What we're reading
- If Brexit doesn't kill the City of London, this might.
- Ferfect Fried Chicken and other hilarious chicken shop names.
- If the Gherkin grew in the wild.
- The pitiful tale of the 'Italian Boy'.
- Time moves more slowly along London's canals.
Things to do
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: See half term out with a bang by learning about the Cutty Sark, or letting the kids take charge of a newly-discovered planet. What could possibly go wrong? More half term inspiration here.
FIRE BREATHER: Keep the little ones busy this Friday with Don't Dribble On The Dragon. A sweet tale about the importance of family and growing up, it'll hit the spot for grown ups and kids alike. Greenwich Theatre, £15/£12.50/£10, book ahead, 3pm
FRIDAY LATE: Delve into fashion and frolics at the London Transport Museum's late. Take part in crafting workshops or a pub quiz, listen to talks, and check out the museum's latest poster exhibition. London Transport Museum, £12/£10, book ahead, 6.45pm-10pm
STRICTLY BALLROOM: Show off your best (or worst) moves at Bishopsgate Ballroom. Whether you can dance or not, this class is for everyone — just bring enthusiasm and energy. Bishopsgate Institute, £10/£8, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
FASHION: Explore the the relationship between fashion and places around the world with the International Fashion Showcase 2017. Ogle work by some of the world's most talented young designers. Somerset House, free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
OLD SPORT!: Hop back to the prohibition era with The Candlelight Club. Don your best flapper dresses and pinstripe suits for an evening of cocktails and sophisticated dancing (provided you don't have too many cocktails). Location to be revealed after booking, from £25, book ahead, 7pm-midnight
CONFETTI FUN: Sparkling fun is on offer at Drink, Shop & Do this Friday. Let loose with all the best party tunes at Confetti Fun Friday. It's well worth all that shaking glitter out of your hair on Saturday morning. Free entry until 10pm, £3 after, just turn up
BE WILD: Let loose tonight with Wild Life! Expect classic party jams from Prince, Biggie and Michael Jackson, and themed events, giveaways, a photo booth and more. Queen of Hoxton, free until 9pm, £5 until 11pm, £7 after, just turn up
KEN: Explore transgender identity with Ken. To Be Destroyed. Artist Sara Davidmann's aunt Hazel married Ken, who, Hazel later found out was transgender. Hazel began writing letters to Davidmann's mother; these are the base of the exhibition, which explores what Ken's life would have been as a woman. London College of Communication, free, just turn up, until 24 March
ABC: The alphabet gets reinvented in this new exhibition which brings together a range of photographers from various walks of life, to teach children in a new and creative way. V&A Museum of Childhood, Free, just turn up, until 4 June
Stage review: Wheel of misfortune
This classic early 20th century 'six degrees of separation' play is given a bold update with gender neutral scenarios as each scene's actor is randomly chosen by a spinning wheel like the ones on the old game shows. A clever gimmick with dazzling sound, sets and lighting don't make up for a ropey and shallow script, though and the play lacks depth, relying too much on stereotypes and weak comedy.
La Ronde, The Bunker, Southwark Street, SE1 1RU. £15-£19, until 11th March ★★☆☆☆ Chris Bridges
Art review: War and refugees
Richard Mosse has created a hard-hitting installation in the Barbican's Curve gallery. Three screens show footage from a military grade thermographic imaging technology. We see refugees being rescued from boats and footage from refugee camps, where a lone man prays. Seeing fighter jets taking off and strafing targets with a deafening roar of a soundtrack is shocking and brings home the reality of the world we're often insulated from. Another brilliant exhibition from Mosse. Richard Mosse: Incoming, The Curve, Barbican. Free, until 23 April ★★★★★
Good cause for the day
EPIC JOURNEY: Londonist transport aficionado Geoff Marshall and museum education professional Vicki Pipe are visiting all the stations. All the stations? ALL the stations. This spring/summer they'll be going to the UK's 2,560 railway stations, sharing their experiences online as they go. This is one heck of an epic journey, and they'll need a good supply of tea and sandwiches to fuel it. Help them hit their £28,825 goal.
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