Things to do today is sponsored by London South East Colleges.
What we're reading
- Two entrepreneurs just received $502million to turn London into a virtual reality playground.
- The Flying Scotsman will be making a flying visit to Victoria station.
- Audience evacuates Royal Opera House with 'very British calm' after sudden fire alarm.
- Look back on the changing face of one of London's oldest wet docks, Greenland Dock.
Things to do
WATERLOO FESTIVAL: Waterloo is celebrating its seventh annual festival and this year's theme is Sacred Spaces. Feast your eyes on art exhibitions, lunchtime and evening concerts, dance, poetry, debate and its first sustainable flower festival. St John's Waterloo, both free and book ahead events, 10am-6pm
SPOKEN WORD: Get the kids' imaginations fired up at Roundhouse's half term 2-day workshop that will help develop skills in creative writing and performance, and grow confidence. Led by experienced artists, 7-11 year olds will explore themes of home, family and community, then perform the work they create in front of friends and family. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, £5, book ahead, 10am-5pm
TRUCK-TASTIC: It's London Food Month and Westfield London is kicking things off with the launch of a Food Truck Festival. Taste flavours and dishes from some of London’s best food trucks as well as sampling an array of new concept food from the centre’s restaurants. Westfield London (Shepherd's Bush), free, just turn up, 12pm-8.30pm (and until 4 June)
POETRY FOR MANCHESTER: The Poetry Society is hosting an open mic as a celebration of Manchester, and poets are invited to bring poems on that theme. As the symbol for Manchester is a ‘bee’, bee poems are also welcome. St-Giles-in-the-Fields (60 St Giles High Street), free, just turn up, 3pm-5pm
FINANCIAL CRISIS: The last in a series of talks on the aftermath of the financial crisis, Professor Jagjit Chadha will be talking about what the policy responses should be. Barnard's Inn Hall, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
TWELFTH NIGHT: Witness an inventive take on Shakespeare’s comedy play Twelfth Night. Expect all manner of musical instruments to get involved and if you get down early you can see Guildhall Library’s copy of the play’s First Folio, dating back to 1623. St Mary Aldermanbury’s Garden, £14/£12.50/£10, book ahead, 6pm for the First Folio, performance starts 7pm
HOUSE PARTY: Forget your midweek blues with a night of hilarity, stories, and mischief at Thom Foole's House Party. With absurd character comedy acts, cabaret performances and DJs, prepare for an evening full of surprises. Upstairs at The Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Rd, £8, book ahead, 7pm - 11pm
PLAY THAT SAX: Alan Barnes and Tony Kofi, two of the greatest saxophone players anywhere, will be blowing away their audience with some hard swinging jazz in a special evening performance. Lauderdale House, £12/£10/£7, book ahead, 8.30pm
Are you the next Van Gogh or Jamie Oliver?
Curious about how to make a decent curry? Always wanted to give bricklaying a go? Want to get to grips with DIY or perhaps you’d like to flex your creative muscles. Whatever you want to learn, one of the adult short courses at Greenwich Adult & Community Learning will be right up your street.
With everything from first aid to ceramics, coaching, creative writing to make-up, there are plenty of classes to add a string to your bow and make your CV stand out. Greenwich Adult & Community Learning are also one of the few places that have their own darkroom, so if you think you’re a bit of a pro with a camera, this is the place to take on a photography course.
Courses run in Greenwich, Eltham, Woolwich and other locations in Greenwich – take a look at the full range of opportunities here.
Art review: lighting up a new gallery
A new, high quality pop-up gallery has appeared in Mayfair, in an upstairs warehouse-style space. Particularly effective is Adolf Luther’s 1960s work that uses a smoke machine and concave mirrors to give light the illusion of appearing solid. Focusing Room is at ArtCircle, 48 Albemarle Street, W1S 4DH. Until 30 June, free. ★★★★☆ (Monday-Friday)
Food review: Korean street food
On The Bab's queue out the door is well deserved with their high quality Korean street food delivering on both taste and style. Their menu holds all the tried and tested favourites that you’d expect to see at the bustling market stalls of South Korea: top-notch toppoki, colourful bibimbap, delicate bulgogi and comforting jjigae. Their chimaek (yangyum chicken and beer) is an experience not to be missed, considering the amazing dispenser full of the ice cold beverage they bring to your table. Top tip: bring friends for an excuse to try every flavour of chicken on the menu. On the Bab, 33 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BD. ★★★★★ Eleana Overett
Theatre review: game on
Skilfully performed as three interconnected monologues, Killology uses the subject of brutal video games to examine father/son relationships, violence and revenge. Like the writer’s award-winning Iphigenia in Splott, it’s also a tightly scripted, layered and compassionate social commentary about a section of society rarely depicted. Author Gary Owens is one to watch as alternate reality and truth merge and the audience is played with too. Killology, The Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS, £15-30 until 24 June 2017 ★★★★★ (Mondays to Saturdays) Chris Bridges
Good cause for the day
FIFTY KILOMETRES: Join Dimbleby Cancer Care in raising vital funds for improving the lives of people with cancer. Walk a 50km dusk-dawn route through central London, starting at St Thomas' Hospital, taking in the sights along the way and finally ending at Guy's Hospital. St Thomas' Hospital, £20 per person, £300 minimum fundraising target, book ahead, 9-10 June
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. 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
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