Boris Johnson has previously joked about his desire to be the "lead singer of an international rock group", and today he got a chance to show off his skill on the drums.
He played alongside businessman Lord Sassoon, as he toured the Great British Brands festival at China's largest shopping mall.
The Mayor is in Beijing on a mission to drum up trade for London.
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The high of 35C was recorded on a Bakerloo line train between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus at 2pm.
Weather forecasters say temperatures could reach 35C, beating the previous record of 34.6C in the scorching summer of 1976.
After years of political manoeuvring over the future expansion of Heathrow Airport, there has been an important development this lunchtime.