Things to do
LAST CHANCE: It’s the final week of Kew Gardens’ Orchids Festival. If you want to avoid the crowds and get the best shots of the beautiful flowers, we recommend a weekday visit. Kew Gardens, included in admission, booking recommended, until 10 March
JEWISH BOOK WEEK: This celebration of Jewish literature is taking place all week, with 80 events and 200 speakers at a variety of locations. Some events have already sold out, so book soon. Various locations and prices, book ahead, 2-10 March
CHORAL CONCERT: Young choirs from all over the country go head to head in the Barnardo’s National Choral Competition. They battle it out throughout the day, with the winners in each category announced at this special concert tonight. Southbank Centre, £21-£32 (ticket entitles you to attend the daytime competition as well), book ahead, 6.30pm
ANGEL COMEDY: Ben Target, Dan Cook, Stevie Martin and Adam Riches are the comedians on the bill at this stand-up comedy night, where they present material that no-one else would usually think to say out loud. The Bill Murray (Islington), £5, book ahead, 6.45pm
LIFE DRAWING: Release your inner artist at this fun and informal life drawing class. Led by a tutor, each class has a different theme, with the models dressed on that theme — you’ll have to turn up to find out what today’s theme is. Hackney Picturehouse, £15, book ahead, 7pm
DONNA LEON: Author Donna Leon chats about her new book, Unto Us A Son Is Given, with historian and novelist Judith Flanders. It’s the story of a Venetian police commissioner and a personal investigation that isn’t as straight forward as it first seems. Daunt Books Marylebone, £10, book ahead, 7pm
MONKEY AND ROY: Meet Monkey and Roy. The new comedy duo consists of comedian Shenoah Allen and his sidekick — which is actually ventriloquist comedian Nina Conti in a monkey costume. With the help of tonight’s guests, Lou Sanders and Lucy Pearman, they attempt to solve the personal problems of audience members in front of them. The Old Queen’s Head (Islington), £10/£12, book ahead, 7.30pm
TALK TALK: We just lost one of British music’s mysterious geniuses in Mark Hollis. Remind yourself of how great Talk Talk are with a screening of their concert film Live at Montreux 1986. Or don’t. Life’s what you make it. MOTH Club, £7.50, book ahead, 8pm
Tube ponderings with Barry Heck
Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.
Happy New Week! Did you ever wonder how deep the tube runs? This handy diagram, created by Londonist’s M@, shows the relative depths of the tube, Crossrail, sewers, tunnels and other subtastic stuff. The deepest structure in London is the Lea Tunnel — a permanently flooded sewer between the River Lea and Beckton.
Good cause of the day
A bunch of the UK’s most talented poets, comedians and musicians come together in an effort to raise awareness of male suicide. Book ahead to join poet Celia Knapp, comedian Jack Rooke and plenty more at Save the Male, where all proceeds go to CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
What we’re reading
- Uber drivers are suing Sadiq Khan over the congestion charge.
- Things you can do to protect yourself from London’s air pollution.
- Notting Hill residents are tired of Instagrammers posing outside their homes.
- Could the answer to the capital’s housing crisis be building above railways?
- London’s best vintage cinemas.