Things to do in London this weekend is sponsored by The Big Issue Foundation.
PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE HORNIMAN: It's your last chance to check out the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, showcasing the natural world's beauty and diversity. Free, just turn up, until 15 January
DUTCH LANDSCAPE MASTER: Enjoy the last weekend of Adriaen van de Velde: Dutch Master of Landscape at Dulwich Picture Gallery, the first exhibition devoted to the Dutch painter. The exhibition tells the story of his short life. £12.50/£11.50/£7, book ahead, until 15 January
BOWIE AND YOUTH: From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads is a solo show following Martin, a young boy with an illness that no one understands. After receiving an unexpected gift for his birthday, Martin goes on journey of self discovery, all set to David Bowie's music. Takes place at Greenwich Theatre. £15/£12.50, book ahead, 14-15 January
STAR GAZING: Explore the stories of three distinct characters searching for meaning. Gazing At A Distant Star, a play about those who go missing and those who get left behind, is on at Greenwich Theatre. £11, book ahead, until 29 January
LONDON AND PUNJAB: The V&A launches Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London this weekend. A tale of the life and work of John Lockwood Kipling, the exhibition explores his impact on the Arts and Crafts movement. Free, just turn up, until 2 April
GLAD TO BE GAY: Discover the struggle of the journey to legal equality faced by gay people since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. Exhibition Glad to be Gay uses the Hall-Carpenter Archives and The Women’s Library collection to consider the legal challenges of the last 50 years. Free, just turn up, until 7 April
ROALD DAHL: In honour of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of Dahl's most famous characters. Celebrate this phizz-whizzing anniversary at the British Library with Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits. Free, just turn up, until 21 May
Review: Kite Runner Flies Again
Closer to the Hosseini novel than the 2007 movie, protagonist Ben Turner hogs stage time narrating the story, instead of allowing characters to develop. But Andrei Costin’s sensitive, self-sacrificing servant boy will tug your kite/heart strings and there are still some fine can’t-look-away moments. The Kite Runner, Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC1, £14.75-91.75 to 11 March 2017 (Mon-Sat) ★★★☆☆ Johnny Fox
Review: Cirque Du Soleil Is Beautiful But Lacks Thrills
The latest slice of epic big top action from the world-conquering circus brand has beautiful imagery and choreography but lacks genuine heart-in-the-mouth action. Cirque du Soleil - Amaluna, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AP. Tickets start at £20. To 26 February. ★★★☆☆ Franco Milazzo
Saturday 14 January
COSY AND CRAFTY: Enjoy hot chocolate and other treats as you knit, craft flower crowns and relax in the storytelling corner at this family-friendly Hygge-themed event at Southbank Centre. Free, just turn up, from 11.30am
ISLINGTON BETWEEN THE WARS: Starting at Angel, take a guided tour around Upper Street and find out what life in Islington used to be like. What shops and entertainment options were available? Where did the poor go for free milk? £9, book ahead, 11.30am
LEARNING THROUGH LEGO: Tap into your creative side with the Lego team at Southbank Centre. Learn about the value of play from experts and get hands on with those plastic bricks. Free, just turn up, from 11.30am
CREATURE CREATIONS: Head to the Grant Museum of Zoology for a family-friendly art afternoon. Create artworks inspired by some of the weird creatures in the museum's collection. Free, just turn up, 1.30pm-4.30pm
THE BOX: This play at Draper Hall in Newington Butts is about a man's struggle for survival in his prolonged isolation. The Box explores the psychological consequences of solitary confinement. £10/£8, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
BEARDED LADY: Moisturise. Oil. Comb. Repeat. Now you are ready for Dame Nature - The Magnificent Bearded Lady. Join Dame Nature for an evening of characters, stories and laughter at Wilton's Music Hall. From £8, book ahead, 7.45pm (10-14 January)
Sign up now for the Big London Night Walk
If you’re looking for a new physical challenge in 2017, or just want something different to do with friends, why not take on the Big London Night Walk on 3 March?
Run by the Big Issue Foundation, the 12 mile walk through the city after dark will show you a side to London that few people see. The charity trek is open to all ages, and is £25 per person or £100 for a team of five (a pledge to raise a minimum of £220 to take part is asked for), with all profits going towards ending homelessness for the country’s Big Issue vendors.
Setting off from 9pm, you're likely to hit the finish line anytime between 2am-5am, depending on your speed. There’ll be snack and toilet stops along the way, not to mention support and good vibes to get you to the end. Take on a challenge with a difference, and make it a night to remember. Sign up here.
Sunday 15 January
DICKENS TOUR: Step back into 1839 and discover the secrets of the young Charles Dickens and his growing family. The Housemaid's Tour at the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury is a tour of the author's last surviving residence in London. £15/£12/£8, book ahead, 10.15am/11.45am
FLEA MARKET: The Old Dalston Market takes place at Epic Dalston, with 50 vintage traders selling their wares, plus DJs and an on site cafe. Free entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm
CLUB YOGA: Take part in an house of power yoga at Drink, Shop & Do's Club Yoga. Don't worry if you break a sweat, you'll get a bottomless brunch of bagels, bloody Marys and champagne afterwards. £35, book ahead, noon-1.30pm
BARBICAN CONSERVATORY: Deep in the concrete jungle of Barbican Centre sits a real jungle, of sorts. Barbican Conservatory only opens to the public on Sundays, and is home to all manner of tropical flowers and plants, as well as fish and terrapins. Don't miss the cactus room upstairs. Free, just turn up, noon-5pm
RIVER WALK: Meet at Silver Street station in Edmonton to take part in a free walk tracing the Pymmes Brook through north London parkland. It's a seven mile stroll, so make sure you've got your walking boots on. Free, book ahead, 1pm
MYTHICAL BEASTS: Become one of the many mythical beasts in John Keats's poetry. Make head dresses and tails from natural materials in this family day at Keats House in Hampstead. Free, book ahead, 1pm-4pm
A WORLD OF STORIES: Journey to far-off lands with Horniman Museum's A World of Stories. Inspired by the museum's exhibitions, festivals and nature, the event is run by some of London's best storytellers. Free, just turn up, 2pm-2.45pm/3.15pm-4pm
FLAMENCO: Peña Flamendo de Londres puts on a tribute performance to long-standing flamenco musician Fernando Reyes, who retired from performing in September. Expect performances from London-based flamenco dancers, guitarists and singers at the group's venue in Pimlico. £10, 7pm
SHERLOCK: Enjoy the series four finale of BBC's Sherlock at Rich Mix, with an introduction by writer-star Mark Gatiss and a featurette. From £8, book ahead, 8.15pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets