Things to do today is sponsored by Zing Zing.
What we're reading
- The Santander Cycles scheme is expanding to Brixton later this year.
- Mayor and Met Police back major campaign to stamp out hate crime.
- The £600 cigarette butt; woman ordered to pay fine after littering in Dagenham.
- Ancient nature reserve Great North Wood will be saved by £700,000 lottery award
Things to do
ARABIAN NIGHTS: Learn about contemporary Arab culture in Shubbak, a festival aiming to dazzle with visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate. Various venues and prices, book ahead when required, 1-16 July
WATCH WIMBLEDON: We can't all be at centre court, but luckily we've curated a list of all the best places to experience the next best thing — watching all the action on a giant screen. Various locations, free, just turn up, until 16 July
EXCAVATED CROSSRAIL: Building Crossrail has unearthed 8,000 years of human history, and you can marvel at the artefacts that have been hidden underground for hundreds to thousands of years — until now. Displays of Crossrail's engineering story should also thrill any rail buffs. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, ongoing
ROBOTIC BEHAVIOUR: Can robots ever truly know what it means to be human? Is Bicentennial Man going to be a reality one day or stay a far off dream? This exhibition wants visitors to understand why robots exist instead of how they work, and why we are hot in the pursuit to make them as human-like as possible. Science Museum, £15/£7.50, book ahead, until 3 September
ESCAPING TO LONDON: When someone says arranged marriages, Ireland is probably not the first place you think of. Play Body and Blood confronts the fallout of this practice for Aileen, her sister, and other characters set against the backdrop of Ireland and London in 1956. King's Head Theatre, £12, book ahead, until 12 July
MUSIC FESTIVAL:LA art-rock quartet Warpaint are headlining Summer Series at Somerset House today with their ethereal music. Surrounded by beautiful architecture, it's a great way to top off a Monday. Somerset House, from £30, book ahead, 7.30pm
COMEDY CENTRAL:Rough and almost ready, Shappi Khorsandi and Andrew Ryan appear at comedy night Laugh Train Home before they head to Edinburgh Fringe. The Four Thieves (Battersea), £7, book ahead,7.30pm-10.30pm
GREEN BELT: It doesn't appear on maps, it isn't signposted and it's hard to know where it is. What is it? The Green Belt of course. Discover the vision behind its creation with this talk from author John Grindrod. Conway Hall (Bloomsbury), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm
LIVE MUSIC:Arthur has been hammering honky tonks since his hands could first reach the keys. Join him as he puts on a show of rhythm 'n' blues, irregular riffs, and southern soul in this evening of live music. 100 Wardour Street, free entry, just turn up,8pm-10pm
CLUB NIGHT:This weekday club night is spread across three rooms of the world famous nightclub, Heaven. Expect a real mix of musical delights from genres including deep house to R'n'B and hip-hop. Heaven, £5, book ahead,11pm-5am
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Art review: kissing kittens
Come face to face with a replica of the legs of Michelangelo's David — between his legs, two smooching kittens, all on a polished black plinth on top of reflective flooring. We've seen our share of bizarre art but this has to be up there with the strangest. We have no idea what's going on but it looks ultra chic. Adrián Villar Rojas at Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John Street, W1F 9DY, free. Until 21 July ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan
Food review: best pizza in the world
The best pizza in the world, that's the claim made about — although not necessarily by — L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which rocked up in Stoke Newington to much hype earlier this year. Hailing from Naples, it was catapulted to fame by the novel (and film) Eat Pray Love — but are the claims true? It's certainly different to the Americanised pizzas we're used to — it's doughier, with a barbecue taste to the base, and the toppings are sloppy (in a good way, or at least we think so). Things are kept simple, with only two pizzas to choose from, and the portion sizes are huge — trust us, and stick to a 'regular'. But the best in the world? We'll get back to you when we've tried every one. L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele London, 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UH ★★★★☆ Laura Reynolds
Good cause for the day: play board games for ICYE UK
Board games are a great way to break the ice, have fun, or occasionally destroy friendships. Nevertheless, they're a great way to spend the evening, so join Whippersnappers at Brockwell Lido to play and raise money for International Cultural Youth Exchange UK, an international charity that help youths volunteer globally. Choose from a selection of board games or bring your favourite along, and win some prizes along the way. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available on the day at a small price. Brockwell Lido (Dulwich), free/£5/£10, book ahead, 22 July
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