What we're reading
- Demolition order for new Clerkenwell building.
- From John O' Groats to Land's End on a Boris Bike.
- Sweetcorn is the next London food trend.
- A tale of two Peckhams.
- "If you send all those people back from whence they came, half of London will be dead in six months."
Things to do
MAPS OF ENFIELD: Go for a tour of the archives in Enfield's Dugdale Centre. Study a variety of maps uncovering the area's past. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), £3, book ahead, 10am-10.45am
FREE ICE CREAM: As this Indian summer lingers, how about some ice cream to help you cool off? Luckily Breyers Delights is giving away a thousand free scoops all weekend. Old Spitalfields Market, free, just turn up, 11am-5pm, until Sunday 30 September
LUNCHTIME RECITAL: Get a real break from work over lunch, at a free recital in the Royal Opera House's new Linbury Foyer. Soprano Susana Gaspar and pianist Sergey Rybin perform works by Debussy, Alban Berg and more. Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm
AXE THROWING SINGLES NIGHT: Ever been on a date so bad that you wanted to throw an axe at them? Ok, so you can't throw axes at potential partners on this singles night, but you will at least be able to throw axes. Afterwards, everyone heads to the pub to socialise (and imbibe the drink that's included in your ticket). Whistle Punks (Vauxhall), £40 (only male tickets left), book ahead, 6.15pm-11pm
MUSEUM LATE: Find out how scientists are working to tackle some of the Earth's biggest challenges at the Natural History Museum. Over 200 clever-clogs reveal how their research could transform our relationship with the planet. Natural History Museum (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 6pm-9.30pm
DRIP FEED: A hilarious, depressing, powerful, repulsive, empathy-inducing one woman play all rolled up into a one hour monologue by Karen Cogan. See why it won so many plaudits up in Edinburgh. Read our full review. Soho Theatre, £15, book ahead, 7pm, until 24 October
DIABEL CISSOKHO: Renowned Senegalese singer and multi-instrumentalist Diabel Cissokho has lit up stages at Glasto and Womad with his kora stylings and Mandikan melodies. See him tonight in Leytonstone. St John's Church, £15, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.3opm
QM RECORDS TAKEOVER: Brighton based label QM records presents a night of performances from the most exciting acts on the seaside city's scene. Expect soul, hip hop, and socially-conscious tunes. Pop Brixton, free, just turn up, 7pm-midnight
HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES: Fear not, this isn't the title of some cheesy pick up artist workshop — it's actually the big screen story of 1970s alien punk invasion in south London. Of all the worlds in all the galaxies, Elle Fanning's panda-eyed extraterrestrial comes to Croydon. Harris Academy (South Norwood), £9, book ahead, 7.45pm-10.30pm
BRITISH CHINESE COMEDY NIGHT: A funny foursome comprised of the best Chinese heritage comedians is coming to Covent Garden. Get ready to laugh your socks off with Phil Wang, Evelyn Mock, Nigel Ng and Ken Cheng. 99 Club Covent Garden, £15.40, book ahead, 8.30pm
Good cause for the day
Take in a year's worth of London culture in just one night and help people with cancer. Maggie's Culture Crawl kicks off at the Design Museum, before heading onto Foster + Partner's office, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Garden Museum, Maggie's West London and the brand new Maggie's Barts. Sign up at the Design Museum for £50 at 6.30pm. Maggie's Centres meet the practical, emotional and social needs of people with cancer.