What we’re reading
- New Globe director to let cast pick roles and audiences choose plays.
- 'Red zone' map reveals rapid spread of Australian flu across London and UK.
- London pub goes 100% vegan and says goodbye to the meat grinder.
- Air pollution: What's being done to improve air quality in London?
Things to do
SOUND SYSTEMS NOW: As any hardcore music fan and Carnival attendee knows, Britain's sound system culture is alive and well. This exhibition and programme of events celebrates the current generation of reggae sound system operators across the UK. Professor Stuart Hall Building (Goldsmiths University of London), free, just turn up, 10 January- 12 February
WOODCUTS FROM WONDERLAND: Fall in love with John Tenniel's original whimsical wood engravings for Lewis Carroll's enchanting stories, which are on display at Eames Fine Art. Free, book ahead, 11am-6pm, until 28 January
WOMEN, PARLIAMENT & THE VOTE: Dr Mari Takayanagi of the Parliamentary Archives presents this illustrated talk on the Representation of the People's Act 1918, which gave equal voting rights to all men and some women over the age of 30. City of Westminster Archives Centre, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
RECLAIMING STREETS: The Reclaiming Streets campaign aims to make Poplar's roads more people-friendly. Bring your ideas for initiatives that could promote walking, cycling or communal activities to the group's meet up walk tonight. St Paul’s Bow Common Church, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
BRAZILIAN JAZZ: Be transported to Rio via Shoreditch at this gig celebrating the sounds of South America. Tonight instrumentalist Mario Bakuna plays a repertoire inspired by the greats of Jazz and Bossa Nova. The Basement Shoreditch, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm
LIFE DRAWING GYMNASIA: The Life Drawing Gymnasia is here to take your drawing skills to the next level. Expect a flurry of dance, movement and dynamic life poses from Baleta Nuda models, plus ballet, flamenco and yoga influences set to music – all in the buff. Barons Court Theatre, £16.73-£43.61, book ahead, 7pm, until 13 January
SEX PARTY TALK & Q&A: The sexually curious are well catered for in London, apparently, but it can be a sticky subject to approach for the uninitiated. This talk lets you in on where to find everything from "massage gatherings" and masked balls to swingers parties and tantric temples, as well as what to do (or not do) when you get there. Wusi Creative Space, 4 Broadway Market, £11.35, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
SCIENCE ON SCREEN: See Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, about genius computer scientist Alan Turing. Stick around for the post-film discussion with leading Francis Crick boffins. Francis Crick Institute (King's Cross), free, book ahead, 7pm-10.15pm
WE ARE FUNNY: Find out if this Dalston comedy night lives up to the bold claim of its title. Tonight's Headliner is Mawaan Rizwan, who recently was tasked with writing an alternative Queen's Christmas speech. Farr's School of Dancing, free, just turn up, 8pm-10.15pm
Good cause of the day: SANE volunteer evening
Make your good deed for the day signing up to become a volunteer for SANE. The mental health charity will be talking you through its services and explaining the roles available at this volunteer evening. St Mark's Studios (Islington), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
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