What we're reading
- London to Edinburgh in 45 minutes: the future is fast approaching.
- The tube strike has forced hideous Londoners to travel above ground.
- It's also caused everyone to completely lose their chill.
- Coming up to a year since the Starman left us, explore the lost shrines of David Bowie.
- Dramatic falls in London's HIV rates may be due to drugs bought on the internet.
- A blind man attached a GoPro to his guide dog, filming the abuse he gets from London's commuters.
Things to do
MATHS AND MOVIES: Explore the relationship between maths and movies in this Gresham College lecture at Museum of London. Professor Chris Budd explains the significance of maths in manipulating and changing images, and how this can be used in fields from crime to medicine to film. Free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Looking for something to fill your lunch break? There's a free lunchtime piano concert at Morley College on Westminster Bridge Road. The students of the Composition Workshop will perform their work. Free, just turn up, 1.05pm-2pm
SOHO FIRE STATION: Pop into Soho Fire Station on Sharftesbury Avenue for a public consultation on plans to make London the world's safest global city. There are a variety of activities, so go beyond the big red doors and meet the people who keep the city safe. Free, reserve a ticket online, 4pm-6pm
THE ALPINE LATE: If you're feeling jealous of your mates that are off skiing, catch a little bit of the aprés-ski vibe for yourself at Christie's auction house in South Kensington, which is staying open late. There will be talks from those who've designed chalets, a snowflake-making workshop and a cocktail masterclass. Free, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm
DIANE SPENCER: This veteran of the UK comedy circuit veteran covers Viking funerals, suicidal penguins, Russian diets, Katie Price and more in her new show Seamless, at the Angel Comedy Club. £5 if you book in advance, all spare tickets free on the door, 7pm-8pm
BOTANICAL PAPER ART: Learn how to make minimalist 3D winter flowers with just a few pieces of paper at the London Craft Club in Islington. This class is perfect for beginners, and you'll leave with a framed flower of your own making and a new set of skills to replicate it with. £39, book in advance, 7pm-9pm
RING CARVING: Design your own silver ring in jeweller's wax, and see the result glimmer back at you within two weeks, at Drink, Shop, Do in King's Cross. Complimentary cocktail included in ticket price. £69, book in advance, 7pm
MAGNIFICENT BEARDED LADY: Moisture. Oil. Comb. Repeat. That's what life's like for Dame Nature, the magnificent bearded lady. Hear her recount tales from her extraordinary life at Wilton's Music Hall. £8-£15, book in advance, 7.45pm
IMPROV COMEDY: Look, it's at the Top Secret Comedy Club, so details are expectedly thin on the ground for this one. We do know it will be improv comedy by Shoot From The Hip, which is more than we usually find out. Free, book in advance, 8pm-10.30pm
Human side of organ transplants
MOVING HUMAN STORIES: A small exhibition looking at the human side of transplants. The personal stories of organ donation recipients and of relatives of organ donors can make for an emotional listen. It’s also the last temporary exhibition before this museum closes for three years. Transplant and Life at Hunterian Museum, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE. Until 20 May, free. ★★★☆☆ [Tuesday-Saturday]
Good cause for the day
NEPALESE FEAST: Book in advance to help raise money for Action Against Hunger, a charity fighting child hunger following the earthquakes in Nepal. £55, book in advance, 24 February 7pm-11pm
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