Things To Do Today In London: Monday 22 May 2017

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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

RED CROSS: As seven million in Africa's Lake Chad region suffer from malnutrition, award-winning photographer Chris de Bode's imagery offers a pertinent reminder of one of the world's most silent humanitarian emergencies. St Martin-in-the-Fields, free, just turn up, 8am–8pm

GARDEN MUSEUM: The Garden Museum is back in bloom after a lengthly 18 month refurbishment, during which an Archbishops' Tomb was discovered beneath the chancel of this historic church. The Garden Museum (Lambeth), just turn up, 10.30am-5pm

BALANCING ACTS: Ex-Artistic Director of the National Theatre Nicholas Hytner shares the inside story of his 12 years at the helm. From fascinating stories about actors, writers and directors, to the challenge of reconciling art and commerce, expect an in-depth look at the biggest questions facing the creative industry. National Theatre, £5/£4, book ahead, 6pm-6.45pm

ZEN ZONE: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and learn the basics of mindfulness meditation in the idyllic surroundings of Hyde Park. Open to all and no experience needed. Education Centre, Hyde Park, £15, book ahead, 6.30pm–8pm

Mindfulness meditation in Hyde Park

ALL YOU CAN EAT: Tracking the journey from seeds sown to the meals served, 1000 Londoners serves up a film night featuring a selection of short films about food in the city and excerpts from hungry Londoners. The screening is followed by a Q+A with those featured — and you can get your hands on some tasty treats too. Hackney Attic, £5, book ahead, 7pm

BOOK CLUB: Funhouse magazine hosts an evening of readings on body, borders and place, exploring new titles such as Xiaolu Guo's Once Upon a Time in the East which details the everyday peculiarity of China and the UK. The Book Club (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

LOW BUDGET CINEMA: Independent cinema is alive and kicking at this pop up cinema event, featuring a series of short indie screenings from low and no-budget creators. Fox on the Green, Islington, free, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

LAUGH OUT LOUD: Cheer up your Monday evening with an evening of alternative comedy from Laugh Out London, headlined by acclaimed comic David Earl in his character Brian Gittins, as seen on Ricky Gervais's Derek. The Old Queens Head (Angel), £7/£5, book ahead, 7.30pm

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: Spread across the her rooms of Heaven nightclub, enjoy a smorgasbord of musical delights from some of the country's leading DJs playing house, hip hop and RnB — all for the bargain price of a fiver. Heaven Nightclub, £5, book ahead, 11pm-5am

Art review: harrowing human trafficking

Copyright Narciso Contreras for Fondation Carmignac

Photographer Narciso Contreras documents human trafficking and the slave trade in Libya. It makes for hard viewing but is a powerful portfolio of helpless victims, from hands reaching out through a door to a bullet riddled car windscreen. Carmignac Photojournalism Award Exhibition - Narciso Contreras: Libya - A Human Marketplace is on at Saatchi Gallery. Until 16 June, free. ★★★★☆

Art review: breaking down walls

Copyright Lazarides

Israel/Palestine is a complex political situation for an artist to tackle. Artist Addam Yekutieli has collated letters of personal stories from all sides involved and then replicated some of those words on what look like pieces of the wall that separates them. A poignant and often moving exhibition. Addam Yekutieli: It Took Me Till Now To Find You at Lazarides, 11 Rathbone place, W1T 1HR. Until 10 June, free. ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Saturday)

Theatre review: This Is Not Culturally Significant

Copyright Bessell McNamee

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. Emerge from the venue, and register to vote for the many, not the few. This is Not Culturally Significant, The Bunker Theatre, 53a Southwark Street, London, 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...

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

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  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

Forgotten Old London


Tales of torture and plagues await you on a historical walk around London -- see bombed out ruins, discover Medieval markets and even visit a Roman ampitheatre. £12 Get tickets