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Jean Paul Gaultier's Fashion Freak Show opens at Southbank Centre
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FASHION FREAK SHOW: Jean Paul Gaultier brings his exuberant Fashion Freak Show to the capital. The fashion designer's theatrical work is a cross between catwalk show and revue, telling the story of his life from childhood and early career through to his greatest fashion shows to date. Southbank Centre, £30-£120, book ahead, 23 July-2 August

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: Coinciding with the opening night of Fashion Freak Show (above), designer Jean Paul Gaultier himself is in conversation with TV presenter Anita Rani. Hear him talk about his work in the fashion industry, and his latest show. Southbank Centre, £20-£25, book ahead, 6pm

PORTRAIT PAINTING: Ann Witheridge, founder of London Fine Art Studios, creates a live portrait painting of Army veteran Betty Webb MBE. Webb served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) from 1941 to 1946, and talks about her life and military career to the audience, while the portrait painting takes place. National Army Museum (Chelsea), £10/£8, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

FRASIER NIGHT: It's less Goodnight Seattle and more hello London at this Frasier night, which marks 15 years since the final episode of the American sitcom aired. Selected episodes are screened, followed by indepth discussions about them, plus there's a quiz and a themed drinks menu. Genesis Cinema (Mile End), £2, book ahead, 6.30pm

Catch a screening of La La Land at Wembley Park

CHEESE AND CHAMPAGNE: What a combo! If you've never considered pairing cheese and champagne (no, your Saturday night Quavers + pinot snack doesn't count), get to this masterclass to learn about ideal combinations. Taittinger Champagne is paired with high-quality French cheeses from the region. Riding House Cafe (Fitzrovia), £40, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

OUTDOOR CINEMA: La La Land is the latest film to be shown for free on an alfresco screen at Wembley Park. Watch Ryan Gosling as Sebastian, a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as Mia, an aspiring actress, as they meet and fall in love while pursuing their dreams in Los Angeles. Wembley Park, free, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

ALL THAT SCRATCH: This curated theatre scratch night gives emerging musical theatre writers and artists a stage to present their work for development and feedback. All performances on the night are recorded and released as a podcast, including interviews with the creatives. The Other Palace (Victoria), £7.50, book ahead, 7pm

Science Fiction Theatre presents Forbidden Planet

FORBIDDEN PLANET: Science Fiction Theatre focuses on 1956 film Forbidden Planet. Before the screening, Dr Glyn Morgan from the Science Museum talks through the history of the film, its innovations, and the works it inspired. The Castle Cinema (Homerton), £10/£8, book ahead, 7pm

PATSY AND QUEENIE: Authors Nicole Dennis-Benn and Candice Carty-Williams discuss their novels Patsy and Queenie with arts critic and editor Lucy Popescu. Patsy tells the story of a woman who moves from Jamaica to America, leaving behind her daughter, to pursue a better life, while Queenie is about navigating contemporary London life as a millennial black woman. Foyles Charing Cross Road, £18/£8/£5, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

POPBITCH QUIZ: Pop culture gossip newsletter Popbitch hosts its regular quiz. Expect to be challenged on all manner of trivia, not just pop culture — although we imagine plenty of that will come up — along with puzzles and music. Prizes include bar tabs and theatre tickets  Smiths of Smithfield, £5.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

MOTH STORYSLAM: 'Bold' is the theme of this month's The Moth StorySlam, so get up on stage and tell your own true 5-minute story about a big statement or moment of courage. A panel of judges scores each performance — or if you're not quite bold enough to have a go yourself, sit back and watch other people tell their tales. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

True fact: Gloucester Road station has a waiting room designed specifically for hobbits. It seemed to be locked on my most recent visit. Elf and safety, I suspect. Follow Barry Heck on Twitter @HeckTube. He's usually more interesting than this.

Good cause of the day

Vegan cafe The Canvas near Brick Lane is crowdfunding to redevelop its space to make it even more useful for the local community. Planned changes include improved access for wheelchair users and the hearing impaired, a new community growing project in the garden, and a larger kitchen to allow more meals to be made and stored for the homeless. Find out more and make a donation.

