What we're reading:
- Royal Academy to be flooded with water and mud for Gormley exhibition.
- The most expensive beers in London: from the Rake to the Ritz.
- Campaign to make Londoners smile on the tube ridiculed on Twitter.
- Heathrow staff break into song to commemorate Freddie Mercury's birthday.
- Crossrail: a hole new world.
Things to do:
PLANET PLAY: Older kids may have gone back to school but if you've got little ones, chances are you're always on the hunt for things to keep them occupied. Every Friday this autumn, Planet Play invites you into a world of sensory learning, featuring singalongs, puppets and dance. Chickenshed Theatre (Cockfosters), £6, book ahead, 10am-10.45am
TOWER FOOD FESTIVAL: Over 100 curated producers take over the Tower of London moat to tempt you with mouth-watering wares. There are also masterclasses, book signings and, if you fancy a dash of culture, your ticket includes entry to the tower itself. Tower of London, £23, book ahead, 10am-7pm, until 9 September
FOUND OBJECT ART: Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito's new collaborative exhibition opens today, featuring paintings, embroidery, small objects and video installations produced both in their Kyoto studios and onsite. They've also incorporated found objects sourced from around London. Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix Gallery (Spitalfields), free, book ahead, 11am-6pm, until 12 November
CEVICHE AT THE TATE: Sample the flavours of Peru at the Tate Modern restaurant, where Martin Morales' Ceviche kicks off a weekend-long residency. The dishes look almost too pretty to eat, but with tuna ceviche (natch), lamb serrano, and lime pie parfait on the menu, we're sure you'll manage. Tate Modern restaurant (Bankside), from £22.50, book ahead, 12pm/6pm, until 9 September
HOMO NALEDI: What can the curvature of a finger bone from a mysterious ancestor of humankind tell us about our evolution? Find out at The Royal Institution, where palaeoanthropologists Tracy Kivell and Chris Stringer will give you the low-down on the Homo Naledi, a newly-discovered species of hominin. The Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
Londonist beer is coming...
... And you're invited to our launch party next weekend. It's no secret that we're massive fans of craft beer here at Londonist. That's why we've teamed up with one of our favourite local breweries, Fourpure, to create our own deliciously hoppy tribute to London — and we want you to be one of the first to sample it. So head down to Fourpure Brewery on Sunday 16 September for our launch party. There will be live music, prizes to be won, and the chance to get to know some of the faces behind the bylines. Intrigued? Find out more here, or book your tickets.
THE BEAUTIFUL OCTOPUS CLUB: London's longest running inclusive club night returns to Southbank Centre. It's free, open to everyone and features live performances from artists with and without learning disabilities. Royal Festival Hall, free, just turn up, 7pm-12am
ROLLING STONES REVIVAL: Be transported to The Rolling Stone's iconic Havana Moon concert at this immersive cinema experience. There's Cuban food, impressive lighting design and immersive performances, as well as an ultra-HD screen. Troxy (Aldgate), £30, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
ALT COMEDY NIGHT: Join comedian John Robins for a night of hilarity at Plosive Comedy's flagship stand up night. He's joined by Jayde Adams, Alun Cochrane, and Fin Taylor. The MCT at Alleyn's (East Dulwich), £17, book ahead, 8pm
DANCEHALL QUEEN: Got the post-carnival blues? Head to the Bussey Building for a Notting Hill-themed knees-up and shake your stuff to the sounds of Jamaica. Bussey Building (Peckham), from £3, book ahead, 11pm-4am
Good cause of the day
It's the last Lambeth Palace Garden Open Day of the summer, and this one's raising money for Home Start Lambeth, an organisation that offers friendship, support, and practical help to families with young children across the borough. For a £5 donation, you'll get to explore the sprawling grounds of the Archbishop of Canterbury's London residence — and kids go free.