Things to do
SOFIE HAGEN: Comedian Sofie Hagen performs her latest show, The Bumswing, following an Edinburgh Fringe run. It's a show about the things you forget, the things you remember, and the things you wish you could forget. But also, there’s a bit about bums. Soho Theatre, from £15, book ahead, 10-14 September
THE TESTAMENTS: To coincide with the launch of Margaret Atwood's The Testaments — a sequel to the Handmaid's Tale — several events are going on:
- Tickets have sold out for National Theatre's In Conversation with Margaret Atwood event, but due to popular demand, it will be broadcast live in cinemas, including Watermans in Brentford.
- Waterstones in Leadenhall Market opens its doors at 7.45am to allow you to pick up a copy on your way to work — best to preorder so you don't miss out. The Kensington branch hosts a midnight launch event, as does King's Road, plus Trafalgar Square opens at 8am.
MUSEUM EXPLORERS: Trains is the theme of the Museum of Enfield's storytelling session for kids. Aimed at 3-4 year olds and their carers, the hour-long session features stories, songs and crafts. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), £1 per child, book ahead, 10.30am-11.30am
EXHIBITION TOUR: Join a curator or a tour of the current Protect and Survive exhibition, which takes an in-depth look at the Cold War. Find out what effect the Cold War had on Britain, from secret government bunkers, to the daily life of normal people, and hear about the espionage and secrets which were rife at the time. National Archives (Kew), free, book ahead, 1.30pm
FILM TOURS: East London's beautiful Wilton's Music Hall has been used as a filming location for several films and TV shows. Take a film tour to find out about on-location recordings for scenes from Muppets Most Wanted, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Krays, The Great McGonagall and more. After the 50-minute tour, there's time to ask your questions in a Q&A session. Wilton's (Limehouse), £10, book ahead, 4pm
TRAVEL GEEKS: Get the lowdown on mouthwatering Latin American food with National Geographic. A panel including restaurateurs, authors, travel writers and travel sales consultants serve up tips on finding the best Peruvian pisco bars, Mexican street food stalls and Novo-Andean restaurants all over the world — and what to order when you get there. Wallacespace (Clerkenwell), £10, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
SECRET RIVERS: An impressive panel consisting of Totally Thames Festival Director Adrian Evans, author and psychogeographer Iain Sinclair, artist and author Rachel Lichtenstein and poet Rachel Nwokoro discuss tales of London's river. Hear stories of the river, focusing on the theme of boundaries, before attending a private view of the excellent Secret Rivers exhibition. Museum of London Docklands, £15/£10, book ahead, 6.30pm
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: Want to up your travel photography game? Head to this workshop, led by professional photographer Steve Davey, who has had photos published in newspapers and books all over the world. He offers up tips for taking the perfect travel portrait. Intrepid Travel (Brixton), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
ANN PATCHETT: Award-winning American author and celebrated essayist Ann Patchett chats to journalist Mariella Frostrup ahead of the release of her new novel, The Dutch House. Patchett reveals the stories and events which have inspired her writing, creating a clever blend of wit and heartbreak. Emmanuel Centre (Pimlico), £25/£30, book ahead, 6.45pm-8pm
HITLER: Cambridge historian Professor Brendan Simms reveals how some of the things we think we know about Adolf Hitler are wrong, including the reasons behind his atrocities. Simms argues that Nazi Germany was not conceived as a reaction against Soviet communism, but rather an attempt to imitate the United States and Great Britain, and the policies which turned these countries into imperial powers. Conway Hall (Holborn), £30, book ahead, 6.45pm-8pm
FUTURE OF MOBILITY: How will we get about in the future? From autonomous vehicles and driverless cars, to the electrification of the transport system, a panel of experts looks at the future of movement. Presenter Robert Llewellyn, researcher Alison Park and autonomous vehicle expert Michael Steinberg tackle topics including the financial, legal and ethical implications of self-driving vehicles. Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN: Discover some of Gilbert & Sullivan's earliest recordings, led by Jonathan Summers, Curator of Classical Music at the British Library Sound Archive. British Library, £12/£8, book ahead, 7.15pm-8.30pm
ROCKY HORROR: Get ready to do the Time Warp, at a free, open-air screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Bring your own picnic mat to watch the 1975 film about a couple lost in a storm who discover the mansion of Dr Frank-N-Furter. Canada Square Park (Canary Wharf), free, just turn up, 9pm
Tube ponderings with Barry Heck
Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.
TfL's lost property office is moving! After 86 years in Baker Street, it's shuffling round the Circle line to South Kensington to premises with more space. You've probably heard about the lost property office. The cavern of misplaced items is a perennial favourite of commissioning editors. The news that it's moving will start a whole new flurry of features about the motley collection of discarded umbrellas, prosthetic limbs and sex toys. Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube.
Good cause of the day
There's still time to sign up for Walk Together London on Saturday. The five-mile walk along the Thames is open to all ages, and raises money for Bowel Cancer UK. Find out more and sign up.
What we're reading
- A serious fire in Worcester Park has destroyed a block of flats, leaving many homeless.
- The two new Northern line stations will have their own bespoke artworks.
- Vice get to snoop around inside the new super sewer dig.
- Diamond Geezer gives TfL's new Mindfulness app a spin. Spoilers: he's not impressed.