Things to do
BOOK SALE: The Courtauld Institute of Art sells of thousands of its books on art and architecture at bargain prices at its annual book sale. Prices start at £2, with money raised going to the Courtauld Fund. Books are organised by topic to help you find something of interest to you. Courtauld Institute (King’s Cross), free entry, just turn up, 10am-8pm
GARDEN TOUR: Join an expert gardener for a tour of Chelsea Physic Garden, visiting areas that are usually off-limits to the public. Get an insight into the work that goes into managing and growing the botanical collection, and put your questions to the gardening team. Chelsea Physic Garden, £30, book ahead, 11.30am-1pm
CHILD MEDICAL TREATMENT: Cases where there is disagreement over whether a child should received medical treatment have been widely reported recently, from the parents of Aysha King who successfully secured proton beam therapy for their son, to the despair surrounding baby Charlie Gard. Professor Jo Delahunty QC talks about what should happen in cases where parents and medical professionals disagree, and what rights parents have. Barnard’s Inn Hall (Holborn), free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
21ST CENTURY MODS: The Fashion & Textile Museum stays open late for an evening themed on 21st century mods. It’s based on the work of photographer Horst A.Friedrichs, who visited Margate, Scraborough, Brighton and London capturing Britain’s modern day mod community. Fashion & Textile Museum (Bermondsey), £15/£12, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
WORLD OF FLOWERS: Notting Hill-based florist and Living with Flowers author Rowan Blossom, chats to blogger and The Fringe of It podcaster Charlotte Jacklin, about the joy-filled world of buds and foliage. From tiny blooms to huge bouquets, get an insight into how flowers can make a difference to our lives. Anthropologie (Regent Street), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
WINE TASTING: German wines take centre stage at this tasting event, with over 200 varieties available to try. Tastings and workshops take place throughout the night, and there’s a wine vending machine too. Somerset House, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
QUESTION TIME CABARET: Politics meets cabaret in this glitter-drenched version of Question Time. Cabaret star Talia Randall hosts an entertaining show about the state of the nation, with appearances from an Extinction Rebellion representative, and Kemi Alemoru, of Gal Dem, an award-winning magazine run entirely by women and non-binary people of colour, as well as other guests. The Albany (Deptford), £14/£10, book ahead, 7.30pm
LAUGH OUT LOUD: Ivo Graham headlines Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, supported by John Luke Roberts, Twanya Mayne and Luke McQueen, with Laura Davis as MC. Tooting Tram & Social, £6, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.15pm
MOON: Comedy duo Jack Chisnall and Joshua Dolphin bring their unique brand of dark, unexpected and immersive sketches to Soho Theatre in their debut show, Moon. Soho Theatre, from £14, book ahead, 8.30pm (2-4 May)
Tube ponderings with Barry Heck
Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.
Good cause of the day
Environmental charity Friends of the Earth joins forces with Toast Ale for the launch of new climate friendly beer Flour Power Amber Ale, which is made from unsold organic bread that would otherwise go to waste. There’s also a chance to hear about Friends of the Earth’s latest initiatives, and enjoy comedy from Rachel Parris. Find out more and book tickets.