What we're reading
- London City Airport's control tower goes remote.
- Croydon tram driver filmed asleep at the wheel.
- Theresa May wants to change the voting system for future London mayoral elections.
- The Queen spotted in rare meal out at The Ivy.
Things to do today
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
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
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
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
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...
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets
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
The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. 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