Things to do today is sponsored by the Old Royal Naval College.
What we're reading
- The insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London.
- Is this the end for Southwark tube's iconic entrance building?
- Travellers dump £100,000 worth of rubbish on London field.
- Weak pound lures shoppers to London in pursuit of cheap luxury goods.
Things to do
SNAP HAPPY:Pop down to the Polaroid pop-up in Boxpark to try out the latest range of instant digital cameras, as well as traversing memory lane with some vintage camera models on display. Boxpark Shoreditch, free, just turn up,until 30 July
WAR OF TERROR:This exhibition is bringing together work by photographer Edmund Clark, as he explores the hidden experiences of state control during the 'Global War on Terror', looking at issues such as security and legality. Imperial War Museum, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
AMAZING AEROPLANES: Kids aged 5-12 can learn about the Fairlop airfield and aeroplanes from the past. Little ones will love making their own model plane to take home. Redbridge Museum (Ilford), £1, book ahead, 10.30am-12.30pm
COAT AND BADGE RACE: They've managed to pull this off every year since 1715, making it the world's longest running rowing challenge. Head down to the river to see 2017's Doggett's Coat and Badge Race, where young Watermen apprentices contest the sculling race. Starts at London Bridge, free, just turn up, 11.30am
BLUE PLAQUES: 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the blue plaques, revealing fascinating glimpses of history all over the city. Celebrate the occasion and learn more at this free talk about the history of the scheme. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm
HISTORY IN THE PUB: History and the pub make the perfect combination. Nurse a pint as you hear from ten London Historians about their favourite Londoner from history. Our own Matt Brown is overseeing proceedings. The Sir Christopher Hatton (Leather Lane), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
PICK YOUR FLICK: What will you choose: Romy & Michele's High School Reunion or Clueless? Voting for the screening closes one hour before the showing, so you better get a move on. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), free, just turn up, 7pm
MERMAID CROWNS: DIY blogger Zen will teach you how to make your own mermaid crown using shells, glitter, and other shipwrecked bric-a-brac. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £35/£49, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
COMEDY: Comedian Mae Martin tops the bill at this stand up comedy show. Robyn Perkins will also be attempting to take the Laugh Train Home. The Honor Oak Pub, £6, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
Get up close to some of Europe's best artwork
There's a new way to see the exquisite baroque paintings that line the walls and ceilings of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. Rather than admiring them from the ground, you can now ascend a 60ft high observation deck and get up-close to the artwork, exploring the mysteries and intricacies of these masterpieces.
It's all due to the fact that the Hall's 40,000sq ft of paintings are being restored in a major conservation project. On this limited edition tour you'll see the conservators at work too. The Painted Hall Ceiling Tour really is a viewing experience like no other — find out more here.
Art review: typewrite your dreams
Navigate a translucent maze to find a mini office where you can sit at a typewriter, jot down your dreams, secrets and memories, and file them anonymously. You can read previous visitors' submissions while you’re there — they're also projected onto the walls of the maze. Book ahead for an hour slot or turn up and jump on a free typewriter. It will all culminate with a performance, incorporating these stories, at the end of the exhibition. We found this confessional process absorbing. Internal Library by Bongsu Park at Print Room at The Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LB. Until 29 July, free. ★★★★☆ [Monday-Saturday]
Food review: vegan doners make triumphant Shoreditch return
Vegans wept protein-deficient tears when street food market The Pump shut a couple of months ago, all for the loss of the incredible What The Pitta. Their prayers have been answered, as WTP has reopened just around the corner in Boxpark. With this new stall they’ve added more to the menu; the doner box with 'meat' and chips is an attractive form of vegan carbicide for sure. However, for our money it’s still the kebab wrap that tops the bunch, which is both healthier and tastier. What The Pitta, Boxpark Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY, ★★★★★ Harry Rosehill
Theatre review: Nina Simone receives political nod (or political tribute)
Swedish-based actor/singer Josette Bushell-Mingo uses song, video projection and at times, a bit too much talk, to express her disappointment in today’s continued racism against black people; a sentiment she shares with the late jazz and blues artist Nina Simone whose music was often based on her experiences with America’s Civil Rights Movement. The show starts slow, where Bushell-Mingo takes on Simone’s persona at a concert in 1969 in which the singer is voicing a political message. Luckily the programme builds to what audiences are there to see — Bushell-Mingo’s run-through of Simone’s famed, sing-along hits. A standing ovation justifiably results. Nina. Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London SE1 8LZ, sold out for remaining shows, limited tickets on the door for £20-£25, until 29 July ★★★ [Monday-Saturday] Tiffany Pritchard
Good cause for the day
STREAK FOR TIGERS: Run around London Zoo naked on a normal day, and you'd probably get in a spot of bother. Do it on 10 August though, and you can raise money for charity whilst you're at it. Result. London Zoo, £20 with minimum £150 funding, book ahead, 10 August, 7pm
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