What we're reading
- The bell tolls for Elephant and Castle shopping centre.
- Tfl bans tube Brexit advert.
- Zombie Boy sculpture to greet visitors at the Science Museum.
- Sadiq Khan approves £750,000 for Croydon support after 2016 tram crash.
- London's congestion charge has been a huge success but now it needs changing.
- West Ham want control of stewarding after London Stadium chaos.
- Soho Theatre set to open new 1,000 seat venue in Walthamstow.
Things to do:
CHARLES DICKENS: We love a bit of Charlie D so we're excited to see this new exhibition, Expectations of the Past, in which artist Louise Weir shows off her works inspired by Great Expectations. Charles Dickens Museum (Bloomsbury), included in museum admission, just turn up, 13 March-29 April
LUNCH CONCERT: Give your lunch break some purpose; head to this recital of chamber music performed by students from the college. Morley College (Lambeth), free, just turn up, 1.05pm-1.55pm
PARISH RECORDS: Ever wanted to trace your ancestors? Parish records are probably a good place to start — they were the most important unit of government for many years. Find our more at this lecture. National Archives (Kew), £4/£5, book ahead, 2pm-3pm
BRIDGET JONES: For a little light-hearted relief, join a Footprints of London guide for a walk through Bridget Jones's London, covering the books and films, and the differences between them. An ideal chance to dissect those niggling questions — why DID she fall for Daniel? — with fellow fans. Meet at Temple station, £10-£15, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
NAUGHTY NIPPLE TASSEL MAKING: Why spend your spare time decorating teapots when you could be making nipple tassels? There will be glitter, drinks and lots of teenage-style giggling. Drink Shop & Do, King's Cross, free, just turn up, 6pm-midnight
CONFESSIONS TO THE MIRROR: 2016 film Confessions To The Mirror animates re-stagings of artist Claude Cahun’s black and white self-portrait and still–life photographs. Watch the film, followed by a discussion with its creator, Sarah Pucill.UCL Art Museum, £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
CAUGHT BY THE RIVER: For enchanting tunes and captivating storytelling, head to this film and music night taking guests below the surface of our waterways. The Horse Hospital (Bloomsbury), £8, book ahead, 7pm
FEMALE PARTS: These three short monologues explore what it means to be a wife, a mother and an immigrant, and we're promised both tears of laughter and of emotion. Hoxton Hall, £18, book ahead, 7.30pm (and until 31 March)
MYSTERY PLAY: This play tells the real life story of the discovery of a woman's body in an elm tree by three children in 1943. The woman was never identified, and this play has used real police documents to try to solve the murder. The Space (Isle of Dogs), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm, 13-17 March
Good cause of the day:
Book ahead for this charity comedy night and open conversation, led by David Chawner. It aims to raise money and awareness for mental health and eating disorder charity BEAT. Goldsmiths' Student Union, free (donations encouraged), book ahead, 14 March
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