What we’re reading
- The beautiful London floors with more Instagram followers than you.
- Tour bus used by Status Quo is a success as LGBT+ homeless shelter.
- London boroughs in GIFs – a thread.
- The London Milkman: the story behind a famous photo of the London Blitz.
- Since the scaffold has gone up on Big Ben, these tourist portraits aren't really the same.
Things to do
FBA FUTURES: Art school isn't all house parties and lie-ins you know. Find out what the art degree graduates of 2017 have been up to in this exhibition of their work. The Mall Galleries, free, just turn up, 9-20 January
MITTS AND MULLED WINE: Warm your cockles around a mulled wine while you decorate a pair of much-needed gloves. Drink, Shop & Do, free with a mulled wine/cider, just turn up, from 6pm
BITCOIN AND BLOCK CHAIN: Unless you're living in a cave, you've probably heard about cryptocurrencies or know someone obsessively checking their Bitcoin, even if it leaves you baffled. Find out what it is, how it works and how it has the potential to change everything at this free talk. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
NIRVANA TASTING SESSION: A week into Dry January, you're probably craving the crisp, cold taste of an ice cold beer. Well, you don't have to cheat to get your beer fix with the help of Nirvana's o% and low alcohol brews. At this tasting session, there'll be vegan cheese pairings — ideal if you're doing Veganuary too. Strongroom Bar (Shoreditch), £11.39 - £16.79, book ahead, 6.30pm
CONTROL: Watch the brooding, black and white biopic of Joy Division, which traces the life and eventual suicide of singer Ian Curtis. Moth Club (Hackney), £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
NORDIC NIGHTS: Free cinema is exactly what the doctor ordered on a cold, skint Tuesday in January. Let The Right One In is the first film being screened as part of Nordic Nights, a weekly free screening of contemporary Scandinavian horror flicks. Genesis Cinema, free, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
CABARET CAPERY: Fresh from a run of shows at Live at Zédel, cabaret clown Andrew Pepper is propping up Wilton's cocktail bar with this intimate show of entertaining tunes. Wilton's, £12/£10, book ahead, 7.30pm (9-11 January)
CAKE COMEDY: Make the launch of this comedy/sketch night a good one. And if you're early, you can always browse the vintage garments on display on your way up. There are six acts on the lineup tonight including sketch trio Sheeps! and MC Jack Barry. Dress Paper Vintage (Hackney), £6, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
HERETIC VOICES: See three captivating monologue performances, which have been whittled down from 1,136 submissions. Themes range from body shaming to a story of loss set on a Croydon council estate. Arcola Theatre, various prices, book ahead, 7.30pm, 9-20 January
Good cause of the day: Practice your Zumba moves and raise money for charity
Zumba is a great way to add some rhythm and fun to your fitness regime. And if you attend this dance class, you'll be raising funds for the British Heart Foundation. CJ Zumba @ Academy Mews (Camden), £5 donation, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
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