Things to do today is sponsored by CommuterClub.
What we're reading
- The Horniman Museum is getting a butterfly house.
- When the Suffragettes embarked on a rather muddy march.
- An empty bus at peak time? Something's not right...
- Come on then, which one of you tipped concrete down a Peckham's drain?
- London's most forgotten functioning railway station?
- The world of the 1950s Piccadilly party girls.
Things to do
TREEHUGGER: Reconnect with nature via virtual reality. Treehugger is an interactive media installation aimed at shifting our mindset from consumerism to conservation. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, noon
NIGHT MARKET: Get that loving feeling with a late night Lovers Market. Get your hands on hampers and fresh cut flowers. Or get cosy with a screening on Breakfast at Tiffany's. Old Spitalfields Market, free, just turn up, 5.30pm-9pm
LOVE LATE: Bask in the warmth of Soane's Museum's Valentine's Candlelit Late. Wander through the Georgian hallways, and soak up live music. Take a sideways look at romance and love with micro-talks throughout the night. Sir John Soane's Museum, £30, book ahead, 6.30pm/7pm/7.30pm/8pm
SPANISH LOVE: Explore the nature of relationships with CinemaAttic on Friday night. A short film showcasing Spanish language films, CinemaAttic explores how humans seek and maintain love. Hackney Picturehouse, £5, book ahead, 7pm
LONDON LINES: How have London many maps been created over the centuries? Join author and broadcaster Travis Elborough for London Lines: Mapping the Metropolis. British Library, £10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
DANCE: Be stress free on Friday night with The Get Down. Dance to 70s jams, don your best flares and fringe, and expect glitter and glow-sticks on Friday night. Drink, Shop & Do, free until 10pm, £3 after
KITTY IN BOOTS: See drawings by Quentin Blake at the House of Illustration. He's better-known for illustrating Roald Dahl's work, but these drawings were intended for a recently re-discovered Beatrix Potter book, The Tale Of Kitty-In-Boots. House of Illustration, £8.25, book ahead, until 26 February
CARTOONS: Future Shock: 40 Years of 2000 AD celebrates one of Britain's publishing phenomenons. 2000 AD's iconic characters, including Judge Dredd, have had a lasting impact on popular culture. See 80 pages of original artwork displayed from each decade of the comic. Cartoon Museum, £7, £5, £3, just turn up, until 27 April
CROSSRAIL: The Crossrail project has given archaeologists the chance to explore London's most historical sites. See the archaeological discoveries of the project as they are put on display to the public for the first time. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, until 3 September
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Stage review: Fantastical Mr Fox
It is a hedonistic and hectic life in this one-hander about a man called Charlie. He can't sleep. He lost his job, lost his girlfriend and there is this fox following him about. Played by Ben Aldridge, you are never quite sure what is real and illusory. But there's a thrilling and pulsating soundtrack by Chris Bartholomew underscoring the madness. It's very much worth taking a trip down the foxhole. Run The Beast Down, Finborough Theatre, Finborough Road, SW10. From £14, until 25 February [Tuesday-Sunday] ★★★★☆ Paul Ewing
Art review: Tender punk
There are bright mohawks and leather jackets aplenty. But these drawings capture a more tender side to punk culture, exploring emotion through colourful illustrations. It's an insightful and visually stunning exhibition. Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies and Somebodies, House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH. £7.50, until 14 May ★★★★☆ [Tuesday-Sunday]
Good cause for the day
CAT-WALK: Help raise money for cat and dog shelters with celebrity fundraising fashion show K9 Katwalk. 55 Exhibition Road, free/donation, just turn up, 7:30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
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