What we’re reading
- Thousands join Women's March in London for gender equality.
- UK government backs new laws to protect music venues from noise complaints.
- The V&A plans to launch Videogames, an exhibition that will celebrate digital art.
- London rental opportunity of the week: A £3 million f*ck dungeon in Vauxhall.
- Malaysian investors to acquire Battersea Power Station.
Things to do
PORTRAITS FROM THE ELEPHANT: In an ode to the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, Almudena Romero spent four days photographing more than 100 residents, shoppers and general loiterers who passed through the building. See the photos at this exhibition, which launches tonight. London College of Communication, free, book ahead, 4.30pm-7pm (and until 20 March)
SELF ASSESSMENT PARTY: It's that dreaded time of year when freelancers are all drowning in crumpled-up receipts and half-filled out tax forms. Don't suffer in silence, just bring your forms to The Book Club basement for free tea and coffee and some much-needed words of encouragement. The Book Club, free, book ahead, 5pm-10pm
LONDON STARTUP FAIR: Are you a university student interested in fintech, cryptocurrencies, virtual reality or social media? Bring your CV to this careers fair featuring more than 30 successful startups. UCL, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm
BOOK LAUNCH: STORM TROOPERS: Hear about the violent Nazi Stormtroopers whose muscle brought Hitler to power, as told by Daniel Siemens in his meticulously researched new book. Storm Troopers: A New History of Hitler's Brownshirts. Wiener Library, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
KNIT AND NATTER: Whether you're an embroider, crocheter, cross stitcher, patchworker, hand quilter or total knitter novice, you're welcome to join this informal craft meeting. Just bring along your own needles/hook and material. Leon, Spitalfields Market, free (but do purchase something from Leon), just turn up, 6.30pm-9.30pm
24 HOUR LONDON TALK: Leading architects, writers and campaigners present their vision of a holistic 24-hour economy, in response to Sadiq Khan's pledge to establish a Public Space Charter. Garden Museum (Lambeth), £5-£15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
LONDON AGAIN! SCREENING: Interested in industrial disputes between trade unionists and the UK government? Find out where the power really lies in this screening of Belonging: The Truth Behind the Headlines, which weaves together Murdoch’s purchase of The Times and The Sunday Times in 1981, Royal Mail as it prepared for privatisation (2007/8), and a dispute at the Grangemouth Oil Refinery in Scotland (2013). The Cinema Museum, £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
KENSINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Prepare to be mesmerised by the rhythmic energy of Schubert's Symphony No. 9 and the bouncy rhythms of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, as performed by the Kensington Symphony Orchestra. Cadogan Hall, £13-£22.50, book ahead, 7.30pm
CIRCOMEDIA: Apparently it's taken approximately 6.8 epiphanies, 102 breakdowns, 3 buckets of tears, 14 litres of sweat and 2462 cups of coffee for the Circomedia BA class of 2018 to bring this show to fruition, so you better make sure there's an audience to clap and woop all those daring acrobatics. Arts Depot (North Finchley), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
TIM KEY MEGADATE: Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key has always managed to keep the Londonist office chuckling and we're sure this brand new set of tales and poems about dating hopes and disappointments will make for an entertaining evening. Arcola Theatre, £20/£18, book ahead, 8.30pm, 23 January-2 February
Good cause of the day: Register for the Big London Night Walk
Instead of waking up with a Saturday morning hangover, you could wake up on Saturday 3 March full of beans knowing that you spent your Friday night helping Big Issue vendors out of poverty. The Big London Night Walk is a 13-mile route around London, which kicks off with personal stories told by Big Issue sellers. Sign up today and you'll have plenty of time to fundraise for The Big Issue Foundation. Shoreditch Town Hall, £25/£20 registration fee + £250 fundraising target, book ahead, 2 March
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
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