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What we're reading:
- London is not one of the world's 100 most expensive cities.
- Mayfair nightclub accused of charging black women twice as much to enter.
- A tiny Thai grill restaurant in Soho is named UK's best.
- Artisan bread sparks bomb scare at east London restaurant.
- Just a fox catching some rays on a hot London roof.
Things to do:
GIN CUCUMBER EXCHANGE: Keep an eye out for Hendrick's Cucumber Exchange booths in Covent Garden Piazza and you could get your mitts on a free G&T. In celebration of World Cucumber Day (yep, that's a thing) they'll be doling out Cucumber Currency that you can exchange for a refreshing tipple at participating bars. Covent Garden Piazza, free, just turn up, 12pm-9pm
DISPUTED EARTH: First world war soldiers didn't just have their enemies to contend with — the terrain presented its own obstacles. In this illustrated talk, military historian Peter Doyle highlights the significance of the geology of the Western Front to the war's outcome. The National Archives (Kew), £5, book ahead, 2pm-3pm
SUMMER WINE SHOW: Add a touch of class to your next BBQ or picnic with the help of Roberson Wine. They're showcasing their selection of summer wines while plying you with Château Minuty's 2017 Limited Edition Rosé — after all, it'd be madness not to try before you buy. The Roberson Winery (Fulham), £30, book ahead, 6pm
AROMATHERAPY WORKSHOP: Learn the basic properties of popular essential oils and their uses, then conjure up your own signature blend. Margaret, of the excellently-named The Divine Hag, will provide you with all the ingredients you need to create a fragrant custom spray. West Elm, Westfield (Shepherd's Bush), £25-£40, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Sounds Like London: our picks today
June brings the Mayor of London's Sounds Like London campaign to the capital — a month-long celebration of both women in music and London's grassroots music scene. Here's our pick of today's Sounds Like London events:
@LONDON STAGESIDE WITH ALEX TRACEY: Expect infectious funk and indie-pop rhythms courtesy of Alex Tracey, the musician behind the brilliant Same Old Animals. DJ on the deck in between sets. Newburgh Quarter, free, 5pm-9pm
SKATE PHOTOGRAPHY: Skateboarding photographer Michael Burnett has spent 20 years capturing aciddrops, bigspins and Casperflips for Thrasher magazine. See rare and iconic photographs, videos and artefacts from his tenure at this exhibition launch. The man himself with be participating in a live Q&A, while Thrasher editor Jake Phelps hosts a cash prize skate jam. House of Vans, (Waterloo), free, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
GAME OF THRONES IN CONCERT: If the wait for the next season is proving too much to bear, get your Game of Thrones fix at this live concert experience. That's right, winter is coming to Wembley Arena, where famed composer Ramin Djawadi will be leading a full orchestral performance of the show's music against a backdrop of mesmerising video footage and set design straight out of Westeros. Wembley Arena, £63, book ahead, 8pm
ON MAGNETIC FIELDS: The Riot Ensemble, acclaimed for their powerful renditions of contemporary music, perform music with electronics by Ann Cleare, Patricia, Alessandrini and Pauline Olivieros. Goldsmiths University (New Cross), free, 8pm-9pm
DUSTY AND SHIRLEY: Groove along to the iconic sixties sounds of Dusty Springfield and Shirley Bassey. While the former is sadly no longer with us, and the latter's busy living it up in Monaco, star vocalists David McAlmont and Horse are here to bring their tunes to life. Hideaway Jazz Club (Streatham), £15, book ahead, 8.30pm
STAND UP UNDER THE STARS: Laugh yourself silly while the sun sets over Battersea Arts Centre's courtyard theatre. Tickling your funny bone tonight will be star of BBC 2's Two Doors Down Kieran Hodgson, Edinburgh Comedy award nominee Lucy Pearman, and the co-creator of Plebs, Tom Basden. Battersea Arts Centre, from £12.50, book ahead, 9pm
Good cause of the day
Put your Friends knowledge to the test at a pub quiz dedicated to your favourite 90s sitcom. This time, they'll be dishing out the sarcastic comments and Baywatch references for a Chandler Bing special. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Child.org.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets