What we’re reading
- Londoners are leaving the capital for Brighton, Birmingham and Bristol.
- Have you read the story of the Woolwich foot tunnel time anomaly?
- New US embassy in London: Thameside glass cube replaces 1950s concrete complex in Mayfair square.
- Poor, unfortunate soul gets his penis stuck in a tube ticket gate.
- Sadiq Khan hails capital's spirit after 'extremely difficult' 2017.
Things to do
LINO PRINTING: Get your craft on at this lino printing workshop and next time it's someone's birthday you'll have an original, handprinted card ready to go. Paperchase (Tottenham Court Road), £20, book ahead, 5.30pm-7.30pm
IMMERSIVE MYSTERY GAME: Bring six of your (smartest) friends to this immersive escape room-style game set in a Victorian pumping house, where you must solve the mystery of the missing apprentice. The London Museum of Water and Steam (Brentford), £28 (includes high tea), book ahead, 7.15pm-10pm, 3-5 January
CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP: Stick two fingers up at the fitness and health kick bug everyone catches this time of year and get yourself to this free chocolate-making workshop at the NHM's Ice Rink Café Bar. Natural History Museum, free, book ahead, 7pm-8pm and 8pm-9pm
FREE TAPAS: Every Wednesday you can nab yourself free tapas courtesy of the generous folks at Casa Manolo. (Drinks not included). Casa Manolo (Angel), free, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm
SECRET VARIETY CLUB: This now not-so-secret variety night features Elf Lyons, Pat Cahill, Adam Larter and more, with accolades that stretch from Edinburgh Festival nominations to rave reviews from Chortle. Aces & Eights, £3.30, book ahead, 7.30pm
LIVE COMEDY: Laugh your way into the New Year at this live comedy night. If you're lucky, you might get a top comic from 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, and Have I Got News For You. 99 Club (Leicester Square), £9, book ahead 8.30pm
ACOUSTIC SESSIONS: Need some downtime after the festivities? Get your chill on at this night of West Coast folk, country and blues from three live musicians. The Half Moon Putney, £10/£8, booking recommended, 8pm-11.30pm
KICK OUT THE JAMS: If you're one of the lucky ones not back at work and you fancy making the most of it, head to this Wednesday funk, soul and disco night, playing all your fave '70s and '80s tunes. Queen of Hoxton, free entry, just turn up, 8pm-midnight
WEST END ROULETTE: Get your new year off to a wild start at this midweek soirée, featuring two of the finest West End cabaret stars, Michael Twaits and Sarah Bodalbhai. Phoenix Artist Club, £9/free for members, book ahead, 9pm-11pm
CAROLE NUNES: If you're as potty for plants as textile artist Carole Nunes, you'll love this exhibition of nature-inspired sculptures, created using silk painting and hand embroidery, some of which have been inspired by Columbia Road Flower Market. Barbican Library, free, just turn up, 3-27 January
Good cause of the day: Join Impact Hub Brixton
Impact Hub Brixton, the community collective behind the People's Fridge, is hosting an open house session on Friday. Bring your ideas for a better Lambeth, learn how to get involved on the evening tour or head along to the member's lunch at 1pm (£3, just turn up). Pop Brixton, free, just turn up, 5pm-5.30pm, 5 January
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London. Get tickets
We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets