What we're reading
- Extra police on duty in London after Manchester attack.
- Roger Moore aka James Bond, who was born is Stockwell, has died.
- The herbs of Spitalfields (no, not like that).
Things to do
WORKING CITY: From politicians to servants, nurses to rat catchers, London has long been a magnet for those looking for work. This exhibition explores the fascinating and sometimes grim reality of working life for city dwellers over the past 500 years. Guildhall Yard, free, just turn up, all day
CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS: Celebrate the voices and visions that will forge the future of fine art. Featuring pieces from students — the first of two degree shows this summer. Central Saint Martins, Granary Square, free, just turn up, until 28 May, various times
VIRTUAL REALITY: The Barbican already feels out of this world, but now this VR installation promises to take you even further afield with a serene meditating experience. Mezzanine level, Barbican, free, just turn up, 9am-9pm
SHIP SHAPE: The Cutty Sark is allowing little sailors to climb aboard for a dedicated morning of songs, stories and playtime on this historic ship. Cutty Sark, £5 and includes admission to the ship, book ahead, 10am-11.30am
HEARTBEAT: A job he describes as both a duty and a privilege, Great Ormond Street heart surgeon Martin Elliott reflects on some of the astonishing experiences that have made his job so fascinating — expect the funny, the scary and the sad. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
REACTION ENGINES: Discover the remarkable challenges and opportunities associated with hypersonic flight and space travel at this talk detailing the SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine — phew, that's a mouthful) concept and development journey. Arup, 8 Fitzroy Street, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-9.30pm
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Are robots taking over? Is there still room for emotional intelligence? Learn how AI is impacting the way humans relate to technology and one another in this panel focusing on artificial versus emotional intelligence. All proceeds go to The Big Issue Foundation. Protein Studios, Shoreditch, £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm
BRAZILIAN MUSIC: Fans of Brazilian music are in for a treat as seven-string guitar player and composer, Luiz Morais, joins vocalist Gabriela Kozyra in performing diverse regional flavours and rhythms from the country. Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street, £14/£8, book ahead, 7.15pm
SHORT FILMS: Did you know over 20,000 short films have crowd-sourced their funding from Kickstarter? Discover a selection of the finest to have done so, followed by a Q&A from some of the filmmakers themselves. 93 Feet East, Shoreditch, £3/£4, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
Art review: digitally mesmerising
Anne Vieux uses digital technology to create warped translucent paintings and sculptures. They fool the eyes and appear to change right in front of us. Anne Vieux: Mesh at Annka Kultys, 472 Hackney Road, Unit 3 First floor, E2 9EQ, free. Until 27 May. ★★★☆☆ (Wednesday-Saturday)
Art review: a new take on landscapes in New Cross
Landscape photography may not seem the most thrilling subject matter, but this selection of 10 artists all take it in different angles. From the realistic to the abstract, this is an impressive collection of works. Inside the Outside at MMX Gallery, 448 New Cross Road, SE14 6TY, free. Until 3 June. ★★★★☆ (Wednesday-Saturday)
Theatre review: this is not culturally significant
A fabulously vulgar panoply of grotesques dreamt up at drama school, Adam Scott-Rowley's one-man-show's greatest genius lies in its transitions; Theresa May's biggest fan flanges gutturally over the name "Ahmed" for so long that she morphs into a cancer-riddled, chain-smoking, washed-up luvvie mid-kvetch. Wickedly funny, these effervescently political vignettes make a pantomime of 'strong and stable' social injustice. This is Not Culturally Significant, The Bunker Theatre, 53a Southwark Street, SE1 1RU, £10-£17, Until 3 June. ★★★★★ Rosalind Stone
Good cause for the day
WALK TO BRIGHTON: Mental health charity Mind hosts a sponsored 100km walk, jog or run (whichever suits you) from capital to coast, featuring breathtaking scenery, challenging climbs and perhaps a few rest stops along the way. Richmond, £40/£56, book ahead, Saturday 27 May
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
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
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
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