What we're reading:
- Snake rescued after getting stuck in mousetrap in London street.
- Celebrating the Mangrove: The London restaurant which defined Caribbean Britain.
- New £460k trial to cut lorry numbers in London.
- Cristiano Ronaldo's new London restaurant will open this month.
- London experts join forces in 'grand coalition' to transform cancer treatment.
Things to do:
AT HOME IN FITZROVIA: Boutique developer Merchant Land and purveyors of posh furniture Heal's have teamed up for London Design Festival to bring you an interactive design exhibition. Heal's interior designer Nicola Meighan hosts drop-in consultations at its pop up apartment, showcasing new goodies from its Brunel collection. Merchant House (Fitzrovia), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 20 September
PROJECT CASSAVA: Borough Market be welcomes Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency to showcase its fully traceable cassava flour and its social impact on the female African farmers who help produce it. There are baked goods, Indian street food samples, and cookery demos to show you how you can incorporate cassava flour into your own recipes. Borough Market (London Bridge), free, just turn up, 11am-3pm
BAIDÀ: The second solo exhibition from Russian artist Taus Makhacheva responds to the stories of fisherman who live in the Starrii Terek village in Dagestan and work in the Caspian sea. Through her video and performance work, the precariousness of human life is expressed through the recurrent motif of being lost at sea. narrative projects (Fitzrovia), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm
PRINT YOUR TOTE: Make your very own 'It' bag with the help of textile designer Samantha Warren. Whatever your artistic abilities, she teaches you the tricks of her trade to create a unique and stylish screen printed tote bag. Squire and Partners, The Department Store (Brixton), £15, book ahead, 12pm-1pm
RED BULL REVELRY: Gearing up for a night on the tiles? Red Bull's got some ace recommendations for starting your evening in style. Whether it's a cable car night flight or playing dress up in Covent Garden, there's plenty of fresh new ways to keep you entertained. (Sponsor)
HISTORIC GRAFFITI TOUR: If you thought that graffiti was a relatively modern invention, you couldn't be more wrong. Discover the etchings left on Southwark Cathedral by Medieval London's proto-street artists on this guided tour, followed by a boozy debrief. Southwark Cathdral (London Bridge), £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
NERD NITE: From exotic animal escapes, to anthropomorphised viruses, to the harsh realities of the London housing market — this evening of short talks has it all. Be there and be square. Backyard Bar & Comedy Club (Bethnal Green), £7.50, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
FRENCH ORGAN MUSIC: Renée Anne Louprette connects the world of French Baroque with a more modern voice in her debut organ recital at the Royal Festival Hall. Her programme features pieces by Clément Jannequin, Marin Marais, and Maurice Duruflé. Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre), £15, book ahead, 7.30pm
ISLE OF DOGS: Follow a ragtag bunch of stop motion animation dogs on a quest to expose an anti-canine conspiracy in hipster fave Wes Anderson's latest cinematic offering. There's even a chance to get your hands on some Isle of Dogs merch. Harris Academy (South Norwood), £9, book ahead, 7.45pm
DESIREE BURCH: Catch the Laugh Train Home for a hearty dose of midweek giggles. Headliner Desiree Burch is joined by Kae Kurd, Aidan Jones, and MC Simon Brodkin. The Four Thieves (Battersea), £7, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm
THE RASPBERRY CANNOLI CABARET: Allow this rather scrumptious-sounding cabaret to transport you to a 1960s mobsters' nightclub in NYC. The 'Godfather of Swing', Ray Gelato and the Giants headlines, and there's also performances from burlesque group Folly Mixtures and 'The First Lady of Frivolity’, Chastity Belt. Underbelly Festival (South Bank), £21, book ahead, 9.15pm
Good cause of the day
Discover the mental health journeys of 22 ceramic artists through their work at the world's largest surviving tidal mill in Bromley-by-Bow. The Tactile Minds exhibition was created in support of mental health charity Mind. A percentage of every sale will go to Mind Tower Hamlets and The House Mill, and you're invited to make a direct donation to the charity here.