What we're reading:
- Are London suburbs the hub of British food culture?
- The Queen nabs the front row at London Fashion Week.
- How you can help shrink the city's plastic footprint.
- Zaha Hadid Architects propose pedestrianising London.
- Phone boxes are being replaced by corporate surveillance.
Things to do:
ON YER BIKE: The London Bike Show is back at ExCel for 3 days of two-wheeled fun. Sir Chris Hoy opens this year's event, and promises all the latest gear and advice on all things cycling. ExCel, £16, book in advance, 10am-5pm, until Sunday 25 February
CHARTERHOUSE TOUR: Discover what lies beneath the Charterhouse, including things found during the Crossrail excavations, on this 90 minute tour. Charterhouse (Barbican), £20, book in advance, 10.30am-noon
EAST END ART: Shoreditch gallery Charlie Smith has just launched an exhibition showcasing new and exciting work from 19 artists. Off-beat works include a fake Trump obituary and a sculpture involving babies' heads. Charlie Smith Gallery (Hoxton), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, until 31 March
FOOD FESTIVAL: King's Cross' Canopy Market is back with food traders, live music and an independent label market selling tons of vinyl from all over the world. Just don't let any of the juices from your delicious burger squirt over priceless records. King's Cross, free, just turn up, midday-8pm, until Sunday 25 February
TEA TOTAL: As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, China Exchange have a totally tea-filled market selling all things tea — from teapots to teabags, and even books about the legendary cuppa. China Exchange, noon-6pm, until Sunday 25 February
HANDEL: Baroque band Red Priest will take you on a whirlwind tour of Handel's music, at a night celebrating the man that wrote the famous Messiah. Foundling Museum (Russell Square), £25, book in advance, 6.30pm
SARA PASCOE: Head to Bush Hall to see comedian Sara Pascoe of QI, Mock the Week and Taskmaster fame, perform her new material after a sell-out West End run. Bush Hall (Shepherds Bush), £21.45, book in advance, 7pm
BIG MINI BIG BAND: Clare Teal hosts a night of swing music from the golden age of song with her Big Mini Big Band. Witness the incredible talent of jazz pianist extraordinaire Jason Rebello and world-renowned trumpeter Guy Barker. Cadogan Hall, from £19, book in advance, 7.30pm
FOREVERLAND: If you're after a night out with a difference, make your way to Foreverland, a magical club night featuring circus acts and an adult playground. Where music from up and coming artists meets childhood nostalgia. Clapham Grand, £21.50, book in advance, 10pm-3am
FEBRUARY FESTIVITIES: Fat Tuesday is London's answer to Mardi Gras excess and celebration. Featuring circus acts and crazy costumes, spontaneous parades and of course some incredible tunes. The Vaults (Waterloo), £13.50, book in advance, 10.30pm-3am
Good cause of the day
Rickey Rickett's benefit gig is a night celebrating the experienced sound engineer Rickey, who died from a brain tumour. Organised by his close friends, the night's headline act Groove Armada will be supported by sets from Orbital and The Bluetones, as well as mystery special guests. Money raised will go to help out Rickey's children, and also to ACT, a charity set up by Baroness Tessa Jowell, which aims to offer innovative cancer care for all people despite background and income. Shepherd's Bush Empire, £30, book in advance, 7pm-1am
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