Things To Do Today In London: Monday 8 July 2019

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Take a tour around the secrets of the Square Mile

Things to do

WIMBLEDON: The world's most famous tennis tournament enter its second — and final — week. Keep up to date with all the action in the build-up to the weekend's finals at these Wimbledon screenings around London. Most of them are free. Until 14 July

LAST CHANCE: It's the final week of London Transport Museum's Poster Prize of Illustration 2019 exhibition. 100 of the best illustrations from a competition are on show, the brief of which was to tell a London story in a single illustration — real or fictional, contemporary or historical. The result is a display of colourful, witty and fascinating artworks. London Transport Museum (Covent Garden), included in admission (£18), just turn up, until 14 July

It's the final week of London Transport Museum's Poster Prize for Illustration

ENGLISH GRAMMAR: Does a misplaced — or worse, completely absent — apostrophe send you into a meltdown? Head to the British Library's English Grammar Day for a whole day of talks and discussions about English grammar, including how it's evolving, and how it's taught in schools. British Library, £10/£7, book ahead, 9.30am-5pm

TINY TROOPERS: Under-5s and their carers are welcome at the monthly Tiny Troopers session. Music, craft activities and games are all inspired by the animals in the Army. National Army Museum (Chelsea), £5, book ahead, 10am/11.20am

Fun for under-5s at the National Army Museum

SQUARE MILE SECRETS: Discover the lesser-known history of the Square Mile on this guided walk, visiting places that few people even know exist. See two sites associated with the occult, discover hidden details of ancient churches, and learn about a 17th century mass protest. Cannon Street, £15, book ahead, 2pm-3pm (sponsor)

THEATRE RESTORATION: When the Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace was recently restored, a group of creatives from the The Royal Society of British Artists used it as inspiration for their works. Hear from some of them about the project at this talk, and see the artworks in the current annual exhibition. Mall Galleries, £4, just turn up, 2pm-4pm

Dead Poets Live comes to Wilton's

COMEDY: Comedian Becky Brunning offers a preview of her work-in-progress show, Bloom, in which she covers how she 'accidentally got gay married' and now the biological clock is ticking. The Bill Murray (Islington), £3, book ahead, 5.30pm-6.30pm

BIN WONDERING: See comedian Ali Brice perform his latest show, Bin Wondering. Having spent time in a wheelie bin, his mind has been wandering and wondering about all the things he has to throw away... Leicester Square Theatre, £7, book ahead, 7pm

CHOIR CONCERT: The Monaco Boys' Choir bring their UK tour to London for a concert in the grand setting of The Swiss Church. The choir dates back to the 18th century and has performed in locations including the Vatican, so it should be an impressive concert. Swiss Church (Covent Garden), free, just turn up, 7pm

Maggie Nelson talks about her writing

MAGGIE NELSON: Writer Maggie Nelson chats to literary critic and cultural historian Lara Feigel about her work, including New York Times bestseller The Argonauts. She talks about capturing aspects of violence and love in writing. Southbank Centre, £15, book ahead, 7.15pm

DEAD POETS LIVE: See the story of the friendship between poets Edward Thomas and Robert Frost brought to life on stage in Dead Poets Live. Actors Rory Kinnear and Toby Jones take on the roles, portraying how Frost talked Thomas into writing poetry. Wilton's Music Hall (Limehouse), £10-£25, book ahead, 7.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

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

My Roundel of the Week is this ancient Mesopotamian roundel, found in the British Museum alongside an early seat moquette. That's my interpretation, anyway. Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Book ahead to see the likes of Pat Cahill, Ken Cheng, Josie Long and Sarah Keyworth performing live at Stand Up To Cancer's comedy preview shows this weekend. Shows take place at The Bill Murray in Islington across Saturday and Sunday, culminating in a gala show. Find out more and book tickets.

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