What we’re reading
- One of London's busiest roads hits annual pollution limit with 335 days left of 2018.
- Six new 'substantially segregated' cycle routes planned in London.
- London primary school to become first in UK to cut working week to four-and-a-half days.
- London Fire Brigade marks 100 years since Lambeth blaze.
- Unpaid internships in London now cost more than £1000 a month.
Things to do
SAPPHIC SUFFRAGETTES: This year we're celebrating a century of women's voting rights and this talk highlights the role of lesbian and bi women in the fight for women’s citizenship. Library at London School of Economics, Lionel Robbins Building, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm
ONES TO WATCH: Done with dry Jan and want to know what beers you should be downing in 2018? Mason & Company are hosting a 'ones to watch' tap takeover to show you just that. Your ticket includes a tutored tasting with five beers. Mason & Company (Hackney Wick), £11.37, just turn up, 5pm-late
FIRST FRIDAY: Explore exquisite manuscripts, paintings and objects related to Indian medicine and colonial encounters then head up to the kitchen to try Jasmine Hemsley's new menu inspired by the Ayurvedic Man exhibition at this after hours event. Wellcome Collection, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-10pm
RECONCAVO BEATS: If you don't have the funds or the time to jet off to Brazil for Carnival, no matter, just head to sustainable canal-side venue Grow for a night of funky Brazillian beats. Grow (Hackney Wick), free, just turn up, 6pm-11.55pm
THE SWIPE HYPE: Tedious opening lines, fake identities, disappearing acts and aching thumbs — it's all part of the modern dating scene, which is the topic of a very frank conversation at this salon. Studio 7 (Shoreditch), £15, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
ENDELLION STRING QUARTET: After something a little more sophisticated than your usual pint in Spoons? Get your dinner jacket on and head to this classical concert set in in an intimate Victorian hall. Wigmore Hall, Marylebone, £15-£37, book ahead, 7.30pm
LONDON REMIXED FESTIVAL: Looking for festival vibes without the mud, rain, or palaver of camping? Enter London Remixed Festival, a two-day celebration of banging global beats, featuring more than 25 bands and DJs across four stages in one ace Shoreditch venue. Rich Mix, £12, book ahead, 8pm-1am, 2-3 February
60 MINUTES AFTER FEELING SAD: The usually chirpy Joz Norris has come over all emotional in this one man show, in which the comic actor tries to cheer himself up by whatever means necessary. The Vaults (Waterloo), £10, book ahead, 10pm
NICK DALE: Bears in Alaska, tigers in India and penguins in Antarctica are just a few of the stunning wild animals Nick Dale captured with his camera on his travels around seven continents. See the prints and enter the caption competition for a chance to win one of his prints. 508 Kings Road Gallery, Chelsea, free, just turn up, until 9 February
ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE: See Hackney before artisan coffee shops and bearded hipsters were the norm in this exhibition of photos taken in the 70s and 80s by photographer Neil Martinson. Stour Space, free, just turn up, until 23 February
Good cause of the day: See the Art Women Evolution (AWE) exhibition in support of Centre Point
Not only does this exhibition provide a platform for 12 emerging female artists — thus evening up the gender imbalance in the art world, but it also supports London's vulnerable young people, as on Saturday 3 February the art will be auctioned off to raise funds for the homeless charity Centre Point. Win win. The Bloomsbury, free, just turn up, 2-5 February
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... Get tickets
Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required. Get tickets
Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. See the world's smallest police station and visit London's most superstitious hotel on a walking tour covering everything weird, wonderful and London. £12 Get tickets
Struggling to find someone who shares your dark sense of humour? This twisted speed dating event can help. A group of 30-40 people will take part - with equal male/female ratios - and play a few rounds of the hilarious (and slightly dark) card game, Cards Against Humanity. After the event, connect with those who you found suitably sinister using a unique online matching system. Get tickets