What we're reading
- Redditors confess to their most unacceptable London behaviour.
- Infamous Chicken Connoisseur backs Jeremy Corbyn.
- Enjoy a virtual tour of Hoxton's Geffrye Museum.
- Four arrested in counter-terror raids.
- London's book scene is thriving.
Things to do today
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
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
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
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 £10‒38 Until 1 July ★★★★☆ [Monday‒Saturday] 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
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets