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...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets