Things To Do Today In London: Monday 23 May 2016

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See Chelsea in bloom today. Image: Laura Grimsley

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Things to do today:  

BLOOMING MARVELLOUS: Chelsea's alternative floral art show, Chelsea In Bloom, opens today with displays and activities throughout the area — all based around the theme of the Rio Carnival. Our favourite Monday events include treats at the Jo Malone store and a floral tattoo workshop at Yves Delorme. Free, just turn up, check website for times

ON THE KERB: Lunch market masters Kerb set up on Southbank for 12 days of food. Over 30 street food businesses put the world in one place with their mix of colourful cuisines. There's even a Happy Hour. Free (food/drink prices vary), just turn up, 12pm

A WEEK OF WINE: Yep it's a thing. London Wine Week kicks off this Monday with pop-up bars, blind tasting and expert talks. We particularly like the sound of the pop-up beach bar, Le Beach Bar, in Devonshire Square. Free entry to Beach Bar, just turn up, 1pm-1opm

See stunning footage from drones at this film festival. Image: Joe Brusky

DRONE FILMS: The use of drones has transformed the film business, allowing us access to locations like never before. Head to the Institute Of Contemporary Art to see the incredible accomplishments of drone film makers at London Drone Film Festival. £16.99, prebook, 6pm

BOOK TALK: As part of Jewish Book Week, Kings Place presents Neurotribes — Steve Silberman's Samuel Johnson Prize-winning book on autism. Steve will be joined by Professor Simon Baron Cohen as they discuss autism throughout history and the mysteries of this condition. £12.50, prebook, 7pm

NOTS: Garage punk band from Memphis, Nots, burst into The Lexington tonight with California punk power trio Monster Treasure. What Monday blues? £7.70, prebook, 7.30pm

CRAZY COQS: For one night, Bistro Zédal takes you back to 1920s Weimar in the hands of cabaret kings William Ludwig and Dean Austin — both accomplished musicians and showmen, with a host of worldwide credits. £20, prebook, 8pm

FREE COMEDY: Theatre Royal Stratford East presents a night of free, fabulous comedy to start your week with hilarity. Shows take place in the bar, so grab a tipple and enjoy the silliness with Jasper Cromwell-Jones, Robert White, Mike Winters and more. Free, just turn up, 8pm


Good cause of the day

Support mental health charities with an evening at Exmouth Market. Briki will be filled with delicious dishes from Korean specialists North and South, drink from Fentiman's, Orchard Pig, Orbit Brewery and more. Relax to the sweet music of Dimitra Tzanakaki, Jules Vaughan and Clerkenwell band The Futuristic, while helping Leeds Involving People and Dial House. £11.74, prebook, 8.30pm, 26 May 2016

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We particularly like the sound of the pop-up beach bar, Le Beach Bar, in Devonshire Square. Free entry to Beach Bar, just turn up, 1pm-1opm

I'd go if I could, except that I already know how it will turn out. Thanks, Panama City, Florida. And Miami.