Things to do today is sponsored by BFI Southbank
What we're reading
- A group are calling for anti-terrorism barriers to be replaced with 'safety gardens'.
- Mayor Sadiq Kahn was grilled by the public last night at the annual State of London event. At least a dozen London firms and banks are moving to Dublin due to Brexit.
- This Redditor has acquired a mysterious Oyster Lobster card. We may have one of our own too, but we couldn't possibly comment...
- Stomp your feet, because London now has an energy generating pavement.
Things to do
STRAWBERRIES AND SCREEN: Yep, it's that time of year again, when the tennis balls are ripe for thwacking and the strawberries are ripe for the eating (we'll be doing the latter, FYI). If you haven't got a ticket to Wimbledon, kick back and watch the action at one of these large screens across the capital. 3-16 July
MINI MUDLARKS:Got a little one to entertain? This special one-hour session is designed to help you and your under 5s learn together in a unique museum environment. Includes time in the Mudlarks Gallery prior to public opening. Museum of London Docklands, free, book ahead,12.45pm-1.45pm
LIBRARY TOUR: Steeped in 175 years of history and lined with a fascinating and varied collection, the London Library is a treasure. Book lovers will enjoy this free tour, guiding you through the 17 miles of shelving filled with 1 million volumes. The London Library, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
TWILIGHT SCIENCE: Celebrate the materialistic side of life in this exploration of all things synthetic, simulated, fabricated and fake. The event features mixologists serving up intoxicating cocktails and edible insect treats, and a chance to glimpse the materials we'll be using to build things in the future. The Royal Society, free, just turn up,6pm-10pm
OPEN AIR CINEMA: Family favourite The Lion King (starts 6pm) and the glitzy La La Land (starts 8.30pm) feature on the opening night of free open air cinema at Hyde Park. We can think of no better place to catch a film under the stars, can you? Hyde Park, free, just turn up,6pm-10.30pm
HYDE PARK: Silence is something of an endangered species these days. Join this walking mediation group through some of the lesser-known parts of Hyde Park, and slow down to enjoy one of London's most beautiful settings. A great opportunity to 'check-out to check-in' with ourselves and nature. The Education Centre (Hyde Park), £15, book ahead,6.30pm-8pm
ROLE OF ARCHITECTURE: What is the role of architects and designers in the political economy of build infrastructure? With investments set to affect the way we live for years, it is crucial for architects to mediate the relationship between the aspirations of citizens and the policies of the state. Build Studios (Waterloo), £15, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
FABULOUS SOHO: For decades, Soho has been London's escape, sanctuary and place to be seen. For many, it's also been a place to call home. Take a look into the lives of characters who have minced, lived and loved down the streets of London's seediest district on this intimate tour. Palace Theatre, £15, book ahead,7pm-8.30pm
CAVALRY BEHIND YOU:A first world war play for people who are tired of first world war plays, following six incredible stories from the period, and a million different things that can kill you. This one is sure to evoke emotion as it transports you back. Theatre503 (Battersea), £12, book ahead, 7.45pm
GROUCHO CLUB: Home to the creative elite since 1985, spend an evening exploring the club's unrivalled collection of contemporary art. A rare and exclusive look around this building adorned with art from more than 140 acclaimed artists. The Groucho (Mayfair), free, book ahead, 9pm-10pm
Hoffman season continues at BFI Southbank
This year marks Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman’s 80th birthday — join in the party by watching some of his biggest blockbusters at BFI Southbank.
Dustin Hoffman helped pave the way for a new generation of Hollywood leading men in the late '60s. The BFI completes its celebratory season with films from the latter part of his career. Highlights include classics like Rainman, Kramer v Kramer and Tootsie.
Don’t miss the chance to see The Graduate — as the film reaches its 50th anniversary, BFI are delighted to screen this newly restored 4K digital print. No film has done quite so much for middle-aged sex appeal than the 1967 hit as Anne Bancroft plays the original cougar, Mrs Robinson.
Witness the master at work for yourself with the BFI Southbank’s Hoffman season. Full line-up can be found here.
Art review: vampiric chaos
Vampire flick meets family drama in a film by artist Paul Kindersley. The rest of the exhibition in this gallery / jewellery shop revolves around this central film with sculpture, cushions, and a curtain with a giant face on it. The whole show works because it is light hearted and bonkers. Paul Kindersley: Narrator, Relator & Stimulator at Belmacz, 45 Davies Street, W1K 4LX. Until 28 July, free. ★★★☆☆
Food review: rethink bubbly at Fiz
Forget everything you know about sparkling wine — this pop-up bar at Lights of Soho is here to show you there’s much more than prosecco when it comes to the pop. The ethos of the bar is sociability and accessibility — the house fizz, notably served in a coupe glass and not a flute, is £4.50 a glass. The drinks menu features English sparkling wines as well as pink-hued proseccos and even bubbly shiraz — an absolute winner in our eyes. Food is all made to be eaten with the hands — bruschetta-style charcoal sourdough topped with smoked trout is fresh with the addition of dill pickles; the roast beetroot in chicory cups is light and zingy, complementing the subtle fizz perfectly. The buns at Fiz, though are where it gets exciting — get your teeth into shredded duck with pomegranate and cucumber yoghurt in a charcoal bun, or go for the pastrami with red leicester and sauerkraut. Fiz Bar, Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer Street, W1F, ORX. ★★★★☆ Hari Mountford
Theatre review: rise of The Sun sparks battle of the red tops
James Graham’s new play Ink is a rip-roaring account of old Fleet Street when Australian iconoclast Rupert Murdoch re-launched The Sun as a tabloid in 1969 and started a circulation war with the Daily Mirror to become Britain’s top-selling newspaper. The so-called ‘people’s paper’ broke journalistic ethics with screaming headlines and Page 3 topless models, but this is a laudably non-judgemental, entertaining show that captures the era’s non-PC, vulgar energy without glossing over its dark aspects. Rupert Goold’s ENRON-like production features song-and-dance routines, with outstanding performances from Bertie Carvel as the diabolically persuasive Murdoch and Richard Coyle as his hard-bitten editor Larry Lamb who makes a Faustian pact from which there is no going back. Ink, Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, N1 1TA £10‒39.50 Until 5 August [Monday‒Saturday]★★★★☆ Neil Dowden
Good cause for the day
PRETTY MUDDY: Dash around this brilliant 5k muddy obstacle course over a lap of Wormwood Scrubs park. Scramble over the A-frame, crawl through the mud put, and have fun with your friends — all while raising valuable funds for Cancer Research UK. Wormwood Scrubs, £19.99, book ahead, various times
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