Things To Do Today In London: Friday 12 July 2019

Drag Syndrome at Southbank Centre

Things to do

CRAFT MARKET: The ever-excellent Crafty Fox Market heads north of the river for once, bringing its usual eclectic line-up of traders. Browse ceramics, jewellery, homewares, clothing, prints and more from a curated selection of artists and makers. Canopy Market (King’s Cross), free entry, just turn up, 12-14 July

HYPER JAPAN: Japanese food, culture, art and fashion is all celebrated one under roof at Hyper Japan. Wander around stalls selling Japanese items, watch martial arts and cookery demos, enjoy live music and take part in cosplay, all inspired by the Asian country. Olympia London, from £17, book ahead12-14 July

SHUBBAK FESTIVAL: For a few weekends this summer, themed takeovers are happening at National Theatre’s open-air River Stage. This weekend, Shubbak Festival — a celebration of contemporary Arab culture — curates the programme, kicking things off tonight with music from the Attab Haddad Ensemble, DJ and radio presenter Noor Palette, and singer Amira Kheir. South Bank, free, just turn up, 12-14 July

Peruse the works at Crafty Fox Market

IDLER FESTIVAL: Idler’s weekend of talks, debates, music, comedy and merriment kicks off today. The festival’s Friday line-up includes hip hopping female Morris dancers, folk musician Sam Lee, plus lessons in beekeeping, calligraphy and the ukulele. Eclectic indeed. Fenton House (Hampstead), £35-£105, book ahead12-14 July

SOLDIER’S VIEW: Ian Maine of the National Army Museum tells the story of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry in the Normandy Campaign of 1944, in this free lecture. Hear about the key battles which the regiment was involved in, and the casualties it suffered, with photos from the time to support the talk. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead11.30am

Leave work early and enjoy Waterloo Carnival

WATERLOO CARNIVAL: Dance in the streets (well, on the green) at Waterloo, for the local carnival. All afternoon, free entertainment including live music, dancing, a carnival procession and stalls takes over the local area — an excellent excuse to slack off work a bit early. Waterloo Millennium Green, free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

WRITER QUEEN: Queen Elizabeth I is renowned for many things, but her writing talents are often overlooked. See some of her poems, speeches and prayers, written both before and during her monarchy, many of which are kept at the National Archives. Dr Katy Muir discusses the cultural significance of the writings. National Archives (Kew), £6-£7.50, book ahead2pm-3.30pm

The third edition of Oval Night Market

NIGHT MARKET: Oval Night Market continues its summer residency in east London with an evening of food, drink and art, based on New York’s street parties. Refuel at street food stalls and a cocktail bar, and browse and buy products from local artist and makers, all with a soundtrack of live music and DJs. Oval Space (Cambridge Heath), free entry, just turn up, 5pm-11pm

DRAG SYNDROME: The world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome — a group known as Drag Syndrome — perform at a cabaret night which features live music, dancing, lip syncing and voguing. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 5.30pm

COCKNEY SING ALONG: Musician Tom Carradine brings his famous Cockney sing along sessionto north London. Join in with songs from the music hall era, both world wars, and West End musicals. Union Chapel (Islington), £5, book ahead, 7pm

Kiss My Genders Live at Southbank Centre

SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY: New documentary film Spirit Of Discovery tells the story of late oceanographer Walter Munk and his impressive and extensive scientific research. Watch the film, then see a panel discussion about the role science plays in preserving our seas. Science Museum (South Kensington), £5, book ahead7pm-9pm

KISS MY GENDERS LIVE: Hayward Gallery’s current Kiss My Genders exhibition comes to life on stage. Several of the artists involved present an evening of poetry, screenings, discussion and performance, celebrating diversity in relation to gender identity. Southbank Centre, £15, book ahead7pm

CIRCUS SHOW: Aircraft Circus is a circus training school for students of all ages. This summer scratch show is a chance for current students to show off what they’ve learned, with additional appearances by alumni, and professional performers, all on a ‘summer of love’ theme. Expect acrobatics, aerial tricks and other circus skills. Aircraft Circus Academy (Woolwich), £15, book ahead, 7.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

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

I can’t sign off this week of pub-related musings without mention of the Metropolitan Bar at Baker Street station. This grand branch of JD Wetherspoon is housed in the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Railway (now the Metropolitan line). The rooms are filled with Underground memorabilia, a joy for any tube fan. Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Sign up now to take part in Tesco Dance Beats on 18-20 July. Dance marathons and other events take place at stores around the UK, raising money for Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK. Find out more here.

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