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Love food? Join our new Facebook Group, Foodie Finds, to discuss all things edible in London.

The team behind beloved pizza restaurant Franco Manca is branching out into pasta, opening a new restaurant dedicated to the Italian staple in Covent Garden this September.

Strozzapreti is one of the food businesses taking up residence at the new Seven Dials Food Market, the first permanent home for street food market KERB.

Andrea Beccaceci and Bridget Hugo

Sourdough chef and Franco Manca co-founder Bridget Hugo, and co-founder and restaurateur Giuseppe Mascoli are on the Strozzapreti team, along with pasta expert, Andrea Beccaceci.

The eatery will offer a three-course menu featuring simple antipasti, twists on classic Italian dishes, and fresh pasta made from durum flour and organic English spelt.

Given that Franco Manca is known for its queues, we wonder if Stozzapreti might become the new Padella, the no-reservations Borough Market pasta restaurant for which people line up for hours.

Japanese soul food restaurant Nanban — by Masterchef winner Tim Anderson — is also due to open at Seven Dials Food Market. Other traders already announced for the new foodie hotspot include Club Mexicana, Yum Bun and Rice Guys. There will also be a cheese conveyor belt.

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Things to do this weekend is sponsored by Floatworks.

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Ealing Jazz Festival takes place all weekend

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: With the kids off school for the foreseeable future, find ways to keep them busy in the holidays with our family-friendly guide to summer in London. We've covered exhibitions, theatre shows, days out, things do to on the cheap, and places to eat as a family.

FIESTA DE MEXICO: The cultural traditions of Mexico come to the Square Mile for the free, three-day Fiesta de Mexico. Wander around street food stalls listening to a mariachi band, watch a lucha libre show, or take part in family-friendly activities. Guildhall Yard, free entry (some events charge and need booking), just turn up, 26-28 July

RAIN OR SHINE: Theatre Deli hosts Rain or Shine, a weekend of cultural events for all ages, from gardening to poetry to BMX taster sessions, all encouraging people to get outside. Burgess Park, various prices, book ahead, 27-28 July

EALING JAZZ FESTIVAL: Two days of live jazz music comes to west London for Ealing Jazz Festival. Artists from all over the UK and beyond perform on both days, but our pick is the Sunday, when the line-up is curated by Ronnie Scott's in a celebration of the legendary jazz club's 60th birthday. Walpole Park, £5.50-£11, book ahead, 27-28 July

ICE WEEKEND: Swiss ice entrepreneur and ice cream inventor Carlo Gatto would have been 202 years old this weekend. The London Canal Museum — home to a Victorian ice house — celebrates with a birthday party, including a cake competition, family activities and a music hall evening. London Canal Museum (King's Cross), various prices, book ahead, 27-28 July

ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION: Last chance to see this year's World Illustrations Awards exhibition, which features all 200 works shortlisted for this year's awards. Entries range from book covers to newspapers, and packaging to murals, with submissions from a variety of countries. Somerset House, free, just turn up, until 28 July

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Saturday 27 July
A pop-up dog market comes to Chelsea

GNOMUS: Look out for a giant gnome wandering around the Tower Bridge area — Gnomus is on the loose. The giant puppet is the work of Puppets With Guts, and comes with an important message — he's checking every leaf and flower in the area in a bid to inspire a new generation of conservationists. Potters Field Park and St John's Churchyard (Tower Bridge), free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

DOG MARKET: Pamper your pooch at the Chelsea Pop-Up Dog Market. Toys, treats, coats and collars for canines are just some of the items on sale, and the first 50 dogs through the door receive a free goodie bag. St Luke's Church Hall (Chelsea), free (charity donations welcome), 11am-6pm

LIVESTOCK: Three music stages, three bars, children's activities and food stalls are set against the backdrop of Forty Hall Farm at Livestock Festival. Focus is on supporting and promoting local talent, and the day-long, relaxed festival is a great way to introduce kids to the festival scene. Forty Hall (Enfield), £5-£30, book ahead, 11am-11pm

Gnomus comes to life near Tower Bridge

BREWERY SESSION: Geffrye Museum may be closed for refurbishment, but you can still quaff a pint or two in its gardens. Hackney Brewery celebrates its 8th birthday with an alfresco party featuring craft beer from 10 breweries, street food, lifestyle stalls, and talks about community, food and drink. Geffrye Museum (Hoxton), from £15, book ahead, 12pm-4pm/5pm-9pm

COMEDY ALL DAYER: Comedy Grotto puts on an epic line-up of gagsters for its all day Edinburgh Fringe preview fest. Time's running out for the likes of Tom Rosenthal (of Friday Night Dinner fame), Sara Kendall, Suzi Ruffell and Olga Koch to tighten up their acts before heading to the Scottish capital. Star of Kings (King's Cross), £20-£25, book ahead, 12.30pm-11pm

CATHEDRAL ARCHAEOLOGY: Southwark Cathedral archaeologist Dr Jackie Hall shares her recent research on this tour, which visits the oldest parts of the building, dating from medieval times, following a timeline up to the 19th century. Southwark Cathedral, £10, book ahead, 1pm-2.30pm

BUTTERFLY EFFECT: House, Garage, and Afro-beats music are the focus of The Butterfly Effect, a festival taking over three stages in Croydon. DJ Hatcha, Pied Piper, DJ Sollie with MC DT, Maxwell D and PSG play the garage stage, while Rhythm N Funk head up the House stage, with a line-up including Supa D, Kismet, Dominic Danielle, Petite, MA1, Carlos Aries, Shenin Amara, Sef Kombo,Tippa, J'rome, Gemini and Coldsteps. Lloyd Park (Croydon), £35, book ahead, 1pm-10pm

Hackney Brewery's Summer Session at the Geffrye Museum

NASHVILLE MEETS LONDON: Canary Wharf's country music festival Nashville Meets London consists of sets by both UK and US performers on an open-air stage. Bag yourself a spot in the park and watch American Idol's Lauren Alaina, and West End regular turned country star, Twinnie. Canada Square Park (Canary Wharf), free, just turn up, 2pm-10pm

SILVER SCREEN SCI-FI: Settle in for a screening of 2018 film First Man, in which Ryan Gosling plays astronaut Neil Armstrong in a retelling of his moon landing story. The film is preceded by an introduction by TV presenter Dallas Campbell, with a replica of Armstrong's suit created by Ryan Nagata, an artist who worked on the film. Royal Observatory (Greenwich), £12/£10.80/£6, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

AFRICAN MUSIC: The best African music in the capital is showcased at Focus Africa Music Festival. Expect Afrobeat/Afro-Funk/Afro-Jazz from Femi and The InRhythms and other performers, plus a free drum and balafon workshop. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £12.50, book ahead, 7pm

Nashville meets London in Canary Wharf
Sunday 28 July

WOLF HALL: If you've read or watched Wolf Hall, step into the real London locations from Tudor times on this guided walk. Due to the Great Fire, not many Tudor buildings remain, but this tour visits them, with plenty of information about the real-life Wolf Hall events shared as you go. Blackfriars station, £12/£9, book ahead, 12pm-2pm

OPERA OPEN DAY: London's summer opera theatre, Opera Holland Park, opens its doors for a free family day. Get a better idea of how the opera works, with creative workshops, talks from performers and production team members — and a chance to have a go at conducting the City of London Sinfonia. Opera Holland Park, free, just turn up, 12pm-5pm

BANDSTAND MUSIC: Get yourself to Regent's Park and enjoy an afternoon of free live music as part of the summer music festival. It takes place at the bandstand, with the lake as a backdrop, and deckchairs are available to hire. Regent's Park, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-5.30pm

Fiesta de Mexico is at Guildhall Yard all weekend

PINK JUKEBOX: Members of the LGBT+ community and their friends are invited to The Pink Jukebox, an afternoon of ballroom and Latin dancing. Begin with a dance class for beginners, followed by an evening of social dancing. Bishopsgate Institute, £12/£10, book ahead, 2pm

EARTH: Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite. The people doing the moving are the subject of new Austrian documentary Earth, which meets workers from America, Italy and Hungary. Some are proud of what they're doing, while others don't understand why they're doing it. Bertha DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £9/£7/£5, book ahead, 4pm

YOUNG MUSICIANS: Young Jazz Musician of The Year award winner, trumpeter James Davison celebrates his win by performing live with a selection of musicians, including Sam Rapley (sax), Rob Barron (piano) and Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass). Expect a selection of jazz standards and some originals. 606 Club (Chelsea), £12, book ahead, 8.15pm

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Hot damn, La Goccia's pretty.

The website describes the Covent Garden spot as the signature and 'iconic romanticism' of Petersham Nurseries, but with an added Italian accent. And on-message, the courtyard is a mass of wrought iron, terracotta pots, flower-trailing vines and so much greenery it actually feels secluded, despite being just off one of the most popular tourist spots in London.

In truth, it's hard to spot a particularly Italian thread to the La Goccia set menu. The odd plate of arancini, drizzle of Amalfi lemon or Maremma blue cheese garnish aside, it feels British above anything else.

The menu changes regularly, often daily. A look through previous versions throws up a nicely surprising number of offal-y dishes, rare to find on a set menu, often geared towards low-challenge crowd-pleasers. And if any dish could convert an offal-denier, it might be our pig heart and garlic scapes, one of a fixed selection of cicchetti/starters, all delicate slivers of intense richness.

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Hero dish from among the starters, though, is our simple-ish plate of beetroot and walnut salad, dressed with shavings of Blu del Granduca. Unflamboyant and lovely in its own right, it helps that the blue cheese comes with the sharpness the other opening acts are missing — the radishes with herb butter and courgette arancini are vivid on the plate but mild on seasoning.

On the flip side, the mains — plaice with fennel and Amalfi lemon, and thick, softly fatty slabs of pork with turnips and mustard — are both powerful, nearly too-powerful, punches of salt. But the pork, scattered with little, crispy pieces of fried sage, is a powerhouse, the melting fatty layers on the meat punctuated with the crunch and woodiness of the sage leaves. Both plates, as with the starters, are generous; the La Goccia set menu delivers a very Italian amount of dinner.

It's easy to be enchanted by La Goccia's location, and its way with a trailing vine or a well-placed lantern. The prices are going to be harder to swallow: while the set menu's good — intermittently great — pushing £40 for three courses, with the final one a lovely but relatively demure pair of ice-cream/sorbet options, and no white at under £30 a bottle, is a tougher sell.

The starlit, flower-strewn setting and the lovingly-sourced ingredients would be enough to keep La Goccia's courtyard packed out with date nights and anniversaries and family celebrations and graduations and proposals. The price points mean that it's probably one best saved for those milestone occasions.


La Goccia
at Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden, 1 Floral Court, WC2E 9FB. The set dinner menu at La Goccia is available from 5-9 pm on Monday-Saturday and is £38 for three courses.

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Let the sensory overload commence. Don't forget to look up. Image courtesy of Phillips.

What happens if you cross a fun house and an art exhibition? Wonder no more, because that's exactly what's just opened at Phillips auction house, in a collaboration with artist and set designer Gary Card.

Mayfair auctioneers Phillips are in the business of selling art and they are very good at it. In their plush space on Berkeley Square you normally find pristine art displays, to encourage prospective buyers to open their  very large wallets and spend some serious cash on a Basquiat or a Warhol.

It's colour everywhere, including this dotty doll by Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy of Phillips.

In this latest exhibition, it's no longer a case of 'Ouch. I can't afford that', but rather 'Where is the art?'

