Things To Do This Week In London: 1-7 January 2018

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The Canary Wharf ice rink is open until 24 February 2018.

ICE SKATING: What better way to shake off a fuzzy head than by going ice skating? Twinkly lights, elegant gliding — it'll have you feeling right as rain quick-sharp. London's seasonal ice rinks are mostly open into the new year.

PETER PAN: This family-friendly classic has been given a pop music twist. Featuring songs by The Beatles performed by seven actor/musicians, it's a treat for the ears and the eyes. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), various prices, book ahead, 1.30pm, 4pm and 7.30pm, until 7 January

BASIC INSTINCTS: Marvel at the paintings of artist and governor of London’s Foundling Hospital Joseph Highmore (1692-1780), which offer us a window into the lives of desperate and often abused women in Georgian society. The Foundling Museum, £11/£8.25, book ahead, until 7 January

LEICESTER SQUARE: The chilly, skint month of January is upon us so we don't blame you for clinging on to Christmas. There's still time to explore Leicester Square's festive market and maybe even catch a burlesque show (£22, book ahead, until 5 January) while you're there. Leicester Square, free, just turn up, until 8 January

RAPUNZEL: Puns abound, but no cliches can be found in this magical theatre performance of Rapunzel. It's invigoratingly fantastical yet never absurd. Read the rest of our four star review here. Theatre Royal Stratford East, £10-£32, book ahead, until 13 January

CINDERELLA: Matthew Bourne yet again sprinkles a touch of festive magic with his latest fairy tale adaptation of Cinderella that places its attention on London’s glamorous underbelly during the second world war. Read the rest of our four-star review here. Sadler's Wells (Clerkenwell), various prices, book ahead, until 27 January

Monday 1 January

It's your last chance to cling on to Christmas at Chiswick's Magical Lantern Festival.

NYD BLOOMSBURY WALK: Join this walk taking in characters, playgrounds and gardens which have been lost and found, including Peter Pan and his lost boys, Captain Coram and his foundlings and Jane Austen. The fresh air might do wonders for your hangover. Russell Square tube station, £12/£10, book ahead, 11am-12.30pm

PRINTWORKS NYD: Let's face it, New Year's Eve can be overrated and underwhelming. New Year's Day, however, presents fresh opportunities for fun. Dubstep devotees should check out the lineup of DJs spinning tunes all day at the gigantic club venue Printworks. £44-£46.80, book ahead, 1pm-10pm

NEW YEAR'S DAY GALA: Start 2018 with a bit of culture, listening to classical works such as Rossini's William Tell Overture, Puccini's Nessun Dorma and Holst's Jupiter at Barbican's New Year's Day Gala. £19.50-£44.50, book ahead, 2.30pm

MAGIC LANTERN FESTIVAL: Today is your last chance to feast your eyes on the colourful, glowing installations illuminating Chiswick House & Gardens. £5.50-£18.50, book ahead, entry 5pm-8.45pm

Tuesday 2 January

The sun sets over Palm House at Kew Gardens. Photo: David Merrigan (2011)

LAST CHANCE: Make your way to Kew Gardens for morning storytime session, winter flower making, or brush up on your nature knowledge on a group tour of the Davies Alpine House. Today's your last chance to check out Kew's winter programme. Hurrah for the arrival of Spring. Kew Gardens, £13, book ahead, 10am-3.30pm, until 2 January

JOSEPH MORPURGO: Better snap up tickets for this monstrously funny, multimedia comedy performance from Joseph Morpurgo before they go. Read our four-star review of Hammerhead. Soho Theatre, from £9, book ahead, until 6 January

WATER POET SALE: Forget January sales, we're all about January happy hours. Thank goodness, then, for The Water Poet, which is slashing its drinks prices between 5pm-7pm throughout January. And you'll be pleased to hear its pretty fairy-lit strewn garden has heaters. The Water Poet, various prices, Monday-Friday, 5pm-7pm, until 31 January

LIVE MUSIC: This European brasserie was quite the party spot back in its 1920s heyday and still manages to pull a well-dressed crowd, especially when there's late-night entertainment from The Bury St Belles, the venue's resident jazz, blues and swing trio. Quaglino's, free entry, just turn up, 9pm

