Things To Do In London: Thursday 7 April 2016

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Chelsea Physic Garden has got some potion-based secrets (see below). Image: Immanuel Brändimo

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THE OTHER ART FAIR: Packed with great contemporary artworks, talented artists available on site and plenty of exciting events, this Victoria House fair is one to watch this month. You can get half price tickets throughout the whole weekend by quoting the code LONDONIST when booking. Standard tickets are £8.80/£6.60, prebook, until 10 April

LONDON COFFEE FESTIVAL: Old Truman Brewery is maxing out on the caffeine for the London Coffee Festival, which starts today. Packed with brew masters you'll recognise and loads of specialist bean-wielders you may never have heard of, this is a chance for the coffee-obsessed to stare at, salivate over and sample as much Joe as they can. £14.50-£65, prebook, 10am-7pm

UDDERBELLY: It's that time again when a huge purple cow comes to Southbank for Udderbelly Festival. Opening today, look forward to months of comedy, circus shows and family-friendly fun. This Thursday, enjoy the acrobatic feats of Circa or grab a drink in one of London's largest outdoor bars. Free (Circa costs £15-£25), just turn up, all day

POTIONS AND POISON: As part of Shakespeare 400, explore the power of plant potions and poisons at Chelsea Physic Garden. Make real remedies as you discover the age-long restorative power of some of the garden's species. Learn about the plants' gruesome side too... £15, prebook, 10.30am-3pm

GREEN MAN GARDEN: Conversation C is an open-air installation of interviews with 20 cancer researchers, medical professionals and cancer patients. It's by the folk behind Green Man Festival — a collaboration with Cancer Research UK and UCL at Camden Lock Place. Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm, until 8 April

See a Shakespearian side to the Strand. Image: Javier Ayala

SHAKESPEARE'S STRAND: Take a walk through Shakespeare's streets as you follow the trail from the Strand — in his time, the only route connecting Westminster to the City Of London. See the sites of former grand palaces and learn more about the man himself. £12/£9, prebook, 2pm

FREE CINEMA: Grab yourself a free film at this screening of Looking For Eric at The Cat's Back. British filmmaker Ken Loach tells the story of football-fanatic postman, Eric and his idol, Eric Cantona, who helps him get his life back on track. Free, just turn up, 8.30pm

STORY JAM: Get involved in some very English storytelling at Canvas and Cream with Story Jam. Go Behind The Veil of Calderdale with Ursula Holden Gill, then meet Mr Fox's Blue Bottle with a little help from Pyn Stockman. £8/£6, just turn up, 7pm

COMEDY: Clapham Comedy Club at Bread and Roses flings open its doors for funny shenanigans from Jollyboat, Luke Kempner and Dan Cook, plus enough free lollipops to get your sugar high for weeks. £8+booking, prebook, 7.30pm

Good cause of the day

Swing round the floor for charity at Caz and Fi's ceilidh in aid of Prostrate Cancer UK. If you're up for a live band and ceilidh caller,  a drink-packed bar and some surprises along the way, we've got your Friday evening entertainment sorted. Get your dancing feet to Dickens Inn at St Katherine Docks. £27-£33 (including dinner), 8 April, 7pm