What we're reading:
- Incredible new hi-res photos show London as you've never seen it before.
- How the ruins of a brutalist London estate ended up at the Venice Biennale.
- The Chinese firm behind London's electric black cabs has Uber in its sights.
- Sadiq Khan pledges his support to end period poverty.
- London cycling commissioner sets sights on diversity.
- Spurs bring Beavertown to their new stadium.
Things to do:
LONDON FIRE BRIGADE MUSEUM: As part of London History Day (see the full schedule here), the London Fire Brigade are inviting you to slip down the fireman's pole into their past. Learn how the Great Fire of London led to the LFB's formation, dabble in green screen photography and even play dress up using contemporary and historic firefighter uniforms. London Fire Brigade Pop-Up Museum (Lambeth High Street), free, just turn up, 1oam-3pm
TRASH-IC: Trash and beauty exist side-by-side in French Lebanese artist Mouna Rebeiz's latest exhibition. Expanding on the trail blazed by Hieronymous Bosch and Goya, Balthus, and Picasso's erotic works, her art attempts to embody a mass of contradictions in response to contemporary social issues. Saatchi Gallery (Sloane Square), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 3 June
ST AUGUSTINE'S TOWER: Climb Hackney's oldest surviving building, a Grade I listed medieval bell tower that looms across from the Georgian parish church. Once you've ascended the 135 step staircase, enjoy spectacular rooftop views of east London, see the exceptional inner workings of a 16th century clock, and discover the history of Hackney in a former bellringers' chamber. St Augustine's Tower (Hackney), free just turn up, 11am-5pm
HEALTHY HEDONISM: Get a natural high at Harvey Nicks, where the UK’s leading boutique fitness class provider have designed a mood boosting yoga and dynamic pilates class set to upbeat music. Reward yourself for all that hard work with a half hour cocktail tasting that expertly mixes Thomson & Scott's new Skinny Wine range with herbs, fresh fruit and superfoods for guilt-free indulgence. Harvey Nichols (Knightsbridge), £30, book ahead, 11am/6.30pm
STARS IN YOUR EYES: Discover the history of the Royal Astronomical Society through drama, interactive demos, and a peek at their library's celestial treasures. You might even get a special introduction from Georgian gentleman and founding astronomer Charles Babbage. Royal Astronomical Society (Piccadilly), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm
HERE SHE IS: Actors, writers, directors, and other creative types have gathered in Peckham for a diverse showcase of female theatrical talent. Admission is free for agents, casting directors, and producers. Theatre Peckham, £9, book ahead, 3pm/7pm
BEER AND CHEESE: Things are about to get funky over at Mason & Company. The Dark Knight of Cholesterol himself is in the house for an evening of matching farmhouse beer with farmhouse cheeses. You'll enjoy a rustic platter of dairy goodness with three beers from The Little Earth Project. Mason & Company, (Hackney Wick), £15, book ahead, 5pm-11.30pm
A UNIQUE CINEMA EXPERIENCE: Think all cinemas are the same? Think again: this one has got to be the coolest in the capital. Head down the 190-year-old, Grade II* listed Rotherhithe shaft — used by Brunel to aid construction of the Thames tunnel — for a film screening like no other. Brunel Museum (Rotherhithe) £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm (partner)
THE O SHOW: In a post #MeToo world, can we move towards a truly ethical sexual liberation? Asking a bunch of men described as "unapologetic when it comes to the expression of their sexuality" seems like a pretty dicey move, but with a diverse lineup including Mischa Badasyan, Dr Shaun Cole, and Martin Willis, this comedic panel talk set is guaranteed to get interesting. The Curtain (Shoreditch), £10, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
LITERARY DEATH MATCH: Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match sees four writers read seven minutes of their work in order to appease an all-star trio of wisecracking judges. But only one wordsmith can emerge victorious from this slapstick showdown of storytelling. Miranda, Ace Hotel (Shoreditch), £7, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
BIG BINGO BALLS UP: With dance battles, mystery prizes, and the most intense round of musical statues you've ever witnessed it's bingo — but not as you know it. Introducing Nigel's Big Bingo Ball's Up, which involves very little bingo, but plenty of everything else. Farr's School of Dancing, Dalston, £6, book ahead, 7.30pm
Good cause of the day
What's that noise? Sounds Like Teen Spirit, a charity open mic night dedicated to the most cringeworthy of teenage musings. Expect Bebo quizzes, GCSE art pieces, and texts mined from your old Nokia 3310. All ticket proceeds go to Spear, an award-winning program which helps unemployed 16-24 year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds find long-term employment.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
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
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
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