Wednesday 3 January

IMMERSIVE MYSTERY GAME: Bring six Sherlock-mad friends to this immersive theatre 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

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

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

Thursday 4 January

The unfinished manuscript of writer James Baldwin form the basis of this documentary exploring race in America.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Watch this powerful and radical documentary about racial tensions in America from filmmaker Raoul Peck, which transports us from the Civil Rights Movement to the present day #BlackLivesMatter campaign. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), £6.50, book ahead, 7.45pm-10.30pm

CLAPHAM COMEDY CLUB: See world-class comedy in the kind of venue where you don't need binoculars to see the act, and a round won't empty your bank account. Tonight the line up includes Chris Martin, Nathan Cassidy and Chelsea Hart among others. The Bread and Roses Theatre (Clapham Common), £8, book ahead, 8.30pm- 11pm

Friday 5 January

Hop aboard London's finest floating comedy club for drinks, laughs and a pop-tastic afterparty.

CRIME SCENE LIVE: Live out all your CSI career dreams in the stunning surrounds of the Natural History Museum, where a pricey stone has been stolen and a killer is on the run. After a welcome drink, you must play detective to bring the criminal to justice. Natural History Museum, £60, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm

POETRY: Poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims are inviting you to toast the last of the twelve days of Christmas with seasonal tipples, Georgian games, readings of Keats's poems and letters and a Twelfth Night cake if you get peckish. Keats House, £10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

FLOATING COMEDY CLUB: If there's one thing we need in this — the most depressing of months — it's more laughs. Enter The Boat Show Comedy Club, where four top comics will have you in fits of giggles. If you want to continue drowning your sorrows, your ticket includes entrance to Popworld Nightclub on-board the Tattershall Castle. Bottoms up! R.S. Hispaniola/ Tattershall Castle (Victoria Embankment), £11-£16.50, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

Saturday 6 January

GOSPEL WORKOUT: Get sweaty and feel uplifted at this Boxercise Hiit Aerobics session, which will have you singing Hallelujah (and not just cause the bench presses are finished). Takes place on the first Saturday of every month. YMCA Gym (Tottenham Court Road), £12, book ahead, 10am-11am, until Sunday 3 June

CITY PAWS CLUB: Help transform the drab area around this daycare centre into a luscious haven for people and dogs alike. You can choose to sponsor a tree or plant one yourself for £10. (£5 goes to the Woodland Trust and £5 goes to the charity Pets As Therapy). 42 Lower Richmond Road, £10, book ahead, 11am-2m, every Saturday until 24 November

DIDGERIDOO MAKING: Learn about aboriginal dot patterns, make your own version of the instrument and attempt to get a note out of it at this didgeridoo making workshop. Cutty Sark, free with admission, 11.30am-1.30pm and 2pm-4pm, repeated tomorrow

VOICE WORKSHOP: Ever wished your voice could have listeners hooked on your every word like David Attenborough? Join voice coach Giles Abbott for a workshop, which will leave your voice as supple and compelling as Barry White beckoning a kitten. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £30, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

Sunday 7 January

Hunt for personal treasures, rummage for bargains, and refresh your living space with unique finds from this epic hall of salvaged olde things.

WINTER 10K SERIES: Every first Sunday of the month Greenwich will be a flash of lycra, trainers and sweaty faces as red-faced runners embark on two laps of the park. The first five speediest male and female runners will bag themselves a medal. Greenwich Park, £18, book ahead, 9.30am

VEGAN MARKET: Bag up vegan treats before quenching your thirst at Wild Card Brewery. Wild Card Brewery Lockwood, Unit 2, Lockwood Way, (Walthamstow), free, just turn up, First Sunday of every month, 11am-4pm

BIG LONDON FLEA: Longing for an interior straight off a retro Pinterest board? Bring bags and cash to this market dedicated to all things salvaged. Expect furniture, homewares, vintage attire, industrial electricals, lighting and unexpected oddities from more than 50 handpicked traders. Epic Dalston, free entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm

TRAFALGAR TRAVESTY: It's a meeting point for tourists, a toilet for pigeons and it's adorned by three of the most unpopular British kings. Join this one-hour tour around Trafalgar Square for a tongue-in-cheek history lesson you'll love. All proceeds will go to the Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Charing Cross Station, £10/£7, book ahead, 2pm

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