Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 30 May 2017

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Sailor's Challenge at Cutty Sark

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OUT OF THIS WORLD: Prepare to journey to the moon in a day of family-friendly activities, including a show in a digital planetarium, a brain-bending moon quiz and an immersive virtual reality feature, showing you what it's really like to step out onto the lunar surface. Greenwich Royal Observatory, £6, just turn up, 10am-12.30pm

SAILOR'S CHALLENGE:Only the bravest need apply to this test of sailing skills, as you navigate round the giant gaming board, collecting cargo from all around the world. Do you have what it takes to join Cutty Sark's crew? Cutty Sark, included in admission fee, just turn up, 11.30am-1.30pm / 2pm-4pm

STATION EXPLORERS: As part of London History Day,  families can discover the Charterhouse and its connection to lost tube station Aldersgate while making your own transport-themed stop motion animation. All the equipment you need is included. The Charterhouse (Islington), free, just turn up, 2pm-4pm

MEDICAL HISTORY: Dickens described many complex medical conditions in his writings, allowing him to speak directly to the population at large, and support hospitals, public health and the rehabilitation of prostitutes along the way. Learn more about Dickens and the various medical conditions he had himself, at this lecture. Museum of London, free, just turn up,6pm-7pm

TREE OR FALSE: Reckon you can tell the facts from the fibs about trees and nature? Bolster your foliage facts with this unique take on a 'true or false' quiz, following the park's 'Ice Age Tree Trail'. All participants receive an identification guide to aid you on your journey. Mary Geraldine Harmsworth Park, free, book ahead, 6.15pm-7.45pm

Learn more about Dickens and his medical writings

APOCALYPSE:It's the end of the world — or is it? Join a panel of thinkers as they discuss the politics and philosophy behind the resurgence of modern apocalyptic thinking, and whether it actually ever left us. LSE, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8pm

FILM QUIZ: A glitzy two hour film quiz projected up on a big screen, hailed as the Godfather of all quizzes since its Inception. All are welcome, the organisers claim - whether you have a Beautiful Mind or you're totally Clueless. Wait... we see what they did there. Hackney Attic, £6, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.45pm

ROLLER DINER: Rock up to Roller Diner, a 'savage-sweet' musical comedy, set in a faded Brummie beacon of a deep fried American dream. The staff can't skate and there's a whiff of burnt sausages and disappointment. But with the arrival of a new waitress, love, jealousy and murder are on the menu. Soho Theatre, from £10, book ahead, 7pm

EAT DIRT: B Brett Finlay speaks about why a little dirt and microbes might be good for all of us, and how we may have taken the fight against germs too far, promoting his new book Let Them Eat Dirt. The Royal Institution, £10/£14, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

TUBE CONNECTIONS: What's the thing that connects most Londoners? The tube of course, both figuratively and literally. Contactless is a new comedy drama from playwright Tom Hartwell exploring life underground, inspired by true stories from our journeys around town. The Hen & Chickens Pub Theatre, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Art review: making America great again

Photo Tom Carter

Artist Awol Erizku is hot on the anti-Trump bandwagon, mixing American symbolism with images from the Black Power movement and Communism. Much like Trump himself, it’s not very subtle and often fails to make a clear point. But some of the works are a very effective output of someone who feels marginalised by the new President. Awol Erizku: Make America Great Again at Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, W1K 4DG. Until 2 June, free. ★★★☆☆ (Monday-Saturday)

Food review: Michelin-quality magic

Nothing's ever quite the same at Platform 1 — East Dulwich's 'permanent pop-up'. Oxalis — two ambitious chefs combining British ingredients with classic French technique — have a residency here until September. Even then, the dishes change every month, and are tweaked en-route. Such attention to detail isn't lost on us: from silky chicken liver pate and pickled beets, through to trout rillettes that melt on the tongue, and tart apple sorbet with poached rhubarb — the five-course taster (£35pp) wouldn't be amiss in a Michelin-starred joint. Founder Chloe pours wines on a whim, from cloudy prosecco to a spicy red from Adelaide. One thing that's a constant at this place is the quality. Oxalis at Platform 1, 71 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22 8EP. Until 30 September ★★★★★ Will Noble [Thursday-Saturday]

Theatre review: family friendly circus fun

All the way from Montreal, close-knit circus troupe Flip Fabrique bring their stunning Catch Me (Attrape-Moi) to the Southbank Centre’s Underbelly Festival. Amid the eating contests and graffiti action, there is an astounding double diablo routine as well as a hilarious trampoline finale. This technically superb show is packed full of good humour, camaraderie and bonhomie as well as some kick-ass songs. Catch Me (Attrape-Moi). Underbelly Festival, Belly Theatre, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. From £19.50. Until 9 July. ★★★★★ Franco Milazzo

Good cause for the day

Walk 50km to raise funds for Dimbleby Cancer Care

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...

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

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets

The British Museum Tour - Ideas That Made Our World


Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. 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