Things To Do Today In London: Friday 7 July 2017

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ARTFUL NONSENSE: Today's your last chance to see etchings by Yuri Vashenko from his exhibition, Geometry of Nonsense. Vashenko's drawings illustrate several books by Lewis Carroll, including Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Pushkin House (Holborn), free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

DEAR DIARY: It's the last day of this fascinating exhibition celebrating diaries and the ways we capture human experience. Offering a unique journey through c.1400BC to present day, learn how digital diaries are descendants of their traditional counterparts rather than their destroyers. Somerset House, free, just turn up, 11am-5.30pm

ELEPHANT SOCIAL MARKET: This brand new market celebrates the best of south London's diverse offerings in Elephant and Castle. Street food, farmers' market traders, local designers, live music, dance and art workshops all feature in the area's hidden community. The Artworks (Elephant and Castle), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

GASTRONOMIC GLASTONBURY: For those that can handle the heat, there's a chilli eating competition at this celebrated food fest. For the rest of us, there's artisan markets, street food, a cake village, cocktail masterclasses and even free yoga in the park. Blackheath Common, £16, book ahead, 11am-7pm

UNEARTHING IDENTITIES: Kick off Pride weekend with an insider look into the stories relating to LGBTQ experiences in the army. Curator Rebecca Newell discusses the challenges of reviewing and uncovering these materials. National Army Museum, free, book ahead, 11.30am

Unearthing LGBTQ identities

UNEXPECTED INTERLUDES: The Wellcome Collection's Open Platform series invites visitors to propose any kind of small event that creates conversation and shares ideas. Why not go along and sample some of the unexpected interludes offered up by other people? Wellcome Collection, free, just turn up, 2pm-9pm

VIETNAMESE LONDONERS: A selection of second generation British Vietnamese citizens feature as the focal subjects of this exhibition exploring their experience of life in London. Oxford House Gallery (Bethnal Green), £8, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

YOGA QUIZ: Sometimes you want to yoga without actually having to yoga... so why not try out this quiz? Expect a light hearted evening testing your knowledge of all things yoga from asana to yamas. Triyoga (Camden), £5, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

WINE AND MONET: Glass of wine in one hand, paintbrush in another. Need we say more? Don't drink too much though — after all, you'll need to keep that paintbrush steady. Brasserie Blanc (Southbank), £45, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

FILM FEST: A series of six fantastic open-air screenings kicks off this evening with a showing of the glitzy La La Land. Each night is themed around the film shown; there'll be some fabulous pre-screening dancing tonight courtesy of Danceworks. Grosvenor Square (Mayfair), £20, book ahead, 8pm-late


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See London’s Sistine Chapel up close

If you’ve not heard of the stunning Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, you're missing a gem. It’s a pretty impressive place to visit, but now it’s got even more exciting; tying in with the current restoration project, you can take part in a once in a lifetime tour of the incredible painted ceilings.

See the Baroque artwork like never before — ascend a 60ft observation deck and get up-close to these masterpieces, which were created in the 1700s. You’ll need a head for heights for this one — book in while you still can.


Art review: virtually climb inside a sculpture

We're fans of Anise Gallery for not just treating virtual reality as a gimmick, instead making it integral to each show. In this one you can voyage inside on the smaller sculptures on display. Plus there’s an interactive artwork that reacts with social media. A fantastic blend of art and tech. Controlled Realities at Anise Gallery, 13a Shad Thames, SE1 2PU, until 22 July, free ★★★★☆ (Thursday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Food review: Señor Ceviche, but not as you know it

The menu at the new Señor Ceviche on Charlotte Street isn't dramatically different to the one that's made their Soho branch so popular. But that's a good thing — their range of ceviche dishes, including a bright green and zingy Tiradito Callao, punchy with coriander tiger's milk, and their even bigger range of pisco cocktails are all welcome returns. Familiar food but a different design; the new restaurant's a world away from the Soho site's bright, B-movie poster-plastered walls. This Fitzrovia site is smoother and assured, all dark wood, trailing vines and ceiling fans. We'd stick to Soho for big nights, but for heart-to-hearts or calm family dinners we'd head for this cool, sleeker sibling. Señor Ceviche, 18 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LZ ★★★★☆ Lydia Manch

Theatre review: the mentor fails to fulfil potential

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Bestselling German novelist Daniel Kehlmann’s second play about the personality clash between an older has-been writer mentoring a young playwright called the “voice of his generation” is a mildly witty conceit that is neither particularly funny nor especially perceptive. Despite Christopher Hampton’s fluid translation and Laurence Boswell’s assured direction, this 80-minute piece feels not only insubstantial in length but lacks depth in its portrayal of the petty rivalry of writers and its discussion of the subjectivity of artistic judgement. Homeland star F. Murray Abraham is waspishly amusing as the embittered mercenary mentor, while Daniel Weyman plays the ambitious and self-obsessed younger writer who starts to doubt if he has the talent to make it. The Mentor, Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH, £19.5075.00, until 2 September [MondaySaturday] ★★☆☆☆ Neil Dowden

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LAMBETH GARDENS: This 10 acre beauty spot is one of London's oldest continuously cultivated gardens. Today is a great chance to have a peek inside, it opens for the first Friday of the month in aid of a local charity. Lambeth Palace, £5, just turn up, noon-3pm

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London's Grime & Punishment Tour


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

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour


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

Hidden London Tour


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

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour


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