What we're reading:
- Are Londoners more afraid of commitment than people living elsewhere?
- The world's first permanent 3D soundsystem space is opening in London.
- London's postal museum among finalists for Art Fund's Museum of the Year prize.
- The V&A is launching a new photography centre.
- London is getting its first clean air bar.
Things to do:
FARMYARD FROLICS: Cuddle bunnies, shear sheep and help two donkeys celebrate their birthdays at Stepney City Farm's May Day Festival. You can also enjoy maypole and barn dancing, or make paper flowers before the grand finale of George and Dunstan's birthday parade. Stepney City Farm (Tower Hamlets), free, just turn up, 10am-4pm
CANALWAY CAVALCADE: It's your last chance to see the city's brightest canal boats dressed to impress at the IWA's annual cavalcade. Today's action includes pirate ship making aboard the Pirate Prince, Chucklefoot's one man band, and the finale of the boat handling competition. Little Venice, free, just turn up, 10.30am-5.45pm
SIMPSONS SPECTACULAR: Fans of everyone's favourite yellow family d'oh not want to miss this massive TV binge at Genesis Cinema. Over 600 minutes (¡Ay, caramba!) of golden age The Simpsons episodes will be screened in the mezzanine bar, so line up a few frosty ones and get ready to revisit some comedy classics. Genesis Cinema (Stepney Green), free, book ahead, 12pm
ADA SALTER: Get to know the green-fingered heroine responsible for beautifying Bermondsey on this guided walk. Ada Salter was an environmentalist, socialist, and youth worker — as well as being London's first ever female mayor. Meet at Bermondsey station, from £8, book ahead, 1pm-3pm
BEER AND BREAD FEST: It's carbs galore at Brixton Windmill's Beer and Bread Festival. Line your stomach with treats from artisan bakers before sampling fine lagers and ales from local microbreweries. There's also salsa, Morris dancing and freshly milled flour for you to take home. Brixton Windmill, free entry, just turn up, 1pm-5pm
CARD NINJA: Ordinary playing cards become weapons in the hands of The Card Ninja, whose next level tricks will leave you speechless. Follow Javier's journey from mild mannered card player to silent assassin in this one-man comedy show. Underbelly Festival (Southbank), £14, book ahead, 3pm-4pm
POPCORN LUNG: Critically acclaimed comic Tom Ward and his magnificent helmet of hair are back at The Bill Murray for a closer inspection of his favourite themes — love, freedom, and solitude. Tonight's targets include cutesy culture, the reality of sex parties, and dancing with his mum. The Bill Murray (Islington), pay what you want, just turn up, 5.30pm-6.30pm
UPSET THE RHYTHM: Minimalist punk duo Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice (aka Ed Schrader's Music Beat) are taking the genre back to basics with a single tom, one light and a commanding baritone. Joining them at Moth Club are the altogether more rambunctious Dog Chocolate and Charismatic Megafauna. Moth Club, (Hackney), £7.50, book ahead, 7.30pm
INFERNO: Prepare for The Bloody Poets to set The Brunel Museum aflame with a Dante-inspired dreamscape of poetry, music, performance, and dance. Hell has never seemed so appealing. The Brunel Museum (Rotherhithe), £10, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
THE NIGHT: Round off your bank holiday weekend with a bang at Crowley & Co.'s variety showcase. Be transported to a drag kingdom, enjoy the folk whimsy of Joaquin & Gillian, and let Ria Lina and Ed Gamble tickle your funny bone. Brasserie Zedel (Piccadilly Circus), £10, book ahead, 9.15pm
Good cause of the day
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