Sign up to our free Londonist Daily email to get today’s articles sent straight to your inbox at 5pm.
A London first
31 May marked the 100th anniversary of the first aerial bombardment of London, during World War One. Read about an innocuous London house that became the first place in London to be attacked by a foreign military power in almost 1,000 years.
For your Friday
Come with us to the beautiful Wallace Collection this week for a vibrant and exotic evening of painted ladies, life drawing, psychedelic pop, group art and inspiring talks and tours. Inspired by current exhibition Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint, the summery event focuses on the power of colours through music, art, comedy and... marshmallows. Your ticket includes a complimentary glass of Pimm's to enjoy in the al fresco bar at magnificent Hertford House. Book now!
Things To Do
Buttons provided by YPlan.
DEAL OF THE DAY:
Save 50% on a chateaubriand steak that's big enough for two to share at La Brasserie in Chelsea. Chateaubriand is considered among the most tender and flavourful cuts. Add frites and plenty of béarnaise sauce, and that sounds like a pretty scrummy Monday night dinner to us. £29.40 (one ticket is enough food for two people), 7pm
2 Degrees Festival features a week long programme of performance, debate and public installations in treetops, office blocks and theatres in and around Toynbee Studios in Shoreditch. It's a celebration of art, environment and activism which aims to inspire and empower people to create solutions for a sustainable future. Various prices, 1-7 June
Eat Chiswick is a festival of food, with activities including tours and tastings, pub crawls, a food market and more. 1-8 June
BOND IN MOTION:
If you missed the filming of James Bond on the Thames recently, the next best thing is visiting the Bond in Motion exhibition at London Film Museum in Covent Garden. See the Aston Martin DB5, the Lotus Esprit S1, motorcycles, boats and aircrafts used in the film series. £9.50-£14.50, from 11am
Katy England, a stylist who worked closely with Alexander McQueen, is at the V&A Museum to talk about working with the famous designer, and her own career as a stylist. £10/£7, prebook, 1.30pm
ROMAN LONDON WALK:
Join a City of London guide for a walk through some of the City of London's Roman sites. Starting from near St Paul's, find out about how the World's greatest city started out as a Roman army supply base. Meet at City Information Centre. £7, 2pm
Everyday Rebellion is a documentary about creative forms of peaceful protest, following activists from Spain, Iran, Syria, Ukraine, the USA, the UK and Serbia. The screening is followed by a Q&A with director Arman Riahi and takes place at Frontline Club in Paddington. £10, 7pm
Live the high life this week. The wine experts at Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon invite wine lovers and tipple tasters to try out a brand new champagne — be one of the first people ever to try it. £20, 7pm
Laugh Out London comedy show is at The Old Queens Head in Angel for a night of comedy themed around the boy wizard himself. Harry Potter and the Unavoidable Adventure is the new play by Weirdos Comedy Club chief Adam Larter. £5/£6, prebook, 8pm
Crack Comedy South Bank sees some fresh new standup talent going head-to-head. Each comic has eight minutes to win over the judges and the audience for the chance to go through to the next round at the Edinburgh Fringe. Age 18+. £5, 8pm
Buttons are provided by YPlan.
Good Cause of the Day
Diana McCaulay of Jamaica was the winner of the 2014 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize for the genre of literary non-fiction, for her work-in-progress memoir Loving Jamaica. Tonight, she's at the Free Word Centre for a discussion with her mentor, writer and journalist Melanie McGrath. The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize allows an emerging Caribbean writer to devote time to advancing or finishing a literary work. More information here.
Find more London events in our Free & Cheap events listings. Want to see your event in these last-minute listings? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours before the event, and we will consider it for inclusion. Note: due to high volumes of email, we can’t always reply.