What we’re reading
- Plan to sell part of London Underground fleet branded ‘quite mad’.
- Inside London's only college for young people with autism.
- Kensington Roof Gardens to close after more than 35 years.
Things to do
NEW LONDON MODEL TALKS: Head along to this lunchtime talk to get the lowdown on the latest developments and architectural achievements shooting up in London. It's also an opportunity to check out New London Architecture's very cool interactive model of central London. New London Architecture, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1pm, (every Friday until December 2018)
BEER ADVENTURES: Screw dry January, download the Beer Adventures App and make your way around east London's brewpubs, a great bottleshop and some lovely little boozers serving the very best in modern craft beer. Various venues, £3.99, book ahead, 2pm-6pm
CRIME SCENE LIVE: Live out all your CSI career dreams in the stunning surrounds of the Natural History Museum, where a pricey stone has been stolen and a killer is on the run. After a welcome drink, you must play detective to bring the criminal to justice. Natural History Museum, £60, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm
SUPERHEROES AND THE LOST FAIRYTALE: Platinum Performing Arts' annual urban pantomime sees Batman and his superhero mates battle the dark forces to save the lost fairytales. Oh yes you will! Laughter guaranteed. Millfield Theatre, £12, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm, until 21 January
POETRY: Poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims are inviting you to toast the last of the twelve days of Christmas with seasonal tipples, Georgian games, readings of Keats's poems and letters and a Twelfth Night cake if you get peckish. Keats House, £10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
RURAL SYRIA: The lovely Good Hope Cafe brings the rural delicacies of Syria to south London every Friday. The four-course feast includes flame-grilled aubergine and an endless supply of hummus to start. Check out the mouthwatering menu here. £14.92-£29.27, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: Settle in for a night of classical opera from St Martin's soloists, who will be performing well-loved arias by Mozart, Puccini and Bizet. St Martin-in-the-fields, various prices, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
FLOATING COMEDY CLUB: Let The Boat Show Comedy Club liven up this bleak January, then boogie your blues away at Popworld Nightclub on-board the Tattershall Castle. Bottoms up. R.S. Hispaniola/Tattershall Castle (Victoria Embankment), £11-£16.50, book ahead, 8pm-11pm
BOWIE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY: Don't forget to request your favourite Bowie tunes on the Facebook event wall before rocking up to this party in celebration of the legendary late singer. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, £5-£7, book ahead, 9pm-3am
PIRATE RADIO PARTY: This late night jam takes punters back to a time when stations such as Rinse FM were at risk of closure from both the police and rival stations. Camden Assembly, £5-£15+bf, book ahead, 10.30pm-3am
Good cause of the day: Charity concert for Grenfell Tower Fire Aid
Treat your ears to the sounds of the Knightsbridge Philharmonic Orchestra, who are performing at this charity gala to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The event is free but donations are very much appreciated. The money will be donated via the British Red Cross. St Stephen's Church, donation, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets