Things To Do Today In London: Friday 9 August 2019

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See an open-air theatre show in Wanstead Park

Things to do

CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL: Beer fans descend on east London this weekend for the London Craft Beer Festival, which has more than 80 breweries on the line-up, many of them London-based. The music line-up isn't too shabby either, with Kaiser Chiefs and Friendly Fires both lined up for DJ sets across different sessions. Tobacco Dock, various prices (beginning at £40, which sounds steep, but does include your beer), book ahead, 9-11 August

A CHILD OF BOOKS: British Library opens a new display, A Child of Books, consisting of 19 prints created in a collaboration between artist and children’s author Oliver Jeffers and visual artist Sam Winston. They tell the story of a young boy on his journey into the world of make-believe. British Library, free, just turn up, 9 August-27 October

London Craft Beer Festival begins today

ABANDONED PRISONERS: Author Rupert Wieloch gives a free talk about the little-known story of 15 British prisoners captured in the Russian Civil War. He used unpublished letter, diaries and memoirs to piece together their story for book, including how they became an embarrassment to the British Prime Minister David Lloyd George and War Secretary Winston Churchill. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA: T E Lawrence — otherwise known as Lawrence of Arabia — is remembered as a dashing hero of an officer in the first world war... but that's not the whole story. Overseas Records Specialist Dr Juliette Desplat gives a talk looking beyond the hero worship, at lesser-known aspects of Lawrence, including some of his failures. The National Archives (Kew), £4-£5, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

Oval Night Market comes to Bethnal Green

NIGHT MARKET: Stay up late at Bethnal Green's night market — its final event this year. As the sun sets, browse arts and crafts stalls, tuck into street food, enjoy a drink from the bar, and listen to live music, all on roads closed to traffic for the night, in the shadow of a gasholder. Oval Space (Bethnal Green), free entry, just turn up, 5pm-11pm

THE BEAT GOES ON: BRIT School students take over a riverside stage for an evening of free live music. East London based musician Barney Artist headlines with a blend of hip-hop and neo-soul, supported by Leon J Benson, F4ÇADE, Roscoe Roscoe, Stepbrother, Josef Kurtz, Kianja and DJ Sporadic. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 5.30pm

A screening of Black Mother marks Jamaican Independence Day

OPEN AIR THEATRE: Theatre company Illyria brings an open-air production of The Tempest to The Temple in Wanstead Park. The family-friendly show is the story of magician Prospero, marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda, who conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Wanstead Park, £14.96/£8.95, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

BLACK MOTHER: To mark Jamaican Independence Day, catch a screening of 2018 documentary Black Mother, followed by a discussion and Jamaican snacks. The film is a tour through the Caribbean island, and the people who call it home, covering its turbulent history and present day. Harris Academy South Norwood, £8.50/£7/£5, book ahead, 7.45pm

Sara Pascoe performs in Shepherd's Bush

SARA PASCOE:Comedian Sara Pascoe performs a headline set in the impressive setting of an Edwardian dancehall. Also on the bill are American stand-up comedian Phoebe Robinson, and Ed Gamble, hosted by Fin Taylor. Bush Hall (Shepherd's Bush), £21.45, book ahead, 8pm

BURLESQUE NIGHT: A saucy singer, sassy showgirl, burlesque bombshell and Greek Wag are on the line-up at this south London pub's first ever burlesque and comedy night. Choose between a standard ticket, or one with prosecco and canapes included. The Signal (Forest Hill), £10-£25, book ahead, 8pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Don't cross the line

Confusing signage at Paddington Bakerloo southbound. Passengers must not pass this point. But these two gents have crossed the line. They have to if they want to access the front doors (which do open). Is this a one-off, or have you seen such conflict at other tube stations? Tweet Barry on @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Book ahead to take part in Maggie's Culture Crawl in September. The 10-mile sponsored walk takes place through central London at night, and raises money for cancer support centre Maggie's. Find out more and sign up.

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