What we're reading:
- Are London suburbs the hub of British food culture?
- The Queen nabs the front row at London Fashion Week.
- How you can help shrink the city's plastic footprint.
- Zaha Hadid Architects propose pedestrianising London.
- Phone boxes are being replaced by corporate surveillance.
Things to do:
ON YER BIKE: The London Bike Show is back at ExCel for 3 days of two-wheeled fun. Sir Chris Hoy opens this year's event, and promises all the latest gear and advice on all things cycling. ExCel, £16, book in advance, 10am-5pm, until Sunday 25 February
CHARTERHOUSE TOUR: Discover what lies beneath the Charterhouse, including things found during the Crossrail excavations, on this 90 minute tour. Charterhouse (Barbican), £20, book in advance, 10.30am-noon
EAST END ART: Shoreditch gallery Charlie Smith has just launched an exhibition showcasing new and exciting work from 19 artists. Off-beat works include a fake Trump obituary and a sculpture involving babies' heads. Charlie Smith Gallery (Hoxton), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, until 31 March
FOOD FESTIVAL: King's Cross' Canopy Market is back with food traders, live music and an independent label market selling tons of vinyl from all over the world. Just don't let any of the juices from your delicious burger squirt over priceless records. King's Cross, free, just turn up, midday-8pm, until Sunday 25 February
TEA TOTAL: As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, China Exchange have a totally tea-filled market selling all things tea — from teapots to teabags, and even books about the legendary cuppa. China Exchange, noon-6pm, until Sunday 25 February
HANDEL: Baroque band Red Priest will take you on a whirlwind tour of Handel's music, at a night celebrating the man that wrote the famous Messiah. Foundling Museum (Russell Square), £25, book in advance, 6.30pm
SARA PASCOE: Head to Bush Hall to see comedian Sara Pascoe of QI, Mock the Week and Taskmaster fame, perform her new material after a sell-out West End run. Bush Hall (Shepherds Bush), £21.45, book in advance, 7pm
BIG MINI BIG BAND: Clare Teal hosts a night of swing music from the golden age of song with her Big Mini Big Band. Witness the incredible talent of jazz pianist extraordinaire Jason Rebello and world-renowned trumpeter Guy Barker. Cadogan Hall, from £19, book in advance, 7.30pm
FOREVERLAND: If you're after a night out with a difference, make your way to Foreverland, a magical club night featuring circus acts and an adult playground. Where music from up and coming artists meets childhood nostalgia. Clapham Grand, £21.50, book in advance, 10pm-3am
FEBRUARY FESTIVITIES: Fat Tuesday is London's answer to Mardi Gras excess and celebration. Featuring circus acts and crazy costumes, spontaneous parades and of course some incredible tunes. The Vaults (Waterloo), £13.50, book in advance, 10.30pm-3am
Good cause of the day
Rickey Rickett's benefit gig is a night celebrating the experienced sound engineer Rickey, who died from a brain tumour. Organised by his close friends, the night's headline act Groove Armada will be supported by sets from Orbital and The Bluetones, as well as mystery special guests. Money raised will go to help out Rickey's children, and also to ACT, a charity set up by Baroness Tessa Jowell, which aims to offer innovative cancer care for all people despite background and income. Shepherd's Bush Empire, £30, book in advance, 7pm-1am
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
Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix. 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
Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets