Things To Do Today In London: Friday 4 May 2018

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Maritime mayhem atop a summer terrace, it's what Churchill would have wanted (probably).

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VIVE LA RÉVOLUCION: This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Parisian student protests that kick-started both a social revolution and an artistic movement. See over 50 posters that adorned the country's walls during this tumultuous time, as well as films, imagery and memorabilia from the Mai 68 riots. Lazinc (Mayfair), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 12 May

THE VOID: May the 4th be with you this Stars Wars day at an epic, multi-sensory Empire Strikes Back VR adventure. You'll be transported to a galaxy far, far away where you'll battle giant lava monsters, recover Imperial intelligence and solve puzzles on a molten planet — all  the while disguised as blaster boasting Stormtroopers in a quest to strengthen a budding rebellion. Westfield Stratford City, book ahead, £30, 10am-6pm, until 19 June

CAESAR AND SMIT: Delve into a treasure trove of satyrs, skeletons and sacrificial lambs that make up Carolein Smit's surreal ceramics before eyeing up Ray Caesar's vaguely sinister digital dolls at a new exhibition that embraces the unusual. James Freeman Gallery (Islington), free, just turn up, 11am-6.30pm, until 26 May

OFFICE SPACE: From drab grey cubicles to industrial-chic open plan offices, the workplace has changed a lot in the last couple of decades. Take a trip down corporate memory lane at a free experiential exhibition from luxe tech accessories company Knomo. Knomo Seven Dials (Neal Street), free, just turn up, 11am-7pm, until 17 May

NAUTICAL BUT NICE: Channel your inner Churchill on a summer terrace inspired by Sir Winnie's travels through the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea with the Admiralty yacht HMS Enchantress. The Churchill Bar & Terrace has been transformed into a proper maritime oasis, decked out with vintage nautical compasses, anchors, boat oars and sea shells. The Churchill Bar & Terrace (Marylebone), £30 minimum spend after 4pm, just turn up, 12pm-2am, until 31 October

MEET THE BREWER: Raise a glass to the long weekend with Vibrant Forest microbrewery, who are taking over Mason & Company for one night only. They'll be hosting a tutored tasting where you can get better acquainted with five of their glorious vegan beers.. Mason & Company (Hackney Wick), free entry/£10 tutored tasting, book ahead, 5pm-11pm

Nina Conti vamped up ventriloquism will leave you dumbstruck.

LIPPY: Lip-syncing extraordinaire Rachel calls upon her sheroes to help her through the trials and tribulations that come with being a twenty-something woman in a patriarchal world. Join her for a semi-autobiographical show tackling gender and authenticity in a culture that gave us BIC 'pens for her'. The Arches at St Mary's Church (Putney), £8, book ahead, 7pm, until 12 May

TANGO VIVALDI: With strong beats and dreamily slow movements, you'll know when you've been tangoed at London Concertante's latest show. Soak up a thrilling performance Vivaldi's concertos, Piazzolla's tangos and a new commission by David Gordot by candlelight at Mayfair's ancient parish church. St George's Church (Hanover Square), £15, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

PLOSIVE COMEDY: Voice-throwing comedian Nina Conti has come to Dulwich to breathe new life into the ancient (albeit often slightly naff) art of ventriloquism in an act that'll leave you in stitches. Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You star Hal Cruttenden co-headlines. The MCT at Alleyn's (Dulwich), £16, book ahead, 8pm-10.15pm

SECRET CIRCUS: Roll up, roll up — The Secret Circus has pitched up in Stockwell to bring you burlesque, comedy, drag royalty, magic and much more. The Cavendish Arms (Stockwell), from £8.14, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

BASSALA DANZA: Get ready to shake your tail feathers at a night of thumping tropical beats. Yiğit is on the decks at The Three Compasses to bring you African, South American, Afrobeat, disco, and new wave hits with his all-vinyl set. The Three Compasses (Dalston), free, just turn up, 8.30pm-12am

Good cause of the day

You may not have heard of Thomas Bowes, but you've probably heard him. The orchestra leader from the soundtracks to Skyfall and Spectre is coming to Clapham for a solo violin concert in aid of Robes Night Shelters, a charity that helps homeless people in South London stay safe at night. This time he's swapping Bond for Bach's sonatas and partitas.

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Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Express


The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets

Secrets of the Square Mile


The City of London is home to spectacular skyscrapers, but it’s also home to some fascinating history. Join Matt on a tour of the Square Mile’s ancient alleyways, old churches and imposing architecture - including two sites associated with the occult, and one of the City's most haunting memorials to the power of the Blitz.  Get tickets

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets