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...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets