See inside Lambeth Palace Gardens

Things to do

UPSTAGED: A new exhibition of the photos by photographer Fizz of Lucid Pictures opens today. The focus is on music stage photography covering the nineties and noughties, with a few backstage shots in there too. Shortwave Cafe (Bermondsey), free, just turn up, 3-31 May

NOISE OF BATTLE: Learn about the little-known Battle of Winnekendonk in a talk by Tony Colvin, author of The Noise of Battle. Taking place in the final stages of the second world war, the battle demonstrated that the British Army failed to learn from mistakes made previously at the Battle of Amiens. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

PALACE GARDENS: Once a month, Lambeth Palace opens its gardens to the public to raise money for charity. Wander around the tranquil walled garden, which covers 10 acres, and makes the most of London’s urban microclimate, meaning plants from Africa, Asia, America and Australasia can be grown, as well as European varieties. Refreshments are available to buy. Lambeth Palace, £5, just turn up, 12pm-3pm

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Pianist Alice Sara Ott teams up with violinist Ray Chen for a lunchtime concert for BBC Radio 3. Sit back and hear them performing a variety of classical works including Grieg’s Violin Sonata No 2. LSO St Luke’s (Old Street), £14, book ahead, 1pm

Michael Rosen takes you through your ABCs

BELL RINGING: Take a walk through Camberwell, ending at St Giles Church where you can have a go at ringing a bell in a belfry. Experienced bellringers introduce you to the art of change ringing. There’s also a chance to climb the tower and learn about the history of bellringing. Denmark Hill station, £15, book ahead, 5.30pm

ALPHABET SOUP: Children’s author and poet Michael Rosen leads a night of ABCs, all aimed at adults (although children are welcome). Alphabet Soup is based on the ABC books that most of us had in childhood, one of the first examples of literature we experience. British Library, £12/£8, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

STRAIGHT UP COMEDY: Rising comedy talent Eshaan Akbar, sketch writer and comedian Ali Thea-Skott, and New Comedian of the Year finalist Lulu Popplewell are among the entertainers taking to the stage at StraightUp Comedy, a monthly night of laughs featuring new and established talent. Landor Space (Clapham), £9-£11, book ahead, 7.45pm

Watch Boris Rex at OSO Arts Centre

BORIS REX: Last chance to watch Boris Rex, an amusing show which tells the story of Boris Johnson as a ‘Shakespearean tragicomedy’, following his life from Oxford University to General Election to national farce. OSO Arts Centre (Barnes), £14/£12, book ahead, 8pm

MERATA: Watch a screening of Merata: How Mum Colonised The Screen. The 2018 documentary was made by the son of pioneering Maori filmmaker Merata Mita, the first Maori woman to make a feature film, and uses film scenes, tv interviews and news footage to show all aspects of her life. Bertha DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £9/£7, book ahead, 8.30pm

Catch a screening of Merata in Bloomsbury

RELUCTANT MILLENNIAL: Tom Lucy performs new material in his show Reluctant Millennial. Born in 1996, he just about counts as a millennial, and he’s not happy about it — watch him pouring out his snowflake woes, live on stage. Leicester Square Theatre, £15.25, book ahead, 9.15pm

PUB: Heck, it’s the Friday before a bank holiday weekend. Clock off work early and head to the pub… we won’t tell the boss if you won’t. Use our good pubs guide to find your nearest decent watering hole.

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

David Gentleman’s beautiful murals at Charing Cross tube show the construction of the Eleanor Cross after which the area is named. But did you ever notice how one of the craftsmen seems to be taking a selfie? Follow Barry Heck on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Online registrations for the Tower of London Run, a 10k run (or jog or walk) around the moat of the fortress on 8 May have now closed — but you can still sign up on the day to take part. Find out more.

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