What we’re reading
- Lovebox festival to relocate to Gunnersbury Park for 2018.
- London schools to be alerted on high air pollution days.
- Houses of Parliament could be placed on 'at risk' register, MPs told.
Things to do
MALT + PEPPER X REDCHURCH: The absolute lads of London's foodie scene who cook up beer-infused dishes have teamed up with Redchurch Brewery to create a menu based entirely around the brewer's beers. Eastbound & Down Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, various prices, 5-11 February
GLAM YOUR GARDEN: You might not be lucky enough to have a garden but that doesn't mean you should neglect your indoor greenery. Pimp your plant pots at this creative workshop and the sequin will brighten up your home even if the sun doesn't want to. Drink Shop & Do (King's Cross), £5, book ahead, from 6pm
SICILY CULTURE TALK AND MEAL: Tuck into a tasty Italian mean washed down with Sicilian wine, while journalist Francesca Marchese fills you in on Sicilian culture and the traditions behind the centuries-old St. Agata Festival. Tasting Sicily Enzo's Kitchen, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE TALK: Julia Eccleshare invites you to take a trip down the rabbit hole of your memories of bedtime stories. She'll recall tales of Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton, J R R Tolkien, Roald Dahl and how they've influenced authors down the years in this illustrated talk. The British Library, £12/£10, book ahead, 7pm-8.15pm
BOOKS TALK BACK: Because agents and editors can be expensive, Isabelle King set up Books Talk Back, a project for aspiring authors to share their work over a glass of wine in a supportive environment while gaining constructive feedback. Share your own writing, provide feedback or just lend an ear. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
POST TRUTH WORLD DEBATE: Polly Toynbee hosts this discussion on the arrival of the 'post-truth' era and what it means for those of us living through it. A live DJ takes over from 8.30pm to save us all from getting depressed. ICA, £20, book ahead, 7.30pm
TURBULENCE: Into interactive theatre? Join this evening of whimsical games, engaging performance and interesting discussion, which muses on a different theme every month. The Rosemary Branch Theatre, pay what you can, just turn up, every first Monday, 7.30pm
LIFE DRAWING: What started as a group of mates getting together to draw has evolved into 2B Or Not 2B Collective, a weekly nonprofit life drawing class which aims to provide affordable access for artists of all ages, levels and income brackets. The Macbeth (Hoxton), £5, book ahead, every Monday, 7.30pm-9.30pm
NO HARD FELINES: Expect poetry, stand up comedy, music, puppetry, cabaret and more at this new female-led variety night featuring a line-up of ladies who are tired of being cat-called but not about to stay quiet about it. The Star, Bethnal Green, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
FREE COMEDY: The best comedy nights in life are free, if this regular Monday night comedy club in Angel is anything to go by. The Bill Murray, free, just turn up, 8pm-9.15pm
Good cause of the day: How the Vote was Won
See a rare staged reading of How the Vote was Won, on the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which granted most women in Britain the vote. All proceeds will be split between Sisters Uncut and the Fawcett Society. Bunker Theatre, £12/£10, book ahead, 7.30pm
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