Things to do today is sponsored by the Houses of Parliament.
What we're reading
- A comprehensive look at why Uber hasn't had its license renewed.
- Mary Berry helps the Freemen of the City celebrate their right to drive sheep over London Bridge
- Parliament is advertising the position of Black Rod with a healthy paycheck of up to £93,000
- Met police have prevented seven terror attacks in London since March
- Not so much reading as watching — the bell ringers of Saint Giles Camberwell church show you how it's done
Things to do
RAINDANCE: It's the 25th year of Raindance Film Festival, showcasing over 250 of the best independent shorts, features, documentaries, web series, music videos and VR experiences from all over the globe. Discover a multitude of on screen action before they gain cult followings. Until 1 October. Vue Leicester Square, various prices, book ahead, various times
HEALTHY ART: Ben Uri's new exhibition Using Art Differently engages with the idea that art can support and improve mental and physical health by exploring universal themes of identity and migration. Until 15 October. Ben Uri Gallery & Museum (St John's Wood), free, 10am-5.30pm
ROBOT ZOO: This family-friendly exhibition is larger-than-life with some pretty impressive mechanics to boot. Try jet-propelled squid racing, shoot a chameleon's 'tongue-gun' and even design your own 'mutant' robot creature. Horniman Museum and Garden, £4/£7, just turn up, 10.30am-5.30pm
FUNNY FEST: It's the last day of the Objectively funny festival. There's a wide range of acts to enjoy, from TV panel show stars to cult heroes. Remember it's funny. Objectively so. The Albany, £1, book ahead, 2pm-1am
BLOODTHIRSTY MURDER: Victorian London was home to the heights of gentle femininity, but an underbelly of female career criminals existing in parallel included Kate Webster, a petty criminal turned bloodthirsty murderer. Track her transformation with professor Anne Marie Kilday. Guildhall Library, £5.90, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
DRONE FESTIVAL: Drone footage is becoming incredibly popular, both in YouTube videos and mainstream film and TV. Despite the fact that drones are forbidden to fly in London, the 2nd annual London Drone Film Festival is held here, showcasing just how amazing this technology can make your latest project look. Institute of Contemporary Arts, £20, book ahead, 6pm-11pm
SMALL HILLS: Looking for a hill to climb or an outdoor adventure? Well, why not join author and award winning travel writer Phoebe Smith as she discusses her new book Britain's Best Small Hills? Stanfords (Covent Garden), £4, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.45pm
WONDER WOMAN: In a celebration of women in film, Vauxhall Pop Up Cinema club are screening blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, preceded by a Channel 4 Random Acts thrree minute film directed by a woman, and followed by an audience discussion hosted by Oscar winning film producer Mia Bays. The Workshop, £5/£7/£10, doors open at 7pm
SCIENCE OF SLEEP: People underestimate how important sleep is, and how much they need, especially us busy bee Londoners. Sleep scientist Matt Walker discusses how to shift our values and habits around sleep, and recognise that sleep is the single most effective thing we can do for our health and wellbeing. Royal Institution, £7/£10/£16, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
RIVER OF BEER: No, some pop-up in Shoreditch hasn't manufactured an artificial river of beer for you to slosh in. But you can learn the role that the Thames played in the history of brewing in Britain; with historian Martyn Cornell. The Pier House, £3, book ahead, 7.30pm
How does afternoon tea at the Houses of Parliament sound?
With tours and teas available on most weekdays until 7 October and every Saturday, Parliament is well-worth exploring — whether you’re an aspiring politician, into history, or just want to check out the stunning architecture. Step behind closed doors and get the inside scoop on what goes on in the Commons and the Lords.
Learn all about the Speaker’s chair and Prime Minister’s Questions before indulging in an afternoon tea with a difference. After a guided tour, it doesn’t get much better than a House of Commons scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam while gazing upon glorious views of the Thames. Find out how to book here.
Food review: top burger with a side of Tower Bridge
There is nothing quite like munching on a deluxe burger with a view of Tower Bridge. Butler's Wharf Chop House sits on prime real estate with an incredible view of London's favourite Thames crossing, so snagging a table outside is an absolutely must. Their thick and juicy burger comes in a brioche bun, fat potato-y chips and red pepper and tomato chutney, but of course we had to go the whole hog and add cheese and bacon as well. While some may feel £15.50-£19.50 for a burger is on the pricey side — even for London — the sun setting over the Thames and the spectacular view made the cost worth it for a special evening out. For dessert there's the deliciously sweet vanilla ice cream, which — as you might expect from Chop House — tasted richly of vanilla beans. There are a few other locations in their franchise, so if you're tired of Thames-side dining, perhaps you'd instead like to chow down a burger at their St Paul's location; the setting for TV's First Dates. Butler's Wharf Chop House, 36e Shad Thames, SE1 2YE ★★★★☆ [Monday-Sunday] Eleana Overett
Art review: a trippy mural
Samantha Bittman's mixtures of weaving and painting mess with our eyes, a massive floor to ceiling mural is easy to lose ourselves in. Best to go with it and find yourself sucked into her mesmerising works. Samantha Bittman: Shift at Ronchini Gallery, 22 Dering Street, W1S 1AN, free. Until 28 September ★★★☆☆ (Monday-Saturday) Tabish Khan
Theatre review: lipstick, powder and paint
Watching a make-up demo for a group of bereaved mothers whose children died in a national tragedy, while timely, isn't the most enticing night out. Ignore any misgivings though. This is a knockout piece. Set eight months after the 1966 Aberfan disaster which left 116 children dead, Neil Anthony Docking's play is as emotionally taught as you'd expect but also surprisingly warm and funny. The five actresses are all equally strong and the manifestations of grief are convincingly explored in a play that captures the period perfectly. Just remember to pack a hankie. The Revlon Girl, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP, £16.50-£18. Until 14 October ★★★★☆ (Tuesdays to Saturdays) Chris Bridges
Good cause for the day: forgetting but not forgotten
The Angel Comedy Club is bringing the funny side of life to the fore by putting on a live comedy benefit Forgetting But Not Forgotten, raising money for the Alzheimer's Society to continue their incredible work researching into the cause, prevention and cure of dementia. 2 October, Angel Comedy Club, £10, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets