often dangerous world of Mexican wrestling. Prepare to be transported from York Hall to a Mexican arena, and witness spectacular high-flying manoeuvres from this stellar lineup. York Hall, from £20, book ahead, 7pm
WOMEN IN POLITICS: The UK just elected a record number of female MPs to the House of Commons. Harriet Harman talks to Kirsty Lang about how the role of women in politics is changing, and what the future holds for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party. Kings Place, £15, book ahead, 9.30pm
Art review: vivid photography
Fluorescent lights, escalators in Vegas, a flower in a puddle. All glow in bright neon colours in a photography exhibition designed for the Instagram generation. Beauty is found in consumerism and its byproducts. Signe Pierce: Faux Realities at Annka Kultys, 472 Hackney Road, E2 9EQ. Until 1 July, free. ★★★★☆ (Wednesday-Saturday)
Food review: summer, Jamaican-style
If it’s summer vibes you’re after, Jamaican burger shack Boom Burger is serving them up by the bucketload. The menu is small — burgers, salads, wings and fries — but these guys specialise in what they know. One bite of the Bacon Boom will have you craving that tangy melted cheese for weeks on end. The jerk sauce on the Boom Wings caters towards the tamer end of the market, and those looking for something a little spicier may be disappointed, but the sweet, fruity rum cocktails more than make up for it. Sitting proudly right under the Westway, this place gets busy on weekdays — we can only imagine what it’s like at weekends. Boom Burger, 272 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W10 5TY ★★★☆☆ Laura Reynolds
Theatre review: on a hot summer night
Where better to get your teeth into operatic rock than the London Coliseum, home of the ENO? Jim Steinman was the genius behind many of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits and this jukebox musical showcases much of their finest work together, not least I’d Do Anything For Love, Dead Ringer For Love, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad and the foot-stomping title track. The storyline is micro-thin; some of the scenes and songs are pure filler and the acting is extremely over the top, but the singing is thrilling and there’s a superb set design which makes great use of one of the largest indoor stages around. Ultimately, it all comes down to the songs and, over the three hour running time, those with a deep love for 1980s soft rock will be in seventh heaven here. Bat Out Of Hell The Musical. The Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, WC2. £15-£275. Until 22 August. ★★★★☆ FM
Good cause for the day
BUSH HALL DOES GLASTO: Those of us without tickets to Glastonbury can stop wallowing, as the fields of Dairy Ground and the artists of The Other Stage come to this sunny west London terrace, complete with cold drinks and burgers. In light of the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, there will also be a fundraiser for the victims. Bush Hall, £3/£5, book ahead, 5pm-1am
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