Things to do today is sponsored by BFI Southbank.
What we're reading
- London population surges to an all time high of 8.8m.
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Things to do
DEREGULATION: Discover how the deregulation revolution brought us much of the technology and free expression that we take for granted today. From FM radio to the iPhone, these gadgets wouldn't exist if special interests and regulators had their way. Adam Smith Institute, free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
GRAFFITI AND MEMORY: This panel discussion tackles the subject of graffiti and memory, and how they work in the context of the city. Featuring 100 Days of Leake Street, a presentation that shows changes on 10 different walls in a legal graffiti spot over 100 days. London Metropolitan University, free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
MUSIC AND DANCE: The Barbican plays host to over 69 schools taking part in a two week programme of singing, instrumental and dance events. Performances from bands, vocal groups, choirs and orchestras feature, and this evening concert kicks off the event. Barbican, £7, book ahead, 6.30pm
DREAMS OF FREEDOM: Hundreds of young voices become one at a special concert inspired by Amnesty International UK's children's book Dreams of Freedom. Children's thoughts, opinions, ideas and dreams of freedom and human rights have been turned into a musical, theatrical performance of hope for a better world. Royal Albert Hall, £10-£25, book ahead, 7pm
VIDEO GAMES: Do video games have the solutions to some of our most complex scientific problems? From a game where players manipulate 3D proteins, to one where astronomers predict how complex star patterns appear, it certainly seems so. Museum of London, £12, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
FEMINIST STITCHING: Embroidery is not an activity for women stuck in their parlours in the 19th century, a point especially stressed in this workshop. Dedication, perseverance, care, skill, patience and creativity are all going to be needed as you stitch to success. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross) £39, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm
MONDAY BLUES: It might be Monday, but that's no excuse not to kick back and enjoy some live music from talented jazz and soul musician James Junior. Having performed for Royal Family and the England rugby team, you're sure to be entertained. 100 Wardour Street, 8pm-10pm
FILM SCREENING: Filmed on huge, complex sets including a prison-like office block of glass and steel, and a chaotic city restaurant, this film tackles the dehumanising effects of technology and design on modern life during a day in Paris. British Film Institute, £8, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm
Get 2-for-1 tickets for Dustin Hoffman season at BFI Southbank
It's Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman's 80th birthday and BFI Southbank is celebrating by running a whole season of films dedicated to him. Join in on the party and catch the actor in hits such as All the President's Men and Midnight Cowboy.
There'll be classics including Rain Man and Tootsie, but also newer hits such as Roald Dahl's Esio Trot and Hoffman's directing debut, Quartet. In true celebratory spirit, BFI Southbank is offering two tickets for the price of one to see these epic films — simply enter the code LONDONIST241 when booking. Check out the full Hoffman line-up here.
Art review: abstract kites
This exhibition brings together five decades of abstract painter Richard Smith's work. The central installation looks like a series of kites painted, thus making abstract painting much more immersive than it could be placed on walls. Richard Smith at Flowers, 21 Cork Street, W1S 3LZ, free. Until 15 July ★★★☆☆ (Monday-Saturday) Tabish Khan
Food review: mini plates of goodness
The Bird In Hand may be a little out of the way, tucked down a side street in West Kensington, but it's a favourite with locals and once you know about it, you'll be telling all your friends. With terracotta hues and funky chic decor, it won't surprise you that they specialise in tapas style food to share, and great wine. Plates are small so ordering three per person seems to be the right balance, but delicacies such as padron peppers with paprika salt and pan fried seabass with saffron risotto and rice will certainly tickle your tastebuds. The Bird In Hand, 88 Hasbro Road, W14 0LR ★★★☆☆ Eleana Overett
Art review: Indian marble
Amar Gallery is located in Angel and its current show focuses on two Indian artists. The star of the show is Parul Thacker who has created two intricate works made entirely of Indian materials, from crystal to marble. Stunning works, and we do love coming across a new gallery. Form: Flow at Amar Gallery, 48 Penton Street, N1 9QA. Until 3 August, free. ★★★☆☆ (Monday-Friday)
Good cause of the day
CRAFT BEER CARES: Book ahead to celebrate all the good being done in the craft beer industry whilst raising money for Mind and the Newman Trust. A ticket will get you a keepsake glass and seven beer tokens to spend on a huge variety of craft beer. Brew Club (Upper Clapton Road), £14.40, book ahead, 1 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