Navigating through a colourful maze, I spend a lot of time staring at things, wondering if they're part of the installation, or separate artworks. Turns out that growling red face on the back of the circular door isn't part of Gary Card's set at all. It's credit to Card that he makes the whole thing blend seamlessly to the point that the spinning flower by Yayoi Kusama — she of the infinity rooms — feels right at home in his trippy world.

Look up to spot some of Card's playful creations including a freakish man with a polygonal head atop a shed, and what looks like a cross between a pickle and Mr Potato Head reclining over the entrance.

After wandering through the colourful plastic curtains and taking in all the smiley faces on the floor, I focus on spotting the individual artworks, and the sensory overload continues, from polka dot dolls to artist Cindy Sherman in one of her trademark alter ego portraits, dressed as a clown.

The highlight is a video triptych by artist collective Smack, based on Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. The screens depict Eden, Paradise and Hell, each filled with quirky details such as giant cats sleeping in Eden, and a worm with giant lips for a head in Paradise — far more creepy than heavenly. The best is saved for the deliciously dark take on Hell; a giant skeleton with a gavel and judge's wig passes judgements over a land that includes an obese man being force fed humans through a meat grinder, and a pig-headed man writhing around on the floor in agony. Quirky sinful humour abounds in all three screens and we could watch them over again and still spot new things every time.

Don't forget to wave goodbye to this guy on the way out.

I had to regularly remind myself that this exhibition is actually about selling art — high praise to Card and Phillips for ensuring it doesn't come across that way at all. It's fun, accessible and put a smile on my face — definitely not what I was expecting from visiting an auction house.  

Hysterical: hosted by Gard Card is at Phillips in Mayfair, until 21 August 2019. Entrance is free. There's a VR walkthrough that allows you to tour the show remotely.

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500 ducks on the canal at 2018's duck race

What the duck?! 500 rubber ducks will be launched on the Grand Union Canal this week, as one of London's oddest annual spectacles returns.

Ducks away!

The Rubber Duck Race is a charitable event, raising funds for COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care). A flock of fake ducks are tipped off the side of the bridge at Merchant's Square, Paddington — and then bobs towards the finishing line along the canal.

Anyone can enter — you donate £3 for a duck with the hope that yours will come first, scoring you a pair of Eurostar tickets if it does.

I should be so ducky, ducky, ducky, ducky...

The festivities continue later on in the afternoon, with the Dragon Boat Regatta, in which vessels of 11 (plus a drummer) dash 100 metres along the canal — again raising money of COSMIC. Expect some top-notch fancy dress too.

Never played this version of Mario Kart before

The Rubber Duck Race starts at St Mary's Bridge, Paddington, at 12.30pm on Thursday 25 July. The Dragon Boat Regatta starts at 5pm from the same spot. Both events are free, and you can just turn up.

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A west London restaurant is serving afternoon tea in a floral-themed oversized birdcage this summer.

Guests at Bluebird Chelsea can tuck into drinks and nibbles, including afternoon tea, in the Nyetimber English Garden. The menu includes passionfruit curd macaroons, Snickers slices, banoffee chocolate cups, and lemon meringue pie, with plenty of Nyetimber sparkling wines to wash it down.

The giant birdcage, which is decorated with "an abundance of entwined florals", seats up to six people for afternoon tea, and between four and 10 for drinks and snacks.

It's open from July to October at Bluebird Chelsea, 350 King's Rd, SW3 5UU. Advance booking recommended.

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Live a cappella music at The Other Palace
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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: If you're looking for ways to keep the kids entertained while school's out, check out our guide to spending the summer holidays in London. We've covered family-friendly events, exhibitions and theatre shows, plus plenty of places to eat and drink.

ASTRONAUT TRAINING: Take part in astronaut training challenges and collect stamps in a special passport. The Lego-themed out-of-this-world kids' events go on all week, with space shuttle building, a Lego space suit and a massive Lego mural. Lego Store (Leicester Square), free, just turn up, 22-28 July

BANK OBJECTS: The latest exhibition at the Bank of England Museum celebrates the Bank's 325-year history, retelling it in 325 objects. A one hundred million pound banknote, a nuclear weapon effects calculator, and a banknote forgery are among the fascinating exhibits. Bank of England Museum, free, just turn up, 22 July-June 2020

The Bank of England reveals its secrets in a new exhibition

THE IRON MAN: Award-winning illustrator Chris Mould sets up in Foyles for the day to decorate the balcony overlooking the Children’s section with illustrations from his new version of the Ted Hughes classic The Iron Man. Meet him and watch him create his artwork live in front of you. Foyles Charing Cross Road, free, just turn up, 10am-2pm

LEARN TO SEW: Wish you were one of those people who could run up their own skirt or blouse on a sewing machine? Find out where to start at this workshop aimed at absolute beginners. Get to grips with threading, and different stitches and techniques, and tackle how to sew in a zip. Seven Sisters Road, £35, book ahead, 2pm-5pm (sponsor)

EXTINCTION REBELLION: Headline-making environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion has written a book about its mission. This Is Not A Drill contains facts, empowering stories, and instructions on how to get involved in the rebellion, introduced by the editors at tonight's event. Owl Bookshop (Kentish Town), £7.99 (includes book), book ahead, 6.30pm

Find out more about Extinction Rebellion. Photo: Londonist

COMEDY: Adam Hess, comedian and star of Comedy Central's Stand-Up offers a preview of his Edinburgh show. Expect quick fire laughs and a story about getting stuck in a lift for 25 hours. The Bill Murray (Islington), £5, book ahead, 6.45pm-7.45pm

TOUR DE FRANCE: Think you know all about the Tour de France? Cycling cafe Look Mum No Hands! hosts a quiz about the world-famous bike race. Get yourself into a team of four and compete for prizes including free drinks and cycling caps. Look Mum No Hands! (Old Street), free, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

See comedian Adam Hess perform live

OUT-SPOKEN: Poetry and live music night Out-Spoken hosts award-winning US poet Morgan Parker , reading from new collection Magical Negro, and Sam 'Junior' Bromfield spinning reggae, soul and R&B music. Southbank Centre, £10, book ahead, 7.45pm

BELT UP: A capella music group Belt Up! have performed at Brasserie Zedel, Pizza Express Live, and on SkyOne. This live show is formed of powerhouse anthems and dance floor classics, moving ballads and the latest chart hits — and singing and dancing along is encouraged. The Other Palace (Victoria), £10-£15, book ahead, 8pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Roundel of the Week time. I'm rather taken with this beauty on the District line, which has an unusual red border around the nameplate. An enrouged roundel. Follow Barry Heck on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Book ahead for Absolute 80s Live Band, a fundraising gig themed on the decade, covering songs from Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, New Order and many more. It takes place at Wilton's in August, and money raised goes to the Imperial College NHS Trust. Find out more and book tickets.

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What's the best way to adapt a childhood classic dessert for a grown-up audience? Add alcohol, of course.

There's no need to choose between dessert and cocktails at Italian restaurant Bunga Bunga Battersea — it's now serving Mr Whippy cones filled with Grey Goose La Vanille vodka, turning the soft serve classic into a hard serve.

Tuck into one following a pizza, or start at Bunga Bunga on a night out. You'll probably need to lick your way through a few of them before you get buzzed — but just beware of the potent combination of hangover and sugar crash the next morning. Brutal.

Signor Whippy Grey Goose La Vanille cones are £5 at Bunga Bunga Battersea, 37 Battersea Bridge Rd, SW11 3BA. Available throughout the summer.

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Artist Lucy Pickford has a solo exhibition

SUMMER HOLIDAYS: With the kids off school for the foreseeable future, find ways to keep them busy in the holidays with our family-friendly guide to summer in London. We've covered exhibitions, theatre shows, days out, things do to on the cheap, and places to eat as a family.

