What we're reading
- This chef is getting young Londoners to love vegan food.
- Is London's housing crisis down to England's terrible transport system everywhere else?
- The Trivago takeover of London's underground is almost complete... and causing sleepless nights.
- Are these the most stupid council ward names in greater London?
- Houseboat owners facing eviction accuse council of gentrification.
Things to do
SUPREME TOUR: Can't make it for Open House London Weekend? The Supreme Court is opening its doors for extra dates this summer for visitors to check out the magnificent triple-height Library and Lawyers' Suite overlooking Parliament Square. Repeated 16,17, 22 September. The Supreme Court (Parliament Square), free, just turn up, 9.30am-4.30pm
STATIONARY STATIONERS: Printing and publishing has a long and successful history in London, and a lot is tied into The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers spanning 600 years. This exhibition, which closes soon, tells the history of the Stationers, with the opportunity to see some of their most precious objects along the way. Guildhall Library, free, just turn up, 9.30am-5pm (until 31 August)
SCIENCE FICTION: Fans of sci-fi won't want to miss the last few dates of Into the Unknown, a gallery dedicated to art, design, film and literature. More than 800 works explore the dystopian worlds of Margaret Atwood and 28 Days later, Jack Kirby and Ex Machina, and immerse you in the vastness of our solar system. Barbican Centre, £10/£12/£14.50, book ahead, 10am-8pm (until 1 September)
DESIGNER FUN: Find out what a day in the life of a UX designer is like in a workshop which will let people into the secrets of life as a user experience designer. Find out how design is more than just what a website looks like. Aldwych House, free, book ahead, 5.45pm-7.45pm
WOMEN OF COLOUR: Poet Rachel Long is the creator of Octavia, a poetry collective for women of colour at Southbank Centre. As part of her ongoing workshops, she is exploring the idea of what is an image of summer without the sun, dedicated in part to poems from Melissa Lee-Houghton's collection Sunshine. Royal Festival Hall, £5/£10/£12.50, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
OUT THE WINDOW: Life is full of twists and turns and things don't always work out the way you'd expect. Ron Elisha's play Window portrays a young married couple who find out what happens if one day you look out your window and see something that changes your life forever. The Bread & Roses Theatre (Clapham), £10-£14, book ahead, 7.30pm (until 16 September)
SHORT FILMS: If you want to support local short films in London, head down to Kino for the 90th instalment showcasing short films submitted by wannabe filmmakers, with introductions by the makers themselves. All films are six minutes or shorter. Plus, the popcorn's free. The Bill Murray Pub (Angel), £4/£5, book ahead, 8pm-midnight
CITY SWING: Looking for a toe-tapping, finger-snapping good time? Jeremy and his band are bringing the magic of the Swing era to Wardour Street with jazz and blues classics by Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye. 100 Wardour Street, free entry, book ahead, 9pm-11pm
Art review: free running with mirrors
Six artists combine in this exhibition with a strong architectural slant to it. The highlights are Tim Head's mirrored interiors which, at their most complex, resemble Rorschach tests, and Melanie Manchot's videos with free runners just about visible as they conquer massive public structures. Transient Spaces at Parafin, 18 Woodstock Street, W1C 2AL, free. Until 16 September ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan
Theatre review: blackest comedy
Filth, farce and absurdism are individually difficult to pull off, so combining all three in a ripely uncensored 50th anniversary version of Joe Orton's LOOT is high risk. But when it works, it's excellent. It's a 'comedy about a bank robbery' in which the stolen cash is stashed in a coffin, but it's mostly a savagely-scripted lampoon of the Catholic church, the police and '60s morality, with contemporary audiences still audibly shockable by references like 'a brothel run by three Pakistanis aged between ten and fifteen'. The cast need to ride the laughs without losing the frenetic pace, but it's a raucous and racy evening. Loot, by Joe Orton. Park Theatre, Wells Terrace, N4, £18.50-29.50. Until 24 September ★★★★☆ [Tuesday-Sunday] Johnny Fox
Food review: spectacular Middle Eastern nosh in Stokey
It's not just Ottolenghi who knows a thing or two about middle eastern and Israeli dishes, as demonstrated by The Good Egg in Stoke Newington. A tangy Shrub Fizz — pickled plum and sage topped up with chilled Cava — some enormous olives, and colourful assorted pickled vegetables tease our palates before the sharing dishes arrive, with an explosion of different tastes and textures. Highlights include melting aubergine with tahini and pine nuts, and some truly incredible prawns. The zatar fried chicken is as far from KFC as you can get. The clever and sensational mix of flavours and ingredients, topped off with a truly laid-back ambience and impeccable service warrant this place several return visits. Frankly, the clue's in the name when it comes to food at The Good Egg. The Good Egg, 93 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16, OAS. ★★★★★ Hari Mountford
Good cause of the day: petting zoo indie pop choir
It's your last chance to catch the Petting Zoo indie pop choir singing songs, drinking tea and having a laugh. This season they have been singing a plethora of indie pop songs by female artists to celebrate women and raise money for charities helping homeless women. Pop along to put your pipes to good use, or just to listen to some perfect pitch music. Brill Cafe (Clerkenwell), £3, just turn up, 7pm-9pm
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