What we're reading:
- Mosque in London becomes first in UK to accept cryptocurrency donations.
- First time buyers are paying double to get on the property ladder in London, compared to elsewhere.
- Is Crossrail a tube line?
- How one London warehouse is feeding 484,376 people for free.
Things to do:
THE OUTBACK: Travel meets craftsmanship at this pop up. Swing by during the day to check out the minimalist line portraits, abstract illustrations, and refurbished African-inspired furniture, or get your groove on at a Pimms and funk evening launch party. 30 Redchurch Street (Shoreditch), free entry, just turn up, until 30 May
HIVE TO HONEY SHOWCASE: Get your paws on sticky and sweet goodness at Borough Market's urban bee and honey showcase. You'll learn how to create a buzz in your own back garden, with a grower's guide to making a bee-friendly environment and, if you're feeling brave, get up close to Bermondsey Street Bees' glass hive. Borough Market, free, just turn up, 10am-4pm
THE DABBLE SESSIONS: Dip your toe into something completely different with the help of First Direct's Dabble Sessions. The Paper Dandy will show you the art of kirigami. Simply by folding and cutting a single sheet of A4 paper, you'll recreate the same 3D artwork that got JJ Abrahams on speed dial. The Shoreditch Platform, £10, book ahead, 11.30am-1pm
ST JAMES'S PARK STORIES: What secrets are waiting to be discovered in St James's Park? Find out how its gardens helped court a king's mistress and catch the resident pelican's daily feed on this guided walk. St James's Park, £10, book ahead, 1.15pm-2.45pm
FREE BEER: Head to what claims to be London's oldest Irish pub and be rewarded with a free bottle of limited edition craft beer. Porterhouse Brewing Company is giving away 300 bottles of Bounty Hunter which, if it's description is anything to go by, tastes a bit like everyone's favourite coconut-y chocolate bar. The Tipperary (Fleet Street), free, just turn up, 4pm-11pm
WORD ON THE WATER: Who wants to waste a rare summery London evening crammed into a pricey bar? Instead, make the most of the lingering daylight hours beside Regent's Canal, with a night of live jazz and spoken word hosted by poet and author Tom Cable. The London Bookbarge, Granary Square (King's Cross), free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm
THE GAZE: Tiptoe along the radical edge of cinema, as Freud Museum introduces you to the subversive potential of the gaze. With the help of two cinematic masterpieces — Citizen Kane and Vertigo — you'll pinpoint where, according to psychoanalytic theory, spectators can recognise their own unconscious involvement in what they're eyeballing. Anna Freud Library (Hampstead), £11, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
ESTBEL: Two Estonian dreamers plus two Flemish brothers equals folksy musical foursome, Estbel. They describe themselves as a walk with Bjork and Gabriel Garcia Marquez across a Nordic landscape, and though we're not quite sure what that means, it certainly sounds enticing. The Slaughtered Lamb (Clerkenwell), £11, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
ISTANBUL FEAST: Delight in the tastes of Turkish springtime at a home-style Istanbul supper club. Treats include mackerel pilaki, three-spiced butter, and a traditional semolina pudding. E5 Bakehouse (London Fields), £35, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
ENDLESS FLOYD: Take a trip to the dark side of the moon with the help of a ten-piece Pink Floyd tribute band. Endless Floyd have created a fully immersive live experience, featuring a full light show, film projections and Floydian hits. The Half Moon (Putney), £10-£12, book ahead, 8pm
Good cause of the day:
Fight food poverty while having a laugh at a BYOB charity comedy night, featuring Beth Vyes, Daniel Cook and Helen Bauer. All the money raised goes to local food bank Eat or Heat, and they ask that you bring a least five food bank-friendly items to donate (see a full list of accepted items here).
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