MUSIC RESIDENCY: Six performers from the City Music Foundation take part in a summer residency, performing a series of concerts in the opulent setting of the Wallace Collection. Lunchtime recitals, a child-friendly concert and a performance designed with dementia sufferers in mind are all free to attend. The Wallace Collection (Marylebone), mostly free, just turn up, 22-26 July

Primate sanctuary photos go on display in Camden

BANK OF ENGLAND: Clap eyes on a real life one hundred million pound banknote, and a nuclear weapons effect calculator at Bank of England Museum's new exhibition. It marks the Bank's 325th anniversary by showcasing its history in 325 interesting and unusual objects. Bank of England Museum, free, just turn up, 22 July- August 2020

FOLLOW ME: Artist Lucy Pickford has her first solo exhibition, showcasing landscapes and streetscapes from her time in Japan. She uses her experience as a landscape architect to create the series of paintings. 253 Hoxton Street, free, just turn up, 24-30 July

Enjoy free summer concerts at the Wallace Collection

PRIMATE PHOTOS: Photographer Anne Heinonen volunteered at a primate sanctuary in South Africa for eight months, and now she's displaying some of the photos she took while she was there, alongside extracts from the diary she kept. The focus is on how much of herself she recognised in the monkeys she cared for, and the need to share those moments with other humans. Theatro Technis (Camden), free, just turn up, 25 July-11 August

GREEN FILMS: London Green Film Festival continues with a varied programme of documentaries, dramas and family films, all with a focus on living a more eco-friendly life. Highlights include graphic documentary Racing Extinction and inspirational sailing film Maiden. Regent's Place, free, just turn up, until 26 July

Monday 22 July
Adam Hess performs in Islington

COMEDY: Adam Hess, comedian and star of Comedy Central's Stand-Up offers a preview of his Edinburgh show. Expect quick fire laughs and a story about getting stuck in a lift for 25 hours. The Bill Murray (Islington), £5, book ahead, 6.45pm-7.45pm

RADCLYFFE HALL: Who was Radclyffe Hall? The LGBTQ+ icon and author is the subject of a Pride Month event, focusing on visionary LGBTQ novel The Well of Loneliness, and her lifer beyond her most famous work. Housman's (King's Cross), £5, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

TOUR DE FRANCE: Show off your cycling trivia at this Tour de France quiz. Swot up on past winners and details of this year's race, and you could lead your team to victory in the form of free drinks and cycling prizes. Look Mum No Hands! (Old Street), free, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

Tuesday 23 July
Watch a free film screening at Wembley Park

FRASIER: It's been 15 years since Frasier said a final goodnight to Seattle, and fans of the sitcom are invited to mark the anniversary with A Night of Frasier. Watch selected episodes of the show in full, followed by discussions with fellow fans. Genesis Cinema (Mile End), £2, book ahead, 6.30pm

STREET NAMES: City of London tour guide Julian Romain gives a talk about local street names and their origins. St George's German Church (Aldgate), £5, just turn up, 6.30pm

LA LA LAND: 2016 smash-hit film La La Land is screened for free at Wembley Park's alfresco cinema. Kick back on a deckchair and watch Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone singing and dancing their way through LA. Wembley Park, free, book ahead, 7pm

Wednesday 24 July
Find out about exploring Antarctica

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS: Go behind the scenes at Fulham Palace, where Roman archaeological items are kept, along with paintings, engravings and other items. Learn how they're cared for — and even handle some of the objects yourself. Fulham Palace, free, just turn up, 11am-12pm

EXPLORE ANTARCTICA: Explorer and record holder Ann Daniels swings by south London to talk about her experience being the first woman to ski to the North and South Poles, as part of all-female teams. She's since completed more than 10 polar expeditions and survived over 400 days on the ice. After her talk, she takes part in a Q&A session. Intrepid Travel (Brixton), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

