Things To Do This Week In London: 24-30 June 2019

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Chasing Rainbows at Hoxton Hall

FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE: It's the final week of London Festival of Architecture, so if you're batty about buildings, get your fix while you can. Highlights this week include a look at Las Vegas's influence on London, a walk along the Thames marshes and comedy up the BT Tower. Various locations and prices, until 30 June

CHRISTMAS STAMPS: Time's running out to see Postal Museum's charming exhibition of Wallace & Gromit Christmas stamps. Find out about the creative process behind designing the stamps at the Aardman studios. Postal Museum (Clerkenwell), included in admission (£16), just turn up, until 1 July

OTHELLO REMIXED: It's Shakespeare, but not as you know it. Othello: Remixed is set in modern day London. Championship boxer Othello has chosen Michael Cassio to be his corner man, leaving a rejected Iago riven with jealousy and deceit. Omnibus Theatre (Clapham), £16/£13/£10, book ahead, 25 June-14 July

Last chance to see this festive exhibition

CHASING RAINBOWS: Aimed at age 12+, theatre show Chasing Rainbows marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. It's the story of Ama, who's set to be the first Caribbean woman in space. As she orbits the Earth, she prepares an address for her daughter’s graduation ceremony, leading her to consider the loss that taints her success and the cost of 'chasing rainbows'. Hoxton Hall, from £10, book ahead, 25 June-20 July

FOOD FORTNIGHT: Wine and cheese pairings, cocktail masterclasses, a food market, chocolate workshops and tasting events are all part of Waterloo Food Fortnight, which showcases the culinary prowess of businesses in the local area. Peruse the full programme, and get booking for anything that tickles your tastebuds. Various Waterloo locations and prices, 27 June-12 July

Monday 24 June

Find out how to crack ancient codes

LEXI FILM SCHOOL: It's the final class of spring term at Lexi Film School, where lost gems are shown the love they deserve. Tonight, the focus is on 1972 documentary Angela Davis: Portrait of a Revolutionary, about the outspoken activist of the 1960s and 70s. The speaker is Charmaine Simpson, co-founder of Black History Studies. Lexi Cinema (Kensal Rise), £9/£7, book ahead, 6.30pm

CRACKING ANCIENT CODES: With the first examples of writing dating to 6,000 years ago, how do modern scholars decipher these early scripts? Irving Finkel from the British Museum — who uncovered the story behind Noah’s ark — and academic author Andrew Robinson offer insights into deciphering techniques, and talk about the codes that still haven't been cracked. Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

KISS MY SCRATCH: See fresh new material from experimental and alternative performances at work-in-progress show Kiss My Scratch. Lucy McCormick performs her trademark concoction of dance, song, absurdist art and minor breakdowns, Bad Aunts host a sitcom chat show, and cabaret and drag artiste Jack Sears thanks the women that have empowered him. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £10/£8, book ahead, 8pm

Tuesday 25 June

Unleash your inner artist at Pop-Up Painting

LIT FESTIVAL: Balham Literary Festival comes to a close with an evening with author Mick Herron. He discusses his novel, spy thriller Joe Country. Dulwich Books, £20, book ahead, 7pm

POP-UP PAINTING: Embrace your inner artist at Pop-Up Painting, a relaxed evening where you can recreate your own version of Rebecca Hunter's London skyline painting. All supplies are included, and a qualified artist is on hand to offer advice... but no-one's stopping you going off-piste. Village East (Bermondsey), £27.99, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

SPOKEN NERD: The Festival of the Spoken Nerd gets underway with An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail. Enthusiasts, scientists, miscellaneous experts and comedians take to the stage to talk about whatever they flippin' well choose. Expert anything from maths to history to... 'an upgraded sausage cannon'. Backyard Comedy Club (Bethnal Green), £11.11/£8.88, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Wednesday 26 June

A Canadian tap takeover at Tate Modern

TAP TAKEOVER: Canadian brewery Collective Arts Brewery is the guest at this month's Tate Tap Takeover. Taste six of their drinks as you peruse some of the company's artwork on the walls, and hear a panel discussion with three of their UK-based artists about the artists' influences and processes, and working with Collective Arts on package design. Tate Modern, £19-95-£23.95, book ahead, 6.30pm-11pm

ARCTIC EXPEDITION: Hear from Dr Helen Czerski about her own experience of an Arctic expedition. She spent last summer on an icebreaker close to the North Pole studying Arctic weather. Find about what it's like to live in that environment, and why coming home wasn’t straightforward either. Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

