Things To Do Today In London: Friday 5 May 2017

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Lambeth Palace Gardens

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Things to do today

AFRICAN WOMEN: Find out about the different roles African women played in the first world war, including labourers, spies and snipers, at this talk. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

OPEN GARDEN: The monthly public opening of Lambeth Palace Gardens takes places today. Visit the oldest continuously cultivated garden in London. Lambeth Palace Gardens, £5, just turn up, 12pm-3pm

NORFOLK BROADS: Enjoy some traditional folk songs courtesy of all-female vocal quartet The Norfolk Broads. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 1pm

POTTERY WORKSHOP: Making a Community is a pottery workshop where you can create a Mini Me, using face moulds and other techniques. Led by Freya Bramble-Carter of the Great Pottery Throw Down. Copeland Gallery, £10/£6, book ahead, 4.30pm-6pm

BAJAN CUISINE: Head down to Mayfair this evening for a Taste of Barbados and experience all aspects of Bajan culture with a special focus on the world class food. South Molton Street, just turn up, 5pm-8pm, until 7 May

Making a Community at Copeland Gallery

MIDNIGHT APOTHECARY: Tonight's the launch of the 2017 season of enchanting summer bar, the Midnight Apothecary. Located in a rooftop garden atop the Brunel Museum, sup seasonal botanical cocktails by the excellent Cocktail Gardener, sitting alongside an open firepit. Brunel Museum (Rotherhithe), £5 entry (food and drink charged on top), book ahead, 5.30pm-10.30pm (and every Friday and Saturday night until September)

SCI-TUNES: Demos, dancing and diagrams collide in Sci-Tunes, when comedy science troubadour and science teacher Jonny Berliner shows you how to rock out (musically and geologically). Age 12+. Royal Institution, £14/£10/£7, book ahead, 6pm-7.15pm

EROICA: Listen to Beethoven's 3rd Symphony, Eroica, in a comfortable setting. Eroica tells the story of a hero on a journey towards fulfilment and can now be enjoyed drink in hand. Oval Space, £20-£25, book ahead, 7pm-midnight

INDIE NIGHT: The coyly named Scared To Dance is back at The Victoria in Dalston and tonight there's a special focus on The Cure. Looking continually glum not necessary, but recommended. The Victoria, £6, just turn up, 10pm-2am

GIMP FIGHT: An hour of late night sketch comedy with the very un-PC name, Gimp Fight. What more do you need to know? Soho Theatre, £10, book ahead, 11.30pm

Art review: the future of healthcare

How can apps on our mobile phones help us better manage asthma or prevent teenagers from self-harming? These are just two examples in this free exhibition of health tech award winners. It's also accompanied by a short historical section looking at the past, including the first microscope and pacemaker. It's a great chance to check out the new Design Museum. AXA PPP Health Tech & You at Design Museum, until 8 May, free ★★★☆☆ Tabish Khan

Theatre review: corrupting city

The Treatment is brightly lit in neon, but the satire presents the dark side of the modern metropolis. It's the story of a young woman with a story to tell, but everywhere she turns something is trying to corrupt her. The play is especially poignant today as cities become more overcrowded and claustrophobic; the characters are rarely alone as extras constantly walk through the background of scenes. The set is minimal but perfect, grey slabs provide the monotonous city look. All the performances are excellent but special praise goes to Indira Varma providing a lot of the show's laughs, making sure this city never becomes too dark to bear. The Treatment, The Almeida, Almeida St, Islington, N1 1TA, £10-£39.50, until 10 June ★★★★☆ [Monday-Saturday] Harry Rosehill

Food review: Mars via Haggerston

Space-themed happenings are afoot at The Art of Dining's new supperclub. The year: 1965. The mission: to colonise Mars. A £55 ticket gets you a cocktail, five courses and a chance to compete for a place on the shuttle. In the world of food-theatre mash-ups, AoD are doing the food half of the formula far better than most of their rivals. Their pop-up kitchen turns out a series of brilliant dishes. The best is the jambalaya, a glazed octopus leg curling out of the baking foil with B-movie menace, but the sticky heat of the Xi'an potatoes and cumin pork's a strong second.We don't get selected to be shot into space, but we do leave very full, and wearing a lot more tinfoil than we arrived in. Operation Red Rocket, 43 De Beauvoir Road, N1 5SQ ★★★★☆ Lydia Manch [Operation Red Rocket is running on 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13 May]

Good cause for the day

10K RUN: ZSL London Zoo is looking for volunteers to run the Vitality London 10K on behalf of the wildlife charity. Run past landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the London Eye while raising money for conservation projects here in the UK and abroad. £15 (+£125 fundraising), book ahead, 29 May

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

Lost London Walking Tour

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

A Secret London Tour

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

Paint Ceramics and Bring Your Own Prosecco!

If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations.  Get tickets

Full Moon Magic Ceremony

Join a full moon ceremony and uncover how to fully appreciate the cycles of nature, and how these align with the cycles of our own bodies. Simply, the full moon is a time when our energy peaks - a time of fruition, a time of perception, a time of strength. In this ritual experience, Ena and Gammadian will take you on a beautiful journey guided by the moon, lead a guided meditation and create a safe space in which to reflect, relax and grow in the company of like-minded people.  Get tickets