FILM NIGHT: Little Shop of Horrors is shown at an open-air cinema on South Bank — powered by the audience. Hop on a static bike and get some pedal action going to power the film — or sit back in a deckchair and watch your fellow audience members do the hard work... but where's the fun in that? Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 9.15pm

Thursday 25 July
Rubber ducks and dragon boats take to the water in Paddington

ROOFTOP MUSIC: As part of City of London's Fantastic Feats festival, there's a free evening of music atop The Garden at 120. Expect to hear classical guitarist Sam Cave, saxophone radicalism from Ben Vince, and solo violin from Japanese artist Chihiro Ono and Ligeti Quartet violinist Mandhira de Saram as you enjoy the views from 15 floors above the City. The Garden at 120, free, just turn up, 6-9pm

CHURCH BUILDINGS: What do church buildings tell us? That's the subject of a free talk by Tony Tucker and Oliver Leigh Wood, who reveal what can be gleamed from the buildings, and why we should look after them.  St Mary's — Bow Church, free, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

DUCKS AND DRAGONS: If you go down to Paddington today, expect to see some odd sights on the water as the annual charity rubber duck race and dragon boat race take place (not at the same time — imagine the carnage!). The rubber duck race is £3 to enter (12.30pm-1.30pm) and if your duck is victorious you could win Eurostar tickets. Later in the evening, return to the canal to watch teams go head to head in dragon boats (5pm-9pm).

Friday 26 July
Fiesta de Mexico comes to Guildhall Yard

FIESTA DE MEXICO: The cultural traditions of Mexico come to the Square Mile for free three-day Fiesta de Mexico. Wander around street food stalls listening to a mariachi band, watch a lucha libre show, or take part in family-friendly activities. Guildhall Yard, free entry (some events charge and need booking), just turn up, 26-28 July

VICTORIAN LONDON: View a postgraduate student project about the lives of London’s destitute children in the Victorian and early Edwardian periods. Find out what it meant to be penniless, and discuss the challenges and ethical issues of the time. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 26 July-22 August

MUSEUM LATE: It's the final Friday of the month, which means the Natural History Museum keeps its doors open late for after-hours fun. The theme this month is space, marking 50 years since the moon landings, so there's a chance to hold 4.5 billion year old meteorites, see a replica of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit, or simply browse the usual displays and exhibitions after hours. Natural History Museum (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

Saturday 27 July
Nashville meets London in Canary Wharf

RAIN OR SHINE: Theatre Deli hosts Rain or Shine, a weekend of cultural events for all ages, from gardening to poetry to BMX taster sessions. Burgess Park, various prices, book ahead, 27-28 July

DOG MARKET: Pamper your pooch at the Chelsea Pop-Up Dog Market. Toys, treats, coats and collars for canines are just some of the items on sale, and the first free dogs through the door receive a free goodie bag. St Luke's Church Hall (Chelsea), free (charity donations welcome), 11am-6pm

COUNTRY MUSIC: Canary Wharf's country music festival Nashville Meets London consists of sets by both UK and US performers on an open-air stage. Bag yourself a spot in the park and watch American Idol's Lauren Alaina, and West End regular turned country star, Twinnie. Canada Square Park (Canary Wharf), free, just turn up, 2pm-10pm

Sunday 28 July
An open day at Opera Holland Park

FULHAM PALACE: Get hands on with archaeological objects at Fulham Palace. The open day is aimed at children age 3+ and their families, with a chance to tour the site, and help recreate the lost medieval chapel out of cardboard. Fulham Palace, free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

OPERA DAY: London's summer opera theatre, Opera Holland Park, opens its doors for a free family day. Get a better idea of how the opera works, with creative workshops, talks from performers and production team members — and a chance to have a go at conducting the City of London Sinfonia. Opera Holland Park, free, just turn up, 12pm-5pm

BANDSTAND MUSIC: Get yourself to Regent's Park and enjoy an afternoon of free live music as part of the summer music festival. It tales place at the bandstand, with the lake as a backdrop, and deckchairs are available to hire. Regent's Park, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-5.30pm

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