Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 18 July 2019

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There's a street party in Marylebone

Things to do

THE OPEN: Golf fans are invited to keep up to date with all the action from Portrush in Northern Ireland, as The Open is shown for free on a big screen. Deckchairs and a fake lawn are provided for the public to make themselves comfy at the free open-air screen. Merchant Square (Paddington), free, just turn up, 18-21 July

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES: The tradition of African men gathering in barber shops to discuss world news is portrayed in theatre show Barber Shop Chronicles. Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre and a world tour, the show comes to Roundhouse, while the action on stage leaps around from Peckham to Lagos to Johannesburg, and a host of places in between. Roundhouse (Camden), £15-£59.50, book ahead, 18 July-24 August

DOG SHOW: Art exhibition Dog Show features contemporary artworks of dogs, chosen and curated by dogs (with a little help from their human artists and curators). Drawings, portraits, films and performances all feature in the canine-friendly event. Southwark Park Galleries, free, just turn up. 18 July-8 September

An exhibition of dog art, chosen by dogs

CITY BEERFEST: Drink beer and help a good cause at City Beerfest. More than 15 breweries are confirmed to be serving their tipples, with street food available to buy to soak it all up. Proceeds support three charities, via the Lord Mayor's Appeal. Guildhall Yard, beer packages available from £13 in advance, 12.30pm-9pm

STREET PARTY: The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party is a free event with a storytelling theme. Wander through a walkway of recycled books to a story corner, performance workshops, food and drink stalls and live music. Seymour Place and New Quebec Street, free, just turn up, 5pm-10pm

MEXICAN FEAST: As part of London Mezcal Week, TT Liquor and Kino Vino team up for a Mexican food and film evening. Watch Mexican road trip film Y Tu Mama Tambien, before tucking into a three-course meal including pork belly and pastel tres leches. Each course is paired with a cocktail, and the party continues until late in the Cellar Bar. TT Liquor (Shoreditch), £65, book ahead, 6pm

Crafty Fox Market comes to Brixton

NIGHT MARKET: Crafty Fox Market stays up late to bring a selection of makers and artists to SW9. Browse stalls of wood carvings, prints, jewellery, ceramics and candles, and take part in a drop-in badge-making workshop. Brixton Village, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

HAMPSTEAD POND: 14 contemporary writers contributed to At The Pond, an anthology about the Kenwood Ladies' Pond on Hampstead Heath. Hear some of them read their work tonight, from history to passages of reminiscence about the north London bathing pond. Daunt Books (Hampstead), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm

Watch a panel discussion about the nature of travel writing

FANTASTIC BEASTS: Watch a free screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at Stratford Summer Screen. Settle down on a blanket or deckchair and watch the second instalment in the Harry Potter spin-off on a large outdoor screen. International Quarter (Stratford), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

TRAVEL WRITING: Writer and editor Seb Emina, CEO of Stanfords Vivien Godfrey, and award-winning travel writer Nick Jubber come together for a panel discussion about the nature of travel writing. Hear them discuss what makes good travel writing and how the industry has changed, before putting your own questions to the panel. CitizenM (Bankside), £4, book ahead, 6.15pm-8.30pm

INFORMATION AT WAR: History professor Simon Eliot gives a lecture about the Ministry of Information. It was established in the second world war by the UK government which recognised that the understanding and morale of the civilian population in the UK  was critical, and used newspapers, comics, radio, films, and even model aeroplane kits to broadcast advice and propaganda. National Archives (Kew), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

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

High Street Kensington is London's longest underground station name. This, I learnt from the excellent Diamond Geezer blog, which recently featured a post about London's longest stuff.

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Good cause of the day

From today, Anthropologie’s King’s Road Gallery is transformed into a pop-up shop in association with TRAID, the charity shop focused on recycling clothes. Browse and buy clothes donated by other people, or recycle your own old togs in the donation bank. Find out more here.

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