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...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets