Things To Do Today In London: Monday 22 January 2018

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Following the bicentennial of her death, AUSTEN investigates the life of an author struggling as much with affairs of the heart as with ambitions for her art.

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Things to do

AUSTEN THE MUSICAL: You've read the books, seen the films and the BBC adaptions, so what's left? The musical of course. AUSTEN tells the story of the author's life, with added musical pizazz. Mirth, Marvel and Maud Theatre (Walthamstow), £16, book ahead, 22-24 January

RE:SOLUTIONS FESTIVAL: Before you fall off the wagon Re:solutions Festival is here to help you keep you those January fitness promises. Today you can take part in a morning or evening yoga workshop or bliss out in a gong bath. Check out the full timetable here. Juju's, various prices, book ahead, until 31 January

MINIMALIST MOVIE POSTERS: Fancy yourself as a film buff? Have a go at matching these posters with their blockbuster equivalent. But there's a twist. The defining characteristics have been reduced to geometric shapes and simple colours. Not so clever now are we? Curzon (Soho), free, just turn up, 10am-11pm, until 31 January

ART & CREATIVITY TALK: Juggling a creative career, social life and taking care of your mental health is no easy feat. If you're feeling the burn, you'll appreciate this talk offering tips and tricks on managing the practical, physical and emotional demands of being an art professional in this modern world. Cass Art, various prices, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

DRAWING CLASS: Love drawing, fashion and vintage? Then you're in luck as this life drawing class combines all three. Delve into the details of a particular decade and learn how the silhouette, waistline and hemline have changed over the years, before putting pen to paper. Paper Dress Vintage (Hackney), £15/£12, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

Can you guess which movie has been given the minimalist treatment? © Gabby Kere

HUNGARIAN CULTURE: To you, this might be another drab Monday in January but the 22 January is a special day in the Hungarian calendar, as it's the anniversary of the birth of the Hungarian National Anthem. Head to the Hungarian Cultural Centre to join the celebrations. Free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

SURVIVOR: Hear about the harrowing experience of living under Nazi rule from Bernd Koschland and see photos from his book Survivor: A Portrait Of The Survivors Of The Holocaust, followed by a post-talk Q&A and candle lighting. Jewish Museum (Camden), free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

ARROWS OF LOVE: Thought guitar bands had gone the way of tattoo chokers and flares? Think again. This energetic London-based group is performing tracks from new album Product tonight. Rough Trade East, free, just turn up, 6.15pm-9pm

SHOOT FROM THE HIP: Looking for a casual comedy night with guaranteed laughs, that won't empty your bank account? Just head upstairs at this Camden gem to hear the finest improv comedy you'll find in the city without spending a penny (except on the pints). The Camden Head, free, just turn up, 8pm-10pm

SUCCUBUS JANUARY ISSUE: Lend your laughter to the launch of this new comedy night from razor-sharp women's satirical magazine, Succubus, which aims to provide a much-needed platform for female comedy writers and stand-ups. The Bill Murray, £5, book ahead, 9.15pm-10.30pm

Good cause of the day: Tuck into Hawaiian rice bowls from Ahi Poké

Purveyor of the build-your-own poké bowls Ahi Poké is launching a new branch at Old Spitalfields Market today, and to celebrate its offering a pay-what-you-want deal on Hawaiian rice bowls. The prospect of a 1p lunch might be tempting but dig deep, all proceeds are donated to the Elton John Aids Foundation, which aims to reduce the spread of HIV and lessen the pain of those living with it. Ahi Poké, 16 Horner Square, free (pay what you want), just turn up, 22 January

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

A Secret London Tour


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

Lost London Walking Tour


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

Hidden London Tour


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

Forgotten Old London


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