Things To Do Today In London: Friday 19 May 2017

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RIVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Grab your camera and join wildlife photographer Iain Green for a crash course in riverside photography, snapping all aspects of life on and off the river, from flora, fauna, birds and boats, to the architectural aspects of the local bridges and buildings. Tuition tailored to all skill levels. Pier House (Chiswick Pier), £40, book ahead, 10am-2pm

SOUNDS OF THE CITY: London Transport Museum's new Sounds of the City exhibition opens today. Enjoy illustrated interpretations of urban sound from over 100 different artists, inspired by the noise of modern cities. London Transport Museum, included in museum entry, book ahead, until 3 September. There's also an opening night late tonight (£15, book ahead, 6.45pm-10pm)

PINK FLOYD: Experience a spectacular and unparalleled audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd's unique and extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 1960s through to the present day. V&A Museum, £20-£24, book ahead, until 1 October

RENAISSANCE LATE: Accompanying the National Gallery's Michelangelo & Sebastiano exhibition, join in for an evening of sensory explorations, interactive workshops, artist-led skill sessions, live music and performances. It wouldn't be a museum late without delicious inspired cocktails and food too. National Gallery, free (charge for some events), just turn up, 6pm-9pm

GET YOUR SKATES ON: Calling all female shredders — House of Vans is hosting a Girls Skate Night at their newly renovated venue. Cool off with an hour of free yoga from 6pm, or simply sip cocktails all night — they're on the house! House of Vans (Waterloo), free, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

Pink Floyd Exhibition at the V&A. 'Animals', album cover art, Roger Waters, 1977. © Pink Floyd Music Ltd

SIXTIES ARCHIVE: Travel back in time to the swinging sixties and discover some of the most fascinating aspects of this period of acute political unrest — from the Profumo affair, to mods and rockers, and the cultural, sexual and social revolutions. The National Archives, £15/£12, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

ALTER EGO: Witness young and emerging talent from the grime and hip-hop community battle it out in on the same stage as some of the UK's leading artists, in the final stage of this competition. Only one person can be crowned Alter Ego champion 2017 - who will clinch it? Hackney Empire, £6/£4, book ahead, 6.45pm

LIKE A STURGEON: A hilarious and politically-charged one woman show, featuring lip sync artist Ripley's take on some of today's leading women, including Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, £6, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

SWEETS & BEATS: Sweeten your night with sweets on tap, accompanied by a soundtrack of all the best RnB hits to keep you moving all night long. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), free until 10pm, £3 after, just turn up, 7pm-2am

JUST A TIPPLE: Embark on an exclusive 90 minute 'Ginstory' gin safari around the London Dungeon, sampling an eclectic mix of six different gins and catching the brand new Gin Lane show. Visitors also get to visit the Dungeon Tavern, a unique Victorian pub experience. The London Dungeon, £35, book ahead, various times

Art review: ebola and riots

Copyright Justin Mortimer

Hazmat suited figures from the Ebola crisis occupy the foreground, while behind them smoke plumes in the background. Recent events provide inspiration for painter Justin Mortimer. The artist is a fantastic painter but the works here don’t feel as strong as the show he had at the same gallery in 2015. Justin Mortimer: It is here at Parafin, 18 Woodstock st, W1C 2AL. Until 20 May, free. ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday)

Food review: campfire cocktails

London’s most romantic bar is open again for the summer. The Midnight Apothecary is a welcome change from the usual overpriced, overcrowded bars. Think delicious (and potent) flower-inspired cocktails (hats off to whoever named the Rhubarbra Streisand) and marshmallows toasted on a campfire — all in a secret rooftop garden next to the Thames. If you like your cocktails with a side of culture, take a guided tour of Brunel’s Grand Entrance Hall (included in ticket price). An ideal way to spend a summer evening. The Midnight Apothecary, Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe. Tickets £5, advance booking essential. [Every Friday and Saturday night until September, 5.30pm-10.30pm] ★★★★★ Laura Reynolds

Theatre review: Life of Galileo has universal appeal

Copyright Johan Persson

Bertolt Brecht has never been less alienating than in Joe Wright’s modern-dress, in-the-round production of Life of Galileo at the Young Vic, which makes complex ideas highly accessible by using entertaining theatrical effects. Scientific rationalism clashes with religious dogmatism in this account of the iconoclastic 17th-century Italian astronomer who proves with his telescope that the earth revolves around the sun and thereby provokes the wrath of the powerful Roman Catholic Inquisition. Lizzie Clachan’s dazzling planetarium design features a huge circular disc above the stage onto which the solar system is projected, mirroring the wooden orbital walkway below used by the actors who intermingle with the audience. Brendan Cowell exudes hubristic passion as the flawed hero who flies too near the sun. Life of Galileo, Young Vic Theatre, 66 The Cut SE1 8LZ £1038 Until 1 July ★★★★☆ [MondaySaturday] Neil Dowden

Good cause of the day

CHARITY CONCERT: World-famous virtuoso pianist Steve Kovacevich performs a programme of music and song at the beautiful St Mary’s Church of the Virgin to raise funds for St Mungo’s, the local homelessness charity, and the Lewisham Park Residents' Association to make improvements to Lewisham Park. Church of St Mary the Virgin, Lewisham High Street, £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

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Love Actually


Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue.  Get tickets

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies


Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet.   Get tickets

Take a Walk Through London's Most Historic Spots


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets

Talk: Is Monogamy Dead?


Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets