What we’re reading
- London City Airport bans plastic straws.
- Suffragettes exhibition in London's Trafalgar Square draws crowds.
- Rachael Garnett: There is life for actors outside London – and it's not a struggle to survive.
- London mayor plans neighbourhood on Elizabeth Line site.
- Pair 'forced out' of floating wendy house with roof made out of Foxtons For Sale signs.
Things to do
BOOKSHOP CRAWL: The London Bookshop Crawl is like a traditional pub crawl, only minus the pints. Unite with fellow bibliophiles and library lovers to discover the eclectic mix of bookshops throughout the city. Organise your own route, or join a guided crawl and make new friends — there'll be discounts and freebies at participating shops. Guided crawls £3, book ahead, various times, 9-11 February
CB HYO KEEPING IT REAL: Reckon you can tell a masterpiece from a replica? CB Hoyo has dedicated his artistic career to mimicking the work of more successful artists such as Picasso and Warhol. 20 "new fakes" will be on display from today. Imitate Modern (Mayfair), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 28 February
CURATOR TALK: Hear the behind the scenes goss on the making of new exhibition T-Shirt: Cult - Culture-Subversion before checking out the subversive tees on show. Fashion and Textile Museum, £10.50, book ahead, 1pm-2pm
KIDS EAT FREE: Italian restaurant Diciannove is letting kids under 12 eat free during half term. Let's hope your little ones like fancy pasta. Diciannove Italian Restaurant (Blackfriars), £16, book ahead, noon-2.30pm and 2.30pm-6pm, 9-17 February
LITERALLY SWISS: Expect great book chat, from Swiss and British writers, including literary heavyweights Alain de Botton and Deborah Levy, plus food, wine and music. The Tabernacle (Notting Hill), £14/£9, book ahead, 6pm-9.30pm
SUFFRAGETTE: See the feminist blockbuster Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep before exploring the real life documents which inspired the film. The National Archives (Kew), £6.40-£8, book ahead, 6pm-9pm
AND FLOWERS: Flower buying can be a pricey task, as anyone on the lookout for a Valentine's bouquet will know. Thankfully And Flowers opens today — its flora won't break the bank and there'll be music and drinks to accompany your shop at the launch tonight. Protein Studios, Shoreditch, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm tonight, until 14 February
GENES AND TONIC: Listen to short talks on genetic science, law and ethics before taking on the role of a medical ethicist and considering a real-life court case involving the NHS and genetic information. Deptford Town Hall, £4, book ahead, 6pm-9pm
NATIONAL PIZZA DAY SCREENING: Munch on pizza in front of a screening of Rock ’n’ Roll High School, The 70's film, starring The Ramones. It follows a group of rebel students who inject some fun into their school with the help of the band. Back Room Bar (Mayfair), £3 entry, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm
SPIRIT AND SALT: This roving supper club is popping up in Soho to bring diners a weekend of probiotics, pasta and profiteroles using only the finest seasonal ingredients. That's lunch sorted then. Kultured Soho, £35, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm, until 10 February
Good cause of the day: Our own Thing
Specially created for 10-25 year olds with learning difficulties and their families, this is a unique night of soul beats and feel-good music run by the London Symphony Orchestra to make music accessible to everyone. Watch digital art come to life alongside songs inspired by genres from RnB to classical. LSO St. Luke's, £3, just turn up, 7pm-9pm
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