Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up. If you like it, please share it and forward to a friend.
- The number of people needing help for homelessness at the end of their tenancies has shot up.
- Bus strikes expected for last week and this coming week have been postponed... yet we're faced with the prospect of more tube strikes, so don't celebrate yet.
- Camden Town Brewery has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a second London site — while fighting a court battle with a Norwich Brewery over use of the word “Hells”.
- If we can have pop-up shops, why can't we have pop-up tenancies?
- Good Valentine's Day? If not, we hope it wasn't bad enough for you to resort to eating your heart out.
- Turns out that the Edwardians of London had geocaching covered, long before you were even born.
- We've brought you London restaurants in former toilets. This week, we showed you the glamour (and oddities) of London's best restaurant toilets.
- Looking for gluten free restaurants in London?
- Friday the 13th meets Valentine's Day in this week's London short film...
- ...and we've also got hold of 50 Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson's award-winning short film from 2007, set round these parts.
- Deep in a railway arch in Peckham, artisan crafters are making beautiful cooking knives.
- N Quentin Woolf takes a tour of Art Deco London in our podcast.
- Photos old and new of the world's oldest council estate.
- Take a look at the arguments for and against rent control, and make up your own mind.
- And finally, your Sunday challenge — how many of these London statues of monarchs can you recognise?
- How To Hold Your Breath explores the economic crisis in Europe, with Faustian overtones ★★★★☆
- French-American restaurant Counter opens under Vauxhall's railway arches — and is certainly on the right track ★★★☆☆
- Dracula as a musical? Yep, someone's gone and done it. *Insert joke about raising the stakes* ★★★☆☆
- We liked the menu at new Southeast Asian restaurant Bó Drake, but wished for a bit more smoke ★★★☆☆
- New Hayward Gallery exhibition looking at 70 years of British history is a curatorial mess ★★☆☆☆
- Kin Cafe has a pleasingly retro take on veggie food ★★★☆☆
Things to do
- Sheep, lions, and plenty of food: Chinese New Year is coming this week.
- Tearing your hair out over half term already? Our extensive article covers ways to keep kids and teenagers entertained, whatever your budget.
- The Chocolate Festival makes its welcome return to London, just in time for Easter (which is sooner than you think, by the way).
- Horniman Museum's Plantastic exhibition is now open, perfect for the budding botanist in your life.
- February is London LGBT History Month. Find out what's going on.
- Tuesday is Pancake Day: find out where to watch races and where to eat them.
- Launder money, get divorced or touch up an alien in this novelty games arcade in Covent Garden.
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