Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 1 February 2018

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The optic lobe of an adult fruit fly. © MCR National Institute for Medical Research

What we’re reading

  • Petrol and diesel cars set to be banned in parts of east London with £130 fines for motorists who flout rules.
  • Spotted at a Lewisham bus stop.
  • Homeless people woken at 4.30am and evicted from Stratford Centre.

Things to do

ACAB: Last year we joined London's subvertisers, who take it upon themselves to hack London's ad spaces. Now you can see an entire exhibition dedicated to anti-police subvertising art. At the launch of ACAB tonight expect spoken word by Potent Whisper, followed by DJs Cruffatin Mode and Rude Audio and Rinngs. Flaxon Ptootch, Kentish Town, free, just turn up, until 28 February

DESTINATIONS THE HOLIDAY & TRAVEL SHOW: Sitting at your desk dreaming of your next holiday destination? With more than 550 travel brands present and 50+ hours of free expert talks and panel sessions (including with celebrities such as Rick Stein and Michael Portillo), you could turn those dreams into a reality. Olympia London (Kensington), £11, book ahead, 10am-5.30pm, until 4 February

LGBT HISTORY MONTH EXHIBITION: See two exhibitions opening just in time for LGBT History Month. From Bedroom To Battleground provides a platform for the stories of young LGBTQ+ people. Out And About turns to the older generation to create a wallpaper bursting with stories, illustrations and patterns. Hackney Museum, free, just turn up, 5.45pm-7.30pm

FIRST THURSDAYS: Follow the tote-swinging, hip looking crowds through the streets of east London every first Thursday and you'll find free booze (if you're quick enough) and eclectic contemporary art. Whitechapel Gallery (and other galleries around the area), free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm

VEGAN TAP TAKEOVER: Head to Camden to get your fill of delicious vegan beer and food on the final night of BrewDog's vegan tap takeover. BrewDog Bar Camden, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-midnight

Swap the January detox for a Fromage à Trois cheese party.

FROMAGE A TROIS: Take part in a DIY mozzarella masterclass (in a waterproof playroom — in case things get messy) and indulge in the French cheese specialty, aligot, at this fromage feast hosted by Shoreditch restaurant Rascals and cheesemonger The Urban Cheese Maker. Rascals, from £29, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm, every Thursday until 29 March

SOCIAL HOUSING DEBATE: With the housing crisis still in full swing, this panel looks at the legacy of pioneering British architect Neave Brown, who passed away last month. How can his housing ideals and innovative architectural philosophy offer solutions for today? RIBA, £25/£20/£16, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

SPARK-A-OKE: Writers Sophia Blackwell, Susie Boyt, Paul Burston and other wax lyrical on the genius of the late novelist Muriel Spark, who would be turning 100 today. The Bookseller Crow On The Hill (Crystal Palace), free, just turn up, 7.30pm-9.30pm

BEING LGBTQ LAUNCH: Watch music vids from Russia's 90s gay scene, hear a reading of feminist sci-fi stories from Central Asia and see a performance from Poland's most famous drag queen, to celebrate the launch of a new project celebrating LGBTQ culture from The Calvert Journal. The Queen Adelaide (Cambridge Heath), free, book ahead, 8pm-3am

DECONSTRUCTING PATTERNS: Who knew a fruit fly could be so beautiful? Enter a world of microscopic patterns not usually seen by the naked eye in this stunning exhibition, which muses on the relationship between artists and scientists. The Francis Crick Institute (St Pancras), free, just turn up, until 1 December

Good cause of the day: Self portraits in social care

© Dean Belcher

This exhibition from London organisation Certitude and photographer Dean Belcher goes beyond the headlines to show the human face of social care and shine a light on the lives sometimes forgotten or mistreated. Certitude helps people with learning disabilities and provides crucial mental health support. As well as checking out the exhibition you can support their work by donating here. Various libraries around Hounslow, free, just turn up, until 28 February

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

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

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


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

A Secret London Tour


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

Dating Against Humanity


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