Things to do today is sponsored by Chang Beer.
What we're reading:
- London ranked top city for students.
- Hunt for 'Pink Panther' jewel thief believed to be behind £2 million London diamond rings heist.
- Prince William to officially open London Bridge station after £1bn revamp.
- VE Day in London: the night scene from a Fleet Street roof.
- The Grenfell couple transformed into fairy tale heroes.
Things to do:
GET MILK: When you rush out the door for work this morning, don't forget to take your empty milk bottle or yoghurt pot with you. Biot-tiful Dairy will swap your discarded dairy in for their nutritious and delicious kefir goodies — a tangy fermented milk drink hailing from the Caucasus Mountains, for the uninitiated. Bank Station/Green Park Station, free, just turn up, 7.30am-9.30am/11.30am-2.30am
INSIDE ARC: Lust over scarcely seen garments by John Galliano and Alexander McQueen at an exhibition drawing from the comprehensive working archive created by Jennefer Osterhoudt and stylist Nick Royale. You'll discover the intricacies that goes into every stitch to create such rarities as the iconic Evita jacket worn by Madonna in her music video for Take A Bow. Fashion Space Gallery (Marylebone), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 28 July
MEET THE MAKER: Get to know the faces behind the best under-the-radar indie fashion brands at London Designers Collective's new concept store. There's plenty of ethically and sustainably sourced products on offer, including organic, locally-made clobber from Gung Ho Design, Linnie Mclarty's fair-trade jewellery and Bourgeois Boheme's vegan footwear. Exmouth Market (Clerkenwell), free entry, just turn up, 10am-7pm, until 24 May
THE MIND'S EYE: See the world through the eyes of late, great philosopher Derek Parfit. Narrative Projects presents the first ever exhibition of his photography in an examination of his unusual method that complicates his legacy as the most original moral philosophers of the 21st century. Narrative Projects (Fitzrovia), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, until 30 June
BONAFIDE: When it comes to rock and roll, Swedish four piece Bonafide are, as their name suggests, the real deal. They've left their icy motherland for the fiery depths of The Underworld to deliver hard rock as nature intended — true to its roots in electric blues and early R&B. The Underworld (Camden), £15, book ahead, 6pm
Get a taste of Thailand, right here in London
Thailand? In east Asia?
Try east London.
Chang Sensory Trails brings the best of Thailand to Shoreditch this May, and some of the capital’s tastiest Thai restaurants will be taking part — each of them serving up a delicious signature dish, in addition to their regular menus.
It’s a proper multi-sensory celebration of everything Thai, with live music and ‘art-inspired’ exhibits featuring alongside the food — not to mention that refreshing Chang beer. Mmm…
Chang Sensory Trails takes place on 12 May, noon until 10pm, at Last Days of Shoreditch. Entrance to the event is free but register your interest on their Facebook page to ensure you don’t miss out.
PIZZA FESTIVAL: Stuff your face for a lot less dough at the Notting Hill Pizza Festival, where you can eat as many slices as you like for only a tenner. Whether you like to get experimental when it comes to toppings, or prefer to plump for a no-frills Neopolitan, your perfect pizza is just waiting to be discovered. Porchester Hall (Notting Hill) £10, book ahead, 6pm-1am
RAEKWON AND GHOSTFACE KILLAH: Troxy is rolling out the red carpet for hiphop royalty today, as founding Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwn and Ghostface Killah come to town for a rare performance of their greatest collaborative hits and Wu-Tang classics. They're supported by London's mysterious masked rapper CASisDEAD. Troxy (Whitechapel), £30, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
PUPIK: Two women travel through time and space to tackle issues of identity, displacement, borders and home in a multi-disciplinary double act from Yael Karavan and Naomi Silmen. As the descendants of generations of immigrants in a hostile world, they seek to unearth what, in spite of our differences, connects us. Tara Theatre (Earlsfield), £15, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.45pm, until 12 May
FOLEY SHOW: Could there be more than just vampire sharks and giant Nazi man-spider's preventing Frankie Fightwell from making it to the end of her latest YA adventure? Find out at this live performance of Chris Buxey's darkly comic new radio play, featuring live foley — sound effects created before your very eyes. Putney Arts Theatre (Putney), £10, 7.30pm, until 12 May
GARY DELANEY: One-liner wonder and Live at the Apollo funny man Gary Delaney comes to Shepherd's Bush for a gag-packed headline set. You cab also catch his Mock The Week cohort Rhys James, viral sensation Rachel Parris, and Radio X star Elis James. Bush Hall (Shepherd's Bush), £18, book ahead, 8pm
Good cause of the day
Whatever your fitness level, you can help stop prostate cancer being a killer at The London March for Men. Wheelchair users, buggy-bound babes and even your four-legged friends are welcome on this fundraising walk for Prostate Cancer UK. Sign up today and start collecting sponsors ahead of the event on 18 June.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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