Things To Do Today In London: Monday 16 May 2016

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Take a day off with Ferris...on a rooftop (see below). Image: Lorenzo Belenguer

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SLIP INTO THE SHADOWS: Award-winning Pakistani artist, Imran Qureshi, has teamed up with Barbican for his latest work. Where the Shadows Are So Deep is a series of exquisite miniature paintings, hung at various heights in the dramatic 90m space of The Curve. Free, just turn up, 11am-8pm

MENTAL HEALTH: Is mental health in our genes? Recent research has revealed surprising insights into schizophrenia and autism. Join the discussion at The Royal Society with Dr Liz Tunbridge. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

A NIGHT OF NOIR: Head to Asia House to discover more about crime writing. Authors, Lisa Brackmann and Diane Wei Liang, discuss their China-set thrillers and fantastic protagonists. £10, prebook, 6.45pm

FLOWER BOXES: Get out your inner Ground Force (yep, remember that show) and make your own wooden flower boxes at The Book Club this evening. Paint and assemble your box, then fill it with plants for the utimate indoor garden. £27.57, prebook, 7pm

Watch 1,000 Londoners lead a High Life tonight. Image: Simon & his Camera

LONDONERS ARE HIGH: As part of brilliant documentary project 1,000 Londoners, Hackney Attic and Lexi Cinema are both showing High Life — stories of the capital's population who live a high life, from a soprano hitting high notes to a tree surgeon. £7/£5, prebook, 7pm

IT'S YOUR FUNERAL: Death never looked so cheery — the "Mary Poppins of death," Louise de Winter takes you on a comic tour of funeral homes, flowers, net curtains and grief poetry — complete with sausage rolls, at  Ziferblat London. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm

FERRIS BUELLER: Join in the most famous day off in film history at the Queen Of Hoxton's Rooftop Film Club tonight. Matthew Broderick (looking pretty baby-faced) stars in this cult comedy. £15, prebook, 9pm

Good cause of the day

There's still time to register for the Cancer Centre Abseil 2016, taking place next month. Attach yourself to a sturdy rope and edge your way down Guy's Hospital. Before the building even opens, you'll be able to say you've walked its walls, while helping a fantastic cause. Places cost £25-£30, 12pm-8pm, 4 June