What we're reading:
- What’s the deal with Black Midi: the “best band in London” nobody knows a thing about?
- All London councils sign up for mayor's online database of rogue landlords.
- London restaurants using 'Michelin-starred' compost to grow produce.
- A glimpse into the curious world of London's private jets.
Things to do:
THIS IS ME: In a humbling celebration of diverse voices, a group of young care leavers have directed their own self-portraits in locations close to their hearts. All the photographs are displayed with accompanying monologues at the Saatchi Gallery, but if you can't make it down you can view the entire exhibition online. Saatchi Gallery (Chelsea), free, just turn up, until 5 June
FREE FROM FESTIVAL: Celiacs and sugar-free foodies, here's something to smile about. The Free From Festival lets you indulge in all your favourite dishes and drinks without disrupting your diet. There's gluten-free beer, a sugar-free chocolate tasting, and tips on cooking tasty, healthy food in line with your dietary demands. Old Spitalfields Market, from £5-£10, book ahead, 11am-6pm
JAM ON RYE: Get your groove on down south, with three banging stages of reggae, afrobeat, and new wave jazz at Peckham Rye's bank holiday blowout. David Rodigan, Horace Andy and Mungo's HiFi headline, while the one and only KERB provides a veritable feast of street food. Peckham Rye Park, £30, book ahead, 11am-10pm
BETHNAL GREEN STREET PARTY: An outdoor craft beer bar, a bouncy castle, and a sparkly disco ball caravan — what more could you ask for this bank holiday? There's fun for all the family at this east end boozer's all day street party. The Star of Bethnal Green, £5, book ahead, noon-2am
THE ESTATE WE'RE IN: Size up historic housing estates against contemporary counterparts in a walking tour through Islington. You'll discover impressive Victorian dwellings, innovative philanthropists, and the borough's latest social housing schemes. Caledonian Road, £9-£12, book ahead, 3.30pm-5.30pm
POPE'S ADDICTION CLINIC: Bear the fruits of confession at an comedy show where a whole host of jokers are waiting for absolution. The Bill Murray (Islington), £5 to reserve a seat/pay what you want OTD, book ahead, 4pm-5pm
ZOO SYMPOSIUM: What shape is a circle in the mind of a fish? This isn't the world's most confusing riddle, but just one topic of conversation at London Zoo's symposium on animal, human, and artificial consciousness. Join speakers from the spheres of science and the arts for a consideration of interspecies cognition. London Zoo (Regent's Park), £8, book ahead, 6.30pm
GAZPACHO: Here's two facts about Norwegian rockers Gazpacho — they're named for a delicious Andalusian starter, and their music was once described as "classical post ambient nocturnal atmospheric neo-progressive folk world rock". Basically, if you're into A-ha, Radiohead, and Sigur Rós, there's a good chance this band will your cup of tea (or should we say soup?) The Dome (Tufnell Park), £22, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
THE ICONOCLASTS: Music, magic, poetry, drag and comedy collide in an explosive night of would-be redemption for a family of has-beens. The Iconoclasts tells the tale of comeback night that goes terribly awry in its exploration of fame, family, and Anglo-Irish relations. Greenwich Theatre, £15, book ahead, until 29 May
MODERN STUDIES: Chamber pop quartet Modern Studies launch their new EP, Welcome Strangers at The Lexington, providing an ethereal end to your bank holiday weekend. Support comes courtesy of reclusive highlander Lomond Campbell. The Lexington (Islington), £8, book ahead, 8pm
Good cause of the day
Junior Booker, MarCuss Tisson and Icy Jones are among the up and coming acts headed to Hootananny Brixton for a charity comedy show. All the ticket sales will be divided between two children's charities — Meaka Bears and Voices for Autism. There's also old skool garage, hiphop and free nibbles if you turn up early enough.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
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
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations. Get tickets