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Things to do
DESIGNING THE V&A: A visit to the V&A is always a masterclass in art and design, but that's just the exhibits — have you ever stopped and looked at the building around you? In this exhibition, original drawings and photographs chart the building's transformation from the 1850s to today. V&A Museum, free, just turn up, 10am-5.45pm (until 7 January 2018)
KING'S CROSS TOUR: This once dilapidated area — formerly 67 acres of old railway and industrial land — is being transformed into a shiny new district for living, working and playing. Learn about some of the glitzy new buildings on the site on this walking tour. St Pancras International, £18, book ahead, 10.30am-12.30pm
HOLBORN HOUSES: Did you know that the only British prime minister to be assassinated lived in Holborn? Tour the houses formerly occupied by famous people, and dwellings from the history of literature and invention. Holborn Station kiosk, free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm
BOWIE'S BRIXTON: He may have seen stardom the world over, but this was a boy born and bred in London — a Brixton boy, to be precise. This two hour guided tour of his vibrant home town covers everything from birth to death, and features an ensemble of Bowie songs performed en-route. Brixton Tourist Information, £15, book ahead, 2pm-4pm
HITLER IS DEAD: Or is he? This lecture by Professor Sir Richard Evans of the University of Cambridge explores the rumours of Hitler's survival, from where they originated to what evidence has been advanced to support them. The National Archives (Kew), free, book ahead, 4.45pm-6.30pm
SPACE LATES: This adults-only, after-hours event takes on all things space this month, in an evening that promises to be out-of-this-world (sorry...). With experts on hand to answer all your questions, there's plenty to discover before you hit the dance floor at the silent disco. The Science Museum, free, just turn up, 6.45pm-10pm
CATHEDRAL CAPTURES: Photographers — amateur and professional alike — will love this rare, after-hours opportunity to take photos of Southwark Cathedral lit not just by candlelight, but by natural sunlight too. A great way to showcase the stunning stained glass windows. Southwark Cathedral, £10, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
CREATIVE MASTERCLASS: Author Sheila Chandra and renowned street artist STIK join forces to present an organisational masterclass for creative people — helping put you on the path to artistic career success. Foyles Bookshop (Charing Cross), £8/£5, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
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Art review: locking horns
After the major exhibitions, visit this small display of lovely sketches of animals and illustrations by Charles Tunnicliffe. Some are illustrations for Ladybird books, and there is a corner where children can try their own hand at drawing animals. The standout work for us is a black and white sketch of two bulls locking horns - perfectly sketched so you can see the strain each animal is under. Second Nature: The Art of Charles Tunnicliffe at Royal Academy of Arts. Until 8 October, £3 (or free with an exhibition ticket). ★★★☆☆
Food review: a must do for brunch fanatics
Alright, so bottomless brunches are all the rage in London, but sometimes it’s nice to get back to our brunching roots with some solid breakfast grub and the company of some seriously cute poodles. We can’t guarantee the poodles will be there every time, but Alma Cafe is pet friendly and several canine friends came in and out while we chowed down on delicious runny yolk Eggs Benedict with oodles of tangy hollandaise sauce, and the chef’s special of smoked salmon on sourdough with little bursts of juice from pomegranate jewels. It went down a treat with the freshly made apple and mango juices. The light and airy cafe itself is a gorgeous little find in Barnes, and the deli offerings are definitely worth a second visit for lunch. Alma Cafe, 2-3 Rocks Lane, Barnes, SW13 0DB ★★★★★ Eleana Overett
Theatre review: game of throne
The old Leicester car-park corpse is back with a vengeance. Antic Disposition’s RayBan-and-head-mike-modernised Richard III contrasts the glorious 12th century setting of Temple Church, with a terrific crash course in modern ensemble acting and a booming soundtrack that could have been chosen by Guy Ritchie. Toby Manley’s tormented and uneasily charming Richard shifts restlessly between scheming bastard and emotionally vulnerable with a clarity not often seen in showier renditions of this part. As Richard’s evil counterpart the Duke of Buckingham, Joe Eyre is a captivatingly sinister spider-man crawling all over his prey. The bodies pile up and their ghosts stand guard at the edge of the stage, a reminder of the lengths to which a man can go in pursuit of absolute power. Great stuff. Richard III, Temple Church, EC4Y 7BB. £20-40 until 9 September [Tuesday-Saturday] ★★★★☆ JohnnyFox
Good cause for the day
OLD OAK COMMON: Train geeks rejoice, as Old Oak Common railway depot opens its doors for one day only. A unique collection of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives will all be on display, and plenty of rides, stalls and activities are on offer too. All proceeds will go towards Place2Be, a children's mental health charity. Old Oak Common railway depot, £20, book ahead, 2 September, 10am-4pm
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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