What we’re reading
- Do you live in a flu hotspot?
- The Lewisham Ledger, a new free local community newspaper, is crowdfunding on Kickstarter.
- Massive ball drops in the middle of Oxford Street in Storm Eleanor winds.
- London's night life under threat thanks to soaring business rates, says expert.
- Starbucks to trial paper cup charge in central London stores.
Things to do
BOWIE'S BRIXTON: Hardcore Bowie fan? Don't miss this musical tour around the Starman's home turf, accompanied by live performances of his songs, anecdotes and a panel talk at the Ritzy Cinema. The panel line-up includes Bowie's close friend and collaborator George Underwood, The Brian Duffy Archive and Brixton Academy founder Simon Parkes. Brixton station, £31.94, book ahead, 10am-2pm
FREE YOUR SPINE YOGA: Combat damage caused by long days slumped over a laptop at this yoga class combining pilates, bodyweight and isometrics. This event is part of RE:solutions, a month-long wellbeing festival. Juju's Bar and Stage (Spitalfields), £10.80-£12, book ahead, 12.30pm
PEOPLE'S KITCHEN: Break bread with locals and cook up a feast from surplus food donated by shops, growers and restaurants that would otherwise have been binned. Arrive at 10am to help prepare the food. The Hornbeam Cafe (Walthamstow), just turn up, 1pm-2.30pm
LDN TALKS: Attend fun, informal yet informative talks on cryptocurrencies, plastic pollution in our oceans and one which asks: are normal people sane? today at various venues around London. Various venues and prices, book ahead, 7pm
MAN DEM V FOOD: Head to Peckham to see punters attempt to munch their way through as many White Men Can't Jerk wings as they can stomach. Entry to the competition has closed but there will be DJs, rum cocktails and free beer if you arrive early enough. Prince of Peckham, free entry, just turn up, 7pm-11pm
NEON NAKED LIFE DRAWING: Neon needn't be confined to warehouse raves. This experimental life drawing class combines UV light, reactive body paint and flamboyant accessories to get your creativity flowing. The Duke of Wellington (Dalston), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
SPARK OPEN MIC: What makes this open mic night special is that every story you'll hear is true and something the speaker has lived through. Hackney Picturehouse, £5, just turn up, 7.30pm
MONDAY NIGHT MUSIC: Spend Monday night listening to vintage jazz band The Shirt Tail Stompers in the beautifully fading grandeur of London's oldest music hall. Wilton's Music Hall, free, just turn up, 8pm-9.15pm
WE ARE FUNNY: It's Monday, it's January, it's cold and if like us, you overspent at Christmas, you're probably skint. All great reasons to get the free laughs in at this comedy night in Dalston. Tonight's headliner is Robyn Perkins. Farr's School of Dancing, free, just turn up, 7.45pm-10pm
DINO LIVE: Introduce brave little soldiers to the dinosaurs that walked the earth more than 65 million years ago, before settling down for dino-doodling activities. You can also have your photo taken hatching from an egg. Hall Place (Bexley), £5/£3, book ahead, until 4 February
Good cause of the day: London Winter Walk
Today's your last chance to sign up to this 20km walk around Southwark Park. It's the perfect way to kickstart your fitness regime and there'll be at least 1,000 other people to provide motivational pep talks. Southwark Park, £59, book ahead, 8.30am-11.30am, 14 January
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
Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London. Get tickets
We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets