Things to do today in London is sponsored by the National Theatre. Scroll down to read about award-winning play Us/Them.
What we're reading
- If you're a London commuter, these Tweets should make you titter.
- In case you missed it, the Thames has just had its annual blessing.
- Crossrail builders have found a hidden vault under the old Astoria nightclub.
- This man started playing the piano to calm down commuters during the tube strike
Things to do
POST BREXIT FOOD: After Brexit, where will we get our food from, and how much will it cost? Hear experts speak about the impact World Trade Organization laws will have on Britain's agricultural trade after leaving the EU. Free, book ahead, 1pm-2pm
NEW PORT, NEW CITY: Explore the 20th century regeneration of the Docklands area. Find out how derelict warehouses became the fancy skyscrapers we see today. Tickets also include admission to the New Port, New City gallery. Free, book ahead, from 2pm
MAKING HERSTORY: Why is 14th century Italian art important? And who were the 'forgotten women' who saw it at the time? Laura Jacobus takes us through her research at Birkbeck's Big Ideas: 'Herstory' in pictures: a story of great art and forgotten women. Free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
BOARD GAME NIGHT: Have your Jumanji experience (OK, not quite that extreme) with board game night at the St Katherine's Precinct. Bring your own game, or discover a new one. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8.30pm
GOODBYE WINTER BLUES: Join Rita Ray — DJ, presenter and African music expert — at Somerset House. Ray is remembering the eclectic music from the parties and clubs she used to go to. Free, limited space, just turn up, 7pm-8pm
MINDFUL BEINGS: Start the new year right and sign up for four weeks of mindfulness classes. You'll learn from Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Gomchen, how to practise mindfulness and remove stress. £25, book ahead, until 20 January
A NIGHT OF SMITHS AND CLAY: Mark the the release of Will Smith's most recent movie, at Drink, Shop & Do. Smith's Play With Clay is an evening celebrating ALL things Smiths (James Corden, Morrissey, Delia etc). You're also invited to make your fave Smith out of clay. Er, OK. Free when you buy a drink, just turn up, from 7pm
STANLEY'S FILM CLUB: Watch award-winning documentary, Sonita, at Stanley's Film Club. It follows an Afghan refugee living in Iran with dreams of becoming a famous rapper. £8/£4, book ahead, from 7pm
THEA-SKOT IN HERE: Join Alison Thea-Skot as she navigates through chaos and mayhem in this stand-up show at Soho Theatre. It's Thea-Skot In Here (So Take Off All Your Clothes) introduces you to Skot's various characters... including Cher as a bat. £12/£10, book ahead, from 7.15pm
MOOMINLAND: Head to the Southbank Centre for an interactive adventure in Moominland. We had a whale (or a surreal hippo-like creature) of a time. £13.50-£16.50, book in advance, until 23 April
Hostages and humour? Award-winning play Us/Them comes to The National Theatre
After rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Us/Them, inspired by true events, is coming to the National Theatre from 16 January-18 February.
The show is based on the 2004 attack in Beslan, where terrorists stormed a school and took hundreds of children hostage. Leading to a three-day siege, the incident resulted in many deaths. Don't be put off by the traumatic events, though — this is a play with humour and a matter-of-fact approach, created for audiences aged 12+.
See it for yourself and decide whether all those 5* reviews were well-deserved. Limited run — book here
Good cause for the day
UNITE FOR HAITI: Join the UCL Humanitarian Institute and Thinking Development at a special reception on the 7th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. Celebrate the opening of the new Centre Rosalie girls' primary school, which was destroyed in the earthquake, and fundraise to help move onto the next stage of reconstruction. £10/£8. book ahead, 6pm-10pm, 12 January
Art review: decaying paintings
DECAYING PAINTINGS: A house in a forest falls into disrepair, and the painting of this house seems to have taken the decay with it. These multi-layered works have a wonderful texture to them, as if weathered by time themselves. Ed Saye: No Promised Land at The Foundry Gallery, 39 OlD Church Street, Chelsea, SW3 5BS. Free, until 26 January ★★★☆☆ [Monday-Friday]
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