POETRY LATE: The National Poetry Library stays open late for a salon evening with poets Mary Jean Chan, Keith Jarrett and Kai-Isaiah Jamal. Hear readings of their work in the recently-refurbished Hayward Gallery Cafe, with views over Waterloo Bridge. Southbank Centre, £10, book ahead, 8pm

Thursday 27 June

Penguin Pride at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern

AUSTRALIAN FILM FEST: Films from Down Under take centre stage at Regent Street Cinema this weekend. The London Australian Film Festival presents new films including dramas, comedies and documentaries, plus there are Q&A sessions and a gala night. Regent Street Cinema, various prices, book ahead, 27-30 June

RICHARD DREYFUSS: American actor Richard Dreyfuss — known for roles in Jaws, Stand By Me and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind — makes a one-night-only appearance to share stories from his 40 years working in Hollywood. Get an insight into the creative process of some of the films he starred in — and if you buy a top tier ticket, meet the man himself before the show. Cadogan Hall (Chelsea), £25-£75, book ahead, 7.30pm

PENGUIN PRIDE: Penguin Pride brings writers, poets and activists to the stage on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The evening is for celebrating, and for reflecting on how far the LGBT+ rights movement has come since the summer of 1969, as well as looking forward to the future. Royal Vauxhall Tavern, £10, book ahead, 8pm-10pm

Friday 28 June

Wimbledon Rematch Live comes to Wembley

WIMBLEDON REMATCH: Ahead of Wimbledon beginning next week, relive one of the greatest tennis tournaments of all time — The Championships, Wimbledon 1980. This immersive, 1980s themed experience uses film, live actors, projection and period props to take guests through the stages of the tournament from start to finish. 1980s clothing is encouraged, and there's a chance to rub shoulders with roving TV reporters, players and paparazzi at the bar. Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, from £53.90, book ahead, 28-30 June

PRIDE QUIZ: The monthly musical theatre quiz is a Pride special this time round. Gather a team of up to five people for an evening LGBTQ+ musical trivia, games, singo bingo, and a musical finale. Win prizes including rainbow cupcakes as you go. The Other Palace (Victoria), £35 for a table of up to five, book ahead, 7pm

BASEBALL CULTURE: Ahead of Major League Baseball being played in London for the first time, a panel of experts talks about the history of America's 'national pastime' and how the sport became so popular. Journalist Matthew Engel talks about losing his passion for cricket in favour of baseball, and Dr Daniel Bloyce of the University of Chester examines how the press responded to earlier attempts to bring baseball to the UK. British Library, £12/£8, book ahead, 7pm-8.15pm

Saturday 29 June

CatFest comes to south London

BOOK FESTIVAL: Tessa Hadley, Sadie Jones, Simon Mayo and Sam Leith are among the names on the programme at Queen's Park Book Festival. Across two days, dozens of writers, authors, journalists, poets and historians take to the stage to talks about their passions and their latest projects. Queen's Park, £18-£34, book ahead, 29-30 June

CATFEST: Miaow! If you're feline the love for all things cat-related, head to CatFest. It's a day-long festival where cats meet pop culture, with cat-themed activities, art, food, drinks, stalls and exhibitors. Beckenham Place, £20, book ahead, 10.30am-10.30pm

SECRET GARDENS: Join Living London for a wander through some of the capital's secret gardens, including St Dunstan-in-the-East church garden, a hidden community garden with a little library, and Cross Bones, an old burial ground for paupers and prostitutes recently made into a community garden. Location revealed on booking, £10, book ahead, 11am-1.30pm

Sunday 30 June

Party like it's the 1990s at Queen of Hoxton

PHOTOGRAPHY: Pack your camera and head out to Forty Hall for a morning photo walk in the grounds. It's led by Pat Simmons, a member of the Royal Photographic Society, who offers plenty of tips for improving your shots along the way. Cameras and phone cameras are welcome. Forty Hall (Enfield), £30, book ahead, 10am

SHUBBAK LITERATURE FESTIVAL: Celebrate contemporary Arabic culture at British Library's Shubbak Literature Festival. Hear from writers from across the Arab world and diaspora, including Leïla Slimani and  Inaam Kachachi, on topics including contemporary Arab feminism, and the rise of queer memoir. British Library, £18/£12, book ahead, 12pm-7pm

90S ROOFTOP PARTY: Party like it's the '90s all over again at this rooftop party. Dance to the likes of Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Shania Twain and Shaggy at a silent disco. Fancy dress is highly encouraged, so dig out that Union Jack dress. Queen of Hoxton, £7/£9, book ahead, 2pm-10pm