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.
The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets
Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. Get tickets
Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet. Get tickets
Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue. Get tickets